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texdiveguy
11-02-2007, 20:47
So were do you see yourself in 2008 in regards to your dive training?

mitsuguy
11-02-2007, 21:30
Easy... I've done a lot of planning in this regard...

Working on AOW right now with my wife - when our dive shop guys get back from Aruba, we will have that finished... then we move to San Antonio, where we get rescue and dive master out of the way...

In either September or October, we move to Utila, Honduras to get our Instructor training and maybe a little more...

rach
11-02-2007, 21:33
good question...i moved to dominica nearly a year ago expecting mainly to log a bunch of dives but have since completed AOW and nitrox (for grenada wrecks)...so who knows? once you start, you get addicted...it's like piercings or tattoos...but so much more rewarding (and expensive!) :smiley36:

texdiveguy
11-02-2007, 21:33
Easy... I've done a lot of planning in this regard...

Working on AOW right now with my wife - when our dive shop guys get back from Aruba, we will have that finished... then we move to San Antonio, where we get rescue and dive master out of the way...

In either September or October, we move to Utila, Honduras to get our Instructor training and maybe a little more...

Wow does sound like a def. plan in place!!!...so what type employment would draw you both to Utila?

rach
11-02-2007, 21:34
mitsuguy, what brings you to the honduras? sounds interesting!

mitsuguy
11-02-2007, 21:40
Easy... I've done a lot of planning in this regard...

Working on AOW right now with my wife - when our dive shop guys get back from Aruba, we will have that finished... then we move to San Antonio, where we get rescue and dive master out of the way...

In either September or October, we move to Utila, Honduras to get our Instructor training and maybe a little more...

Wow does sound like a def. plan in place!!!...so what type employment would draw you both to Utila?

more like lack of employment... part of the reason to move to San Antonio is to live with my wifes parents for 6-8 months, saving 2000 / month that we are currently paying in rent and utilities and then some, then having plenty of money to play with for a while... I figure once we get all of our training done, we can make a little money here and there training others, and leading dives and such... the biggest reason is to simplify our lives - we make about 70-80k per year between the two of us, but we are miserable doing the daily routine... 30 minute drive to work, 45 minutes back, worrying about corporate america and such...

texdiveguy
11-02-2007, 21:51
Easy... I've done a lot of planning in this regard...

Working on AOW right now with my wife - when our dive shop guys get back from Aruba, we will have that finished... then we move to San Antonio, where we get rescue and dive master out of the way...

In either September or October, we move to Utila, Honduras to get our Instructor training and maybe a little more...

Wow does sound like a def. plan in place!!!...so what type employment would draw you both to Utila?

more like lack of employment... part of the reason to move to San Antonio is to live with my wifes parents for 6-8 months, saving 2000 / month that we are currently paying in rent and utilities and then some, then having plenty of money to play with for a while... I figure once we get all of our training done, we can make a little money here and there training others, and leading dives and such... the biggest reason is to simplify our lives - we make about 70-80k per year between the two of us, but we are miserable doing the daily routine... 30 minute drive to work, 45 minutes back, worrying about corporate america and such...

Well 'best of luck' to you both....and corp. America 'does really' suck!!!

mitsuguy
11-02-2007, 22:19
mitsuguy, what brings you to the honduras? sounds interesting!

just turns out that out of all the CDC's I've contacted, I've been happiest with what I've heard about the CDC in Utila, and in talking to the guys there, they have been extremely helpful... Not to mention it's a fairly cheap plane flight from the US, and my wife is 75% fluent in spanish, and I comprehend 50% (working on learning more)...

Clanggedin
11-03-2007, 00:04
OW in Jan, AOW in FEB, then hopefully by August I can start Rescue Diver.

Formerly 45yroldNewbie
11-03-2007, 00:12
NAUI Advanced, then onto Rescue and after getting more dives under my belt I want to begin Instructor courses.

RoadRacer1978
11-03-2007, 00:24
Nitrox This Dec or Jan. Then Resuce diver this spring or summer and hopefully a specialty class or two. Would like to get Deep Diver and Underwater Navigator done this coming year.

couped243
11-03-2007, 05:08
Get out of this place first!!! I have AOW and EAN so my next logical choice is rescue diver hopefully in the spring or early summer. Then maybe a specialty like wreck diver and or deep diver since I live in Jersey that would benefit me greatly.

