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Aric
11-06-2007, 19:23
I just finished my NAUI advanced course last weekend and im trying to decide which course to take next. The dive shop I take my courses at offers, Drysuit specialists, Equipment specialists, Enriched air nitrox, intro into Tech diving, Trimix diver, technical nitrox & deco techniques, intro into public safety diving, and rescue diving courses.

I dont really know which course I want to take next, some of these needs certification in the other courses before you take them. I would like to get some more diving experience before I take a harder course, which would you all suggest I take next?

MxDiver
11-06-2007, 19:29
With your diving experience (0-24 dives) I would suggest you take some time off the courses and practice what you have learned before continuing your education.

NitroWill
11-06-2007, 19:34
Just dive! Get as many dives as you can and continue to practice your buoyancy and all other skills before you start moving on any further.

This way you can have these basic skills down pat so when it comes time for the new ones you can focus on them instead of both the new and the old at the same time!

Aric
11-06-2007, 19:40
What I plan on doing is getting some gear (hopefully) and possibly by late February taking whatever course I choose. In the meantime diving as much as I can. Im getting pretty good at buoyancy control since I used less weight but I still need to work on it. A little off topic but using a 7mill suit with a hood and gloves, how cold before I cant use a wetsuit?

NitroWill
11-06-2007, 19:42
A little off topic but using a 7mill suit with a hood and gloves, how cold before I cant use a wetsuit?

Thats all personal opinion and your own comfort level..

Ask me, Id tell you 65 :p
Ask someone else, they might tell you 50-55'..

Gotta find out what works for you on that one..

Silverlode
11-06-2007, 20:03
Just dive! Get as many dives as you can and continue to practice your buoyancy and all other skills before you start moving on any further.

This way you can have these basic skills down pat so when it comes time for the new ones you can focus on them instead of both the new and the old at the same time!

Yep, practice, practice, practice.... and I keep telling myself that as well!
BUT I DO WANT TO GET GEARS AND DO COURSES!

practice, practice, practice. Seriously. I do agree with the above statement, but it is difficult... the courses beckons, but then it is good to be so proficient that one does not have to think about them anymore and and concentrate on mastering new skills.

Tableleg
11-06-2007, 21:13
A little off topic but using a 7mill suit with a hood and gloves, how cold before I cant use a wetsuit? That is very subjective to the person. Personally, I can make dive three or four dives a day in 60~65F with a 5/4/3 with no hood or gloves just fine. It all depends on your personal comfort level and how easily you get cold.

But the proper answer to this question is going back to what Will said: just go dive! You'll figure out your own tolerances.

3rdEye
11-08-2007, 11:28
if anything in the meantime while you work on your skills, I'd say a nitrox course

thor
11-08-2007, 11:51
What I plan on doing is getting some gear (hopefully) and possibly by late February taking whatever course I choose. In the meantime diving as much as I can. Im getting pretty good at buoyancy control since I used less weight but I still need to work on it. A little off topic but using a 7mill suit with a hood and gloves, how cold before I cant use a wetsuit?


The only real way to know what is too cold, is to dive in cold water. Just like any gear, the best way to tell if it is good for you is to try it for yourself. An LDS can recommend a piece of gear and say it is the best, but only you can decide what you like. I dive with a 7mm full suit, with a hooded 5mm vest, and 5mm gloves, in temps as cold as 40 F, and I am comfortable, most of the time.

If you plan on diving cold, and money is no object, buy a dry suit.

ertechsg
11-08-2007, 12:28
If you are just looking to take class Rescue is a good one. As for wearing a 7mil If the water is that cold stay home:smiley36:

kenmendes
11-08-2007, 12:30
I would just dive so you can practice all the skills that you already know for now and then when you feel ready then take more courses.

scubaculture
11-08-2007, 12:49
Have to agree with whats already been said, go out there and dive and enjoy

I would highly recommend a rescue class though. After I did my advanced where I was introduced to nav and night diving I was hooked on that so did those 2 courses as specialties and really enjoyed them.

What did you enjoy in your advanced? Nav? Deep? Wreck?

MSilvia
11-08-2007, 13:02
which would you all suggest I take next?
Definately rescue. That will round out your skills and make you a very capable diver for your experience level. I wouldn't recommend even considering tech training until you have well over 100 dives under your belt.

texdiveguy
11-08-2007, 17:13
I just finished my NAUI advanced course last weekend and im trying to decide which course to take next. The dive shop I take my courses at offers, Drysuit specialists, Equipment specialists, Enriched air nitrox, intro into Tech diving, Trimix diver, technical nitrox & deco techniques, intro into public safety diving, and rescue diving courses.

I dont really know which course I want to take next, some of these needs certification in the other courses before you take them. I would like to get some more diving experience before I take a harder course, which would you all suggest I take next?

I would continue with diving as often as you possibly can.....its a great time to improve on your new skills and gain basic diving experience and have fun! Its nice your LDS offers a lot of options to look into as you progress. Just off the top of my head....after you gain some additional skill and dive time and feel your are ready for another course...I would sugg. a Rescue Diver course. Good luck and enjoy your time diving.

quasimoto
11-09-2007, 16:24
All good advice! My suggestion would be dive more and then think about rescue. Nitrox, if you will use it, is a fairly easy course.

comet24
11-09-2007, 16:31
Have fun and dive.