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Re: My SCUBA lesson tale of woe #182669
09/17/05 03:02 PM
09/17/05 03:02 PM
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Ontario, Canada
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I talked to the course conductor this morning. He said that they are bringing in an additional instructor to help another woman who, in my misery I didn't notice, was also struggling and that I am welcome to join them when I feel I need extra help. So I am going to go back and complete the 6 weeks with the understanding that this is, for me, an opportunity for skill building rather than certification. With luck and patience, I may be able to take what I learn here to San Pedro and certify there.

I want to thank everyone again especially those who shared stories of their struggles with SCUBA and those who offered to help. You will never know how much your kind, caring reassurances have changed my perspective. Can you feel the love? laugh laugh


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Re: My SCUBA lesson tale of woe #182670
09/18/05 08:40 AM
09/18/05 08:40 AM
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San Pedro AC Belize
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Here is my scary SCUBA story. Happened here on AC a few years back. I took the resort course, did a dive to 30 feet, loved it. A day or so later, the same dive shop needed two more people to fill seats for a dive-snorkel trip to Turneffe. Dive master said I was a natural and no need to be certified for the 60-80 feet dives out there, he would be my dive buddy. Silly me - flattered, ignorant and in love with the deep sea - I said fine, let's go. Off we went - over the side, down the rope. My ears would not clear and something was amis with my BC. I was far behind the group going down the rope. My "buddy" the dive master left me behind and joined the others. I had a very bad inner-ear vertigo attack (vertigo is not fear of hieghts, it's an overwhelming loss of balance caused by inner ear things)- was in the dark on a rope by myself, dizzy, scared and with no preparation for how quickly to come up etc. I was afraid and began to hyperventilate - I ended up shooting straight to the surface. Thankfully no bends, but the Dive Master did not even ask details of my aborted dive. We proceeded to Turneffe for a bar-b-q picnic. After the picnic, we went to a shallow sand-bar area a considerable distance from the islands, and jumped in for a bit of snorkeling. The Dive Master realized he had forgotten his grill on the island - he left us in the water, and took off in his boat to retreive the grill.
Thankfully this dive shop is no longer in business, so these folks are no longer a danger to ya'll - but let this be a caution to you that you need to choose your teachers and dive shops carefully.

Re: My SCUBA lesson tale of woe #182671
09/18/05 03:18 PM
09/18/05 03:18 PM
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Ontario, Canada
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Diane, I am so sorry this happened to you. I can imagine vividly how this might feel. What a nightmare! Have you been able to go diving since?


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Re: My SCUBA lesson tale of woe #182672
10/12/05 02:29 PM
10/12/05 02:29 PM
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North Attleboro, MA USA
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Dear Hon,

My husband is British and I'm from Boston. We were getting into the habit of going to London each year...in November. Great city, but visiting friends and family daily is not a true vacation.
I suggested one evening that we go someplace warm and sunny. He suggested Belize. Then he suggested SCUBA diving. He had been an instructor ages ago through the BSAC, so he needed to be recertified as well. We did the course work here in Boston and did our open water in Belize. I was SOOOO nervous. I was fine doing our skills in the pool, but doing that initial dive of 25 feet seemed SO deep and scary to me. Well, Jim, our dive instructor through Amigos Del Mar was WONDERFUL. Very calm, very patient - and a nice guy. Our first dive, he suggested just taking it easy, swimming to a wrecked sail boat, and saving skills until the next dive so we could get acclimated. Once under the crystal clear, warm blue waters I was fine. Once I saw 2 sting rays cruise by, I was hooked. That was a year ago, and I still get a little bit of the butterflies before diving due to the fear of the unknown. Once I'm down and see and experience things I never dreamed possible...floating weightless through the sea, it was worth all of the little hurdles it took to get certified. The key, I've found (and sounds so simple) is to relax. As with anything, you get better with practice.