SarahBella
11-03-2007, 07:13
AOW in 08...maybe something else but I'm not sure. My dive buddy/husband wants to take rescue.

PlatypusMan
11-03-2007, 07:30
Finish up my Divemaster course by mid-year; get a bunch of diving in during the interim between Stupid Human Tricks to get there.

After that, I'll see....

WV Diver
11-03-2007, 08:00
Dive, Dive, Dive. Try to go over 100 dives for the third year in a row.

Zenagirl
11-03-2007, 08:05
We're going to complete our Master Scuba Diver certification on Bonaire in July. :D I also want to hit 200 dives by the end of 2008, so 2 weeks on Bonaire will really help with that. ;)

Illini_Fan
11-03-2007, 08:29
Haven't looked at the class schedule, but planning Rescue sometime in the April time frame (give or take a month). I'm also interested in the PADI equipment training, just so I can get more familiar with my gear.

Disneymom
11-03-2007, 08:59
I'm kind of along the lines of 45yrold - Rescue will be next, probably in the spring. Possibly Nitrox, just so I've got it. A lot more time in the gym, in the water, and then start steps toward DM. Ultimately, I want to teach - at least assist. I've got a lot to do and learn between now and then. And yes - dive, dive, dive!!

sidneydiver
11-03-2007, 10:19
I'm hoping to do Instructor and Trimix.

liuk3
11-05-2007, 20:12
I'd just like to get in over 100 dives next year and get a lot more real world experience.

in_cavediver
11-05-2007, 20:36
Sidemount Cave (well, that might still happen this year) and OWSI when I choose an agency. Figure in 3-5 years either do OC advanced trimix or start down the eCCR path. (gotta save up the cash to fund my wife an I on those)

cgvmer
11-05-2007, 21:22
Hoping to take AOW with my son then rescue, while at the same time my daughter takes her OW. Part of the reason for taking Rescue and AOW is to be more comfortable when diving with my daughter.

medic001918
11-05-2007, 22:22
The wife and I are taking a bouyancy class in a few weeks to stay in tune over the winter. In the spring it will be AOW and then GUE Fundamentals. Not sure if it will be next year or not, but we'd like to do rescue. Depends on if I can work out a deal with the shop or not to help them teach the first responder portion in exchange for a discount of some kind. We'll see what they have to say I guess when that time comes closer. But for now, that's our plan.

Shane

quasimoto
11-06-2007, 20:11
Hoping to do Advanced nitrox and deco procedures. All depends upon how quickly I can hone my skills to pass the class. From what I hear it can be a big leap from rec to tec.

UCFKnightDiver
11-06-2007, 20:20
plan to do probably nitrox and advanced

Divingguy
11-07-2007, 07:02
I am with Platy in terms of timetable. I am also working on Divemaster, and would like to finish that next summer. I may add tech before looking at Instructor. Not sure yet.

jakeeib
11-07-2007, 07:38
Going to get DM knocked out this year and will take a dry suit course

kenmendes
11-07-2007, 07:51
to dive as much as i can and to take as many classes as i can

CC1020
11-07-2007, 09:32
Since i just got my Rescue Cert and Master Diver rating (SSI) this summer, I will be moving on to the Dive Control Specialist, which, for those who don't know, is a combined DM and Assistant Instructor program

TRACI
11-07-2007, 09:36
Hopefully I will be able to afford my AOW and nitrox certification. I need to win the lottery!!

ertechsg
11-07-2007, 09:42
Rescue somtime in the spring

texdiveguy
11-07-2007, 09:55
My target training is to do Advanced Wreck Penetration training while in WI. during summer 08'.

BouzoukiJoe A.K.A. wrecker130 AKA Chuck Norris AKA joeforbroke (banned)
11-07-2007, 12:03
Want to get dry suit training this winter.

Rescue cert in spring. Formal wreck training. Perhaps cavern training on a Florida trip next fall.

Dive, dive, dive! Get to 100 total dives, with 25 dives > 100 fsw. Then decide whether to get technical training.

