kolobokman
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Scuba

Wed Jul 24, 2002 7:20 am

Anyone SCUBA dives here?

I have an open water diver licens and I am involved in a curse Advanced OW Diving. (with PADI)

Where do you dive? Got any stories to tell?

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fritzi
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RE: Scuba

Wed Jul 24, 2002 7:25 am

The first time I tried scuba diving, my instructor forgot to turn on the oxygen tanks so when I jumped into the water from the boat, I panicked because I was 3 meters below the surface, I couldn't breathe and I badly needed air. The next time I made sure it was turned on.
 
ExitRow
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RE: Scuba

Wed Jul 24, 2002 8:15 am

Peeing in your wetsuit

To the non-scuba diver:

Disgusting! How can you do such a vile and unsanitary thing?

To the scuba diver in 58° F seawater at depth:

A wonderful, embryonic, warming and pleasant experience.

 
trickijedi
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RE: Scuba

Wed Jul 24, 2002 8:16 am

I am not a diver but I've always wanted to do it... very, very soon. Our trip to Florida last year got axed at the last minute so I was pretty bummed about that. The location of choice was the Florida Keys. I hear there are some pretty good diving spots there. Anyway, any tips for a beginner who's never done it before?
Its better to be on the ground wishing you were in the air than be in the air wishing you were on the ground. Fly safe!
 
Continental
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RE: Scuba

Wed Jul 24, 2002 9:16 am

EXCELLENT topic! I am certified as an Open Water Diver and an Advanced Open Water Diver. My Open Water was 2 days in class and pool, and one day in a lake in Minnesota called Square Lake. I got liscensed, and pursued my AOW License! My Advance Open Water Diver License was 1 day in the class room, and a weekend up in Lake Superior!!! I wasn't expecting the water to be 42 degrees F that day!!! Holy crap, I got in and I was freezing! After a while, the water in my wetsuit was trapped and became warm (also, I see someone already brang this up, but peeing in the wetsuit is a VERY good feeling!). We had to dive 3 shipwrecks (Hesper, Ely, and the Maderia) and do one night dive, to get our license. The Ely was an old freighter made of wood ( a schooner). It was right by Two Harbors docking area, where ships miles away sounded as if they were only feet away! The 2nd was the Maderia, an old steel freighter about 1000 feet long, that collided with rocks and sunk. It was very interesting to dive this one. Finally, we did a night dive in between, and that was awesome, we got flashlights and small green-glow sticks! After we dove the Hesper in Beaver Bay, Minnesota, just beyond the Marina's breakwater, and that one was breathtaking! After, I got my AOWD License! I love Self Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus DIVING!!!!

Continental
 
SIA_B777
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RE: Scuba

Wed Jul 24, 2002 9:21 am

exitrow,

at first i was like "no i'm not peeing in my wetsuit" but i was in the water and it was freezing cold and so I tried it and boy did it feel good!
 
airplanetire
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RE: Scuba

Wed Jul 24, 2002 9:50 am

I have an advanced open water certification with PADI. I know I'm pretty young (14) to be a scuba diver, but you can get certified at 10 in the US (I got my open water at 12). My dad had done it for a long time and my mom did too, but she couldn't anymore because of an ear problem, my dad wanted a dive partner, I really wanted to learn how, so he gave me lessons for my birthday. Talk about an expensive present. That one sets the record for me. Anyway, I love it. I dive wherever with my dad. I got my open water certification in Crystal River, Florida. I've been to the Florida Keys twice and got my advanced there. On a trip to Greece and Turkey last summer, my dad and I decided to go diving when we were on Mykonos, so I got 2 dives there. I think the coolest experience was in the Florida Keys. We were on a ship wreck. My dad an I were the first ones in the water. We dove to about 95 ft. and then went the opposite direction as eveyrone else. Below us about 15 ft. and where the ship was broken in two, was a 600 lb. grouper! I didn't know fish got that big! It was huge. It swam away when it saw us. In Greece, the dive shop had the nicest people. I had to go early for a refresher dive. It was getting close to lunch and the dive master asked me if I had money for lunch. My dad had given me money, but I thought it was for the refresher dive only. The dive master then gave me some money and said to go get lunch at this sandwich store. He was so nice. Anyway, to anyone who is thinking about learning how to scuba dive, I would highly recommend it! It's great fun!
 
sccutler
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RE: Scuba

Wed Jul 24, 2002 11:16 am

Ditto the above.

If you are looking for the most "bang for the buck" (remarkable terrain and stuff to see in crystal clear, warm water and very helpful dive staff), I cannot think of anyplace better than Cozumel; dive Palanqar (sp?) reef, drift diving, low effort and incredible. Bright as day at 80 feet.

Belize was also very nice.


Dove off Destin, FL once; only comment: why bother? It was almost like diving a lake, chilly and not all that clear.

Diving does, indeed, rock. Almost as much as flying.
...three miles from BRONS, clear for the ILS one five approach...
 
airplanetire
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RE: Scuba

Wed Jul 24, 2002 12:39 pm

I don't like the idea of peeing in my wetsuit, but if you gotta go, you gotta go. I just kind of "air it out" afterwards by letting some water in. It's hard to explain, but I'm sure you know what I'm talking about.
 
707CMF
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RE: Scuba

Wed Jul 24, 2002 4:37 pm

I dove for the first time last Saturday, near Marseilles. What I saw was magnificent. Water was crystal clear and quite warm and everything was beautiful.

But. It was quite awkward for me to breathe underwater. Usually I'm able to stay under water, holding my breath for a bit more that one minute, and everytime I did not thin I had to breathe, I stopped breathing. Not a very good idea. Plus, add this to the fact that my weight bet was not very well balanced (the instructor put most of the weights on my back instead of my belly - I never guessed what it would do before I was 6 ft under water and on my back ).

Anyway about the 'warming process'  Laugh out loud, I was aware of it, but didn't have to use it - I had emptied my 'heating tank' before stepping on the boat, and as it was a rented suit, I did not want the next user to have my fluids.

I don't think I'll do it again (the flippers are a pain fr my feet nails which have a tendecy to become ingrown), but I'd advice it to everybody. You don't even have to know how to swim !!!
 
BCal Dc10
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RE: Scuba

Wed Jul 24, 2002 5:17 pm

Hi guys,
I've got my PADI advanced open water diver qualification. I did it in Jamaica a few years ago and have enjoyed lots of dives since.
I usually dive there, as the water is warm and clear and you see tons of fish.
I stay at Round Hill on the north shore and often dive at the end of the runway at Montego Bay Sangster Intl. which is fun, seeing airbuses wobbling overhead as you're about to dive.

I first learnt to dive about 7 years ago in the UK, and learnt in Plymouth Harbour, which is freezing cold. The water temp on my open water dive was 10c, (50f) in a normal wetsuit. Only saw one fish, but lots of odds n sods like tyres, shopping trolleys, rubber gloves etc. Lovely.

Am going back to Jamaica in 3 weeks so looking foward to lots more dives then...

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