Why should we cancel or abort a dive?
This past Monday, January 1st of the New Year 2018, our dive club at Extreme Sports Scuba did NOT have our annual Polar Bear Dive. On the 27 of December, a decision was made to cancel the dive club dives for the day due to the predicted stupidly cold weather, wind chills if the minus teens. The decision was made for the safety of the divers as well as those that were going to be “smarter” and just watch Diver Dan and his fellow cold water divers.
The correct decision was made for the dive, it was to be way too cold for just your average fun recreational diving. For the safety of divers and onlookers, the outing was canceled. (It will be back in 2019, so don’t worry.)
Now, what are some of the reason you would abort a dive or dive trip? There are several reasons:
One reason already discussed is the weather. Storms, cold, excessive heat, or too windy if you are boat diving. You don’t want to do anything that will keep you from doing a dive another time. Your shore dive should be aborted if the waves/surf are strong enough to possibly cause you injury entering or exiting the water. We canceled a shore dive in Cozumel because there was no way to exit safely with the 3-5 ft surf breaking on the rocks and around the dock.