Epic Scuba Fails – How NOT to Enter the Water

Diver Entering the “right” way – Credit: Dudarev Mikhail

Behold: Epic Scuba Fails! Entry is sometimes hard!

Epic scuba fails happen all the time. Learning how not to enter the water sometimes comes at others’ expense. Mostly it’s purely comedic without any consequences. Waves can be big and cliffs can be steep and slippery. Boat entries, too can be tricky when standing in fins with scuba gear, bobbing up and down waiting to take the plunge.

Check out these divers who were unlucky enough to be captured and posted by their “mates” as they tried to gracefully leap from the dive boat. Read some tips below on how to avoid becoming a meme or a viral mishap.

But even in the worst of conditions I’ve never seen such unfortunate entry attempts.

Read How to enter the water in Rough Sea

Giant Stride or James Bond Roll

Well, except for a few of the divers in the totally epic scuba fails compilation, most are trying to do the James Bond Roll Entry. Where 007 jumps head first in a roll and lands tank-first, these delightful dudes skip the roll, flopping face-first instead.

I couldn’t find a clip of the real Bond Agent doing it but check out a video of this diver showing how it’s actually done:

Head first JUMP and roll, not just head first flop!! The giant stride entry is always the best skill to master and the most accessible. It has the added advantage for the diver of maintaining orientation and control during the step-off from a boat or perch. The epic scuba fails compilation, a record scuba hubris has only one giant stride entry that goes badly against a backdrop of so, so many more wannabe-Bonds.

Even I admittedly like a good Bond-entry, the giant stride ensures you don’t end up on youtube for the wrong reasons. Check out this video of an exhaustingly thorough demonstration of giant stride method produced by the boys and girls of Sairee Cottage Diving on Koh Tao.

Anyways, I hope you had fun watching these cool-diver attempts. Maybe you learned something too.

Is this stupid or fun?

What do you think of entry attempts like these? Are they fun or stupid and asking for an accident? Tell us in a comment below!


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