Originally Posted by jgrace
Do people apply this "engine off for MOBs" rule to approaching anyone in or on the water
Rarely turn the engine off to pick up divers, and that includes over the stern of the Pacific. Nor do many of the chater boat skippers we dive with. Its a personal choice but in 20 years of diving I can't remember having a problem.
I agree with Codders, I want the engine running but will make sure the gearbox is in neutral. If its choppy the boat will drift faster than a person in the water so you may have to use brief touches of forward to stay alongside.
Vince, killing the engine with the killcord a couple of boat lengths from a person in the water would mean you have no drive and very little steering just as your making the final aproach. I am not going to say its wrong, but I would not teach that on a PB2 course. I perfer to stop the boat dead in the water a couple of boat lengths away and then move the boat next to the diver. I encourage students to "think, plan then act"
at this point and go round again if they are not happy. This ensures you don't over run by miss-judging the speed. I agree with the approach into wind if its a sensible option.