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Old 07-11-2008, 12:42 PM   #16
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Re: Three more blackouts!

You young guns and old ones alike,just dont hold your breath soooo long its not as important as you coming back alive.Thanks Terry that was scary.
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Old 07-11-2008, 03:09 PM   #17
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The mothers/sons in the video deserve a lot of credit. They could have gone on their merry way, lucky to be survivors and anxious to put that bad experience behind them. Instead, they chose to highlight it for the sake of other divers. Same goes for Steve and Cam. It's admirable of people to share their experience so that others can benefit from "lessons learned".

There are certain practices that help to reduce risk. This is where a freediving class, like Kirk Krack's, becomes invaluable. He teaches proper weighting, proper breathing, how to revive someone, the importance of "one up, one down", etc, etc. That class is so worth the time/money. Read all you can and try to get good mentors, but if you can, I highly recommend taking that class.

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Old 07-11-2008, 04:06 PM   #18
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Wow, that was a great video. Being new to the sport it was good to see a video like that. It makes you really think about the difference between what you think you can do and what you actually can do. It definitely made my skin crawl and reminded me how careful you must be on each and every dive. I cannot thank everyone who participated in this video enough.
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Old 07-11-2008, 04:27 PM   #19
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Excellent information and I believe it was put to use in the perfect place for the generations to come!!! As soon as I finished viewing the video I put it right up top on my Myspace page and would recommend other follow suit so that we as responsble divers can help educate others and possibly give them a wake up call.
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Old 07-11-2008, 06:18 PM   #20
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Thank you very much for sharing this video with us at the Santa Barbara Freedivers meeting this past Wednesday. From time to time we need to be reminded just how real the danger of SWB is to us.

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Old 07-11-2008, 06:33 PM   #21
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Wow great video, this helps alot.
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Old 07-17-2008, 04:45 AM   #22
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It sends shivers through your body to sit back and watch a real event like this.

The thing you have to ask yourself is, are you really ready to instinctively respond using the correct protocol and become the most efficient that you possibly can when seconds could make the difference between life and death.

I know that since I took a professional freedive course I feel a lot more confident but that is still not enough in itself. These are skills that we need to talk about, visualize and practice from time to time. This is the only way to keep them at the forefront of our subconscious so it would become second nature should we ever really need it in a moment with no notice.

Great video and message Terry, Sheri and all the friends and families that were involved.
It's really comforting to see an epoisode unfold where the outcome is as remarkable as this one. It's truly a blessing, Thanks for sharing!

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Old 07-17-2008, 06:03 AM   #23
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Good vid!!! Pointed out a lot of what not to do's and showed how real swb is.
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Old 07-22-2008, 09:55 AM   #24
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Great Video, reminds me of the day Julie and I saved Lil John in Fort Lauderdale. 85-90 ft drop that could have ended with his death. So scary to hold you partners body almost lifeless in your arms, waiting for the boat to come.
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Old 07-23-2008, 11:49 AM   #25
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Terry & Sheri,

This video is great! It reaches out to up and coming freedivers in a way that they can relate to. Great job!

I would like to add that if anybody experiences or is involved with a freediver black-out event, they should contact D.A.N. (Divers Alert Network) and submit an event report to the Breath-Hold Diving Incident Database.

By adding reports to the scientific collection of data regarding black-out, these events can help us to better understand black-out, find ways to reduce black-out and emphasize the need for proper safety practices.

Thanks again Terry and Sheri for helping to educate and inform divers of these very real risks,
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Old 08-05-2008, 04:06 AM   #26
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I liked it and I think it will help. Too many needless deaths.
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Old 09-05-2008, 12:32 PM   #27
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This is the organization founded because of these incidents.
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Old 09-05-2008, 01:01 PM   #28
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A great website! The risk of blackout fatality is an dangerous aspect of freediving that is often under-appreciated. The loss of life that all too often results is a true tragedy. And the lives of the families and friends of the victim are forever impacted.

This is an assemblage of some of the best and most knowledgeable freedivers. I'm excited to see such an outreach and educational program and look forward to its success in preventing needless loss of life from blackout.

Julie has done a fantastic job in pulling this all together. My congratulations and appreciation to all involved. Thanks!
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Old 09-25-2008, 08:27 AM   #29
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Man it is happening all over the world and certainly not decreasing. Added interest in the sport and advanced techniques so easily gained now by many are leading the way to tradgedy for those who dive ALONE. I personally do not know of any diver "passing" when diving WITH their buddie in every scence of the word.. Communication is vital. Education reaches only those willing to listen.
Bravo Terry good stuff with the vest mate. I am sure it will save someone's loved one. well done

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Old 03-27-2009, 11:41 AM   #30
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I still remember my SWB that occurred over 30 years ago in the Keys. I wouldn't be here to tell the story if it hadn't been for my dive buddy. I can't stress how important it is to be cognizant of this risk at all times. Yeah, I thought I was invinsible back then.. This is VERY REAL AND CAN HAPPEN AT ANY TIME....WITHOUT WARNING. Way to go with this video.
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