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    Smile My first "real" dive, EVER, is this weekend...



    I'm nervous and excited. I got certified after I did my open water dives in August and now this weekend my dad and I are participating in a Trash and Treasure Dive weekend at the same lake.

    It's about a 5 hour drive up there, to this lake in Northern Minnesota.

    We plan to spend our dive time working on our buoyancy.

    We'll wear 7mm suits--I think it's a shorty over overalls and they were such a bitch to get on last time. Ugh.

    We will have all day on Saturday to dive and do our own thing and then Sunday morning, all the divers who are there for the weekend help clean up the lake and seach for hidden tokens or prizes or something.

    When I was doing my open water dives, I rented the same equipment from them that I'll have this weekend and I had a pretty hard time descending so I had a lot of weight. I am hoping to get breathing figured out better this weekend so that I can just relax and have some fun, instead of always being worried about where I'm suppose to be and how to hover and all that.

    Wish me luck! Got any advice?

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    Have fun, relax, don't feel pressured to participate in the clean-up unless you are comfortable with everything else, relax, have fun.
    Tom

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    Don't forget your new wetsuit!!



    Just Kidding!!! Have fun and let everyone know how it goes..........
    DevilDiver

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    Focus on your basics..7mils require weights...but avoid over weighting...and you may have to work to get down 15 ffw or so...where you can feel the compression on the 7 mil work for you. From the surface, remove the air from your BC, exhale, relax, and swim down if necessary. Sounds like you are going there to practice...and that is what I did...practice...to get the buoyancy close to perfect. It's more fun that way. Good luck!
    Inland temperatures today are expected to be in the upper 90s....cooler by the lake.

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    LiKE Illini_Fan said relax,relax,relax it will help you.. drop weight ...use less air and injoy your dive more. So work on bouyancy but injoy your time under water HAVE FUN
    As long as you can breathe, you're still alive

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    Just relax and enjoy.
    And Congratulations on your cert.

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    you will have a blast----just enjoy and go with the flow...

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    Just relax, practice and enjoy yourself. Spend a lot of time on buoyancy.


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    Hehe....everyone else has already said it, so I won't say it again. As far as breathing goes, don't stress on it (see, I said relax, but didn't say relax ) SAC rates improve naturally as you dive more. Just enjoy the time you have underwater and always keep an eye on your gauges.
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    When you 1st hit the water in colder water your breathing rate goes way up, hang out @ the surface for awhile untill it settles down [your body gets used to the deep freeze it just jumped into] then descend, and have fun.

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