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04-20-2011 12:40 AM  7 years agoPost 1
JPhillips

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Wondering if there are any divers here, either for recreation or as your job. A friend and I are going to Mexico in a couple months and we want to go diving. She's certified, I am not. She also wants to do the advanced diving course.

What's involved in becoming a certified diver? She doesn't remember and I'd like to know.

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04-20-2011 01:10 AM  7 years agoPost 2
helibeast

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Call up a local scuba store and ask them about lessons. They might teach them or know instructors. Be careful of quick lesson packages that give you a C-Card fast. Diving can be dangerous and you should learn it well.

My first dive was a ice-dive because I didn't want to wait till spring. I became friends with the instructor and he dove year round.

Once during a ice-dive, my regulator froze shut after I exhaled, I was at 80 feet deep I was diving with a guy I didn't know very well and gave him the signal that I was out of air. His eyes doubled in size and he froze, I thought F him and headed up. You can safely ascend ten feet per second, so it took me all of eight seconds to get some air. Under water, panic is the killer. I have seen men in a crazed panic from claustrophobia mixed with being over heated in three feet of water.

To get certified you will study from a book, pass tests, have class time in a pool and finally get tested in open water.

Here is a link to get you started.
http://www.padi.com/scuba/

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04-20-2011 01:38 AM  7 years agoPost 3
Billingsnutz

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When I got my cert through Naui it was basically 2 days of class, two days of pool dives then two open water. The open water dives are to makes sure that you can clear your mask, take your weight belt off and put it on, take your BEC off and fix it if there were a problem and put it back on. Also, making sure you know all the signs so you and your dive buddy can communicate as well as aid him or her if she were to run out of air, have mechanical problems or gets hurt. Pretty fun stuff for sure.
I miss diving but I cant do it anymore. I have a rough time equalizing and it jacks me up for a couple of weeks.

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04-20-2011 04:19 AM  7 years agoPost 4
c54fun

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I highly recomend her to take the advanced course. It will realy help her diving a lot.
Also dont take a crash course. Find a Naui or Padi dive shop and take the full corse. This is the best way to dive safe and have fun.

I am a Padi and Naui divemaser. Worked with 2 different shops. Each shop had a different way of teaching. One was super strict and one was not. The shop that was not strict called me to work a class and I could not go that weekend. A guy died in 30 feet of water. Dont want to freak you out but diving can very dangerous, especially the first 33 feet. NEVER HOLD YOUR BREATH !!!!

The first time you breath under water in the pool is SUPER cool. I will never forget it.

Have fun and be safe.

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04-20-2011 04:36 AM  7 years agoPost 5
drdot

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fwiw..

Go with the full course to open water diver..either NAUI or PADI certifications are fine.u

Diving can be very safe and relaxing, but, like flying, can be very unforgiving....

I've been to Mexico diving a couple time, wasn't crazy about what I saw being taught in the resort courses there..Hope you can make Cozumel...Outstanding!...The dives I've made on the Pacific side haven't been great due to poor visibility..But I might have been there on the bad day...

Have fun!

John.

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04-20-2011 04:37 AM  7 years agoPost 6
Diverig

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PADI instructor here been teaching for 12 years.

Usually it takes two weekends to get your open water.

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04-20-2011 03:35 PM  7 years agoPost 7
merlin3

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dayton, ohio

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my wife and i are ssi certified and are planning on doing some more courses this summer. we have dove several times in the caribbean and its absolutely amazing.

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04-20-2011 03:44 PM  7 years agoPost 8
wrongler

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Brewerton, New York

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I went to a course that took about a month at 3 times a week, we learned dive tables, what to do in every situation, remove all equipment and surface in 40 ft. of water, buddy breathing, 3 different open water tests and bouyancy compensation, how to clear a mask under water. You name it we did it. It was a $300 course all inclusive, except for mask and fins.
It pays to have a good instructor for safty and fun, learn from the best and you wont regret it. Good Luck, Bill.

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04-20-2011 04:35 PM  7 years agoPost 9
Billingsnutz

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Summerville South Carolina/Mobile Alabama

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If any of you guys are ever in the western part of Florida I highly recommend Vortex Springs. Its between Panama City and Pensacola. That is where I got my second open water dive in. Look it up on youtube as they have a few videos of the cave and such.

