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Old 05-06-2012, 09:00 PM   #1
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I would like to start off by saying thanks to the "Down Under" dive boat out of Gulf Shores for helping us out in our time of need today. However I do have a bone to pick with a diver that was on that vessel. As you will see in the video, he was way out of line. While on my safety stop, one of the divers decided that he needed to help me unload my speargun for the safety of the other divers that were also on their safety stop. I had just come up the line and my gun was loaded and the safety was on, I stayed well below the other divers for this reason. he still felt the need to swim down to me and fire my gun. Needless to say I was not a happy camper..

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Old 05-06-2012, 11:14 PM   #2
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Nice video.
The other diver really didn't need to go down and shoot your gun but why not just unload it?
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:19 PM   #3
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Way too much drama. First, asking you to wait to hunt, then discharging a gun pointed in a safe direction. Dude! Keep your hands off my gun. You manage your group, let me manage mine. Good shooting, by the way. Sorry you didn't get a few more of those.
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Old 05-06-2012, 11:39 PM   #4
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Ok I can see both sides of the story: I'm sure you were a liability for them being that it looked like you were on their an anchor rope and those guys the one that shot your gun and the one with the side mounts looked like they knew what they were doing. On the other hand, it's my gun, it's in a safe direction, don't touch it.
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Thats rediculous. I know not dive a location that boat is on.
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Old 05-07-2012, 01:05 AM   #6
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That was Byran that took your gun and unloaded it for you, I wasnt there and didnt get your side of the story but from what he said it didnt sound to smart to have your gun loaded while at your safety stop with numerous people. SAFETYS FAIL. Bryan is a good friend and I trust his judgement as he does this for a living everyday and holds the highest dive cert you can get. You can always call Downunder and speak with him personally if you needed some clarification. He was looking out for his customers.
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Old 05-07-2012, 07:34 AM   #7
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I understand what he was trying to do and that he is responsible for the safety of his divers. however, at no point were any of them nor himself in danger from my gun. as you can see in the video, I keep a SAFE distance from them, my gun is ALWAYS pointed toward the bottom and I was the last one up the line . You are correct in your statement that SAFETYs fail, but not pointing a gun at someone does not. I could understand his actions if I was swimming all around them and putting them in harms way, in that case his actions would have been justified. I feel he acted inappropriately and was out of line.

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Old 05-07-2012, 07:43 AM   #8
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Yeah, some folks get real nervous around spearguns. They may have good reason, as there are a few total knuckleheads out there spearing fish.

These days I unload my gun as soon as I decide begin my assent. It keeps me from being tempted to shoot another fish when I am low on air. It also means that I do not have a loaded gun around other divers on the assent line.

In order to put others at ease, you might consider developing a similar habit.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:30 AM   #9
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These days I unload my gun as soon as I decide begin my assent. It keeps me from being tempted to shoot another fish when I am low on air. It also means that I do not have a loaded gun around other divers on the assent line.

you might consider developing similar habit.
Thats good advice, I need to do the same.
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Old 05-07-2012, 09:36 AM   #10
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I completely agree with doradohunter. Bryan is by far one of the most knowledgeable people out there when it comes to the seas of the Gulf underwater and above. He treats his students as if they were his own family out of harms way and lessons to be made.
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