Re: Re: Perspective

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Posted by Clinton Bauder on June 22, 2006 at 15:38:07:

In Reply to: Re: Perspective posted by Mojo Mike on June 22, 2006 at 15:09:53:

Hi Mike,

Not sure I follow what you're getting at. Nobody is saying that thinking for yourself is bad or that you shouldn't learn from accidents. What DIR is more than anything is an attempt to learn from the collective experiences of the community and try to address the things that haven't worked out. Sometimes this leads to fairly firm rules such as no deep air. This isn't dogma, it's enforced discipline - very much like a sign in front of a big piece of equipment saying "Don't operate this machine without wearing eye protection". Sure you could learn this for yourself but why?

I've never wanted to be the designer of the next great dive kit or a decompression guinea pig. I want to avoid buying gear that doesn't work and I'm not real excited about spending my weekends in a steel tube. I want to take pictures and look for nudibranchs and I want to do it safely. When somebody else has already done the analysis why shouldn't you go to school on it?


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