NCjones - 9/22/2017 2:53 PM
I think you answered you own Question Tom about why people "lie" on a dive log.

I just got tired of the "I need to be in charge of your life and tell you how to dive because I need to protect you from yourself" bullstuff that is so prevalent in sport diving. That’s why I bought a boat and I go dive wherever the hell I please, to whatever depth I please, on whatever gas mix I please, I log the dive if I feel like it, I do a safety stop if I feel like it, I return the the boat with less than 500 PSI if I please, I do the first dive deeper than the second if I please, I wear my mask on my forehead if I please, I don’t carry a snorkel most of the time, and I haven’t died in my 14 years of diving NC wrecks.

Now my first checkout dive when I got certified was to 75 feet, and I’ve been to 128, so I don’t have to lie, but I think these ridiculous rules are why people do. I’ve seen and heard all kinds of ridiculous "big brother ~ I need to protect you from yourself" bull crap from these dive shops and charter nazi’s who like to enforce their pretend authority.

I’m certified to 130 feet and that certification doesn’t expire, I dive to 110 regularly, sometimes I log that dive, sometimes I don’t, and as far as I have been able to determine thru research, there is no state or federal law that requires me to maintain a dive log, or even be certified for that matter, so no I don’t "need" to show evidence of a dive to 70 feet in the last year.

I only have to kiss rear and play the jump thru the hoops game for "Dive Charter Nazi" if I want to rent their gear or ride on their boat or let them fill my tank. I can fill my own tank from my own compressor and drive my boat out to the same wreck and anchor right beside them, and not even have a dive log, and that’s perfectly legal (at least in America).

I can understand why the Charter Nazi’s are like that though. Life in America would be so much better if we followed Shakespeare advice....."The first thing we do, let’s kill all the lawyers." ~Henry VI, Part 2, Act IV, Scene 2.