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SCUBA-L  December 1999, Week 2

SCUBA-L December 1999, Week 2

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David Strike <[log in to unmask]>

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Date:

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On Sunday, December 12, 1999 5:52 AM, Kevin Koroluk wrote:
 
> In your experiences, where are the best places to scuba dive?
 
The answers to that question will always be very subjective and depend on
the interests, (U/W photography; wreck diving; cave diving; wall diving; ice
diving; shore diving; day-boat diving; liveaboard diving, etc., etc.); the
experience, (in terms of destinations visited); the geographical location
and the travel budget of the individual; and what level of surface comfort
you expect.
 
Also bear in mind that even within the same country or area - and often as
little as 100-metres distance from each other - dive sites will vary
tremendously.
 
Although I'm fortunate enough to have dived in many, many places, there are
few of them that I know really well!  It's also probably true to say that
the more times that you dive in a general area, the more that you discover
and the more that you begin to enjoy that particular site.
 
In my personal pantheon of GREAT places to dive, I'd include - and not in
order of preference - Fiji; Papua New Guinea; Great Barrier Reef/Coral Sea;
select parts of Indonesia; Cozumel (now that I've been fortunate enough to
visit it <BWG>); and Shelly Beach, in Sydney!  :-)
 
> I was also curious to know about how many scuba diving fatalities are
there
> every year?
 
I don't believe there's any universal register for recording diving
fatalities - and even within a country it's sometimes difficult to source
information.  The short answer, however, is: Not many!  Indeed!  Diving's
often been heralded as being among the very safest of activities.  Of those
fatalities that do occur, most happen because a person has exceeded their
individual ability or comfort level; because they attempt dives that they're
not qualified to make; because they have failed to put in place a proper
dive plan, (or ignore the dive plan altogether!); because they forget and
overlook what they were taught in training;  because they ignore dive
briefings - usually on the grounds that they're 'experienced'!  or because
they lack finely honed survival instincts!
 
Diving does, of course, carry with it a high level of potential risk.  But
good training methods have reduced this potential to the point where it's
often stated that diving is safer than netball, bowling, bee-keeping, or
flying in an aircraft!  :-)
 
Strike

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