Originally Posted by chuckaduck
Madness what happens when the engine is ACCIDENTLY put in gear ?
Recovering a diver + kit (or MOB with an injury) isn't going to be a 15 second task. IT does take several minutes for a pair of divers to de-kit in the water and pass equipment into the boat. During this time if its windy the boat will drift faster than a diver in the water. Therefore you may have to use the engine to maintain your position relative to the person in the water. One reason we spend alot of time practicing control along side an object in the water on a PB2 course.
Yes you are right one day there might be an accident, but there have been far more incidents at the surface at the end of a dive which is why the priority will always be to get the diver back on the boat first. Keeping the engine running is a personal choice, one that I and lots of other clubs are happy with.