(Closed) Is anyone scuba certified?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

I am- you better know how to SWIM!

I should elaborate: 1 requirement is to swim I’m not sure how many length but I nearly died (slight exaggeration- but only slight) then you have to jump in the deep end and tread water for 5 mintues immediately after. There- I nearly died again.

Post # 5
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

yes I have.

Hawaii is less than spectacular. Other than that I’ve looked into Belize, and Australia as dive location but thus far we have not honeymooned.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I am – Saba in the caribbean is fantastic. It’s a tiny island that is very dive centered. The sights are spectacular. 

My best advice is to relax and enjoy!! I always get a  bit nervous before I dive in, but once I’m in the water it’s incredibly calming.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee

I’ve been certified for about 20 years – you’re gonna love it!  My best advice would be to focus on your breathing if you start to get nervous underwater.. just take nice deep breaths and exhale to the count of 4 or so.  It’ll help keep you calm & is also great practice for diving anyway.  You shouldn’t be panting down there!  Smile

Also, don’t worry about being scared of having to swim really well.  When you’re on the surface & need to stay afloat, you’ll just inflate your BC a little.  It’ll keep you comfortably above the surface & you can just bob there.  No swimming required.  Once underwater, you’ll only need to kick with your fins.  Never “swim” using your arms while diving.. I usually keep them clasped in front of me or behind my back.

Oh & my favorite spot for a dive vacation is the British Virgin Islands.  Plenty to do onshore & the water is absolutely crystal clear- it’s like swimming in a fish bowl!  It’s also great for beginners as the waters are mostly protected without strong currents or advanced dive conditions.

Have fun with the lessons!  You’re gonna be surprised how quickly it’ll feel natural after just a few dives! 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MM423:  My dad is. He goes down to the Florida Keys every year and goes lobster diving! 🙂

Post # 9
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Blushing bee

@MM423:  just saw your post pop up.. so you certainly won’t be worried about the swimming then!  haha

@missbeachbum:  I loved Saba too!  Such a great, funky little island..

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@fmls – So neat that someone else has been to Saba! I’d love to go back, but it’s so hard (read: expensive) to get there. Did you fly in??? That runway was the most harrowing experience of my life, hahahah!

@MaraBeth – It does become natural. I don’t get to dive all that often (usually just once or twice a year) so I always worry right beforehand. Once I get into the water thoough, it all comes back. Kind of like riding a bike! I do a refresher course every 3 years though just for my own confidence since I don’t get out regularly. My biggest fear is getting the bends by coming up too fast so I always request to dive with a rope that I can hold on to and control my ascent. The dive crews always tell me I don’t need it, but it makes me feel 100000x better so I push for it. 

Post # 12
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Blushing bee

@missbeachbum:  I was so excited (and surprised!) when I saw your post!  I got there via sailboat.  We took a dinghy to shore & climbed up the 400 steps to get to the city. Tiring but definitely less harrowing than that runway looked!  Did you hit any of the other islands down there?  One of my absolute favorites was Nevis. Paradise!

@MM423:  Don’t stress to much about all the calculations & tables and all that.  Truth be told, 99.9% of the time you dive, it will be with a divemaster-led group and they do all of that work for you.  You’ll just suit up & follow the divemaster around while he/she shows you the perks of that particular dive site.  The divemaster will have everyone check their gauge & report how much air they have left partway through the dive.  Then they’ll guide you back to the boat & have you ascend.  If you need to do a safety stop, they’ll alert you before the dive & usually have tanks hanging in the water in case you’re low on air by that point.  Easy as pie!  

Of course, you can always go diving with just a buddy & then you better know your stuff! Wink

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I am currently certified and have had to learn to love diving.  My initial foray into this new world was a bite freaky and it took a very patient instructor to get me over my ever increasing jitters.  It would get to the point with me that whenever I knew that I had to dive in the pool for practice that I would be such and angry b*&$^ because I was so afraid of screwing up and making a fool of myself.  Yup, I did screw up and inhailed lots of pool water but the more I did it the more confident I got.  The SO and I are basic certified now, going for advanced in august in the keys!! 

We were certified in the Caymans and went to Key Largo last Christmas and are going back in August.  We’d like our next big dive trip to be Belize.

Dive tables are just one small part of the entire course.  If I can figure them out and pass the test, so can you.  I took the class online with PADI and watched every training video a couple of times and took every quiz the book offered.  By the time I got to the test I was good to go.

I agree with FMLS, we always dive with a guide and they are really good about keeping track of everyone and their air supply.  Plus they know all of the good places to look for fun fish and you don’t have to worry so much about finding the boat when you’re done (my big worry).

Relax, enjoy and BREATHE.  You’ll love it.  Remember to keep the snaps on your fins secure, they are a bear to chase in the open ocean 🙂

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 We should have a Bees dive weekend!!

@MrsHart2Bee:  Where does your dad dive in the Keys? 

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

@MM423:  Easiest way to not ascend too fast.. just keep an eye on the bubbles from when you exhale.  Come up slower than they do & you’re good to go!

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