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    Grouper
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    Beginners Mistakes

    Hey all, I was wondering, what silly mistakes have you made before with regards to diving? I know I have forgotten to put my fins on once, and man o man was my face red! Got any good stories to make me feel a little less silly?

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    I was swimming around in the pool working on buoyancy ... ended up trading off my equipment to my father in-law and grabbed a snorkel for myself.
    Dove down to look at the bottom, and forgot that I had switched to a snorkel - that was a fun experience. "Time to breathe... oh wait, that's water not air!"
    -Aaron

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    Descending with snorkel in mouth, reattaching reg (on boat) without removing bungee from around tank, peeling down wetsuit legs without unzipping ankle zips, driving 80 miles without weights (rocks work!), etc etc...

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    First class asking if there is a left and right to the fins.

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    I did a negative entry in stiff current - Oops, forgot my mask. I was at 40 fsw before I could get turned an headed back up.

    Snorkel in mouth instead of reg - yep

    No Fins - yea, I've done that one too.
    Last edited by No Misses; 07-14-2009 at 09:39.
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    i did the snorkel instead of reg part. only it was in open water, not in a pool

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    I've had plenty of time to make mistakes. Here are the first handful that come to mind:
    • Tied a crappy knot and had my flag drift away.
    • Forgot to put batteries in my backup light
    • Forgot to connect my inflator hose
    • Forgot to turn on my tank valve
    • Forgot my weight belt
    • Forgot to bring a BC
    • Got my undergarment stuck in my drysuit zipper
    • Took all the hoses out of my DIN first stage, replaced the port plugs, left it on the post on my doubles in "storage", and couldn't figure out why I couldn't unscrew it later. (The valve got turned on and pressurized the reg with no way to relieve it)
    • Knocked the bezel off my compass while taking my gear off, and lost it overboard
    • Put the flag reel down to catch a lobster and lost my flag
    • Didn't clean an o-ring, and flooded a $200 light
    • Grabbed my snorkel hose instead of my power inflator
    • Measured a lobster wrong, and got caught with a "short"
    • Purchased a tank banger
    • Purchased tools and hardware that were not stainless steel or brass
    • Forgot to "manscape" before putting on a p-valve catheter
    • Didn't connect the p-valve to the catheter properly and had a "wardrobe malfunction".
    • Ate a convenience store sausage and egg biscuit before a diesel charter in heavy chop.
    • Didn't trim my dry gloves, and made my thumbs go numb from carpal pressure.
    • Volunteered to work as first mate on a charter boat.
    Obviously, these aren't all "beginner mistakes" in the "fresh out of OW" sense, but so long as you keep learning, you're always a beginner at something.
    Matt Silvia

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    Quote Originally Posted by petronius View Post
    driving 80 miles without weights (rocks work!)
    Yeah, but they don't work as well as I would have thought. I'd have figured stone was denser than that.
    Matt Silvia

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    I've done the snorkel thing, attempting to dive w/o weights, forgetting my booties on a long trip, unscrew the yoke assembly trying to open/close the tank valve, no mask entry, un-secured cam band causing the tank to come off or float up, giant stride in and loosing my mask, surf entry and loosing my mask, surf exit and rolling up the beach like tumble weed... I can't remember what else I have done.

    This weekend I saw someone trying to put on their wetsuit backwards and I know a guy who bought a female wetsuit with extra "buoyancy pockets" if you know what I mean
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    Here is my list:

    • Jumped in the water without my mask.
    • Lost my snorkel doing a giant stride.
    • Forgot to connect my inflator hose.
    • Forgot to turn on my tank valve.
    • Forgot my weight belt.
    • Dropped my Instructor's reel in 130' of water.
    • Grabbed my snorkel hose instead of my power inflater.
    • Tried to rescue the Course Director during Rescue Diver Training.
    • Buddied with a guy who was ADHD and off his meds.
    • Took my fins off in a strong current while waiting to get on the boat.
    • Didn't wear enough weight first time I switched from tropical to cold water.
    • Wore TOO much weight second time I went cold water diving.

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