To all strong/experienced divers who read this: Will you help us give back for two or three hours? Can you be a good buddy to someone?
UPDATE- Normal things to go over with your buddy before the dive:
- Signals and communication underwater
- Proper gas (air) management (turnaround time, safety margins, etc)
- Proper Weighting
- Emphasis on neutral buoyancy
- Lost buddy procedures
STARBUCKS is providing the coffee! Thanks, Seattle's best!
Experienced divers only RSVP on this page. You do not need to be a Power Scuba member to participate in this event. (If you are not, contact me to be placed on the list.)
I was helped by several divers when I was brand new to scuba. They answered my questions, went diving with me, and were patient as hell! Perhaps you experienced that also when you were new. Let's do that very same thing for some of the new or inexperienced divers in this group. You'll take them out on one dive at the Shores and help them along on their path to "veteran" status!
Will you help me give back? (For obvious reasons this is a definite "no flake" event.)
WHAT: One tank dive with an inexperienced diver as a buddy.
WHY: Because it's greatly needed
ARRIVALTIME: Please be at our canopy NO LATER THAN 8:30 am. (I'll be there at least by 7:30 am.) I'll begin my indoc speech then.
PAIRING UP TIME: We'll begin buddying up around 9:30 am
IN-WATER TIME: Approximately 10 am
WHAT IF: Q- What if it becomes painfully obvious your dive buddy does not have the skills necessary to complete the dive? In other words, they're not simply rusty, they're missing a significant amount of the skillset and knowledge to safely perform a dive. A- You must be candid, honest, and gentle with your buddy. Tell them, in your estimation, they're not ready to perform a dive and suggest they take a refresher class or repeat their o/w class. Let the host know of this as well. (Addendum- If you are already in the water and the realization strikes you that your buddy shouldn't be diving, end the dive immediately and have the above conversation.)
Major thanks to the following scuba shops/instructors for contributing at least one of their staff to our little endeavor here:
- Dive Shack (El Cajon)
- Ocean Enterprises (Kearny Mesa)
- Unified Team Diving (Sorrento Valley)
This will not be a "Scuba Review Class" or anything similar... just one diver (you) buddying up with another certified (albeit less-experienced) diver. No teaching relationship, real or implied, is existant.
BAR-B-Q after the dive! Power Scuba will spring for some meat. You bring a side (maybe a little to share too?) and something to drink.
THIS IS A NO FLAKE EVENT
ADMIN STUFF YOU MUST READ:
If you have not submitted a Liability Release for Power Scuba, please follow this link to the file, print, sign, and bring to the event along with your C-Card (scuba certification card). You need to do this at least once a year: Liability Release and Assumption of Risk There will also be releases at the event.
You must also read this: Disclaimer and Clarification... AKA Terms of Service...AKA Terms and Conditions
Anyone with a medical condition possibly counter-indicitive to diving must have a doctors signature on a diving waiver form and submit signed form to Bill Powers (or an organizer) before they may attend any Power Scuba event. YOU MAY NOT ATTEND THIS EVENT WITH AN UNDISCLOSED MEDICAL CONDITION. Doing so is grounds for expulsion from the group. Here is our medical statement: Medical Statement. Therein you'll find a Doctor Waiver form as well.
Attending any scuba event Power Scuba facilitates constitutes attendee's affirmation they are medically fit to dive, certified to dive by a nationally-recognized agency, have the necessary skill & training level for the dive being offered, have read the Terms and Conditions, and have submitted a signed Liability Release to an organizer.
Power Scuba bears no responsibility or liability for a member's loss (gas, airfare, hotel fees, etc) in the event of a cancelled event.
Your participation constitutes your affirmation you agree to these above rules and disclaimers.... and that your buddy(s) (if applicable) has read and agrees to the same.