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More Unsafe Dive Operators November 14, 2008

Posted by Chris Sullivan in Emergencies.
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There has been another incident in Guam that points out how unsafe some “dive experience” programs can be. Unfortunately these kinds of improperly run operations can result in governments stepping in and regulating the industry like the Quebec Government has done.

One person posted a picture of an unsafe operation in Guam, where the backup second stage regulators were tied off behind the divers’ backs, no doubt because they hadn’t been taught how to use them.

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1. deepstop - November 22, 2008

I noticed that PADI standards actually permit Discover Scuba Diving students to dive without a backup second stage regulator (a.k.a. Octopus), or a depth gauge. Presumably this is because they wouldn’t know what to do with them.

Tying them off still seems a bit extreme though. While a double failure is extremely rare, it is still within the realm of possibility.

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