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Old 02-28-07, 04:50 PM
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Scuba Diving?

I've been thinking about trying scuba diving this summer and was given money for lessons/certification for my birthday. It's been something I've been thinking about for a couple years.

Does anyone here dive? Is it best to start with a "Discovery Dive"? Any advice or suggestions? Thoughts?

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Old 02-28-07, 05:05 PM
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Local university here used to offer scuba in the Physical Education and Kinesiology Dept. Part of the course included a trip to the Cayman Islands. My husband took that course, and loved it. Maybe your local university has a similar course?
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Scuba is a blast......closest thing to flying like a bird as there is!
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Old 02-28-07, 05:42 PM
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Scuba is a blast


+1 .... as long as you like water go for it.

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Old 02-28-07, 05:47 PM
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closest thing to flying like a bird
Flying sailplanes is closest to flying like a bird! But Scuba is very close second. Splitting frog hairs here.
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Old 02-28-07, 05:53 PM
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You are not claustrophibic.? Not me, I find being underwater liberating. Cycling will keep your legs in good shape for a potential swim back, against the current. Cycling is still number one tho. +
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Best money I ever spent! It is a whole new world under water.

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I've never gone scuba, although if I were in a climate where I could dive regularly, I would. I do snorkel quite a bit when I get the chance, and love it. I just can't justify spending the cash to get certified to go dive once every couple of years.
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Send Lotek a PM. I know he's been diving for years and routinely teaches beginner SCUBA here in N. Dallas.
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Thanks for the replies! I'm not claustrophobic and I love the water. It's a start!
I've done a lot of reading on it and watched some TV specials on diving. Now just trying to get some personal opinions from "real" people".
If it's something I like I have a list of places that I would love to go on dive trips.
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Gyspsy. I have never understood those who feel claustrophobic underwater. Something to do with water pressing down on the mask ? It's like flying, it's liberating. One downside of diving. I find you have to go further and further to see great coral. It's dying, some favorite places returned to after 10-12 years, much less color. It's just a dead, bleaached out white. So better hurry up. Is it pollution, global warming , or just too many divers fanning and stepping on the coral. What ever it's less colorful and less common. Coral accounts for like 1/4 of the planets oxygen production.
Still the fish life if amazing, the sensation incredible.
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Gypsy, I was a NAUI instructor for about 4 years back in the late 80's. My last dive was in the Florida Keys about 9 years ago. I've been away from the 'dive shop' scene for a long time. If you have a shop that will apply the cost of the "discovery dive" toward certification classes if you decide to get certified, then I would do the discovery dive. Otherwise, it sounds like you are really interested - I would skip the discovery and go for certification.
Scuba is alot of fun, but it is expensive if you have to travel to get to the places you want to dive. Many charter operators and dive stores want to see a log book showing recent diving experience before they will take you on a dive, therefore you have to "stay current" which means dives every year or two, which means more travel.
One more thing. It has been my experience that there are a lot of strange people in the scuba business. I've met my share of drunks, petty thieves, and pedophiles. Shop around, ask around. If an instructor or store owner makes you uncomfortable, trust your instincts and go elsewhere.

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When I made my last dive in the Keys it had been at least five years since I had been diving and I was honest with the charter operators when I inquired. The first place I went to told me I would have to take a $150 refresher course before they would take me out... ah, no thanks! I'm a former instructor, I hold an advanced open water, cavern, and cave diving certifications. I've made several night dives, ice dives, and a few salvage dives. Most of my dives have been in midwestern lakes and quarries with 15-20 foot visibility. I once swam into the open end of a 55 gallon trash barrel on the bottom of a lake because the visibility was so bad! I've been in absolute zero visibility where my dive partner and I communicated by banging our knives against our cylinders. Now you want $150 to know if I can dive in 'swimming pool' conditions? The second place was not a problem and enjoyed a great dive in 25-30 foot of crystal clear water.
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As a PADI Divemaster....I'm going to have to say heck yes you should try it!! Just take an Openwater Scuba class/certification from PADI or Nauwi and you'll be able to go anywhere in the world and enjoy diving. A certification card is good for the rest of your life once you get it. Enjoy!
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Just wondering how much weight you have to apply to keep the bike wheels on the bottom...
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PADI DM here too. Yes, go get lessons. Then come up and dive under the ice with us.

My wife has an open water cert but she doesn't like diving. She has that claustrophobic thing. I managed to get her down a couple of times in Lake Champlain but she just never feels comfortable, and it's hard to vent a dry suit when your wife is grabbing your arm like a vice.
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Originally Posted by cycle17
As a PADI Divemaster....I'm going to have to say heck yes you should try it!! Just take an Openwater Scuba class/certification from PADI or Nauwi and you'll be able to go anywhere in the world and enjoy diving. A certification card is good for the rest of your life once you get it. Enjoy!
Check out what qualifications one might need however. For certification , I think the progression is now, you have basic openwater, open water, and advanced open water. ? In some snooty places like Australia, France the ocassional dive charter will put up their noses at open water. They want to see advanced. They might take you out should you pay for a demonstrate some kind of hoaky pre dive test. I encountered one shop in Spain that said we'd have to have some kind of pre dive check to be ok for the charter. The cost of the pre dive check out was like 35 dollars. The shop was in Almeria.
My dilema with advanced open water, it is geared for deep dives. Deep dives over 125 feet interest me in the least. Plus , What little I checked out the nature of advanced open water, I did not like the curriculum. Not necessary for my needs.
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vtjim. I am a very fussy diver. Sort of like my cycling when the skies are blue and the air is warm. Which is often where I have lived. Not quite claustrophic;but, when the water is totally murky and can't see out one's mask, I don't like it. Reason I rarely can be talked into shore dives. If the viz is not at least 10 feet, minimum if not 25 to heck with it. Besides, when you come up often your suit stinks, I think there is sewage in that there murk. Don't think that a discouraging factor , gypsy; there is good water to be found all over. Just look for it.
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Thank you guys so much for the information, warnings and advice. It's a great help! I'm pretty excited by this and I will let you know when I get things set up and where I'm going once I get certified!

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gypsy. I am hoping some DM will reply to my post about what kinds of certifications are now necessary to get yourself on most dive boats. My nephew frequents Australia and now finds it necessary to take advanced open water; even tho he has over 1000 dives under his weight belt and does not really want to.
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