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04-20-2011 05:14 PM  7 years agoPost 10
JPhillips

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Waco, TX

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Wow, thanks everyone for all the responses. She's gonna do the advanced, and after I do my basic, will prob do advanced too, just so we can dive deeper, together.

I absolutely will not do a crash course and plan on attending a reputable, experienced shop to obtain my certificate.

Any important info I should know or what kind of questions should I ask when I visit this shop tonight? Just so I don't look like a complete idiot.

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04-20-2011 05:42 PM  7 years agoPost 11
wrongler

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Brewerton, New York

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scuba
If your health is good and no inner ear problems, of head colds, you should be good to go. Dont skimp on a good mask, snorkel and fins. Good Luck and enjoy! Bill

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04-20-2011 09:35 PM  7 years agoPost 12
Rodney

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I have been diving for about 25 yrs. Me and my daughter(14 yrs old). Dive a lot. I'm working on being instructor. There are no dumb questions when it comes to safety for you and the others around you. Most important. Never hold your breath. You might think you will get more bottom time, but in the end you loose time and possibly your health. It is a great hobby.

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04-21-2011 05:48 AM  7 years agoPost 13
rc.chris

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Yep, I have Padi and Naui certifications. Its good diving here in south Georgia, but it is a pretty good boat ride to get there. We dive here anywhere from 15 TO 55 miles offshore. Get your nitrox certification also, it gives some extra bottom time!

http://www.jaxrc.com

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04-21-2011 07:32 AM  7 years agoPost 14
desulli

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Poplar Bluff, MO

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Been diving for 26 years now. Dove in the Phillipines, Okinawa, and of course the US. Probably going to Austrailia this summer to dive. Great fun and plan on doing it for many more years.

I dont know what it takes now to get certified though, so I guess I'm really no help.....

I might not be able to fly well, but I can crash with the best of them.

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04-21-2011 12:28 PM  7 years agoPost 15
MartyH

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I've been diving since 1982. I don't get to travel too much to dive since I don't have a dive buddy and my girlfriend (who is certified) doesn't really care for it too much. So, a couple years ago I applied to the Wave Foundation as volunteer diver. Now I get to dive at the Newport Aquarium in Kentucky usually as Safety Diver in the shark exhibit keeping the Show Presenter safe. I get to spend quality time with White Tip, Black Tip, Nurse, Sandtiger, Zebra and Sandbar Sharks as well as a pair of Sharkrays without having to travel an hour from home! The exhibit also has one Loggerhead turtle that likes to ambush divers when they aren't paying attention to him. We also have a program for volunteer divers to vaccuum Manatee pooh out of the Manatee exhibit at the Cincinnati Zoo.

http://www.newportaquarium.com

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04-21-2011 04:26 PM  7 years agoPost 16
jds2000

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Been on the Lubbock Fire Dept dive team since 1980ish. I am Padi open water, advanced open water, rescue diver, & dive master. I also have training from dive rescure international to the DR1 level. Most of our diving on the LFD is in absolute zero visibility so my trips to the ocean have been quite enjoyable! I agree with most everybody else for you to get the full training from a reputable company. Enjoy!

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04-21-2011 05:53 PM  7 years agoPost 17
Dr. Fibinotchi

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hmm
Did the Padi trainning in two weeks of class in pool in Hawaii. Got spoiled at the clear water then come back to midwest from Marine Reserve. I would say go if you get the chance and you will like it. Its a bucket list item. If you freak out easy under pressure maybe find something else...

-Cody

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04-22-2011 01:38 AM  7 years agoPost 18
JPhillips

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Well, signed up for the next class beginning April 28th.

http://www.diversden.net

It's a padi approved location, so I feel safe.

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04-22-2011 01:46 AM  7 years agoPost 19
wrongler

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04-22-2011 04:22 AM  7 years agoPost 20
Camp

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PA kinda. Mostly OTR driving

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Haven't logged in months but SCUBA is one of my passions. Stick to Rec (not wreck)diving unless you're interested in going commecial then be prepared for alot of work. I have NAUI and PADI and lot of time and money invested. It is worth it though if you find it to your liking.

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