This is an agressive goal, given my schedule.

cmburch
02-25-2008, 23:13
Nitrox

rye_a
02-26-2008, 11:52
Finish AOW
Nitrox
Altitude
Equipment Specialist
Rescue

caroln
02-26-2008, 12:42
I'm currently working on my DM. I hope to finish that by end of spring.

I am going to Florida in 8 days to do cavern and intro to cave, and should be doing GUE fundamentals this spring sometime too.

After I finish DM, cavern, intro, and fundies, I don't want to take anymore classes this year. I want to dive my butt off and get experience in as many different environments as possible--but especially get as many cave dives in as possible.

Mycroft
02-26-2008, 14:16
Finish Cavern this year.

Already have Master, so cavern is the end of the road for me.

Divng the Yukon Mar 15. Come join us.

emcbride81
02-26-2008, 14:43
Finished AOW in January...just got my card a week ago. Will lock up Rescue this summer, DAN O2, and maybe get a specialty in...altitude, S&R, or something.

CompuDude
02-26-2008, 15:54
Some more DAN courses. More tech training. Perhaps Tech 1 later this year? Haven't decided.

Last year was too many classes... GUE-F, Divemaster, a ton of specialties as part of DM... I just want to dive this year!

rye_a
02-26-2008, 16:14
My target training is to do Advanced Wreck Penetration training while in WI. during summer 08'.


I didn't know Brittney Spears would be in WI this summer. How do you plan on getting a first date with her, let alone move forward to penetration?

emcbride81
02-26-2008, 16:42
My target training is to do Advanced Wreck Penetration training while in WI. during summer 08'.


I didn't know Brittney Spears would be in WI this summer. How do you plan on getting a first date with her, let alone move forward to penetration?

:smiley36:

Athena2c
02-26-2008, 16:55
I completed nitrox in January, and that is probably the only training I'll do this year. My husband and I are considering DM, but probably not until next year.

CHT
02-26-2008, 17:48
Going to do Rescue in late April or early May. Then going to Cozumel for a week in June. Then in August or September start working on Divemaster.

skdvr
02-27-2008, 09:42
PADI deep, DSAT Gas Blender, PSI Vis(maybe), I just purchased a set of doubles so once I get everything else I need to dive them, I want to get proficient with them. Maybe DSAT Tec Deep Level 1 at the end of the year or next year, depending on how many dives I can get in this year.

Phil

RoyN
02-27-2008, 09:57
Probably drift diving when I go to Cozumel otherwise just relaxing in the ocean. Hopefully I'll move into doubles in April. :smiley20:

Charles R
02-27-2008, 10:22
Already got DM so I am planning on Instucter this year I love to teach especially kids and I cant find any shops or instructors that really even want to teach kids.

WaScubaDude
02-27-2008, 11:26
looking to combine a bunch of certs.

Rescue
Solo
Nitrox
O2 Admin.
Will also complete CPR & first aid.

All this in spring summer in cold waters of the Puget Sound.

Headed to Cancun November 08.

cummings66
02-27-2008, 18:04
I thought I participated in this thread, but I can't find my post.

So, for me.

I want to get the Advanced Nitrox/Deco done.
I want the PSI VSI course.
I want the DSAT Blender course.

I think those things will keep me busy.

I also want to dive more and get better at what I currently know.

rye_a
02-27-2008, 18:08
looking to combine a bunch of certs.

Rescue
Solo
Nitrox
O2 Admin.
Will also complete CPR & first aid.

All this in spring summer in cold waters of the Puget Sound.

Headed to Cancun November 08.

Who offers a solo cert?

CompuDude
02-27-2008, 20:09
looking to combine a bunch of certs.

Rescue
Solo
Nitrox
O2 Admin.
Will also complete CPR & first aid.

All this in spring summer in cold waters of the Puget Sound.

Headed to Cancun November 08.

Who offers a solo cert?

SDI.

It's bizarre, though.

emcbride81
02-27-2008, 22:12
looking to combine a bunch of certs.

Rescue
Solo
Nitrox
O2 Admin.
Will also complete CPR & first aid.

All this in spring summer in cold waters of the Puget Sound.

