Look over your Shoulder when Making a Lane Change
Have you ever been diving and had a diver run into you? Come up under you? Push you out of the way? I’m sure we all have! My most painful experience was in the Philippines. We were in 90 feet plus, when another diver came up from below me. Hit me with the tank valve/first stage in the face so hard I saw stars. It was so hard, I thought I would pass out. Now passing out in 90 feet of water can only end one very bad way. Fortunately, I was able to locate my dive buddy and grab on. When asked if I was okay, all I could do was put my hand up as if to say just wait a minute.
The lesson I learned that day was always be aware of your surroundings, know where every diver within striking distance is, and be prepared to bolt if needed.
As good and courteous diver lets always “Look Over our Shoulders When Making a Lane Change” and quite possibly we will void those mid-water collusions that happen far too often!
Dive Safe, Dive Often!