Queue for the Dive Lift

The dive lift is a standard accessory to any good dive boat these days. I had one fitted as soon as I purchased the boat. Just because, I felt it was no longer a luxury but something that should be part of any good dive operation. The first dive lift I came across was in Skin Deep in the days of Andy Smith. Designed by Len Hurdiss it was a revolution to the diving at the time.

The problem is that it now seems too popular at times. Here you see a queue already forming to use the lift.

Divers waiting to get on the dive lift

Divers waiting to get on the dive lift

What is a Dive Lift

Technically a dive lift is a man-over-board recovery device. A dive lift is a platform which can be lowered into the water to recover people from the water. As divers seem very keen on doing this the MOB system seems very useful. For divers it is a stress free way to be picked up out of the water and be raised to deck level for them to step off for an easy return to the boat.

Diver stepping onto the dive lift

Diver stepping onto the dive lift

The platform lowers into the water to a depth of a few feet so a small bend of the knees enables the diver to stand upright onto the dive lift. Once the crew see the diver is stable the lift is raised to the deck level.

Diver on-board

Diver on-board

Once at deck level the diver can walk off the lift to the seating to get unkitted without the fear that the exertion of climbing a ladder could raise issues for of DCS. Te diver ussually has a big smirk on his face at this point, particularly if he has not used a dive lift before.

The best dive lift

This picture shows the commercial dive lifts that lower the diver right down to the wreck. This may be some time off for the recreational diver.

Commercial dive cage

Commercial dive cage

 

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