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Divers React to Tec diver's near death experience caught on video

Nov 2022 07



Steve Luchon is a and ran into an issue deep underwater that could’ve ended up pretty badly. He recorded the whole dive, and we are here to analyze what happened.

Original Video Courtesy of @Dive Current:
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45 Comments

  1. #1

    In my experience, the best people to have around are those who have made mistakes, panicked, and learned from it. Being able to accept our mistakes & teach others what not to do is not as common as we would think. Too many people are too proud.

  2. #2

    Btw, anyone who does dangerous stuff, I suggest you pray to something. Not a diver yet, but I'm a truck driver lol

  3. #3

    I like his attitude, he has a great attitude about the whole situation, I know this new attitude is what is going to make him great. Just don't get a big head again haha

  4. #4

    In general in life, i would have a hard time trusting someone who never failed, or worse, who never admitted having failed

  5. #5

    Firstly well done to Steve for being so open about his experience, the key to learning is to forget the ego, in any sport or activity. We all have made mistakes diving, we all have made kit changes before a dive and should have tested it in the shallow, the fact that this channel is an open forum to discuss issues and incidents is a breath of fresh air (pardon the pun!). Thanks to Steve for sharing his experience and for you guys for reviewing it.

  6. #6

    enjoy this a lot. glad he's okay and able to speak openly about it. safe diving everyone

  7. #7

    The human condition, we all make mistakes. Safety 3rd folks.
    Rule 1 safety
    Rule 2 safety
    Rule 3 safety
    Safety 3rd!

  8. #8

    As someone with a bit of a panic disorder, they describe the mental state very well

  9. #9

    Woody is that "well actually…" guy that corrects you on any little insignificant thing

  10. #10

    Life long diver, long timer listener, first time poster! Been diving since age 7, certified at 12, and professional for around 15 years. Around 5000 dives now, and obviously witnessed some scary situations.
    One that sticks out in memory is while doing some commercial dive training, my buddy and an instructor where on our second dive in a deco dive plan, around 28m in 8c water, in the middle of some shipping lanes, while doing some scrap metal recovery. My buddy and I were working a piece of metal out of the ground, and he started to make a funny noise, I looked up and you could instantly see the panic in his eyes (when the eyeballs are the same size as the dive mask). He signaled that he was out of air, and in that instant my brain went into overdrive. We did a quick tank swap and descended back down quickly (as we were using UK navy dive tables), so did he grab the wrong and tank and grab an empty tank? Did his reg fail? I know that when it fails it most likely freeflows, so wtf? I know the buddy check was good. All these thoughts happened immediately, as instantly after signaling "out of air" he spat his reg out, and started the panic'd "arms and leg crawl the surface" maneuver. I grabbed his BCD (to stop an uncontrolled ascent, and take control of the situation) and my alternate reg, and attempted to shove it into his mouth, but the sense of panic was too great at this point and he would not accept it. I was already swimming towards the surface, but knew that if I held on, he would drown, and if I shot up with him, it may put both of us at risk, so I had to let go and let him shoot up. I was able to drop his weight belt as he bolted upwards, which helped as when we hit the surface he was unconscious for a few moments, but came to quickly. Our boat supervisor immediately picked him up and we monitored him throughout the day as we had a chamber on hand.
    Later on, after some consultations with doctors, it was discovered that he had a seizure while diving. It had happened to him once as a child at the age of 2, and he was now 24. The seizure was very specific, where it only shuts down the portion of the brain that knows how to breathe. He unfortunately was unable to complete his dive training as no doctor wanted to sign him off after that incident.
    Even after a life time of training and experience, sometimes things can still go wrong, in ways that you can not imagine, but knowing that I stuck to my training and did everything I was supposed to was everything I could possibly do. Luckily things came out well in the end.

    Thanks guys for your awesome vids!

  11. #11

    ..is Woody mad at someone, or the viewers maybe..

  12. #12

    I’ve only dived in a hyperbaric centre pool it was beautiful and if I had the money,I’d love to pursue diving 8 weeks I did diving for and it’s something I think in my head,I’ve done that but not in open water and I’d keep well away from caves.
    Quick edit I’m addicted to your channel,I used to work for Comex Houlder and was a project and logistics tech,it’s why I got that chance.
    The divers were unassuming lads and paid well and lads for me not enough.
    My project at the time was on the DSV Aurelia and it was back up and and back up and check and nobody grumbled you had peoples lives in your hands 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

  13. #13

    I like seeing the top divers share their f-ups. It teaches us nobody is perfect and accidents can happen to anyone. Further learning comes from your telling what went wrong and what options were best to remedy the situation. Can’t hear it enough because when it happens to you those stories can flash into your head and help you make the right choices.

  14. #14

    One of the best so far! Panic is not really something we can just tough ourselves out of. Learning and trading is so important because panic can and will happen sometime in our lives,not always diving. Once panic happens your brain goes into lizard mode.

