Periodic checks with your dive buddies even though diving is always a very good matter. Things can begin to build in a negative way, and rapid. Just simply because you satisfied your dive buddies on the cling line from the boat, or the edge of the cliff right before descending into the abyss, does not necessarily mean something did not adjust. Factors can materialize at a times observe. Descent checks are important to the results and pleasure of every dive.
Just about every now and then I’m on a highway trip with my loved ones in which we are caravanning with other persons. Prior to departure for the vacation, we will approach out our timetable and where we are stopping, especially if we are separated. Fortunately, present-day engineering enables us to get up-to-date facts with our phones by phone calls, textual content messages, or someone posting a standing update on social media.
Scuba diving, on the other hand, does not have the luxurious of technological innovation when diving. Despite the fact that some manufactures have designed underwater housings for smartphones, most tech divers will not be bringing this along for a number of apparent causes. We do not have the luxurious of indicating “hey buddy, I have to have a tiny help” prior to you arrive at your ultimate place, this sort of as a shipwreck at 150 feet. In a best planet, perhaps matters will go just high-quality. The slightest problems can still occur involving the surface and 100 toes although descending. I can listing at least a dozen challenges that have truly transpired on tech dives.
This is why descent checks are so crucial. To full a descent check out, you would conduct the subsequent duties.
Examine dive buddy for any bubbles from leaks in:
- hoses and
- tank valve or manifold (double tanks).
Make confident the hoses are correctly routed, particularly on a tech diving established up
- Carry out a simulated out of air and donate your lengthy hose to make guaranteed it is cost-free from deco tanks and other hoses.
- Assure the canister light wire is free and clear for straightforward use when required.
- Ensure the deco tanks are in the appropriate place:
- stacked in proper buy, or
- tanks are on the proper aspect to stop switching to wrong gas.
Check out to make confident every person is Alright for the dive:
- A person may perhaps need to capture their breath from currents/activity loading
- A diver may be disorientated for a instant and require a couple seconds to regain the missions emphasis.
- There could be a chance a diver is having a bad day.
- Aborting a dive at shallower depths boosts the protection of the whole dive workforce.
- Going further with this ‘bad day’ on your back will only speed up problems when it is extra difficult at depth to tackle (cold, dim, enclosures, narcosis, etc).
The common rule I have utilized is to have at minimum two check points of any dive, no matter of depth. Usually, the initially halt is performed all over 20 toes. The 2nd place will be a midpoint of the dive. For illustration, if you ended up likely to 100 ft, you would quit at 20 feet and then 50 feet and then a ultimate check out once we achieve 100 feet. You can modify this centered on landmarks or turn details in the dive, this sort of as a cliff or an true turn. A look at the moment you attain the bottom or place provides a basic safety buffer. Particularly when you are diving in chilly, dark and arduous environments.
In a ideal world, these items really should not come about to experienced tech divers, but they do. Why?
- Murphy’s Law
- We are human
The descent check out should also be done on leisure dives. If you are setting up a 40 foot dive, you can do a examine just underneath the surface close to 10 ft and a examine at the 40 foot mark. You may perhaps not do all the issues a tech diver would do, such as a simulated out of air with a very long hose. Even so, the principles are however the exact same by including a protection margin to the dive.
The reason of a descent verify is to boost the security of each individual dive, leisure or technological. By incorporating this protection margin to the dive, it provides extra self-confidence in scuba divers and the dive group. Everyone appreciates if you increase your self confidence the satisfaction of the dive goes way up. This is the cause we dive. Go enjoy the underwater earth.