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August 2019    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Vol. 34, No. 8   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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When That Dive Training Came In Handy

letters from readers about how they handled diving crises

from the August, 2019 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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In last month's issue, John Bantin's story "Can You Handle a Crisis Underwater," focused on how well divers are prepared for emergencies, and whether they remember their training so that they can make the right decisions. We asked readers to write in with their stories about how they, or fellow divers, handled crises underwater, and what lessons they learned. We got some good ones -- about buddy checks, monitoring your bubbles, and good types of new training -- that serve as examples for all of us to follow.

Doing Better Buddy Checks From Now On

Dear Undercurrent,

A few years ago, when I was relatively inexperienced, my dive buddy and I dove the Blue Heron Bridge in Florida. We set up our gear near the parking area and carried it 50 yards down to the inlet, where we entered the water. All was fine for about 30 minutes, then my regulator started to get hard to breathe. I checked my computer -- it had 800 psi, then quickly went to zero when I breathed. I went to my buddy, pointed to the computer and grabbed her octopus. We called the dive and surfaced (we were only at around 10 to 15 feet). Later I discovered this was a classic symptom of not having your air on all the way. Needless to say, our buddy checks are much more thorough now....

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