Posted by SLANG on October 31, 2003 at 15:07:46:
In Reply to: Regulator, or snorkel in mouth when leaping off a boat posted by Kaz on October 31, 2003 at 13:53:07:
Every entry should be on regulator. The only reason I've ever heard not to was because the person believed there was a risk of over-expansion injuries due to bobbing back to the surface too quickly. This seems completely unconvincing for a number of reasons, the foremost being that even from a 10-12' drop, with a properly executed giant "stride" entry the diver will barely go below the surface of the water.
I've never heard of an over-expansion injury to a diver on entry -- maybe somone else has? On the other hand, I've personally witnessed MANY (and had to assist more than a few) divers who panicked when they got hung up in the kelp on entry and didn't have their 2nd stage in their mouth. As far as my personal experience goes, there's a long list of positives and no realistic negatives for entries on SCUBA instead of snorkel.
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