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When you see scuba divers and snorkellers enter the water from a boat, they usually do it by rolling in backwards and head first. Why? Wouldn't it be easier and safer to go in feet first?

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chainmailmaiden
Nov. 23rd, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
On most small boats it's easier to do it that way. Standing up and stepping over the side isn't that easy on water and wearing fins you know :-) Falling over backwards off the side is quick and easy and you soon right yourself. If you're on a larger boat with a proper deck and a gate in the railings then you would tend to jump off feet first.
adaese
Nov. 23rd, 2011 08:08 pm (UTC)
Because it makes a bigger splash. They only took up diving to begin with because they loved splashing, and had outgrown the beginners' pool.
lil_shepherd
Nov. 23rd, 2011 08:32 pm (UTC)
And also, if you step off the boat and into the water:

1. Your fins can be ripped from your feet - and break your foot - because they have this big surface area which can slap downwards with some force and

2. The reason as explained by Jacques Cousteau, many years ago, is that if you go in face first the impact can dislodge your mask.
the_marquis
Nov. 23rd, 2011 08:41 pm (UTC)
As the above say, its easier from a small boat to let gravity work for you not against you and water is quite resistant to things moving into it.

Also form the Clearance and Search & Rescue Divers books I've read the training involves dropping feet first from height into water without fins or mask on and putting those on when in the water.
philmophlegm
Nov. 23rd, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC)
All sensible answers (even adaese's...). Thanks!
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