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Got My Padi Scuba Diving Exam Next Week  
User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2305 times:

Next weekend I have my PADI Open Water Diver exam. I already passed the multi-answer test (which I've found quite easy). I must say that I really enjoyed the training in the pool, I find myself at ease underwater, though now that I have to do the exam at sea I feel a little bit nervous...  worried  Anyone have done it and can give me some anticipation/suggestion?

Thanks  Smile


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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12110 posts, RR: 48
Reply 1, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2297 times:
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I have dove numerous times and before every dive I get nervous to this day. Good luck, remain calm and before your exam if nervous tell the dive master and go over what you are feeling before you get in the water.


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User currently offlineTedTAce From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2292 times:

Quoting CURLYHEADBOY (Thread starter):
though now that I have to do the exam at sea I feel a little bit nervous...

Same drill, just a diferent taste, and the view is a LOT more enjoyable!!
From HHGTG: DON'T PANIC!!


User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 2287 times:

Thanks guys, I'm really looking forward to this experience. Given that it has been such a great fun just making bubbles and staring at the blue tiles I imagine that the view is going to be great at sea! I hope I'll do well... The part that I hate is when you have to put your mask off and then wear it again blowing the water out!  worried 


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User currently offlineLHSebi From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 1049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 4, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2276 times:

Hi,

Shouldn't be difficult at all if you had a good instructor! Mine was amazing, and there was no problem.

Aside, are you only stepping into the ocean once you have done your test?! I did my certification completely in the ocean! Not once did I have to stare at tiles all day! Strange...

Anyhow, good luck!

Sebastian



I guess that's what happens in the end, you start thinking about the beginning.
User currently offlineCURLYHEADBOY From Italy, joined Feb 2005, 940 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2271 times:

Quoting LHSebi (Reply 4):
Aside, are you only stepping into the ocean once you have done your test?! I did my certification completely in the ocean! Not once did I have to stare at tiles all day! Strange...

I live in Milan, the sea is quite far away, so the lessons are carried out in a pool. Once you have passed the test you have to do the final exam that must be done into the sea (no ocean for me just the Mediterranean  Wink )

Thanks!



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User currently offlineLHSebi From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 1049 posts, RR: 8
Reply 6, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 8 hours ago) and read 2270 times:

Quoting CURLYHEADBOY (Reply 5):
I live in Milan, the sea is quite far away, so the lessons are carried out in a pool. Once you have passed the test you have to do the final exam that must be done into the sea (no ocean for me just the Mediterranean Wink )

Oh, I see. Well, either way, good luck, and have fun!

Sebastian



I guess that's what happens in the end, you start thinking about the beginning.
User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 7, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2263 times:

Quoting CURLYHEADBOY (Thread starter):
Anyone have done it and can give me some anticipation/suggestion?

Relax, take your time, you know your stuff on paper so just apply it in the water. I actually didnt even find the test to be like a test.

Quoting CURLYHEADBOY (Reply 3):
The part that I hate is when you have to put your mask off and then wear it again blowing the water out!

I wasnt a big fan of that either, but I went in the pool a day or so prior the test and practiced it a few times. Wasnt a problem after that. If you want, go over all of the necessary motions or procedures in your head.



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User currently offlineContinental From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 5517 posts, RR: 17
Reply 8, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 2262 times:

It's soooo easy. First off, just take it easy. If you do something ridiculously slow, they won't rush you or care. When you first get in the water you'll get a little apprehensive, but after 3 minutes or so it goes away. So just take your time, and use your head!

I went from crystal clear pool to murky lake. I actually liked it in the lake better, because it was a natural environment.

About the full mask removal, just take your time. Remove the mask, and keep your eyes closed. The second you open your eyes you may panic. Keep them closed, and remember to BREATHE! Your mask isn't your regulator, so you can still breathe with it off! Many people forget about that. Slowly put it back on, and then it's easy from there. Even if it takes your 100 blows to clear it, you'll be fine.

Good luck, and HAVE FUN!


User currently offlineSegmentKing From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (9 years 4 months 2 weeks 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2252 times:

ahh.. the pool  Smile I got certified here in Key West and did most of our training in a pool as well... it was much nicer than in the ocean here as the water was really chilly... I think I was up to an 8 mm divesuit!

Don't be afraid to ask your dive instructor to go over everything with you in the water again... its important you know what yer doing and you know WHY you are doing it.

SSI has some really good DVDs and books out there, even today I'll watch the DVD just to keep up on my habits, as you'll quickly find everyone doesn't "dive by the book" a lot (and don't get me started on dive tables.... no one down here uses them when they should!)

-n


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