Good because what you described was borderline suicidal. I used to work in the industry and that scenario sounded scary.God I love the internet.
The point isn’t the depth, or what’s in the tank. That much should have been obvious. I didn’t even commit a brain cell to write out the scenario.
My point was : I panicked that I couldn’t breathe despite having a pipe in my mouth that guaranteed it. People do the same with a thinpiece of cloth. Unfamiliarity breeds irrationalit
But depth is very much part of the point. Diving is already very different to wearing a simple face mask to minimise infection. A diving mask covers the eyes and nose only and you have a regulator in your mouth. The feelings are very different indeed. Even just being underwater is quite claustrophobic for some people and the deeper you go the worse that gets. And what is in the tank does make a huge difference as oxygen toxicity affects you mentally and causes fitting and death. Nitrogen become a narcotic with some people being affected at as little as 15-20m and this contributes to the feeling of panic some get.
I'm not saying some people don't like wearing a simple facemask but just that it isn't the same thing at all.
Or a seal with an eel up your nose?But thanks Wibble. I’ll be sure to build in decompression stops if I’m ever breathing in ‘Air’ at a depth of 50m.
[fwiw if I’d stopped to write out a factually accurate scenario it was 14-24m with a tank of air on my back at Goat Island in New Zealand. I didn’t write 50m to sound like billy big b0llocks. I just couldn’t be arsed to check what depth is normal for the novice dives that I did, 50m sounded in the right ballpark. I’m PADI certified, not a Navy Seal. Or a Mammalian Seal. Or 90’s chart sensation Seal]
Disclaimer : You’re a good egg, this is humourous, not antagonistic.