Are you Prepared??

This is from a poster that was created by the famous Cave Explorer Sheck Exley;

Sheck Exley What If Chart....

Sheck Exley

Before the Dive, What if…;

  • The gas company put the wrong gas in the cylinders you fill from?
  • The wrong grade of helium is in them?
  • THere are impurities in the gas?
  • You miscalculate your mixtures and have too much oxygen?
  • Too little oxygen?
  • Too much Nitrogen?
  • Too much Helium?
  • The for mixing is wrong?
  • The filling temperatures are different?
  • The dive shop filling your tanks allows the gas to bleed back into their bank system?
  • Your cylinders contain flammable materials and you put in pure oxygen?
  • The dive shop tops your deep tanks with bad air?
  • A pinhole leak allows the helium to leak but other gases remain?
  • Your get the cylinders mixed up while filling?

One the Descent, What if…;

  • You do not have enough oxygen when you submerge?
  • Your depth gauge reads shallow?
  • A tank you thought had trimix was really nitrox, etc?
  • You over breath your regulator?
  • You have a delay before ascending?
  • You have a delay on the way down?
  • You have to exert a lot on the bottom?
  • You have a five minute line entanglement etc, on the bottom?
  • You lose your dive partner on the bottom?
  • You get blown from the dive site?
  • You lose your mask?

During Decompression, What if…;

  • The decompression tables you have don’t work?
  • You lose your decompression tables?
  • You lose your watch?
  • You lose your depth gauge?
  • You run out of decompression gas?
  • You drop one of your decompression cylinders?
  • Some steals on of your decompression cylinders?
  • Your decompression cylinders have leaked?
  • You are delayed at a decompression stop?
  • Danger from hazardous marine life keeps you from completing your decompression?
  • Your drysuit floods?
  • You get hypothermia?
  • You get the bends

These are all the situations one should think of when Technical Diving…and be sure you can accept the risks!! Otherwise do not do it!!

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