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navyhmc
02-11-2008, 07:26
Diving off Cozumel on a day boat, I get insta-buddied with this guy about my age (20 or so) and we hit it off pretty well as far as skill level etc. The plan is for a drift dive at around 70' the DM prep has us going down the mooring line to about 60' and then drifting from there. No prob, right? Well, I get in the water first and wait for Neal to do a giant stride-the deck's about 5' above the water. Now I have seen all sorts of modifications to the standard giant stride, but this guy took first prize!

It started with a fairly loud "Yeee-haaaa!". Then, with both hands on mask and reg, he does a leaping backwards somersault, hitting the water with the upper third of the tank, keeps the rotation as he goes under unbtil he's head down and makes the fastest damned descent to 60' that I have ever seen and could never keep up with, even with my hardest kicking. Of course it didn't help that I was trying to breath and laugh almost unconrollably as I followed him.

I also was thinking "What have I gotten myself into?" Turns out once he got to the starting point, he was all business and in the top 10 of dive buddies as far as working with me, communicating and all. Our sac rates were similar because we both were the last divers out of the water-even though max depth was 70' he insisted on a 10' 3 min safety stop.

Why the grand entrance? He said he gets it out of his system first and then settles down. Also didn't have any problems clearing his ears on fast ascents-said it was easier for him.

Zyxistal
02-11-2008, 09:49
I wish someone there had a video camera.

Foo2
02-11-2008, 09:51
Sounds like a fun guy! Glad it turned out to be a good experience.

Black-Gorrilla
02-11-2008, 10:00
I wish someone there had a video camera.
+1

where was this guy from? name? maybe i get lucky and see this one day :)

navyhmc
02-11-2008, 10:36
I wish someone there had a video camera.
+1

where was this guy from? name? maybe i get lucky and see this one day :)

First name was Neal, never got his last name, He was from Charleston SC.

Yeah, it was obvious that he had done that type of entry many times before. :smilie39:

KGNickl
02-11-2008, 10:41
I thought the story was going keep going to a point where everyone would wonder how this person had not killed himself or another. Good start, boring end. :smilie40: Atleast it sounds like you had a good and safe time!

mitchy
02-11-2008, 10:41
Sounds like a great time. Maybe it's time to modify my entry.

MLenyo
02-11-2008, 10:47
that sounds awesome. i like being buddied up with smart divers.

mwhities
02-11-2008, 11:11
I'm glad to hear it worked out for the better. That'd be scary to see and I would've been iffy about diving with him. Although, if it was http://forum.scubatoys.com/members/hoobascooba.html, I KNOW I wouldn't have dove with him. ;)

Suther2136
02-11-2008, 11:51
Let's just hope he clears the water out below him all of the time. Hate to get crashed into in 30ft of water.

cummings66
02-11-2008, 12:03
I think if I tried that entry I'd bust my guts wide open. Interesting buddies like that? Nope, can't even compete.

dallasdivergirl
02-11-2008, 22:48
I have a friend who does something similar entry wise. the first time I saw it, I thought someone had spiked my tank.

pyre24
02-12-2008, 06:19
Sounds pretty wild and fun

Zyxistal
02-12-2008, 09:26
I have a friend who does something similar entry wise. the first time I saw it, I thought someone had spiked my tank.

Oh sorry was that YOUR tank?

hoobascooba
02-12-2008, 09:46
I'm glad to hear it worked out for the better. That'd be scary to see and I would've been iffy about diving with him. Although, if it was http://forum.scubatoys.com/members/hoobascooba.html, I KNOW I wouldn't have dove with him. ;)

I heard that!

:smiley19:

BeachBunnyCrissy
02-13-2008, 19:49
This reminded me of my dive buddy James entry at Balmorhea last summer.... http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n20/Crissychan03/l_324a2613ec18d61e31d16973a10916ee.jpg

FyVe
02-21-2008, 21:11
This reminded me of my dive buddy James entry at Balmorhea last summer.... http://i108.photobucket.com/albums/n20/Crissychan03/l_324a2613ec18d61e31d16973a10916ee.jpg
thats awesome!!

dannybot
02-24-2008, 09:47
I saw a DM in Coz do a back flip of the upper deck a year ago. I was impressed. Also had a DM in Grand Cayman who would do a dive-roll, he dove haed first, as usual, but rotated so he hit tank first. I always enjoy a new approach. I'm not ever really comfortable with a sitting back roll off a boat.

scubajane
02-24-2008, 17:45
we practiced many entry types while in OW class my favorite is... face the water.... head down.... roll in hit tank first...feet over head. I don't do this in public though...maybe I should start.

worst entry is,,,,wear a beanie... take a mini stride... hit tank bottom on boat... lurch forward being sure to hit valve on back of head.. note lump on back of head...also no head ache...continue on 1st dive.... find large gaping wound on back of head after 2nd dive.. obtain stitches in foreign country...continue diving for 4 more days never miss a dive.... good stuff

Chocoholic
02-24-2008, 17:53
That sounds cool, i wish I could do that. But I usually try to do the OK thing adn then have someone hand me my camera.

Chocoholic
02-24-2008, 17:56
Not the hitting the head stuff, the yee haaw stuff.

ianr33
02-24-2008, 17:57
This is an amusing entry. For the onlookers at least!

YouTube - Jeff Cornish - Top Technical Diver (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFHrX9ID3NY)

scubajane
02-24-2008, 18:02
This is an amusing entry. For the onlookers at least!

YouTube - Jeff Cornish - Top Technical Diver (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TFHrX9ID3NY)

OUCH!!!!!!!
giggle.....
Is he ok?

No Misses
02-24-2008, 18:26
Wow, Whoever posted those vids must not be a freind of Jeff Cornish. Did you see the one where he was using a scooter?
YouTube - Jeff Cornish Underwater Scootering Master Class (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23opLm7Qr1M&feature=related)

ChrisA
02-24-2008, 18:40
It started with a fairly loud "Yeee-haaaa!". Then, with both hands on mask and reg, he does a leaping backwards somersault, hitting the water with the upper third of the tank,

I guess back first entry is no worse than a back roll. I've done back rolls off small boats many times. Mostly you hit the water tank first.

I saw a training video made in the late 1950s. Actually it was a black and white 16mm movie that had been transfered to DVD. back then the common entry was head first. It turned out that most all divers at that time had a strong background in swimming and they brought their competitive swimming entry style to scuba.

rye_a
02-24-2008, 22:25
Wow, Whoever posted those vids must not be a freind of Jeff Cornish. Did you see the one where he was using a scooter?
YouTube - Jeff Cornish Underwater Scootering Master Class (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23opLm7Qr1M&feature=related)

Gotta love the internet. Remind me never to let anyone point a video camera or digital in my general direction.

ianr33
02-25-2008, 00:23
Wow, Whoever posted those vids must not be a freind of Jeff Cornish. Did you see the one where he was using a scooter?
YouTube - Jeff Cornish Underwater Scootering Master Class (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23opLm7Qr1M&feature=related)

Did you notice the depth he was at? I especially like the dangling bolt cutters.

texdiveguy
02-25-2008, 00:35
Wow, Whoever posted those vids must not be a freind of Jeff Cornish. Did you see the one where he was using a scooter?
YouTube - Jeff Cornish Underwater Scootering Master Class (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=23opLm7Qr1M&feature=related)

Did you notice the depth he was at? I especially like the dangling bolt cutters.


Just goes to remind us all that even top rated divers can have really crappy days!!! LOL