spatman wrote:I'm not quite wrapping my brain around this statement. How are you self-reliant when you are relying on others?
I’ll take a stab…
I agree that I think it has to do more with each person’s interpretation of “reliance”. When showing up to the dive site, I’d consider a diver to be “relying on others” by deferring to the other divers to develop the dive plan, gas plan, etc because he/she is unable to.
In the water, I’d consider that diver to be “relying on others” by signaling his/her teammate(s) at the first sign of trouble AND asking them to take care of it.
In team diving, we teach that communication is critically important, but equally important (and arguable much more difficult to learn) is knowing when to observe, when to step in and take control and when to relinquish control. Not understanding defined roles, which are dynamic, can lead to confusion.
For example, I may be able to diagnose and solve a failure on my own valves, depending on the actual failure. However, since I don’t have eyes on the back of my head, my teammates can probably solve the issue better than I. So, I’ll probably make an attempt to diagnose and solve the issue and at some point will call in my teammate to take a look, whether that be to verify and confirm the issue and what I’ve done to solve it, or to fix the bigger mess I may have made, then laugh at me and tell me I’m dumbass.
However, while my teammate is working on my valves, someone has to take over his/her responsibilities, which could be staying on the line, holding our position, managing the reel, etc and if I’m completely reliant on my buddy, then I’m forcing him/her to do everything at once, likely resulting in more (unnecessary) issues.
So, I’m “relying” on you to stick to our plan underwater, and follow protocols that we have been trained in to do these types of dives in order for us to do the dive safely and efficiently. I do have the knowledge and skill to get myself out of most situations on my own, however, even though to get to that point, there have been several epic breakdowns.