I had a mini scare the other day while I was talking with my Aunt Mindy over lunch. I was telling her about Katie’s scholarship, how she’s travelling the world studying Zoo Architecture because she’s a Watson Fellow (and a bit of an overachiever). I was listing the places she’s going and said ‘Indonesia’. Then I paused. Indonesia. Oh fuck.
So when I got home I looked up her website that is chronicling her adventure and Indonesia was NOT on the list. Thank god. Right now she should be in South Africa.
I just hope that she didn’t decide to go to Sri Lanka or Thailand for Christmas. She better have not.
And then there’s this other story of a couple who was SCUBA diving during the Tsunami. What I find incredibly amazing is not that they survived the Tsunami (though that is pretty amazing) but that they and their divemaster were able to stay together. They say they were ’sucked down’ and that they tried to inflate their BCs to get to the surface. I’m wondering if they were sucked down and were somehow pinned to the wreck itself. Oh well. William said that maybe we should talk about that in Open Water Classes. ‘How to survive a Tsunami’. I doubt there’s that much you can do other than hold onto something. At least you have a steady air supply.
Mindy and I were talking about diving rescue and I thought it’d be a neat idea to teach a Rescue Diver Theory course. There isn’t a good way to teach the practical aspect in NC. There’s Radio Island, so beach rescues aren’t much of a problem… it’s the boat rescue that’s difficult to practice. Anyway, the theory course would first do the standard Rescue Diver lectures, but would have the added benefit of me going into rants about the illogic of those lectures.
“If you come across an Unconcious diver and there is water in the mask, be sure to take the mask off the face because the pressure differential as you take the diver to the surface will force the water through the nose and the person will drown.” Whatever.
Then there’s the Nitrox diver dilemma. If you come across an unconcious diver with a Nitrox cylinder and there is pressure in the cylinder, chances are the diver has seized and passed out from Oxygen toxicity. Which means you have about a 15 minute window to get them to the surface.
Anyway, there are a lot of situations that can be discussed. And maybe the students would have some ideas about Tsunamis.