Re: Great Escape

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Posted by Ken Kurtis on January 16, 2006 at 23:21:09:

In Reply to: Great Escape posted by just a diver on January 16, 2006 at 22:31:39:

It was aksed: "Has anyone heard od this?"

I assume you meant PADI, not PAID (though some people do confuse the two . . .)

There is no PADI standard/program that I'm aware of (nor any other training agency) that would indicate students should hand off their weightbelts on the swimstep.

The general boat diving protocol in SoCal is to come back to the swimstep, take your fins off, hand those to a crew person either on the swimstep or on the deck of the boat, and then climb up the ladder with the rest of your gear still in place. The exception to this would be if someone has a bad back or other physical ailment that prevents them from going up the ladder with the increased weight.

Just from a practical standpoint, I'd personally rather see a minimum of gear handling on the swimstep. By taking off the weightbelt and handing it off, you're now adding a chance it could be dropped and lost, or that a weight - or the entire belt - could fall and smash someone's foot.

Ken Kurtis
NAUI Instr. #5936
Co-owner, Reef Seekers Dive Co.
Beverly Hills, CA

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