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SCUBA-L  September 1999, Week 1

SCUBA-L September 1999, Week 1

Subject:

Re: Dive Shop News Letters

From:

Krazy Kiwi <[log in to unmask]>

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Scuba diving discussion list <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Tue, 7 Sep 1999 09:55:06 +0800

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>> Jan Faust wrote:
>>> Hey Y'all,
>>> I just got a job doing a news letter for John the Cool Dude dive
>>> shop owner.
>>> ...(Stuff snipped)
>>
>>> here is the story, here is what went right this went wrong and this
>>> is what could have prevented it? What do you think :-)
 
Bob Cooper replied to Jan with:
>> Sounds like a good idea to me. I've written articles like this for
>> our dive club and for our store.
>> I would avoid using real names though. You don't want people to
>> feel badly about themselves - just become better divers.
 
I would go one step further ... not only avoiding naming real people .. but
also, if they are involved in the incident - the dive operators, the boat,
and the place ... unless it was something that wasnt a secret e.g. a
fatality on the titanic, which no one could keep secret!
 
We rely heavily on our dive operators as they sponsor our local
photographic competitions here in Perth, so it is a bit of a balancing act
to ensure we give out accurate information, for safety's sake, but manage
to maintain an open relationship where we have no worries booking a boat
out for a day trip, buying gear at a discount, etc.
 
Including these sorts of stories in dive magazines & newsletters is not
new. We use to have this sort of thing included in our club newsletters
until we ran short of interesting material. After a while it so gloomy that
everyone voted to stick with interesting dive trip reports instead.
 
I am assuming Jan that someone else will be supplying you with the stories
& you will break it down in to what went wrong & what could have prevented
it? Just make sure if you are receiving the story 2nd or 3rd hand that the
facts are pretty accurate.
 
How *deep* in to it are you actually going to go? If it was a drowning for
example ... are you waiting for an autopsy report so that you have the real
facts as to the cause of death? Say a drowning .. they might have drowned,
but the cause was due to a fit underwater ... or their dive gear was faulty
... etc ... alot of this info doesnt come out till later, long after the
local grapevine has given its version of the events & cause of death,
sometimes not always factual. Some are quick to point the finger at
*anyone* but themselves if they know they could get sued or lose business.
 
 
    Viv & Only when the last tree has died o ___
    Fluffy and the last river been poisoned o /@ \/
   (=*_*=) and the last fish been caught > )::
             will we realise we cannot eat money. \___/\
Chief Seattle, Chief of the Swamish Native Americans

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