Thursday, February 6, 2014

Safety Stop Recommended

Not for me, I'm a free diving mermaid :)

Especially when pushing the envelope, when diving on Thursday or when you have no other important obligations, major fun providing associations recommend a safety stop at five meters of depth for a few minutes. What is this ubiquitous safety stop anyhow?

a) time you allow yourself to slowly out-gas some nitrogen before returning to the surface
b) a good tool to slow down your ascent rate at least for the last part of your dive
c) a good tool to test your buoyancy skills and improve them
d) time to choose the best opening line for a snorkeling mermaid

This question and provided answers are just a generator of a smile for divers. All this is lectured, explained and done so many times by any scuba instructor teaching basic scuba courses, that it's as clear as a Swarowski crystal to any diver.
Yeah, I wish.

As I am not exactly the most trusting soul on this planet, I always direct conversations with our divers towards diving related subjects. To get better idea what they know, how they understand basic principles of scuba diving, do they need some remedy of their knowledge …
Could be scuba diving theory is evolving too fast for me (and I missed the newest break-through in this field), or (God forbid!) naive owners of scuba diving plastic certificates were not appointed as divers during their Open Water Scuba Courses but rather as a bonus during their Gypsy fortune teller session - for a modest surcharge.

Some of the answers provided by holders of scuba diving certificates nicely illustrate the state scuba diving education achieved.

Safety stop will prevent water entering my mouth.
Safety stop we should do before every dive.
If you do not do safety stop, you can hit into a diver in front of you.
If you run out of air, safety stop will save you.
We have to do safety stop any time we lose our weight belts.
Never do a stop! The most important rule in scuba diving is never, ever stop diving.

And so on …

Authors of the answers:
Fluent in English, recently (not more than six months ago) scuba certified, bright, adult (over 18 years of age), well educated.

Their teachers:
Possibly a selection of the finest scuba educators.
Yes, possible, but not very likely.

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