One of our own nearly was a RIP on this forum, thankfully he was with a rockstar dive buddy. Ben had no idea he had passed out, he would have died, no doubt if he had been diving alone or with an unattentive buddy.
I had dove with Ben when I started back this sport after over a decade of being MIA, and as a certified free diver he gave me some great tips. I think he is a great diver. Ben is fit, is young, and surprisingly for him clear headed that day :laughing: Four min surface interval, not a deep dive for us... 71ft, fish had not stressed his ascent.
I was terrified as a dive alone diver, if this could happen to Ben after he had done it by the book out of the blue, I was terrified!!
Then i saw the video and knew immediately, he was unconsciously hyperventilating before the dive... Itt had been 5 years since his course and lessons had faded away.
Message is please pay attention guys, pay attention to each others form and advise your dive buddies, we all get into bad habits, bad habits in this sport can kill us.
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