Dying in a dive

During an exchange on the web, a surfer tells me that it would not bother him to die in a dive. That he prefers to die in order not to prevent him from going towards the goals he has set for himself.

What he says refers to the risks incurred by the practice of certain extreme activities, including scuba diving (see this article on the dangers of diving ). But also to a certain idea of freedom.

Freedom at any price?

While we are regularly looking for ways to live longer (and better), we sometimes do not hesitate to push the limits through risky activities.

Living intensely at the risk of dying. Is it true freedom?

Indeed, in a hyper industrialized, standardized and safe society like ours, many of us will be tempted to seek to go beyond our own limits and spice up their lives through leisure activities. Activities that provide them with the adrenaline they need to live their passion. Dying while diving is not a goal for them. They are simply looking to add spices to their existence. But watch out for the skid.

Driven by passion, it is not always easy to grasp where the border lies, the line not to cross between measured risk and unconsciousness. Another step further, an unexplored spot…

Le livre Plongée sous marine - L'Essentiel du blog Different Dive.

However, if it is legitimate to want to set personal challenges, to challenge yourself, should it go so far as to jeopardize your life ? To the point of thinking about dying in a dive?

A thrill for responsible exploration … Or not

This question at the limits of freedom and danger excites our thirst for adventure, our desire for exploration, our desire to escape. But also our responsibility to those we love.

Some will castigate others, calling them unconscious or irresponsible. But to immerse yourself, isn’t it already putting yourself in danger?

Whatever our views on the issue, it is important not to put the lives of others at risk by engaging them in potentially accident-prone activities. By influencing them to follow us, for example. Especially if we have a relationship of prestige or authority over them. Everyone must remain free to make their own choices.

This debate about whether it is worth going so far in his passion at the risk of dying in a dive is not unique to this activity, but to all risky activities. It was widely publicized when a free-fall enthusiast died in the US in 2014.

Of course, we can reduce the risk more and more strongly by respecting as much as possible the recommendations for accident prevention, and that is fine. Avoid lying  while diving as well. But is it enough to quench this thirst for discovery ? To keep us from dying in a dive?

Do you think about dying in a dive? Are you the type to push the limits at the maximum? Or rather to preserve yourself?

Tell me this in comment on the blog or via the Facebook page Different Dive

And above all… remember to be happy 🤗

Helene