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#51644
Scuba Divers...Back roll or giant stride?
Greg - 7/08/2009 9:22 AM
Category: Survey
Replies: 102

If you’re on a boat about to go scuba diving and you have the option of either a back roll or giant stride, which would you prefer? Please leave a comment about why OR tell us about a short experience you’ve had with either type of entry.
#124
wingnut - 7/05/2010 7:04 AM
[Choose #1] I can protect my camara better
#18
darrel92240 - 7/03/2010 8:36 AM
[Choose #2] i’ve never had the choice so i always have used giant stide
#154
inked59 - 7/02/2010 10:04 AM
[Choose #1] easier to do
#63
Minky - 7/02/2010 5:20 AM
[Choose #2] Easier on my ears
#75
divegirlca - 7/01/2010 7:15 PM
[Choose #3] I have had back surgery, so this is best for me.
#82
FLWildbill - 7/01/2010 11:29 AM
[Choose #2] Stride..... only because the boat I use doesn’t have dive friendly gunales
#88
CaptJack - 7/01/2010 11:01 AM
[Choose #1] Depends on the distance. They all have applications. Rubber boat - back roll or gear up in the water (esp. with camera gear). Dive boat over 3 ft - Giant stride, maybe gear up in water. over 6 ft giant stride. And a lot of times I just flop in
#754
NMGoose - 7/01/2010 10:26 AM
[Choose #1] The backroll is easier for me with all the weight.
#91
girly_diver - 7/01/2010 9:34 AM
[Choose #1] Most definitely backroll!
#1207
Div4fun - 6/28/2010 6:39 PM
[Choose #1] I just think its more fun
#8590
dalehall - 12/28/2009 7:51 AM
[Choose #5] I’m indifferent. Been on boats where both had to be used. I’ll do whatever I need to get in the water.
#15
jodi - 12/26/2009 1:31 AM
[Choose #5] Not really fussed either way, although to get to the bottom faster i like to do a back roll.
#30
cpdscubaski - 12/25/2009 12:32 AM
[Choose #2] Back roll can be painful.
#231
imbodie - 12/22/2009 8:29 PM
[Choose #2] It is how I was taught, anything else seems weird
#12289
StuartG - 12/21/2009 11:22 PM
[Choose #2] Giant stride. Never tried anything else.
#54
scubabob1 - 12/21/2009 1:07 PM
[Choose #2] it’s the way i was trained and i’ve never tried any other way
#1523
knightddiver - 11/13/2009 5:22 PM
[Choose #1] I like the back roll it gives a little more control and you can push away from the boat easier.
#431
pinkladydi - 9/17/2009 2:27 PM
[Choose #1] easier with the motion of the boat, also with bad knees it’as easier
#2802
legaleagle - 9/07/2009 11:06 PM
[Choose #5] with my bad back, I sit on the side of the dock, have someone help me into my dive gear, and gently roll into the water.
#681
Love2DiveGirl - 8/04/2009 7:36 AM
[Choose #2] Like to see where I’m going
#870
ncdiveinstructor - 8/03/2009 7:17 PM
[Choose #1] I prefer the back roll if diving in conditions where the surface is a bit rough and you dont want to hang around on the surface too long. Otherwise I like the giant stride.
#60
NateNC - 7/28/2009 9:28 PM
[Choose #2] Most experience with giant stride...very comfortable with it
#18958
Smithsgold - 7/28/2009 1:37 PM
[Choose #2] Giant Stride all the way !!!!!
#3515
Nesher - 7/21/2009 2:17 AM
[Choose #2] I just prefer the Giant Stride
#686
EasyDayThailand - 7/20/2009 10:17 PM
[Choose #5] i use the easier option
#630
Harleyman3521 - 7/17/2009 3:55 AM
[Choose #1] To me it helps to keep mask in tact
#5471
DiveBuddyChgo - 7/16/2009 10:01 PM
[Choose #5] I prefer just to just roll off onto my entire left side.. This keeps the air inside my drysuit...
#1920
ArchimedesPrinciple - 7/15/2009 1:04 PM
[Choose #2] I think it’s safer
#184
scubaschwab - 7/14/2009 8:53 PM
[Choose #2] Easier to stay upright
#2231
MDW - 7/13/2009 9:24 AM
[Choose #1] Side Roll - less likely to bang head/tanks/regs/etc.
#506
steelheadfish - 7/13/2009 8:53 AM
[Choose #1] cuz thats the way i like it!!! smoother entry to me
#3237
daz88 - 7/13/2009 12:42 AM
[Choose #5] Just depends on the boat.
#3934
mistigold - 7/12/2009 4:35 AM
[Choose #1] On my boat you can only do a back roll
#2935
mo - 7/11/2009 8:10 AM
[Choose #1] Diving from a Rib (back or side roll) hard boat, giant stride
#4853
Granitehawk - 7/10/2009 9:54 AM
[Choose #2] Never done the back roll
#28713
RAWalker - 7/10/2009 4:11 AM
[Choose #5] it depends on the boat and the diving conditions
#635
BiancaC - 7/09/2009 8:05 PM
[Choose #2] To many accidents with back roll
#2225
DiveNClimb - 7/09/2009 2:37 PM
[Choose #5] Judgment based on surface condition.
#2662
1maurscuba - 7/09/2009 9:59 AM
[Choose #4] I would want to do a giant stride before a back roll
#10
scubadad - 7/09/2009 6:59 AM
[Choose #2] Back roll is disorienting to me. I hate hitting the water and wondering which way is up.
#622
Matt65 - 7/09/2009 2:44 AM
[Choose #2] I prefer the giant stride, I’m just more comfortable with it over the back roll, have done both.
#2157
MouthBreather - 7/08/2009 8:54 PM
[Choose #2] Back roll can leave me a little dizzy
#3091
divemaiden - 7/08/2009 5:50 PM
[Choose #5] I’ll do whichever is easiest. If I have to shuffle down to the other end of the boat for a g.s., I’d rather just backroll in from where I’m sitting
#4377
Catman - 7/08/2009 4:34 PM
[Choose #2] Whatever the conditions require!
#3933
seawolfdiving - 7/08/2009 4:14 PM
[Choose #5] Depends upon boat configuration and how rough the seas are...
#6537
MonkeyDiver - 7/08/2009 2:47 PM
[Choose #5] There is no correct answer here. A back roll or giant stride are both OK depending on the boat configuration.
#17673
LatitudeAdjustment - 7/08/2009 11:11 AM
[Choose #2] It really depends on the boat, some are too high for a back roll and some you want to get away from so off the stern is safer.
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Greg - 7/08/2009 9:23 AM
[Choose #2] I can see what I’m jumping into with a giant stride :)