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  1. Thread: Rescue Class??

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    Maybe the scenarios are done in OW because...

    Maybe the scenarios are done in OW because probably a majority of divers worldwide dive in the ocean or other large bodies of water--where conditions can include chop, current, and other conditions...
  2. Oh yeah, I forgot the "no fins" one. Left at...

    Oh yeah, I forgot the "no fins" one. Left at "home" in the RV. Lifeguards leant me fins. Stupid thing was I was already in 3-4 feet of water when I
    realised no fins and considered doing the dive...
  3. Of course, I've forgotten to turn air on for at...

    Of course, I've forgotten to turn air on for at least 4 shore dives (set up everything in car beforehand but don't like to turn on air as once I hit the brakes and had a free flow in the car--but...
  4. Thread: swim test?

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    t Agree. I've been asking for years for anyone...

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    Agree. I've been asking for years for anyone to give a scenario where anyone (pro or not) would have to swim without fins. Some have mentioned falling overboard, etc. but that has nothing...
  5. Thread: swim test?

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    Agree. Someone said swimming is a life skill. But...

    Agree. Someone said swimming is a life skill. But what do you do to get falling skills?
  6. Thread: swim test?

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    Agree completely. My last post here was 3 posts...

    Agree completely. My last post here was 3 posts and 6 YEARS ago-not much traffic, eh. But yeah, there could be a lot of changes in both the OW and DM swim tests. You can search for my suggestions in...
  7. Thread: Nervous

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    I'm not NAUI, but general advice... Study the...

    I'm not NAUI, but general advice... Study the academic stuff a lot. Particularly how to do the skills you'll learn in the pool--mimic doing them on land. Are you comfortable in the water? ei. have...
  8. Thread: Experience

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    I've never dived with a guide/DM, save for the...

    I've never dived with a guide/DM, save for the week I was in Panama-- there it was just him and me 4 of the 5 days. I started in with a fellow newbie here in N.S. We did benign shore dives, which is...
  9. Thread: Clearing Ears

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    Open your mouth doing a "make believe" yawn. You...

    Open your mouth doing a "make believe" yawn. You should hear a crackling sound. This is what happens when you equalize. See if you can make this sound without yawning. If you can't equalize by just...
  10. What about when you're ascending and releasing...

    What about when you're ascending and releasing air while monitoring your depth to insure a slow ascent?
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    You make a lot of good points. Not sure I agree...

    You make a lot of good points. Not sure I agree with the 500 dives ("no matter what those dives are") to become a "master". I don't know if I am a "master" of diving yet, but it is doubtful. There...
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    My weight usually remains within a 10 lb. range....

    My weight usually remains within a 10 lb. range. Haven't altered weighting since I started 8 years ago. I would imagine your change would require a new weight check as that's the only way to know.
  13. Thread: Starting DM

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    I can see that swimming 10 feet in whitewater is...

    I can see that swimming 10 feet in whitewater is indeed a task, one that very fortunately you could do. And as I said, I think anyone taking scuba should know how to swim. In fact, I feel that anyone...
  14. Thread: Starting DM

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    While I agree with the last two posts, these...

    While I agree with the last two posts, these examples really have nothing to do with scuba or divemastering. In the last post I'm not sure when the actual swimming took place. In the little DMing...
  15. Thread: D-Day

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    I've not yet had a problem being buddied up on...

    I've not yet had a problem being buddied up on the boat. I do tell them well ahead of time. I did an oil rig dive out of South Padre a couple of years ago. We were told to stay within the "legs" of...
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    Check with the shop (?) you're doing Rescue with....

    Check with the shop (?) you're doing Rescue with. I know PADI requires EFR before you do Rescue and I believe it is within 24 months, but it may be 12. Other CPR courses usually are accepted (St....
  17. Thread: Starting DM

    by Tom H
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    Each instructor does things slightly different...

    Each instructor does things slightly different when it comes to the skills. Videos are available now online, which can be of help, but remember that you must do the skills to the satisfaction of your...
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    For me personally it is not true. My cold...

    For me personally it is not true. My cold tolerance seems to be always the same after 7+ years diving.
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    Has he snorkelled a lot and free dived down to...

    Has he snorkelled a lot and free dived down to 10' or so in the ocean?
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    Personally, I don't think it has a lot to do with...

    Personally, I don't think it has a lot to do with diving. I think it has more to do with the climate you live in. 7 years ago we moved to Nova Scotia from northern Manitoba, where 3 months of the...
  21. Thread: Starting DM

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    What's needed (IMO): 400 swim- be in SWIMMING...

    What's needed (IMO):
    400 swim- be in SWIMMING shape.
    800 mask/fins/snorkel: Legs in good shape.
    tired diver tow: overall. strength, especially legs.
    tread/float, last 2 mins. hands out: no...
  22. Thread: Cpr pocket mask

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    I don't recall meeting an instructor or DM yet...

    I don't recall meeting an instructor or DM yet that keeps the mask on them during dives. I'm sure many do.
  23. Thread: Safe ascent rate

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    I believe years ago the US Navy had a rate of 25'...

    I believe years ago the US Navy had a rate of 25' per minute. Then it was found to be unnecessarily slow so they made it 100' per minute. That was deemed too fast, so they decided on 60. I don't know...
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    Yeah, the communications and finning may be OK...

    Yeah, the communications and finning may be OK ideas. It would seem standard signs and added ones you and a buddy may have would be enough, plus a slate or wetnotes if need be. As for finning, maybe....
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    Took EFR in '06 for Rescue Diver. Have took the...

    Took EFR in '06 for Rescue Diver. Have took the required refresher course each 2 years to keep DM status at the shop. They seem to change some stuff each time...you'd think this stuff would be...
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