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Certified [Jul. 24th, 2005|06:22 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

Ahhhhhh yeah... who's the certified sunburnt scuba diver now sitting around in his boxers with a refreshing iced tea?

Yeah, that's right!

Our last dive today was finally awesome. (after our first three skill-testing dives, where we demonstrated the things we'd learned in the pool last weekend...) It was me, whitaker, and daveman692, along with one of the guys that works at the dive shop. We did 46 feet and 32 minutes. Absolutely kick-ass.... some of the coolest sights and feelings (floating / flying) ever.

Best part was Whitaker slapping off my mask and regulator. I didn't suck down any water, nor consciously panic (both losing the mask and/or regulator is no big deal), but I heard later that in panic situations you breathe fuller(?) or something (lungs filled more while breathing) so as I'm recovering the regulator I also notice that I'm floating up (from the extra volume of air in my now-huge lungs). And as you float up, the gas in your BC expands, making you climb faster and faster. (which is why you always release air as you ascend, so you can control your ascent rate and don't get the bends) ...

So there I am recovering my regulator, then both releasing air from my butt purge valve (reaching for that damn string behind you), facing straight down, and kicking as fast as I could to offset my bouyancy, all while looking through a mask halfway off my face and 3/4 full of cold salt water.

It took longer to type that all than the event took, and it wasn't really a big deal, so I realize now I should've talked about the pretty fishies and ginormous crabs and starfish instead, but I don't know their names, and now dinner's ready, so bye.

[User Picture]From: dakus
2005-07-25 01:50 am (UTC)
the bends suk!

So Whitaker was trying to drown you or what?
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[User Picture]From: whitaker
2005-07-25 03:07 am (UTC)
Nah, just trying to navigate over a ridge covered in plants. I think I was trying to get upward thrust with my hands instead of kicking the plants or something. Forget.
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[User Picture]From: xaosenkosmos
2005-07-25 03:21 am (UTC)
I think I was trying to get upward thrust with my hands instead of kicking the plants or something. Forget.

A good idea, but remember to go for the top of the head next time. Masks just slip when you shove off of them ;^)
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[User Picture]From: whitaker
2005-07-25 03:27 am (UTC)
Heh, I wasn't trying to push off of him. Just using my hands to swim (which I agree isn't the best idea) and I accidentally hit him in the face when he was beside me.
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[User Picture]From: muerte
2005-07-25 02:11 am (UTC)
Heh... you said "butt purge valve"
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[User Picture]From: lifesparkles
2005-07-25 04:31 am (UTC)
Excellent reaction/reflex! I'm certified to 60 feet... it's amazing isn't it!? I can totally relate to your awe of the underwater experience. Well done!
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2005-07-25 06:50 am (UTC)
Yeah that rear dump valve sucks.. I wish it was weighted down with lead or something like that.. Stupid plastic handle always floats around.. :(

So when we all going out on our own? I'm down for whenever.. I want to get some more time logged so I can get some speciality certs under my belt (like dry-suit and night diving)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-07-25 03:44 pm (UTC)
I think Whitaker, David and I are down for about whenever.
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