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    low times high times

    This past trip to Coz pushed me up in dive count to 18
    and it was truly a contrast of best and worse
    the BCD incident really made me question my ability to dive safe. that being said, my training helped me remain calm and overcome the incident
    on a good note, we dove a site with low currents for photos and I finally broke the 60 minutte mark on a 80 tank
    that is telling me I fight currents to much, and need to learn how to manage energy in currents
    our DM got my weight dialed in and showed me how to use trim and angles to manage strong currents
    looking forward to developing those on our next trip

    I am taking the BCD in to make sure those threads are not stripped

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    So, what exactly happened with the BCD?

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    the cap ring that seals the inflator on the shoulder caame loose
    so whenever i added air it just blew right out

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    the BCD incident really made me question my ability to dive safe
    that's a pretty major failure for anyone and you made it back ok so that's a plus
    My gear my life I will check my gear every time

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    Since this is a dive forum, this is the kind of thing we all can learn from. If you don't mind, could you give us details? Were you in heavy current, depth, duration of dive when failure occurred? When it happened what happened and what did you do? What was the effect of the failure....did you descend rapidly?

    Not trying to find fault with anything to did or didn't do...you made it out so that was a success.

    Snagel

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    not at all, as a new diver, input is welcome
    We were diving cedral pass, fortunately we were reducing my weight a bit so I had 14lbs
    the currents were very fast, not the heaviest i have seen but close
    going in the water the BCD seemed to be working in that it held me on the surface before going down
    time for me to get my bearings and adjust my mask
    the descent was not the smoothest as we all got scattered out a bit. once we regrouped the dive appeared tl be a typical fast dridt dive the problems started when I hit my 1000 mark on presure we Donna and I were with 4 other very experienced divers and the DM
    They split off to one side of a coral ridge and we were on the other side with the DM
    The DM signaled for us to come back toowards him. against tthe current
    so I my air consumption went up dramatically
    Donna was closer to him when I signaled low air at about 650
    so he signaled to foollow the sausage line up to safety stop
    Since i can be a air hog, this is nothing new to us
    at this point, other than the currents and being spread out there was no great emergency
    I allways swim my weight up and fill my bcd once on the surface
    that is when the trouble started.. everytime I put air in I could hear it dumping right out

    got a little worried, but then thought, I have air, and i can keep my self at the surface swiming. but I was getting tired fast. I managed to site our boat andit was close by. So i signaled for help, and got ready to dump my weights
    the boat got to me fairly quickly and they had a rope onthe side I Grabbed..... that was a major relief
    they got me in the boat, and as soon as I gathered my wits I inspected the bcd. the cap was still on butnit was finger loose
    once i tiightened it the seal held air

    I dive a 3mm long john oceanic, boots and atomic split fins with a dive skin shirt on top
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    stiletto bcd and oceanic data pro 2.1 computr
    depth was max 42 feet, and duration was only 42 minutes
    according to my computer I was aat 27 feet when i started coming up
    the only alarms on the computer were the air alarms i had set, and once on me ascent i hit the yellow on too fast

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    this was a second dive by the way, we had dove the horeshoe prior to this with no issues other than my normal air hog usage

    FORGIVE THE TYPOS
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    good job but dump them weights once you get to the surface just make sure no ones below you. you can get new weights.
    My gear my life I will check my gear every time

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    the two things that I took from this are
    check that ring before going in the water
    dont wait to drop the weigbts

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