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Re: Clearing lobster pot tangle

The rule I always heard was that if the crew failed to call out the pot and you got hung up on it, it was their responsibility to clear it. If the crew called out the pot and the helmsperson caught it anyway, it was his responsibility to clear it.

I'm not sure how helpful this is to the conversation, other than to give your students this warning...
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Re: Clearing lobster pot tangle

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I just bought a shorty wet-suit. ...
Should I wear gloves and socks, will that help.
What thickness are we talking about? In Vancouver we freedove with 3 or 5mm full-length wetsuits in water ranging from 7C - 14C, depending on the season, thought that was full coverage. We would wear a weight belt with whatever weight makes you neutrally buoyant at 10m depth. Without the weight belt, trying to stay underwater is pretty comical and the extra effort will produce CO2 a lot faster. High CO2, not low O2, is what makes you decide to end your dive.

If you want to be tethered but are worried about your tether tangling in something, I suggest the following: hang a line over the quarter, weighted with something heavy, like a stern anchor, and tether to that like you would to a jackline, with a carabiner. You can then keep your tether's length down to only what is necessary to access the prop, i.e., under half the width of the boat at that point, but you'll still be free to move. If you tie the lanyard to your ankle, you can keep it really short. Google "freediving lanyard" for photos, construction info, etc.
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Re: Clearing lobster pot tangle

During a race a couple of years ago, a friend's boat snagged a crabtrap and it became seriously wrapped around the prop. We were about an hour from town, but he said he would call the guy that cleaned the bottom of his boat, and hitched a ride into the dock on a dinghy. A couple of hours later, about 10pm, the guy shows up, puts on scuba gear and untangles his prop. I think nearly every boat in the race ended up hiring the guy to clean the bottom of their boat regularly... That was some good advertising.
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