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Who Are You Calling Rude?

our readers sound off on the most offensive divers

from the October, 2018 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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While diving with veteran underwater cameraman Stan Waterman at Alcyone in Cocos Island, we decided to extend our dive time beyond one hour. At our safety stop, we looked up at the panga, anchored in less than comfortable conditions above us. Small explosions of vomit alongside the hull occasionally punctuated the small vessel's movements on a choppy sea. When Waterman eventually climbed the ladder and was confronted by the sorry sight of the green-faced divers patiently waiting for us, he turned to me and observed, with a twinkle in his eye, "When you get to my age, it's best to be the last one in the boat!" However, that still means you have to swim through the barf.

In my August story, about a reader report on Ocean Frontiers in Grand Cayman criticizing "rude" divers who made others wait for them, I asked our readers who was rude: those who stayed down, eking out their air to the last breath, or those back in the boat, having finished their dive and anxious to be somewhere else? It was no surprise most readers said it was the latter, and I was overwhelmed by responses to that effect.

Howard Kaiser, co-owner of Compass Point Dive Resort on Grand Cayman and a regular diver with Ocean Frontiers down the road from him, perfectly expresses the point of view of going for the longest dive times possible. "I've done hundreds of dives with Ocean Frontiers and appreciate that they do not limit dive times, primarily because they cater to experienced divers who are there to dive -- not catch the shuttle to go shopping. How someone can complain about being able to stay down longer is beyond my ken....

"That these poor neglected divers must 'suffer' on a dive boat in beautiful tropical seas while waiting for us? I say, 'Suck it up.'"

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