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Old 02-11-2006, 06:53 PM   #1
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The freediver's safety vest--IT'S ABOUT TIME!

Freedivers have no safety device to help prevent death from shallow water blackout. Two dedicated freedivers from Ventura, California have formed a corporation dedicated to the development of the first important safety device for freedivers. Since our Internet forum started last April, work has progressed steadily. Now, after spending over $100,000 and procuring a patent to protect their investment, commercial development of the freediver’s safety vest is well underway. Please follow this link for a new study of shallow water blackout and information on how the vest works. Note that while I am an enthusiastic supporter of the freediver’s vest concept, I have no economic interest in the company, nor do I plan to in the future. http://www.freedive.net/swb.htm
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Old 02-11-2006, 07:08 PM   #2
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Re: The freediver's safety vest--IT'S ABOUT TIME!

Terry,

Let me be the first to offer you a warm welcome to the board. Excuse me for taking the liberty to say for all of us that we are proud to have you.
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Old 02-11-2006, 07:22 PM   #3
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Re: The freediver's safety vest--IT'S ABOUT TIME!

Wow, this vest could potentially save many lives. Freediving is becoming a very safe sport as it seems. Glad to know people are thinking of the saftey of thier fellow divers.
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Old 02-11-2006, 07:32 PM   #4
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Re: The freediver's safety vest--IT'S ABOUT TIME!

One of my best friends have a SWB episode while I was diving with him some 20 years ago. He blacked out about 20 feet from the surface. By the time I swam over him and descended, he had dropped to almost 50', well beyond what I had ever free dove before. As I grabbed him by the collar and started back up, I thought there was no way we would make it, but the Lord gave me the strength, and we made the surface. Upon raising his head above the water, he started coughing and woke up, not even realizing he had passed out.
This safety vest will undoubtedly save many lives, that dive buddies would be unable to. Kudo's to these guys for the time, money, and effort they are investing to develop this. Is this the one Sheri Daye had some input on?
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Old 02-11-2006, 07:43 PM   #5
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Indeed, Sheri had, and continues to have, considerable input on the devopment of this device. I even borrowed the title line above from an edit she made to the piece!
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Old 02-11-2006, 08:41 PM   #6
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welcome to the board , what an excellent idea this vest is!! im not sure if i missed it but how does it look deflated?, will there be different sizes based on your weight and how much weight you carry?

would you be interested in doing a spearfishing- freediving seminar at the key west open this may? we would love to have a few of you west coasters come to the keys!!
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Old 02-11-2006, 09:37 PM   #7
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Re: The freediver's safety vest--IT'S ABOUT TIME!

Welcome Tmass!!! Can you or someone else elaborate/explain "We also anticipate that some divers will reach the surface, deactivate the vest then pass out while exhaling." Also wondering what the price will be? Whatever the price, it sounds like this will an invaluable piece of equipment and mandatory for all freedivers.
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Old 02-11-2006, 10:23 PM   #8
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Matt,
Thanks for the welcome. Originally, we thought we would not allow deactivation of the vest until the diver reached the surface. Now that we understand that it is possible for the diver to deactivate the vest on the surface and THEN pass out, we are programing in a safety period. If the diver descends within 15 seconds and goes deeper than 10 feet, the vest will fire even though it was "deactivated."
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Old 02-12-2006, 12:41 AM   #9
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Re: The freediver's safety vest--IT'S ABOUT TIME!

Terry, this device is fantastic! I read the description at http://www.freedive.net/swb.htm and was very impressed. This will save lives and I congratulate you and your team for developing it. I am going to pass the word to all my freediving friends. Welcome to Spearboard! Tony
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Old 02-12-2006, 02:19 AM   #10
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Re: The freediver's safety vest--IT'S ABOUT TIME!

Terry,
Welcome to Spearboard. We hope to see alot more of you here. That vest is a great idea. I am surprised nobody thought of it before. But then that is what they say about all great inventions.
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Old 02-12-2006, 05:56 AM   #11
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Terry, I'll mirror everyone with a Welcome to the board! It's good to have you here and I'm sure that your books and stories have inspired many others as they have myself.
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Old 02-12-2006, 06:49 AM   #12
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Welcome Terry, it is honor to have you here...Always an innovator
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Nice to see that we continue to evolve...great thinking!
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Old 02-12-2006, 09:11 AM   #14
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Re: The freediver's safety vest--IT'S ABOUT TIME!

Terry Speedy Here Welcome To The Board .john Bettua And Myself Have Been Using A Vest For Years Its Made For Sailers It Comes In To Ways Manual And Auto Inflate When Its In Water We Use Manual Mode Its Save My Patner Twice . My Concern Its A False Sence Of Security We Need To More Info And Not To Push Our Limits. I Hope That The Vest Makes A Differents For Others.
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Old 02-12-2006, 10:58 AM   #15
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Re: The freediver's safety vest--IT'S ABOUT TIME!

How bulky will it be?How easy will it be to operate?How many of you guys will actually wear it?

PS Good to have you on board! Your book is responsible for the thousands of dollars of gear and travel expenses I pay out yearly.
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