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Beware of False Prophets on Your Dive Trips

instructors and other experts are not always right

from the August, 2019 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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Diving instructors often think they know what they're doing. When you learned to dive, you probably put your complete faith in those who taught you. But later, perhaps you realized that being told such things as put extra lead on your belt "because you can always add air to your BC," or screw down the breathing resistance knob on your regulator "because you'll use less air" might not be the best advice.

Even later, with many dives under our belts, it's amazing how often and how easily some of us abdicate responsibility for our own safety to others because "they're the experts, so they'll know best." But do they? Even seasoned veterans, like our senior editor John Bantin, can get it wrong and trust the wrong people.

Do You Know the Way to Sorong?

Bantin remembers a particular dive trip with Tony Backhurst, owner of the British company Scuba Travel, when they were returning from Kri Island to Sorong on a boat driven by a local. "We assumed he knew the route," he says. "Assumption is the mother of all disasters....

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