At 09:05 AM 12/13/99 +1100, Strike wrote: >On Sunday, December 12, 1999 4:27 PM, Reef Fish wrote; > >>You need somebody to kick up some sand here! Regretably, I'll >> be gone again, DIVING this time in Cozumel, for the rest of this CENTURY >> (and shut up, Chuck, about the pedantry about this century <G>) a couple >> more days! :-) > >It's dark and dirty work - but somebody has to do it! :-) I know, I know. I feel guilty reading about you and Bjorn doing all that dirty work, so I felt the need to do some of that myself! :o) > >> At 11:30 AM 12/12/99 +1100, Strike wrote in reply to Kevin Koroluk: >> >> Great reply! But I can't resist this one: >> > >> >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, >> >> Yeah, Strike ... about bowling vs scuba: >> >> Here are dozens of events that may have been recorded in the book of >> "accidents" or "injuries" in SCUBA (Saturday Club Unwinding Bowling >> Association): > >(snip) > >> But how many bowling accidents resulted in paralysis (as in type II >> DCI), embolism, ..., or FATALITY? :-) > >Ah! Good point! :-) > >>From memory - and now that I think about it! - the comparisons in the term, >"Diving is safer than ...", Seen that heading many times. :-) >were adapted by the >diving industry from an article that appeared many years ago in 'Life' Could've been Readers Digest too, I s'ppose. :) >magazine about shark attacks! Now there may be some truths in THAT subtopic of risks relative to bowling. :-) >The author stating that a person was at >greater risk of *fatal* injury from playing netball, bowling, keeping bees, >or falling debris from aircraft, etc. than they were by being attacked by a >shark! :-) First of all, I know of only about three cases of shark "attacks" ... all three appearing in Jaws, I fink. :-) Then, even if attacked (mistakenly or otherwise), not many cases of lost limbs were "fatal". <BG> But those are not good ways to gauge the "risks" in scuba diving, or fatality rates, in general. Now that you recalled the Life article, I am curious as to how many BOWLERS suffer from FATAL injury from bowling each year (other than being shot by a disgruntled loser who happened to have a gun). :-) >However - and providing people approach it in a sensible fashion! - diving >certainly has a lower fatality rate than many other activities. ('Course, >it's the 'sensible' thing that causes most of the problems!) :-) I have no statistics to dispute or agree with THAT! :-) -- Bob.