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KILLING SHARKS IS NOT RIGHT!!
Diver films his own demise !!
Bone Chilling to watch as this diver sinks deeper and deeper to his Tragic Demise..Horrible !
Bone Chilling to watch as this diver sinks deeper and deeper to his Tragic Demise..Horrible !
The diver in this video,a Russian named Yuri Lipski , lost his life and the footage ( because his video camera was on ) are the final moments before he drowned!! He was diving at the infamous Blue Hole in Dahab, Eqypt.
It happens to the best of pros,and the worst of beginners,Diving accidents..it doesnt matter how experienced or skillful you are in scuba diving , if things go wrong underwater,Murphy's law comes into play. But experience does make a tremendous difference in the outcome or resulting consequence..In recreational scuba diving,mishaps are commonly attributed to equipment malfunction or extreme underwater environments.or a combination of factors similar in nature.
Whether the outcome turn out severe or in some cases fatal, or a complete opposite of it which is like a controlled emergency situation despite injury or trauma , if one can maintain an air of calm and handle the situation like how a pro is trained to do,then it does make a very big difference- life and death difference, no exaggeration.
Sadly there are known to be cases where the incident is caused by ,of all silly things ,vanity, pride or ego of the victims. Certain individuals feel , foolishly , that due to their many years and logged dives numbering in the hundreds or thousands,these people seem to think that they have a right to be reckless,even when they are in possesion of the facts that suggest the risks outweigh all else, but they feel their experience will see them through and they are perfectly capable of carrying out the risky dive- ignoring caution - overconfident of their own ability to handle things,which in many cases turns out badly.
Many divers have lost their lives doing that,throwing caution to the wind,especially certain dive instructors, arrogant and proud to an extent that they don't actually practice what they preach.
Teaching safety in diving on one side and themselves doing the complete opposite in their personal diving profiles.Contradicting all they teach. Supremely cocky of their skills.
In actual fact,instructors who really are good and capable are those who recognizes the limits and will not cross them for anything. These are the ones who truly are masters of their craft.because they have a very strong control over their common sense.And even when they are pushing their diving limitations,they will always have a contingency if something fouls up.Always prepared for all eventuality,
The highlighted video link here shows the last moments of a dive accident involving a instructor.
who inadvertently filmed his own tragic end with his own camera Tragically,it is surmised that if he had maintained his cool and rationalised things and applied problem solving,the fatal tragedy may have been averted. He had jumped in the water too heavy and probably had equipment failure to make things worst. Unable to control his descent,he just dropped like an anchor and sank very rapidly onto a ledge at a depth of more than 100 metres(330 feet) 3 times beyond the limits of air diving ...Panicked and disoriented,he may have lost his good judgment sense and just freaked out and frozed...The poor guy struggled till he suffocated till the very end , documented on his camera he was still clutching onto when they recovered his lifeless body !
Why diving beyond your fitness level and not properly controlling your buoyancy can be fatal.
SAM kicked with all his strength, but he wasn’t making much progress. He had dived down to try to dislodge the boat''s anchor. .Without thinking,he made his way to the anchor and proceeded to free it by attempting to physically carry it to the sandy bed. So his group could move on to the next dive site . The anchor was heavy in his hands, and resticted his movement causing him to be off balanced underwater,. He was breathing really hard, but he just couldn’t get enough air from his regulator. He added air to his jacket-style BC thinking to offset the weight he had in his hands.The BCD jacket was nearly full and it pressed on his chest making it harder for him to breathe.Yet the weight of the anchor was heavy enough to keep him down.
Then he let go of the anchor with one hand to pull down on his BC, but the weight caused it to slip, and go crashing back to the bottom, as he lost his grip. Almost instantly, he was rocketing for the surface totally out of control.
Sam was reluctant to begin a traditional exercise program, so he hadn’t done much to get in shape, but he knew he wanted to get back into diving. It was a stroke of luck that he was in the dive shop having his gear serviced when the manager told him they needed some help on the boat that coming weekend., Sam jumped at the chance to go diving again and feel like part of the team. He thought the activity would help get him back in shape quickly.
After all the divers were back on board, sam jumped in the water to make a quick dive, often referred to as a bounce, to free the anchor from the wreck. Once the captain realized the anchor was free, he would begin pulling it up,
As Sam donned his gear, he struggled to get his wetsuit on. He made a joke that it must have “shrunk” during his layoff. He was red-faced and breathing hard by the time he got his gear in place and entered the water. The wetsuit and the BCD were both noticeably tight around his chest and midsection.
Sam descended down the anchor line quickly and found the anchor. After a few minutes of struggle, he was able to get the heavy weight free.After adding air to his bcd. He found himself able to move, but at the same time the pressure on his chest made it harder and harder to draw a breath. sam was overbreathing his regulator, but the rapid shallow breaths were preventing him from actually moving fresh air into his lungs. He began to feel light-headed and dizzy.
