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easei
posted : May 12, 2007 Post subject: A diver in the red, is a diver dead?
Having just recently completed a diving skills update, (my last dive was fourteen years ago when I only did around twelve dives anyway) but intend taking now diving up more earnestly. However, whilst doing the update I was told that ' A diver in the red, is a diver dead' making reference to the 50 bar red section of the cilinder contents guage. I was not taught this on my original course ( as far as I can remember) but always avoided going into this section anyway.
Can anyone out there tell me if this is a general consensus among the diving fraternity?

 
Paul
posted : May 12, 2007 Post subject: A diver in the red, is a diver dead?
Hi this is an old idea was around when i started 20 + years ago the norm now is rule of thirds 1 third out 1 third return and the last third for emargency, but some still use the old trusted 50 bar back on land, good luck on your return to diving Paul

 
easei
posted : May 13, 2007 Post subject: A diver in the red, is a diver dead?
Thanks Paul, it was definately a diver from 'old school' but well qualified and experienced with a wealth information. As an example he also told me to carry on breathing on the boat (after a dive) from a cylinder half way into the red, I got about three breaths then nothing, quite scary when you realise you have just exhaled, thank goodness for the octopus as a oppossed to the old buddy breathing technique. I think the moral of the story is definately stay close to a buddy if your air gets that low!
Tony

 
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