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Gilboa Quarry is SAFE, what about the divers' training?

Tom C - Instructor/Business Owner
August 12, 2007 at 10:15:40

I have been diving Gilboa Quarry from the time before it was open to the public.There are no hazards in the quarry and the operation of the quarry is the safest and most thorough I have ever seen.  I have no reservations about training entry level students in Mike Williams quarry. He does it RIGHT and I have never thought of him as seeking a "personal gold mine" from the divers,how preposterous is that statement. That statement is made by someone who does not know Mike and who for sure does not know diving.

In this article the statement is made and I have seen this statement before,the the two divers that died first died from equipment malfunction.  Their equipment is designed that in the event of a freezing of the first stage that the regulator does not freeze shut, it begins to free flow and all the air comes out at a breathable pressure. We train students how to breathe off a free flowing regulator and when you signed the paperwork at Gilboa you are cautioned to the fact that free flows are more than likely to occur, it has happened to me personally.  The divers responsibility is to know how to perform the breathing from a free flowing regulator, if they don't know then they should NOT be in the quarry.

The officials have acknowledged the near spotless safety record of Mike Williams and Gilboa Quarry and because Mike runs a safe quarry I will return to the quarry with students and I will encourage my students to Fun Dive there after they are certified.

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