He was about 10m off the bottom when he let go of the weight with one hand to adjust his equipment and ease the pressure on his chest. The heavy anchor slipped loose from his hand and the chain quickly ran through his fingers. The rapid change in his buoyancy immediately shot him toward the surface.
Louis surfaced about 25 yards away from the boat. He immediately began waving his arms over his head, and the crew heard a weak call of “Help!” before Sam went unconscious. Resuscitation efforts were unsuccessful.
AnalysisEvery diver has heard the line to “breathe continuously and never, ever hold your breath.” We all also learn that if we don’t follow that rule, we can hurt ourselves very badly and very quickly. There is no way of knowing if sam exhaled on the way up or not, but it really didn’t matter because his ascent to the surface was so fast — according to his dive computer, in just a few seconds he went from a depth of a little more than 10m to the surface. The air in his lungs expanded to nearly triple the volume in that same amount of time, much too rapidly for him to exhale. An autopsy later showed that he had significant amounts of air underneath his skin and in his arterial supply. The expanding air tore a hole in his lungs and leaked out into his body, entering his arterial blood supply. The bubbles went directly to his brain. This is called arterial gas embolism (AGE).
The cause of death in this case was the AGE, but the triggers that caused this accident began long before that. Sam was out of shape and not physically fit enough to do the dives he was attempting to make. He should have taken the time to prepare his body regardless of his past experience. He also hadn’t been in the water or used his dive gear in a year. A quick trip to a pool or a local lake/quarry to practice some of his emergency skills and get comfortable again would have helped him tremendously. Additionally, it would have become apparent to him that his gear didn’t fit properly before he tried to use it on the dive boat. It probably would not have made a difference, but his’ size also made it difficult for the others to pull him on board and begin providing care. That delayed first-aid treatment as they struggled to get him on board.
As he struggled to ascend to the surface, sam used his BC as a floatation device for the anchor. When he dropped the anchor, he was suddenly extremely buoyant and there was no way he could have vented air fast enough to counteract more than 40 pounds of additional lift he was facing. It is very unsafe to use your personal BC as a means to float a heavy weight. He should have used a small lift bag to bring the anchor to the surface or the dive operation should have given him a communication system to allow him to free the anchor and then let it go while the boat brought it to the surface with the winch, rather than him attempting to swim it up.
Lessons for life
- Take a diving refresher after a long layoff from the water.
- Make sure you are fit enough to make the dives you plan to make. A general level of fitness is essential to safe diving.
- Use gear that fits well and is appropriate for the dive.
- Use a lift bag to bring heavy objects from the bottom, not your BCD
can be very gratifying when the students respond well to instruction and but at times downright hairpulling frustrating.
Some individuals just dont seem to have it.But they seem to think they are natural water babies.No big deal,breathing underwater,swimming around ,which is pretty much the case except that one needs to be smooth and stable
when swimming ,in full control,not like a rampaging bull charging through the coral reef,crashing and tearing the reef apart,scaring away the fishes.
Yup,tough profession we have ,patience,tactfulness is a prerequisite skill we must master When at times you want to say , "Hey,so sorry,but you are an absolute disaster underwater,a downright clumsy oaf who cant be trusted to be left to your own devices underwater ,you would probably drown yourself or worst be an ecological threat to the reef as it is. i just cannot in good conscience sign you a certificate and face mother nature.'
But in tactful reality , you sigh ,take a deep breathe , then turn around and with a grin- careful not to let it resemble a painful grimace , you say to them, " Ummmm,, you know what , I think you need a few more sessions to practice and improve on your underwater skills- come back another time to the dive shop ,and we will work on it,i suggest you put in some practice in a swimming pool when back in the city . Overall,you did well, just some minor kinks need to be ironed out.WE'll make a diver out of you yet".!!
There are also the other type,certified divers who can dive but lack the experience to the more challenging diving environments.So called advanced dive sites.
Beginner divers are restricted to not more than 18 meters depth and preselected sites mainly out of safety considerations,more emphasis on the fun factor than taking unnecessary risks.
And you 'll have this divers come to you and say,i want to go this site or that,why dont you take me there,i heard its a brilliant dive site.just slightly deeper but no problem,i can handle it.I've already done 10 dives in my log and its no big deal,i feel i am ready for all conditions,i insist we dive there,we are paying for diving so as a customer,our request has priority .
Hmmm...Right ...'' In your mind you are thinking,," this dude is asking to go to a site where the currents can sweep even the experienced divers out to open sea if they make a mistake,max depth is like 60 meters which is off limits even to us professionals,so have to be extremely careful not to go too deep,and diving with you- what i see is a buffoon who never checks his depth while underwater, the word 'hazard' is the name of a song from the 80s, and when swimming underwater with your fins, technique looks like pedalling an imaginary bicyle , if ,i take you to this dive site , it will be akin to holding your hand and jumping off the top of a 30m waterfall and taking your chances when you land in the water.OK,you have a death wish,but please,not on my shift".
