Saturday, March 31

DIVING IS ADVENTURE, a philosophy for divers. By Bob Halstead

My favourite article of ALL TIME about the risks in diving . By Bob Halstead
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(Dear Reader, "risk" and "danger" are not the same thing though they are often confused by authorities in the name of Safety. Really they just want to restrict your adventure .. now read on ..)

Diving is not amusing nor frivolous. It cannot be conducted casually nor without thought and intelligence. People dive, not for "fun", but for ADVENTURE. Pascal noted three hundred years ago that

"ALL THE TROUBLES OF PEOPLE ARE CAUSED BY ONE SINGLE THING, WHICH IS THEIR INABILITY TO STAY QUIETLY IN A ROOM"

He recognised that to seek adventure is a product of being human, but he also recognised that adventurers should anticipate "trouble". I admit he used the word "men" instead of "people". I changed it, not to be politically correct, but because diving is a physical activity where women are often superior to men.

As we seek adventure the trouble that should concern us is the "risk" that the adventure entails. Risk increases as soon as you close the front door and head off to the dive site, then increases even more as you get into the water and descend. The risk associated with diving changes as various physical factors change, for example risk increases with depth, if there is a current, if the water is cold and murky and so on. But increased risk does NOT necessarily imply "danger" - a lack of "safety".

RISK IS THE POTENTIAL FOR INJURY TO OCCUR.

Read the whole article....

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