On Knowing When To Abort Your Dive

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Even as an experienced scuba diver there may be times when what would seem a simple dive takes a turn for the worse.

Laura King explains how what would have otherwise been a simple and easy dive off the coast of Ft Lauderdale took a turn for the worse.

She noticed a strong rip current as she began her dive from the five boat.  In fact the current was so strong that it pushed her about a half boat length before she began her descent. T hat is when her struggle began to extricate herself from the current.  She swam with all of her might to  reach the descent line.  It took her over 12 minutes and the use of about 1000psi to finally reach the descent line.

Needless to say she was exhausted…

Read on below to see how she dealt with this ordeal

I have been diving for twenty years, and consider myself to be a competent diver, confident in my abilities and comfortable in the water. But as they say, complacency breeds contempt, and I recently got a wake-up call I won’t soon forget. I was diving off the coast of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, on an absolutely beautiful day and on a deep wreck. When I jumped in the water, I instantly noticed the ripping current. I cannot do a negative descent, as I always need to grab my camera rig from the divemaster. By the time I had done so, the current had pushed me half the boat length back. I started descending at an angle, trying to get below the current, while making my way to the descent line and maintaining a good visual on my buddy. I soon realized that the current was not letting up

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