Robert Kurson Quotes
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The guy who gets kill is often the guy who got nervous. The guy who doesn't care anymore, who has said, 'I'm already dead–the fact that I live or die is irrelevant and the only thing that matters is the accounting I give of myself,' is the most formidable force in the world...The worst possible decision is to give up.
Not all divers succumb to panic as Drozd did. A great diver learns to stand down his emotions. A the moment he becomes lost or blinded or tangled or trapped, that instant when millions of years of evolution demand fight or flight and narcosis carves order from his brain, he dials down his fear and contracts into the moment until his breathing slows and his narcosis lightens and his reason returns. In this way he overcomes his humanness and becomes something else. In this way, liberated from instincts, he becomes a freak of nature
To arrive at such a state, the diver must know the creases and folds of dread, so that when it leaps on him inside a wreck he is dealing with an old friend. The process can take years. It often requires study, discussion, practice, mentoring, contemplation, and hard experience. At work, he nods when the boss reveals the latest sale figures, but he is thinking, 'Whatever else is wrong inside a shipwreck, if you are breathing you are okay.' Paying bills or setting the VCR at home, he tells himself, 'If you find trouble inside a wreck, slow down. Fall back. Talk yourself through it.' As he gains more experience, he will meditate upon what every great diver advises him: 'Fix the first problem fully and calmly before you ever think about the second problem.'
Here is what happens to a panicked diver in trouble inside a shipwreck:
His heart and respiratory rates jump. At 200 feet, when every lungful of air requires seven times the volume as that on the surface, a panicked diver can breathe down his tanks so quickly that the needles on his gauges begin to drop into the red before his eyes. That sight further quickens his heart and breath, which in turn further reduces the time he has to solve his problems. Heavier respiration also means heavier narcosis. Narcosis amplifies panic. A vicious cycle has begun.