Do you descend down the line or free descent on a boat dive?

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asked May 16, 2017 in Scuba Diving by hurfish (3,024 points)

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answered May 16, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
Depends on the operation and conditions. Shallow dives and drift dives are a free descent. Deep dives in the Gulf I usually lead a group and we descend down the anchor line so everyone stays together. I go first and watch everyone come down. that way if someone has a problem equalizing or something I can stop the group and handle the problem then resume the descent. If drift diving everyone goes in the water at the same time with a backroll so that the group doesn't get seperated.
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answered May 16, 2017 by Pablo (1,108 points)
Yes it depends on the dive site. From an anchored boat (especially with waves and current), I like to use the anchor line. On night dives I'll mark it with a strobe. In low visibility I'll tie off my wreck reel, so I'll be sure and find way way back easily. With a drift dive, even though I can descend fast, I'll go under last and watch my divers.
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answered May 18, 2017 by revgramza (1,095 points)
I always follow the direction of the boat captain/divemaster.  It usually depend on conditions, especially current and depth.

I watch many divers descend, adjust buoyancy and then get with their buddy.  I always descend with my buddy.
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answered Nov 24, 2017 by dnadavis (545 points)
Free descend using the line as my reference unless there is current and then I  will use the line.  I generally descend about 5-10 ft and then flip head down so I can swim and control my decent.  I used to descend on the line but traffic and the lack of control made me stop.
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answered Dec 11, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
Depends on the type of diving and Depth. If drift diving you will free descend. Shallow dives like the Reefs off Key Largo you will free descend. If you diving a deep dive to a wreck or something you will descend on a line.
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answered Nov 24, 2017 by richardehyman (2,630 points)
Free descent. A line on the way up for decompression.
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