John, the one about etiquette is interesting as it's all common sense, but as usual, there are a lot of people that don't have/use it
"Gosh, ya mean ta say I shouldn't have a few beers before diving... it's only beer... it's not like it's Bourbon er somethin'..." But then I've seen signs at the shooting range that say "Use of alcohol strictly prohibited" NO $#!+--REALLY?
Jaybird, in November of 1966 I was diving with the Oregon State University Sea Beavers dive club in the Puget Sound area. After a great day of diving, I walked behind a tent we were sleeping in, and heard a loud "CRUNCH," then felt a sharp stab at my left heel. I had inadvertently stepped on a beer bottle, and it left a deep, "V" shaped gash about an inch long in my heel. I bandaged it, and my then girl friend drove me to the emergency room. They refused to stitch it, as it was in the thickest skin on my body, and there was a potential of contamination because of its depth.
That was the end of my diving that weekend, the end of my swim team practices at OSU, and persisted into January when I had enlisted in the USAF. Had the NAUI Diving Etiquette guidelines listed above been followed, I would have had a much happier winter of 1966-67.
John, I TOTALLY get what you're saying: my point was more about people's complete lack of thought at most times. I try very hard never to create a hazard for anyone, be it at home, on the trail, etc. yet I see people doing things like texting and driving everyday, which a study has found is WAY worse than driving drunk. We saw some chimp on his bike, riding no-hands so that he could text, we gave him a quick beep on the horn because he was drifting into the middle of the road. As we pulled into the parking lot, he followed us, expecting a fight. Being a biker, I like to point out to people, that the bike ALWAYS looses between it and a car.
Or, you get the jerk that thinks it's okay to cut trees down in the National Forest!
Thanks Jaybird, I do understand where you are coming from.
This entry comes from my NAUI ITC Course Director, Dennis Graver. Many of the next entries will also be from Dennis. In this one, he looks at buddy breathing. It is now a skill which is no longer really taught, from what I understand. This paper by Dennis goes over some of the problems of the technique, even when it was being used in the mid-1970s.
I had a chance to staff an ITC Dennis directed here about 10 years ago. He's a bright guy and has always had a thoughtful and common-sense approach to diving and teaching diving.
Although I hung on for a long time, I've stopped teaching buddy-breathing. There are so many options to avoid being caught in a situation with one functional regulator. I prefer to spend valuable pool time developing useful skills.
It's interesting that other than a brief mention of "additional equipment", Dennis doesn't consider octopus regs, or other redundant systems. We were just starting to use those when I became an instructor in 1978.
Thanks for the observations. Realize that this little sheet was put out by Dennis around 1973. To give perspective, I went through my NAUI ITC with a classic wet suit (not nylon-lined), Jet Fins (I lost one on a rescue training exercise through about 200 yards of surf, doing mouth-to-mouth all the way in on an "unconscious" diver...for real!), a May-West style front-mount life vest, a single 80 cubic foot steel tank, and a single hose regulator with a SPG. We had no BC as such, no octopus, and practiced buddy breathing on each other during the course. I'll post our graduation photo later. In 1979, Jim Mitchell was still drawing NAUI promotional materials with a single hose regulator, no octopus, and an SPG.
Here is the graduation photo of my NAUI ITC in 1973. Note the life vests we are wearing. Note also the fins, which are either Rocket or Jet Fins for most. I am the one on the lower right corner, with the stripped White Stag wet suit and the life vest with the rubber band (which bunched it up and I think made it less resistant to the water flow).
PS: I may have found a link to Kevin Wong, who is in the photo (second from the left on the front row). Here's what I found, and it seems to match him in this link: