- You need to be able to equalize
- You need a mask, snorkel, fins, BCD, cylinder and valve, regulator, and a buddy
- light and sound travel differently underwater
- take slow breaths
- there are different types of diving suits (I think I am going to like the dry suit.... I don't like being cold)
- there are lots of gear that you need
- do not wave when you're on the surface, it means "help!"
- ALWAYS have a buddy (many many reasons)
- different types of ocean motions (surge, undertow, currents, etc)
- pre-plan your dives
- how to dive off a boat
- what to do if you have air problems (eek)
Tomorrow we're off to the pool to do the confined water classes.
While lying in bed on Monday night Danny and I were talking about various diving things when I turned to him and asked "can I be a dork and bring my camera tomorrow?" He answers with "yes, you need pictures for your blog". Oh how I love him.
|rockin' the wet suit|
Then practice inflating and deflating - easy. Push a button. I can do that.
|with my gear on|
Next, do the same thing with the regulator, which for my typing ease will be called "reg" from here on out (MUCH EASIER). I took me a while to get going because you have tunnel vision when you are wearing your mask, you can't see anything unless it's directly infront of you. Danny kept signaling me to remove my reg but I couldn't see his hands so I just kept waiting. (on a side note, Danny's eyes are Incredibly green underwater).
This is when Danny switched over to "instructor" mode, which was kind of funny to see. I'm not used to him like that. His whole demeanor, vocabulary and how he talked to us changed, instantly. He went from Danny to Instructor Dan. When I told him about it later he said he didn't even notice.
After that we did mask clearing - I did not like this. The moment the mask was moved away from my face (which was hard with it being suctioned to my face) I could feel air and my instincts kicked in and I went back to breathing through my nose. Not good when you're flooding your mask. More choking and panicking. The hardest part was remembering to keep breathing through my mouth. It was hard, for me, to not hold the reg in my mouth (it can't fall out if I'm holding it right?). So I had to practice not holding the reg in my mouth while my mother in law tried to clear her mask. I kept catching myself holding the damned reg. Eventually, she got it and it was my turn again. I couldn't flood the mask properly so Danny had to do it. I managed to clear it - no idea how since I didn't blow through my nose and I lifted it too far from my face I think I'll have to practice that again to make sure I understand fully (since Danny says he has to do it each dive).
We also worked on recovering our regulator in case it gets knocked out of mouth. Pretty easy as long as you trust your instincts and lean (I forgot to lean). I couldn't see what way my reg was when I grabbed it so I'm sure I looked like a blind woman and had to move it right up infront of my eyes to see it.
Last was alternate air source. We had to get our buddy's attention, say (sign) "I'm out of air", "share air" and get their alternate air supply, clear it, and breathe through it. One of the easier skills I thought.
We finished off with attempting to swim in a very crowded pool - it didn't work so we got out.
|look at me!|
We'll see how I am after tomorrow's class in 15 ft of water.
|my mother in law & I|
before the fun starts
|we're doing it!|
|mother in law underwater|
|what a hottie instructor :-)|