Diving Near Miss

Well it was the closest I had to a major f*ckup when diving on the weekend and thank sweet baby jesus that we dive shallow.

The mouth piece came off my regulator in 2.5-3m of water. The cable tie must have popped off at some point so I have my head in a hole on the bottom, turn my head to the left and all of a sudden my mouth and throat is full of water.

Instant reaction was to head for the surface rapidly and when I hit the surface, cough up a heap of water and take a much needed breath.

Funny that when your mouth is held open and when you are only expecting air, your belly can cop a lot of water coming at it with force. Lucky none in the lungs.

So a heads up to any bubble blowers, check your mouth piece is well secured to the regulator.

Thankfully we hadn't gone into any caves just yet though if I was in a cave I would have been in the shit.

We ended up 21 crays snared with only three size. 0 out of 3 in the pots.

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 Very lucky indeed. Could

Mon, 2019-02-11 12:13

 Very lucky indeed. Could only imagine what was going through your mind in a short time.


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Fark that lucky  

Mon, 2019-02-11 13:04

Fark that lucky  

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Far out

Mon, 2019-02-11 14:05

 Be a bit of a shock

Lucky boy.


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Had a hose fail but never a mouth piece

Mon, 2019-02-11 15:22

 Mind you surfacing from 30 metres in a cloud of bubbles was interesting wondering how long the air in the tank would last but a mouth piece falling off, no thank you, I assume like me you don't run an occy ?

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 I have the back up though at

Mon, 2019-02-11 17:00

 I have the back up though at the depth I was in, I just went for the surface. Still with a mouth and throat full of water and no way to exhale it, I don't really know how long I had before I was in the shit

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Occy mate, use it

Mon, 2019-02-11 17:19

SCUBA without an occy is like fucking a slut in Thailand without a condom. You might survive or...


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 Have been diving for 20

Mon, 2019-02-11 20:22

 Have been diving for 20 years and am not sure if what you call an occy is the same as what I call an occy?

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Sorry, not a true occy but an Air Ii

Mon, 2019-02-11 19:23

Got sick of the occy hose snagging when squeezing into tight caves and holes.  So yes a back up air supply is a must ! 

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That’s just bad setup

Sun, 2019-03-03 00:09

Get your gear setup right and it won’t be an issue.

AirII is a solution to a non-existing problem.

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Identical thing happened off rotto

Tue, 2019-02-12 19:41

Same story off rotto, fully expecting a breath of air only to suck in a lungful of water in 12m, looked down and grabbed the reg, only to not get a good seal and suck in some more water with a bit of air.. managed to switch to the air 2 and shoot another queen snapper before heading up.. not a pleasant dive.  

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 You can only hope that if

Mon, 2019-03-04 13:51

 You can only hope that if you were in a cave or overhead environment that you would have been calm enough to get hold of the occy.

I dived for years without an occy but since having kids I have installed one and also now dive with a shark shield. I have not thought of the cable tie coming off the reg mouth piece though. Breathing in a lung full of salt water would totally suck and I can imagine it woukld be difficult to remain calm...


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