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Taking the class to get certified and just curious if anyone here is certified and dives much?  Spear fishing in the keys is pretty popular and want to be ready when we head back down there later this year.  Pluse there are some spots here locally in NC that are suppose to be big attractions for divers.
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It's a blast, your going to really like it, different world down there, closest thing to walking on the moon IMHO.


I used to dive a lot but none of my friends (that live close by) do it anymore, I was advanced certified and on my way to master when my dive buddy moved to Texas.


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I'm kinda looking foward to trying it.  Guys are telling me there are places here to spear fish as well that not many people do it but when they do they always do very well.  I've always loved snorkeling and free diving. At one point i was able to hold my breathe about one and a half minutes while freediving, probably can't get to a minute now.
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I'm a diver.

So long as you aren't claustrophobic and you are reasonably comfortable in the water, you'll be fine.

If you like it, invest in good gear, rental gear always sucks.

And don't hold your breath. And try not to think about Jaws.
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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:

I'm a diver.

So long as you aren't claustrophobic and you are reasonably comfortable in the water, you'll be fine.

If you like it, invest in good gear, rental gear always sucks.

And don't hold your breath. And try not to think about Jaws.
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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:

I'm a diver.

So long as you aren't claustrophobic and you are reasonably comfortable in the water, you'll be fine.

If you like it, invest in good gear, rental gear always sucks.

And don't hold your breath. And try not to think about Jaws.
Thanks RC. I figure to get certified I'd use their gear.  I have fins, and I plan on buying my own mask for the class but as far as tank, BC, etc, I need to figure out what i need first. 
 
Any pointers/suggestions on what to look for when I go mask shopping?
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Don't skimp.  A good mask will fit you well, seal out water well, and not move while in use.  Everything is prone to failure, so always carry extra straps in your dive bag.
Personally, I like purge masks, so you can clear while still looking around rather than having to look up to purge.

A good mask will not be inexpensive.  Either support your local dive shop (and pay more) or find what you like and buy online.  I have bought allot over the years from www.leisurepro.com - but buy the big-ticket items locally (someone with a face and a name to talk about any problems.) I also carry an extras mask in my bag and a "save a dive" kit, for the little things that break or get lost.)

Consider getting a at least a dive skin that fits you well, if not a shorty 3mm suit, rental stuff is OK, but a suit that fits helps allot.

Buy gloves, good dive gloves.  Lots of stuff while diving can be rough on hands (or hands can be rough on it) so get a good pair of gloves.

Get a good knife, doesn't need to be combat tested, and bright handle is good, for when you drop it.  Also, make sure it has a prying tip (no points needed) and a metal cap on the end, for banging on the tank to signal in case you need someone's attention.

Don't buy a tank, they are a pain in the ass and everyone rents them cheap.  If you decide to go full tilt, buy reg set first, then BC.  And after you learn dive tables, get a computer, they allow for split-level dives and much longer bottom times - when use correctly.

Lastly, swim, allot. the more comfortable you are in the water, the more you will enjoy diving.  I am part fish, so diving was a natural hobby for me.

If you want specific recommendations, let me know.  I've been diving for awhile, have tried lots of gear and seen lots of things that didn't work well.
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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:

I'm a diver.

So long as you aren't claustrophobic and you are reasonably comfortable in the water, you'll be fine.

If you like it, invest in good gear, rental gear always sucks.

And don't hold your breath. And try not to think about Jaws.

I used to think I was only mildly claustrophobic.  I considered diving.  I looked into it.

There is nothing mild about my claustrophobia.

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relax, breath, relax, breath....
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Like BD said, breath slow and steady, so you can stay down longer. Thunbs Up I used to try to blow small bubbles if that makes sense.

RC has some really good suggestions, fins, mask, snorkel are all you need up front if you take lessons in a pool. You also want a dive log and water proof dive table.

Before your ocean dives get good gloves as they get torn up pretty quickly, whistle, booties for your fins and a water proof watch should also be a consideration.  An emergency repair kit is a good idea (consists of silicon, fins and mask straps, tie wraps, spare o rings, glow sticks, etc). Your instructor should and will go over all this with you.

If you like it, soft weight belt, knife, light and compass (optional). If your hooked then the high dollar stuff, regulator, bc, computer, watch upgrade, etc.

I used to dive on the west coast where we used 6 to 7 mm wet suits. Not sure about the east coast where your at but you may be able to get by with 3mm, in the Caribbean I believe I used 2mm but not home right now to look at my warm water wet suit to confirm.








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FishEekFishDont think about J ...... Dont think about Ja.......Dont think about Jaw......DDDDDDDDDDDont think about Jaws

comforting advise wasnt it.
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you never felt like crapping a diamond until you see a great white from 40ft beneath it.  LOL!   Long ago but I remember it well. 
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Originally posted by Urimaginaryfrnd Urimaginaryfrnd wrote:

FishEekFishDont think about J ...... Dont think about Ja.......Dont think about Jaw......DDDDDDDDDDDont think about Jaws

comforting advise wasnt it.
And when you hear your dive buddy yelling thru his regulator, You turn, Only to see an eyeball the size of a small saucer. then you see your dive buddy with his speargun in both hands pushing the 10 foot bull shark off of you and the bleeding amberjack you are trying to get off your spear. Then,
 Don't think about Jaw......DDDDDDDDDDDon't think about Jaws.
 
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lol
 
Growing up on the ocean, I know they are out there, plenty been seen and pulled out the water by yours truely.  They don't bother me.
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RC, you happen to know what brand/style mask you have and would recommend?
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http://www.leisurepro.com/Prod/CategoryID_958/Context_954/Sort_Relevance/DescSort_0/Filter_flid_958_3%3d180/Page_1/OCNMI2.html

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http://www.leisurepro.com/Prod/CategoryID_958/Context_954/Sort_Relevance/DescSort_0/Filter_brand%3dCressi/Page_1/CSBMBEEB.html

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I have probably 10 masks, these are in the dive bag.
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And, from above, if you are doing PADI, they will give you log book and dive table when you take the course.
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Thanks RC  I want to go ahead and have the mask and snorkel for the class when I show up. The rest of the stuff I'll get if I enjoy it as much as I think I will. 
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Do you think  I should try them on before buying or pretty universal that the one you said you had as primary will work sufficient for me?
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G you'll probably need a three tank set-up to do any diving off NC... if you want any downtime without decompression assent using all your air.... being so small and everything. Bucky
 
Thanks the nice thing about the Keys... You can do most of it with a snorkle!
 
Finding a flipper that will fit him will be no small task!!!!
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lol. 
 
Finding lots of sites from 25-65 off the coast here within about 6 miles that are either man made reefs or shipwrecks. 
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Originally posted by Rancid Coolaid Rancid Coolaid wrote:

And, from above, if you are doing PADI, they will give you log book and dive table when you take the course.


I believe NAUI does too but it's been so long  can't remember.  Big Smile
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Great info guys.  I got my books and a DVD from the shop to start on tonight.  Hope to get the pool dive in next weekend or the 11th and then the open water by the end of may.
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