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Old 05-03-2015, 08:55 PM   #1
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Did a 3 tank trip yesterday and had a couple of "near misses". First instance was on the Penhal and had a boat go over us as we were doing a free ascent. I should have sent up a safety sausage but the boat was going way faster than idle. Second near miss involved another boat "losing" two female divers. We found the two divers about 500yds away and they were drifting in the current.

Just a reminder for all to be safe including a safety sausage and safety line out the back of the boat if the current is strong.
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Old 05-03-2015, 09:09 PM   #2
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I hope you don't me adding. Watch out for kayaks in the pass in the early morning and late evening. Those dirty green ones aren't very noticeable.
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Was your near miss within the dive flag limitations? If so, that makes me nervous...
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That is why we always dove 2 up and 2 down. We would always stay above the bubbles to keep the boats off the divers.
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And please don't dive with the boat empty. One of my golden rules these days! Just adding to the "be safe" message.
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Was your near miss within the dive flag limitations? If so, that makes me nervous...
I would estimate that we surfaced about 100yds from the boat (at least the swim felt that long!). It did make me nervous but I should have sent up my safety sausage. Still, the other boat (newer Mckee Craft) was going way faster than just an idle and we had a dive flag up in the boat that was clearly visible).

We always have a bubble watcher in the boat as well. Like sealrk said I think I might just start doing the "follow the bubbles" thing vs anchoring...
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Like sealrk said I think I might just start doing the "follow the bubbles" thing vs anchoring...

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Like sealrk said I think I might just start doing the "follow the bubbles" thing vs anchoring...

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You just drop a bouy, divers go to bottom and someone drives the boat watching the divers bubbles below as they dive and ascend. Only works well in calmer seas with little current as current can move the bubbles quite a bit off the wreck. Preferable to anchoring if you have a competent crew. You don't even need a bouy if someone driving can hold up over the wreck.
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You just drop a bouy, divers go to bottom and someone drives the boat watching the divers bubbles below as they dive and ascend. Only works well in calmer seas with little current as current can move the bubbles quite a bit off the wreck. Preferable to anchoring if you have a competent crew. You don't even need a bouy if someone driving can hold up over the wreck.
How did my name get in here lobsterman posted the bubbles. The above quote is more proper than holding above the bubbles with a turning propeller. The diver could ascend into the propeller. just stay in the vicinity of the wreck away from the bubbles. I rarely ever see bubbles come straight up.
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