|Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ABSOLUTELY IF NEEDED|
Posted by Ken Kurtis on December 28, 2006 at 17:50:35:|
In Reply to: Re: Re: Re: Re: ABSOLUTELY IF NEEDED posted by Walt on December 28, 2006 at 16:17:32:
Nice to have another excuse from the task at hand . . .
Walt wrote: "Maybe it 'depends'..."
I disgaree strongly. You HAVE to assume the worst and act accordingly.
From an instructional standpoint, we use the can-you-defend-your-actions-on-the-stand if you're sued.
From a recreational standpoint, use the can-I-sleep-at-night rule: If the scenario as outlined happened, and you did your safety stop rather than immediately getting help and initiating emergency procuedures for a lost diver, and if your buddy ended up dead . . . could you live with yourself? Do you feel you have an obligation to do everything reasonably possible? (And what exactly is the definition of "reasonable"?) And while there's certainly a don't-make-yourself-a-victim thought, I don't think getting bent by missing a safety stop (which I'm assuming is the only "bad" outcome) is worth someone's else's life.
As I said before, we can treat the bends. We can't treat dead.
For me personally, I'll do everything short of knowingly kill myself to try to save/find you. May not be everyone's choice but that's mine.
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