(Closed) Scuba Diving Anyone? Anyone went? Easy to learn?

posted 9 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I’m certified, and I’m a big fat wuss, haha.

It was incredible– I haven’t been diving since I got certified (I got my certification for a job) but it was one of the most amazing things I’ve ever done. Instructors are really good about keeping you safe and helping you out; and you’ll try everything that you thought was scary with the mask and the regulator in a pool before you try it in open water. The regulator ones aren’t very hard– just hold your breath when you take it out and do an arm sweep to find it again, and when you pull it back in you purge it and the water clears out and you can breathe again. It doesn’t take very long, and it’s no biggie. The biggest thing for me was the mask clears– but I still managed to do them, in 30 feet of water.

It’s seriously an amazing thing to do, and if we go to the Carribean for our honeymoon I’m making FH learn, too. It’s not something I want to not be able to do in some of the most beautiful water in the world!

DOoooooooo itttttttttttttttttt.

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m certified too!!! and I love it! My brother is a Dive Master and Instructor so he certified my fiance and I a couple of summers ago.

I would recommend though doing a course before you go on your honeymoon. At the resorts they do short crash courses that don’t truly prepare you for everything you could face when diving.

It is worth it to find a well trained instructor here who will make you feel completely comfortable. Then you will really be able to enjoy the diving on your honeymoon!!!

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I’m barely a decent swimmer so it was really hard for me. The tank is so heavy even under water! The whole taking the tube out of your mouth underwater definitely freaked me out. We signed up for a excursion while in the Caymans and I couldn’t go through with it and ended up staying back on the beach.
I def recommend taking some classes before you go. I think if you’re a strong swimmer it would be much easier.

Before we go anywhere scuba worthy again I plan to retake swimming lessons and perhaps take a scuba class or two.

I do think it would be incredible to go diving with someone you love. An incredible experience for sure!

Fiance swims like a freaking fish and he said it was the most incredible experience.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I went this past weekend for my first session.  I have a lifelong fear of water, so it was all incredibly challenging for me.  I managed the 200 meter swim and 10 minute water and have never been more proud.  The mask drills and clearing the regulator are scary, but YOU CAN DO IT.  I passed all of the requirements of the first day, which include the exercises you mentioned being worried about. If I can do it, anyone can.

The most important thing to remember is to STAY CALM and keep breathing.  Your instructors are there to make sure nothing bad happens.  It’s ok not to “get it” right away, it’s ok to freak out.  During the exercise of flooding the mask, taking it off and putting it back on, I freaked out the first time.  After a quick pep talk from my instructor we went back down and I did it again.  Just be patient with yourself.

You can do it!! 

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

It’s easy to learn but it is freakin’ weird to breathe under the water. We learned all the basics in the pool, where it was easy to stand up. We didn’t certify, but it’s cool/strange all at once. A very surreal type of experience. If you get the chance to do it, DO it!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Where is everyone taking their scuba lessons? Can you take it at the local Y? How much were classes?

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

My least favorite part about scuba diving was learning in the pool…. the things I found at the bottom of the pool will haunt me for the rest of my life! Haha. You’re using a weightbelt? That’s an ancient practice… I’ve always used an all-in-one vest, it’s so much more comfortable! Most places on your vacation probably won’t be using a weightbelt either- they’ll have updated equiptment 🙂

For me, scuba diving is the most relaxing thing! It’s such a cool experience to look up & see where the water meets the sky. You’re left with your own thoughts & you just get to enjoy the underwater world!

I’ve been diving about 10 times, but I’ve never gone deeper than 50 feet. I’m too chicken. 50 feet is still close enough that if anything were to happen, I feel like I’d be okay! lol

Learning to clear your regulator is one of the scariest things to wrap your mind around… especially because that is the only thing keeping you alive! Once you do it a handful of times, you’ll be okay. You just always need to remember to keep your cool. I was diving w/ my step brother (his first time in the ocean) when he had to clear his regulator. He flipped out & tried to get back to the top by inflating his vest! Luckily for him, he wasn’t more than 10 feet deep… but it could have been serious had he been deeper! You need to ALWAYS remain calm so you don’t cause yourself serious harm!

Just relax & don’t do anything you aren’t comfortable with! I’m positive though you’ll love it. It’s like a roller coaster; at first you’re scared, but once its over you can’t wait to ride it again! 🙂 Good luck! 

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I LOVE scuba diving!!!!  I am a master diver and have logged over 100 dives.  FH and I plan all of our vacations about where we can go diving next.  For our Honeymoon we are going diving on the great barrier reef for a few days then we are going diving in Fiji.

I have been in St. Lucia and seriously think that diving is a must there!

I think you will be surprised how very ZEN it is under the water.  All of my “ubove water” thoughts/fears/worries just melt away when I am under water.

You will definately want to get certified because if you do the onsite dive course (not a real certification) they will only let you go down to 30 feet.  Good luck and let us know how it goes!

 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

@Gerbera – I am taking a PADI course in Los Angeles, they are offered by dive shops all over the place though, PADI is the largest “diving school” and is international (I am doing school/pool here and completing my ocean dives in Mexico), but there are a lot of reputable courses. 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@ FutureMrs.Harless-I actually pulled out my dive log to tell you my favorite sites 🙂  

In St. Lucia, we did not go deeper than 70 feet.

My favorite dive was Superman’s Flight.  It is a drift dive, I really love drift diving.

I also loved Rosemond Trench.  It was only 34 feet but there was so much life.  There were so many juvenile fish since it is a breading ground. 

The Lesleem Wreck was really nice.  It is a huge open wreck which is great for beginners.  The deepest point was 64 feet.  I attached a picture of my Fiance and I at the wreck.  

Have fun and let me know how it goes.

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