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Old 26 March 2007, 07:31   #11
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Most inflatable/RIB divers here reboard by getting out of gear, dropping weights into the boat, grab a lifeline about shoulder-width, drop down, then kick up. Three kicks will put you up over the tube. Remove fins, get in boat, and haul gear in.
You make it sound SO graceful! Its not so easy in a drysuit with a chest valve - the number of times I've got back from a boat dive with a dirty great bruise in the middle of my chest...
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Old 27 March 2007, 14:04   #12
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You make it sound SO graceful! Its not so easy in a drysuit with a chest valve - the number of times I've got back from a boat dive with a dirty great bruise in the middle of my chest...
I've been diving with a drysuit exclusively (aside from free diving for abalone maybe a couple times a season) for the past, oh, six or seven years. Our water here ranges typically around 50 to 54F, with the extremes at about 48 and 62 (the 62 once, during a strong El Nino event.)

Never had a problem with the inflator valve coming over the tubes (well, to be fair, the last year I've had the ladder, so haven't been over the tubes in a while.) Than again, your tubes may be bigger than mine.

I've found that the trick is to try not to slide up the tubes, but rather, get the height you need with a bit of separation between your chest and the boat, then use your hands to pull yourself onto the tube when you're at the highest point. If you get a good assist from dropping back down before you start kicking up, you should find that the inflator valve clears the tube as you flop over it (and that's a pretty accurate description: it's anything but graceful.)


Luck;

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Old 28 March 2007, 06:57   #13
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Canterbury dive club turned there Rib over when i diver coming up over the side catched a tube and tore a large hole in the side, the tube deflated quickly and the deck flooded due to the weight of kit the boat was sitting lower anyway, then it just turned over. Not sure what caught on the tube and would have imagined the force needed to tear through the tube must have been a lot, the boats now been renamed and the name is on upside down just in case it happens again.
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Old 28 March 2007, 11:12   #14
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Saw something similar on a small inflatable: Stenciled on the bottom towards the bow were the words "If you can read this, flip me over."

Cute.

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