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2014/11/11 07:20:25 (permalink)

SCUBA diving

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I did my PADI open water while in Mexico last week and found it one of the most amazing experiences ever. Curious to know who else has done or does SCUBA diving and their experiences.
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    Re: SCUBA diving 2014/11/11 07:45:43 (permalink)
    been wanting to learn for ages cos two of my bucket list items are swimming with mantas and (cage!) diving with great whites. couple of the girlies here scuba and there's a flier up for the diving school in newcastle, is it reasonable for cost though?
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    Re: SCUBA diving 2014/11/11 07:58:30 (permalink)
    I spent $99 to do the elearning and then I think it was $400 for the PADI open water course which included 3 pool sessions and 4x45 minute open water dives. I also got log book and dive calculator etc.
     
    On the dives I saw Moray eels, Stingrays, Barracuda, Trumpet fish, Flounders, Lobster, Puffer Fish and a heap of others which I can't name.
    Was desperate to see a Bull Shark as they swim in the area I did the course, I saw a large black shape, freaked and decided I didn't want to see sharks. I am pretty sure it wasn't a shark, just a dark rock away in the distance, that was in a triangle shape.
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    Re: SCUBA diving 2014/11/11 07:59:16 (permalink)
    I was going to say, the water was great for the dives in Mexico, it was about 29 degrees and we just wore 2mm knee and elbow length wetsuits.
     
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    Re: SCUBA diving 2014/11/11 08:22:20 (permalink)
    I finished off my open water course in Lanzarote earlier this year. Did all the confined dives in the UK (Bolton Area Divers), got a great deal on Amazon local. On my first open water dive, I was sat on the bottom only about 6 metres down doing the mask clearing skill when a sea turtle came up to us and stayed with us for about 5 minutes. One of the most amazing things I have ever seen.
    Next year we have booked to go to Cyprus and I'm going to do my advanced open water course and dive on the wreck of a container ship. Check out the "Zenobia" if you get a minute, it's in the top 10 of wrecks to dive in the world.
     
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    Re: SCUBA diving 2014/11/11 10:15:24 (permalink)
    Only done it once always wanted to have another bash. I was in Egypt but couldn't dive because of a problem with my ear which was seriously ****. 
     
    The one time i actually did it was in Lake Geneva in the middle of a biblical thunderstorm which rolled in 5 minutes after I have gone under for the first time turning everything black as night (It was 8pm). Panic gradually started to set in as this crazy dutch instructor just dragged me deeper and deeper into the lake until we hit a sandy bit about 9m down and sat looking up at the moon then we just carried on down no idea how far.
     
    I would love to say it was cool, amazing breaking etc but tbh I was ****ing ****ting myself, cold and pretty fed up. On the way back swimming trough this sting like weed my flipper gets tangled comes off. Arrrrrgh was a disaster. Get back to the dock bloke says you did really well so i just kept going deeper this we had to come back. Me shaking from fear and cold at this point the only thing i could say after 1 hour of not talking was "I need a drink" typical brit or what. 
     
    I got a beer he lit up a joint and thus ended my only foray in scuba!!

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    Re: SCUBA diving 2014/11/11 10:51:47 (permalink)
    Shame to have a bad experience for the first time, must really put you off the whole thing. I found it such a peaceful and tranquil experience, I am keen to do some diving in Egypt, hopefully in the spring.
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    Re: SCUBA diving 2014/11/11 11:18:34 (permalink)
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    Shame to have a bad experience for the first time, must really put you off the whole thing. I found it such a peaceful and tranquil experience, I am keen to do some diving in Egypt, hopefully in the spring.




     
    To be honest its not really put me off  its just a matter of timing and coin that have not done it again. I am a very strong swimmer and spend a lot of time in the water doing decent swims so I am dead keen to do it again. This time I would like to do it properly though with someone not nuts and a bitter structured. Oh and somewhere warm i.e. Egypt. 
     
    Looking back i now laugh at the story because its pretty funny and everyone i tell it too laughs at my expense which is good i guess. Plus ask most people what their first dive was like and they say oh we went to the bottom looked at a few fish came up, least mines semi interesting.
     
    I can remember free diving in egypt and seeing all fish and thinking how awesome it would be to stay under longer so i know i would enjoy it. 

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    Re: SCUBA diving 2014/11/11 12:58:31 (permalink)
    Yes mate, I did my Open Water and Advanced a few years ago and have been diving in a few places since with my girlfriend (she's a dive master and been doing it for around 16 years). I'd love to give free diving a go too!
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    Re: SCUBA diving 2014/11/11 13:00:10 (permalink)
    Ever done a night dive? They're pretty cool, but a bit ****ing scary too as you're presented with a large dark wall out to sea
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