Oh clearing the Regulator and switiching to a backup regulator was no problem for me I was fine with that it is the mask clearing
ALso knowing i will be required to take my mask off and breath with my regulator for at least 1 min is what freaks me out! I have never been able to go under without holding my nose because i can not keep the water from going into my nose and down my throat & gagging or choking me. Now I did try this with my nose held with my fingers and i was fine…..
Typically no they dont use the weight belts they have BCD’s that can be weight integrated but they brought the weight belts just incase…. since we were just in the shallow end we didnt even start out with them on… he didnt think we would need them but i couldnt get myself to go under the water and sit on the bottom without some weight i just couldnt stay down. So we added one weight to the weight belt and then i was off balance trying to swim so he moved that and added a weight to my bcd pocket to balance me but then i couldnt find my netural boyancy so i was dcrawling on the bottom lol.
I talked to them about the swim test and he told me as long as i could swim it by the time I was done we were fine… & as long as i could stay above water on my own for 10 mins via floating or treading I was fine. He did tell me they would just keep working with me on mask clearing and not having to hold my nose and eventually it will be second nature to not want to breath through my nose.
My instructors were impressed at how much I did do expecially with gear that was not a good fit & are even going to make sure to set up a regulator with a extra small mouth piece on it just for me for the duration or my training.
I honestly didnt find my tank Heavy at all once in the water.. I had a little trouble lowering it into the water and getting it on my back out of the water but that is what i got my big strong dive buddy for …. of course I am a very small lady under 5ft tall and 100lbs
we are taking the Open Water Diver PADI course through a local dive shop … we do our tests and watch our videos at the dive shope and we use the pool at the YMCA but it is not taught by the YMCA it is costing us about $400 per person but that will be start to finish as long as it takes us to certify & for our certification( they arent teaching us on a set time schedule) They think that Fiance will be ready in probably a month while it will take me probably the next 3 to be ready
That is including everything pretty much they are loaning us out all the equipment we need that is a 3 hour in pool class every week but fiance already has his mask fins snorkel boots and wetsuit so he is gonna buy the same for me so next time we go to class i have a comfortable fit. The only thing that will be extra is depending on where we want to do our first open water dive if we choose to go to one of the weekend trips we have to pay for our own accomodations package and travel to get there, but if we do something more local like a day trip we just provide our own travel and meals of course
Yeah we have already decided that we know 60ft (because from what we are learning you can safely assend 60ft a Min, so even though i am sure in a panic 1 min seems unbearable it definately would be livable…. ) is to be our max but may even stay in the 30-40ft range on our honeymoon just until we get more comfortable and more experienced divers. My baby says if i just wanna go 10ft under he is ok with that or if i cant do it and we just snorkel. I honestly feel a million times better knowing he will be by my side… & that he is medically trained rescues people from dangerous situations for a living and not afraid or nearly anything helps to LOL. Even in the 3.5ft pool he never let go of my hand or left my side.
Any particular dives that are a must in St Lucia? Mrs Caniche
And as stated earlier i think if i learn how to use my fins…. it will be much easier to actually move through the water not just stay in one spot trying lol