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On 16 Feb 2001, at 18:33, [log in to unmask] wrote:

> .<SNIP>
> > Ok which one is it, you are 100% familiar with your gear or you
> > aren't? Being dogmatic or automatic with familiarity with your gear
> > should make you less prone to mistakes. You react to situations
> > without having to think about what you are wearing because it is
> > the same as the last time.
> >
> It is both.  While there is some variability, there isnt that much. In
> my experience, reacting without thinking is asking for error.

I'm not saying that you shouldn't think, but you should be thinking
about things other than your gear during an emergency.


>
> > Each time you do a dive, you spend a certain amount of time
> > having to think about this particular gear configuration because you
> > use several. I hope that you aren't having to think about it at a
> > stressful time when something has just gone wrong.
> >
> What a good way to spend the time puttering out to the dive site.
> REviewing your gear configuration and you buddies. Some one
> ought to put that in the OW courses.

This should have been done prior to starting the swim out. I call
mine matching or an S drill. Same thing I teach my students.


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