Headed to Cancun November 08.

Who offers a solo cert?

SDI.

It's bizarre, though.


Bizarre? As in DIR, don't solo dive bizarre...or bizarre as in, they teach you how to buddy breathe while soloing? :smiley36:

CompuDude
02-27-2008, 22:23
Who offers a solo cert?

SDI.

It's bizarre, though.

Bizarre? As in DIR, don't solo dive bizarre...or bizarre as in, they teach you how to buddy breathe while soloing? :smiley36:

Bizarre as in I spoke to an instructor who was telling me about some of their required gas planning/management protocols, and they just made no sense to me. I'm all for safety, especially alone, but some of their assumptions were just odd.

Chocoholic
02-27-2008, 22:37
Not sure where to go next. I did Rescue last year and it was great. I think I might do nitrox next. I am thinking I might look into DIR, not sure what I would get out of it.

emcbride81
02-27-2008, 23:06
[quote=emcbride81;138948][quote=CompuDude;138884][quote=rye_a;138836]
Bizarre as in I spoke to an instructor who was telling me about some of their required gas planning/management protocols, and they just made no sense to me. I'm all for safety, especially alone, but some of their assumptions were just odd.

Hmm..I am thinking about getting that cert late 08 early 09, several places in my area require it to dive solo...I am sure I could glean some good info from it, but it seems that it may be erring to the side of extreme caution...which for liability's sake make sense...but not practical.

texdiveguy
02-27-2008, 23:18
[quote=emcbride81;138948][quote=CompuDude;138884][quote=rye_a;138836]
Bizarre as in I spoke to an instructor who was telling me about some of their required gas planning/management protocols, and they just made no sense to me. I'm all for safety, especially alone, but some of their assumptions were just odd.

Hmm..I am thinking about getting that cert late 08 early 09, several places in my area require it to dive solo...I am sure I could glean some good info from it, but it seems that it may be erring to the side of extreme caution...which for liability's sake make sense...but not practical.

After you take the solo class...please let us all know what you learned from the program......I had a fellow tell me once over the phone regarding diving at their site that if I were coming alone I needed that solo certf., I explained my basic diving background and that I have been diving solo for years and probably 30-40% of my yearly dives were solo.....he said that did not make me competent at solo diving....whatever I told him--lol.

ianr33
02-27-2008, 23:22
I had a fellow tell me once over the phone regarding diving at their site that if I were coming alone I needed that solo certf., I explained my basic diving background and that I have been diving solo for years and probably 30-40% of my yearly dives were solo.....he said that did not make me competent at solo diving....whatever I told him--lol.

Makes sense to me. I mean,its not like you would learn anything about gas planning or redundancy doing a trivial "speciality" such as Advanced Trimix now is it ?? :smiley36:

emcbride81
02-27-2008, 23:25
[quote=emcbride81;138948][quote=CompuDude;138884][quote=rye_a;138836]
Bizarre as in I spoke to an instructor who was telling me about some of their required gas planning/management protocols, and they just made no sense to me. I'm all for safety, especially alone, but some of their assumptions were just odd.

Hmm..I am thinking about getting that cert late 08 early 09, several places in my area require it to dive solo...I am sure I could glean some good info from it, but it seems that it may be erring to the side of extreme caution...which for liability's sake make sense...but not practical.

After you take the solo class...please let us all know what you learned from the program......I had a fellow tell me once over the phone regarding diving at their site that if I were coming alone I needed that solo certf., I explained my basic diving background and that I have been diving solo for years and probably 30-40% of my yearly dives were solo.....he said that did not make me competent at solo diving....whatever I told him--lol.

Will do...I have found it very hard to get first hand experience on this cert. I guess not many people take it. The course overview seems good...focuses on planning and navigation, but I don't know many details beyond that. There are two open water dives.

WaScubaDude
02-28-2008, 00:10
How Bizarre, how bizarre.

cummings66
02-28-2008, 18:25
Hey Tex, you must be talking about the quarry in Joplin. I've heard him tell divers that in person, not me mind you but I was in the line of people checking in and he tried to send the guy away. We had him dive with us so he could dive. Like you he was well qualified to do it, but the "rules" won't allow that.