Thursday, July 22, 2004
What Would You Do: Lobster Season Precautions
It's the two days some people wait for all year. Next wednesday and thursday is florida's mini lobster season. But every year a number of divers end up getting hurt. So what can you do to stay safe? Here's seven's Charles Perez with the answer.
(WSVN) -- There's nothing like the hunt for the big bug.
Sasha Boulanger from South Beach Divers: "It's great fun. A little jump on the season."
But when it comes to diving for lobster ... Florida's mini season can cause mega-problem.
Sasha: "Every year we do see a considerable amount of mistakes. Especially during mini season. Mini season tends to bring people form all over the united states and the world for two days."
Sasha Boulanger of South Beach Divers says the number one mistake people make is waiting until the last minute to check out their equipment.
So we went out with R.J. Diving ventures to learn what to do and what not to do.
Sasha: "The most common problem I see is that people come down the day before mini season and their tank is out of hydrostatic test .. which is a every five year test or a visual test and that takes a few days to perform."
Next set everything up. Made sure your B-C is working .. and that your regulators breathe well.
Sasha: "Checking your mouth piece, making sure there are no cuts or tears will prevent that problem."
Another common mistake...every year, tanks explode because they're not secured properly.
Sasha: "It can be dangerous. Tanks should be secured in an upright position. If you're going to turn your back even for a second tanks should be laid down."
Now before you head down to go Lobstering, make sure you take your ticklestick with a measuring gauge at the end because you better know how big they are before you bring them up.
And remember...don't get so caught up in the hunt that you lose your buddy. Besides...two people working together can catch more lobster.
Sasha: "About 50 percent of the time, you go to get the lobster and it gets away from you. Having your buddy there is also going to increase your chance of getting it."
Also...It's especially important to secure all hoses, and check your air pressure regularly.
Sasha: "You want to be as a conservative diver back on the boat with no less than 300 pounds of air, which is ten percent of your air supply."
Finally, if you haven't been diving in a while...Do a guided dive with an instructor to refresh your skills.
If all your gear checks out .. you are ready to go.
Next week, you can hear the jaws music playing already. Charles is going to show us what to do if you encounter a shark in the water.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
South Beach Divers