Stop, Think, and Act
Jan13

Stop, Think, and Act

STOP, THINK, ACT By Walt “Butch” Hendrick The words and concepts are pretty simple and and areprobably familiar to all divers, but what do they mean? How do we put them to our best use? Let us take a look at some avenues where we can put the STOP, THINK and ACT concept into ACTion. # 1. BREATHING Before you can begin fixing specific problems, you must first address the number one problem – breathing. Breathing will at some point...

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Personal Water Craft (PWC)
Jan07

Personal Water Craft (PWC)

Personal Watercraft as a tool in surface and diving operations. Personal watercrafts (PWC’s) today are one of the most effective rapid response rescue tools available. They allow rescuers an ease of deployment and quick launching. They can be used as transport vessels for diving operations with limited boats. For surface rescues, such as overturned boats, person-overboard, person caught on a rock in a river, and medical emergency on a...

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Buoyancy Control
Jan04

Buoyancy Control

Buoyancy control is actually much deeper than most people understand. It requires an understanding that we are in a weightless environment. It is only weightless because we do things to make it so, such as adding or reducing weight or air. And understanding that something as small as an ounce of air can make a difference. An ounce of weight held out in any direction can make a difference. One touch of the power inflator can change...

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Sport Firefighter Course

Hey, Sport! I was thinking that if I could find the time, I would like to take a sport firefighter course, down at the local fire store. And then I might be able to take a sport confined space or haz-mat course… After a little chuckle, we all know that the above is a bit farfetched. You cannot really go down to the local fire store and enroll in a series of fire rescue courses. We cannot go to the local confined space store or...

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Black Water Diving

When you believe the water is as black as it can get and suddenly the unthinkable happens, it becomes even blacker, you know instantly something has happened, and you are probably not out sport diving. When we talk about black water diving, we are talking about zero visibility, not a little, zero, none. We’re not talking brown water, we are talking black as black can be. Carry a ten thousand candle watt power light and you could not...

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