Chat? with INTERACTION? WHAT? LOL
I used to ride horses competitively... when I was 13 a very wise instructor once told me, watch and learn from everyone. You can learn what to do, what not to do. Don't get cocky and think 'cause you're young and athletic that you can't learn from the 80yo cowboy who can't barely ride anymore. Open up and learn.
He was a wise man and those words (paraphrased) have stuck with me for the last 27 years, and hopefully for the next many years...
That OT interlude only to say that I agree, learn from everything/one.
The sprint for the ladder at 15ft during a SS is a trip... I see that all the time, not really my buddy, but I see it all the time
All good points you make... I've seen many of those too... trying to think what I have to add. I do see plenty of dive buddies 20ft in depth apart... doesn't seem like a great recipe for helping someone out of a bind. I think depth separation is the worst thing I see regularly.
Generally speaking, I'm not sure what the huge rush is to get back on a boat. I mean after a SS, that last 5-10 ft, it's as if we are all 13yo girls and Justin Beiber is signing autographs on the ladder... sheesh. (and I'm talking calm seas, not conditions where it's best to get out as soon as you are near the surface). Can't we all just queue with some space?
To all - turn your head on occasion throughout the dive LOL
Getting kicked happens (I've been an offender sometimes), but if ya kick me acknowledge it, ask with an OK symbol or open palms to apologize, and then let's space out... 4 times in a dive is a bit much!
I'm a photog - but I pride myself in not being a photog who cuts people off, takes 30 shots of a subject while others are waiting, swims under another photgo so he gets a nice covering of bubbles on his port... If you're a photog on a group dive, look around first, take a shot or two, look around again and reevaluate!
And I'll admit I'm probably guilty of some offenses too, inadvertently... non of us are perfect, esp. me.