But what you really think need to be in stark contrast on what you eventually say which is something to this effect , " Oh ,yeah , sure,i'll take you there,if you want ,not today though, coz the dive site is at open sea and weather forecasts very rough conditions for few days,off limits to small boats,maybe tomorow , if weather calms down".
Then when tomorrow comes and he still asks and insist on going ,you'll say,"Oh,the dive centre next door went and came and told us not to go because visibility is very bad,can't see more than 1 meter ,so no point,cant see the dive site even if you dive in,tell you what,let me take you to another site almost as good as this one,vis is fantastic,you can see 20 meters all around, It will be great , i promise.."
We also have a trick up our sleeves as a last resort.If they are still insistent on going after few days ,then we go , we dive and go back. Their Response" not really that good this site,dont see what the hype was about" . And You say "Yup,you're right,we do think that this site is a bit overrated, " but the fact of the matter is that, in your mind you are thinking in a whispered tone
"of course its not that good as expected,dumkopf ,thats because we didnt exactly take you there ,just decided to rename another dive site so it has the same name to the one you requested to go to
.All in your honour,cos we know you wont be able to tell the difference,"
Well ,why not ? sneaky i 'll admit,yet in the end everyone's happy,and no mishaps to worry about.
If you are one of those divers which after obtaining a entry level certification and gone diving and something within you clicks and you just cant seem to get enough of diving, its like a drug, you are inextricably hooked to the activity.Consider yourself blessed!
Mainly there are 2 categories of recreational scuba divers, either you are among those who just go on a dive trip occasionally,few times a year,enjoy the experience then return to what it is you do to eke out a living or the other category of divers who after learning how to dive, discovers an affinity to it and unleashes a passion for an activity within themselves that hitherto have been lodged in their psyche, Similar to many of the adrenaline seeking junkies and what they chose to satiate their thirst for the fix. Sky diving, surfing, automobile or bike racing,to name a few.
Scuba diving to a lesser degree has similarities with a slight edge over these sports in that it isnt as extreme and physically or psychologically as demanding as the requirements needed for the other extreme sports.
It caters to all niches.from students to businessmen, children to senior citizens,all alike can enjoy this activity without apprehension provided of course that they have been properly trained in the knowledge and inwater skills necessary for a complete underwater fun experience.
Or the adventurous in spirit , there are so many avenues in scuba diving open to exploring the underwater realm,be it seeking out ship wrecks, looking for new reefs to research , treasure hunting on the sea bed. search and recovery of lost objects.
Even for the extreme sports seekers who are constantly on the lookout for something to push themselves to the limits,dicing with the fine line between fatality and adrenaline rush gratification,it can be found in diving.Tecnical diving , treasure hunting salvage diving. etc
There have been many professionals who were searching for an additional recreational activity,like golf, something to have fun with when they can spare the time from their hectic lives,then does a entry level dive course,discovers a whole new world and awakens an awareness of a new perception of a whole different exciting realm that is available to them , and their lives as they know it, just suddenly ups and abandons their cosy,cushy lucrative careers to becoming a dive professional after realising just how gratifying the feeling can be ,going scuba diving.
Because, it is so simple to meet the requirements needed to becoming a dive pro! Just 60 dives logged and verified and one can start training to be a Divemaster, 1st level that qualifies one to actually get paid for recreational scuba diving. DM's are trained to guide and plan dive excursions underwater , know to take precautions when guiding divers, and know how to react to underwater emergencies if such situations arise.
So from the very 1st certification of open water diver,then continuing training to becoming an advanced open water diver ,
the next step is to have a basic 1st aid certification,CPR etc which qualifies the diver to train as a rescue diver,learning how to handle diving emergencies and life saving skills in water. And coupled with a verified dive log of 60 dives enables the diver to train as a Divemaster.
Then if a year has lapsed from the time of the entry level certification and 100 dives logged, the DM can register for a assistant instructor and instructor course conducted in numerous locations around the world. After which there is a exam
testing the theory knowledge and inwater skills of the candidate and when all goes well,another fully qualified scuba instructor joins the industry to teach others how to dive safely and appreciate and admire the wondrous underwater realm.
AS it turns out,usually the ones that become instructors are usually those who have developed a passion for diving and desires to dive as often and in as many locations as possible.Making money is a secondary concern,as long as one can earn enough to eke out a living and pay for expenses,being a scuba instructor is reward in itself. It isnt a big bucks industry,for the individual dive pros,yet it can still pay the bills plus some.. Can be a part time job amongst other professions or full time
job working for a dive resort or dive shop.or a full time freelancer going island hopping wherever there is a demand for instructors to help teach. That is one of the advantages of being a dive pro affiliated to a international certification agency tha is acknowledged worldwide. Structure of the dive courses and the materials for training and certification are exactly the same everywhere.