  15. #15

    Alveol-I

  16. #16

    My whole first year of diving was Puget Sound in a rented wet suit,an ancient used BC and regulator.

  17. #17

    These lessons definitely should be shared. Thanks for everyone on screen being as humble as they are.

  18. #18

    Incredible humility. We have all had moments where our ego is in control. It takes courage to admit that and learn from mistakes. Very admirable; great video!

  19. #19

    Good on him for recognizing and looking back on that whole experience and learn

  20. #20

    great training video. You can carry a back up of everything except the most important piece of equipment your brain. Never dive alone

  21. #21

    Sorry to ask a stupid question but why does the water get colder when you go deeper in the sea

  22. #22

    I'm really glad Steve is here with us and able to tell everyone what happened. Too often it's the case of having a dead diver and you can only speculate about what happened, so to have someone here who can tell the story and say, this happened and this is how we prevent it, it's great. Really amazing that he uses the experience to teach others.

  23. #23

    What torch was that he was using?

  24. #24

    I have a huge amount of respect for Steve. I'm fully confident in my skills and abilities, but I am human and have overlooked things in the past without incident (luckily). Remember always the 5 P's.

    Prior preparation/ planning prevents piss poor performance 🤠

  25. #25

    Excellent commentary from all three of you. Very humbling and greatly appreciated!

  26. #26

    guus humbled steve big time 🙂

  27. #27

    I've been diving once and my reg popped out when I shouted at a cool fish to my dad. just grabbed it and put it in my mouth, blew out like it was a snorkel and carried on

  28. #28

    Donde ….. si 👏🏼 😂

  29. #29

    great story good learning experience!

  30. #30

    Excellent video

  31. #31

    His torch😂😂

  32. #32

    I talked about my own near-death experience in a reply to another DiveTalk videot, but I can confirm that this is EXACTLY what quarry water looks like in the dead of winter: dark and murky. I did my dive in water that was about 52ºF but it was only to 30ft, so it didn't vary much. Also, we used wet suits, which work, but the initial exposure is torture.

  33. #33

    Did he forget he had hands

  34. #34

    This video should be shared to a lot of divers where their confidence overcomes their experience. Very good self reflection

  35. #35

    Again, I will NEVER do any form of diving and not ever, cave diving for sure never, that's why I love watching you guys because I get to witness this dangerous thing I'll never do and learn all about it, knowing it will never be me out there. You guys are the experts and I'll leave that to you, and be content watching your content instead of ever wanting to do this myself. White knuckle most of your videos! Thanks for all the great work you do.

  36. #36

    Love your hat Woody 😀

  37. #37

    Love your knowledge

  38. #38

    I agree with you 100% about the need for a thorough buddy check (which would have solved both problems this guy encountered) before every dive. But not so much about the need for a buddy on every dive. I've had many successful solo dives (in open water and not in caves or wrecks) and always felt perfectly safe having taken a few basic precautions: 1. A 3L pony with its own first/second stage (and with the air turned on!). 2. SMB 3. Inflatable buoy in my pocket for when boats run over my SMB. 4. Compressed air whistle for when the pick-up boat can't see my buoy. 5. A pack of pencil flares in my other pocket for when the pick-up boat can't hear my whistle. 6. A good knife for entanglements. 7. Pack of sandwiches for the deco/safety stop. Now you're your own buddy so do that buddy check on yourself; focus and do it thoroughly. Not twice or three times, but once and properly. I have to say that I think the buddy system for open-water dives is highly over-rated and can also lead to complacency, as was the case in this example. Having said all of that I'm very glad the guy made it back safely and that he learned a couple of valuable lessons along the way. Plus my full respect to him for "owning up".

  39. #39

    Mad respect to the dude who came on and acknowledged his screwup and really learned from it. I've only panicked once when I was learning to dive. My regulator got kicked out of my mouth on an out breath. I was used to clearing my regulator using my breath. So when I put my regulator back in I suddenly realized that couldn't clear it. I panicked and shot to the surface. Luckily I was only at 15 feet and had no air in my lungs. I had completely forgotten about the purge button on the regulator. My instructor took me back down and we ran drills of re creating this scenario and dealing with it correctly.

  40. #40

    Cockiness can be a problem, I have about 3k dives and probably towards my last 500 i was frankly getting slack.As a result I had a couple of incidents which should never have happened. I got things sorted,but that's besides the point. As for panic, only ever had that once after about 35 dives when i coughed and my reg flew out of my mouth at 30m . I struggled to get my reg back, but managed eventually..Never be overconfident.

  41. #41

    I love to see this. Extreme ownership. I learn more from people every time when they tell me how they messed up. Whatever the topic is. Be ready, be prepared. It’s not going to be pretty but as long as you come out the other side you have a life lesson.

  42. #42

    Always love the hats. Makes my whole day.

  43. #43

    That hat is a good hat

  44. #44

    I subscribed Steve coz u so humble!!!

  45. #45

    Rocking Woody

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