the politics of scuba


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Posted by Northcoast_diver on August 25, 2004 at 10:38:06:

In Reply to: "Open Water" flick: afterthoughts posted by AADIVER on August 25, 2004 at 09:56:06:

The politics of scuba is that those with the most to lose are the most afraid to speak about the truth of things.

In the case of dive trips to Australia, they (the Australians) have supposedly cleaned up their act. But they are still afraid to talk about the past. And they do not like to be reminded, especially by a movie.

As far as lightning striking you, you probably won't be struck by lightning as long as you do not go out into a storm and play golf.

Same is true of a dive trip.

If you signed up with a scuba store, and everybody knows your name, and the trip manager is constantly vigilant, then it is virtually unlikely that you would be left behind by the boat at sea, no matter what else goes wrong.

As the movie points out, the victims (in the Australia incident, according to the movie script) made the following really dumb moves:

1) Booked a trip with a group that did not know them from adam and eve

2) Did not hang out with the group and make friends, therefore nobody missed them or even knew their names

3) Went off away from the D/M and did their own thing underwater

4) Had no signalling devices with them with which to gain the attention of shipping

When the D/M subsequently got confused by the other divers on the boat who re-entered the water, it became a formula for disaster.

Those are all things worth thinking about.

It was a good movie.

The politics of scuba is what stinks.


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