Lessons to be learned from Cory "Ginge" Monk's death...
Francois D - Divemaster / Importer
January 3, 2008 at 18:55:16
After hundreds and hundreds of dives, many divers start to get complacent about basic safety precautions. Overconfidence can lead to bad habits. Divers stop doing safety checks. They start diving solo (or might just as well be given the lack of buddy contact). They get sloppy with their equipment and their dive profiles. They start looking for a bigger adrenaline rush.
I don't know exactly what killed Ginge. It was probably a combination of factors--it usually is. What I do know for certain is that there is very little margin for error when one encounters problems while scuba diving. The inherent risks of scuba diving are the same for everyone--how we manage those risks is what makes us different and arguably "safer" or "less safe" divers.
As a diver, Cory Monk was willing to accept more risk than I ever would. With the better part of his life still ahead of him, he paid the ultimate price at age 35.