Originally Posted by Bash
Honestly, bang sticks are a holdover from an earlier era of diving
when we didn't know better. A bang stick presents more danger
to the bearer than any of the sharks he imagines that it will protect him from.
That was always my thought, bang sticks were silly, macho nonsense, until I started doing some deep ocean diving. Had heard from friends that doing deco in open water
brought unwanted attention from our toothy friends but didn't hit home until I saw it in person.
Did a dive on the wall off Bimini
. Not the "Road to Atlantis" which is in shallow water
but a vertical cliff about 8 miles off Bimini
in the edge of the Gulf Stream
. Top of the wall starts at about 140-150' and drops down to 400'+. We did a dive to the middle of the wall (on trimix of course, not air), maxing out about 260' so incurred a pretty good deco obligation.
At our 70' stop starting seeing occasional bull and reef sharks swim by in the distance to take a look. By the time we got to our 20' stop they were getting way too curious for comfort. One bull shark was starting to get in circling mode, moving closer with each pass. We decided to blow off the last 8-10 minutes of in water deco and do a bit of O2 in the boat. Figured I would rather be a little bent than a little bit.
First time I wondered about the wisdom of a bang stick.
By the way the dive is incredible but pretty advanced. You should do it on mix, bring deco gas, tow a float and have a good chase boat on the surface with a safety
diver on board.