Re: My SCUBA lesson tale of woe #182673
10/14/05 07:16 AM
10/14/05 07:16 AM
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Ontario, Canada
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An update;

Things are going fairly well. I am in a completely different state of comfort in the water...not quite relaxed but definitely on the right path...or should I say wave? laugh

My major problems are my inherent extreme bouyancy which is affecting several skills and my tendency to take a little breath through my nose if equalize or exhale through my nose without my mask on.

I only have one more lesson to get the referral for open water dives (which I want to do in San Pedro of course smile ) I aced the written exam last night with a 99% :p so I've decided that if I'm not successful with all of the skills that I'm going to take a private lesson or two to nail them down.

I want to once again extend my thanks and appreciation to the wonderful people of this board who with their wisdom and encouragement have given me the confidence to carry on. I am beginning to belive that I will really enjoy diving laugh


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Re: My SCUBA lesson tale of woe #182674
10/19/05 09:04 AM
10/19/05 09:04 AM
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Hon, We plan to be at AC in Dec, and I suspect my wife will want to get re-certified after a 20 year absence from SCUBA. Can you tell me which dive shop you went to, so my wife doesn't have your experiences?
If you'd rather not answer that on "the board", try me directly at boloto@gci.net
Also, do you know if the "spouses are not buddies" rule is unique to that particular vendor, or is that something we should expect from all the dive shops?
Alaska Bob

Re: My SCUBA lesson tale of woe #182675
10/19/05 09:41 AM
10/19/05 09:41 AM
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Ontario, Canada
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Hi Alaska Bob,

I am taking my lessons in Southwestern Ontario not in San Pedro eek From what I've learned, this scenario is a very, very unlikely to happen there.

Check out this thread //ambergriscaye.com/message/ultimatebb.php?ubb=get_topic;f=4;t=011048 and the best of luck in finding an instructor that is perfect for her needs.


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Re: My SCUBA lesson tale of woe #182676
10/19/05 10:51 AM
10/19/05 10:51 AM
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Birdland - 1 mile north
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Hi Hon:

RELAX! You are experiencing what about half the people who take SCUBA lessons go through – buoyancy & popping your mask.

I suggest that people who keep breathing out through their nose buy a mask with a purge valve. This allows air and water to go out but not come back in.

The secret to not being a floater is usually not about adding more weight but learning to blow all the air out of your lungs. Anxiety causes us to take short shallow breaths, which holds a lot of air in our lungs. Long exhales also helps you relax. For a long time I had to pull myself down the anchor line. You will find that once you are below 15’ you get heavier. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.
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Harriette
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Re: My SCUBA lesson tale of woe #182677
10/19/05 12:24 PM
10/19/05 12:24 PM
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North Attleboro, MA USA
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I second what ScubaLady said. I found taking a yoga class helped my breathing (and breath control) tremendously - plus it was fun.

Yes, the number one rule is never hold your breath, but I found breathing out slowly (and not completely) pausing a moment, then breathing in, cut down my air consumption.

As my husband (and many others) told me, once you’re under, and you see these amazing sites and creatures, your fears and anxieties are forgotten.

You’ll do great!!!!!

When do you plan to visit AC?

Re: My SCUBA lesson tale of woe #182678
10/19/05 01:24 PM
10/19/05 01:24 PM
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Hey Scuba/Ldy/_sue,

Thanks for the advice.

I'm going for a private lesson tonight and I'm hoping that I'll finally get the doff and don skill that has been my nemisis for the past 3 weeks. Since the group session is over and it's likely that I will only dive with DH for the forseeable future, the instructor is allowing us to buddy one another...yea! Mr. Hon is a total water baby, relaxed and calm, and I'm sure his confidence in me will inspire success. He also says that he will personally put my weight belt in my hand right after I get the regulator so that I can stay down and finish the job laugh

Funny you should mention yoga _sue. I teach Yoga Fusion classes...but I just can't seem to get the chi from the studio to the pool :rolleyes: Hmmm...I wonder if they'll let me bring my incense and aromatherapy oils onto the pool deck...yeah, that's the ticket laugh

We're coming down with my sister and her husband January 11 to 25 in honour of Mr. Hon's retirement. 84 days and counting laugh


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