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"advanced" scuba classes [Sep. 16th, 2005|03:20 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

So under some crazy logic, if you've taken 4 "advanced" scuba classes and done 25 dives, you're considered an advanced diver.

I guess some ridiculous percentage of people get certified to go on one vacation and never dive again. Silly.

Anyway, daveman692 is our motivated guy, so he created/negiotated a private weekend lesson with four of the advanced classes, so soon we'll be taking:

-- Night/limited visibility diving
-- Boat diving
-- Dry suit
-- Navigation

Then a couple more dives after that to reach 25 and we're "advanced", whatever that means.

But yeah, scuba's still fun. We went around and (partially) into a sunken amphibious personnel carrier last weekend, and I found a golfball (Titleist! anyone here a Marine biologist!?) and a Gilligan hat.

[User Picture]From: recompiler
2005-09-17 04:08 am (UTC)
Be honest, you expected some awful undocumented creature to pop out from any crevice and grab you in it's poisonous teeth or a shark to swim out? Maybe I have an over active imagination.

Surprised you guys don't carry chemical lights with you. I admit bringing a flash light on a bright sunny day isn't very obvious but you should always have a few chemical lights that you can tie on to mark something or just drop.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-09-17 04:13 am (UTC)
Actually once I was snorkeling above a shipwreck and free dove down into and through it, but while I was inside it a freaky looking fish did come at me from the dark.... so that's kinda tainted my idea of dark ships.

Not to mention the jagged metal edges.
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[User Picture]From: recompiler
2005-09-17 04:23 am (UTC)
Wow, I'd never snorkel into any confined space esp a ship, too many stories about things becoming undone and blocking the way out, crushing people etc. It is true about sharks, octopuses and other things you don't want touching you making homes out of ship wrecks sometimes.

Worst things I had happen to me was spotting something weird in a cave that had huge blue eyes, getting my dad and brother to swim over, covering the cave with a net and then poking a the thing so we can get a better look at it or catch it. It started to come up an the fish looked like a shoe box almost, it was weird and almost famialar. Then we started to hear a quacking noise and it started to puff up. we were keeping the net at a distance and surfacing with it. My brother and I relized what we got. We hit surface and swam to shore with it in the net because we were to afraid to touch it and it was still making the quacking noise. Thankfully a local fisherman knew how to untangle and hold it. He kept it (probably to make it into a cheap trinket you can buy in any store).
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