California diver deaths--inadequate diving equipment......
Bob Hauser - Hard Hat Commercial/Commercial Hard Hat Diver
February 15, 2007 at 20:57:31
I've dived commercially in the Pacific, Atlantic, North Sea and Med...but in the Gulf of Mexico I remember that they insisted that all of us oil field divers use desco masks w/ hoses. We lost a lot of divers that way, especially at night when the mask can so easily become dislodged from your face or break seal and let the ocean in. I know because I had it happen to me. Repeatedly, time and time again it is proven that scuba is definitely NOT SUITABLE for some jobs even if it clearly excels in others.
I know that among divers there is this macho guy thing about "never refuse a dive no matter how dangerous or how dysfunctional the equipment---go down there in your skivvies with a bucket over your head if they ask".
Yes, well I've seen the results too many times. It is worse than stupid to make a work dive with any less than rugged and safe gear---in dark or murky water and particularly with a tide or other current that can pull the mask right off your face now matter how tightly you think you have it strapped down...USE A HELMET! THEN AT LEAST IF FOR ANY REASON YOUR AIR GETS CUT OFF, YOU'VE STILL GOT EIGHT MINUTES. Commercial diving is one of the most risky professions in the world so why make it worse by wearing sport scuba gear in conditions where it greatly amplifies that risk?
There is absolutely no place whatsoever for Evil Knievel in the dive biz nor for marine engineers and contractors who force their divers to use demonstrably unsafe or inadequate gear.