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    Just read this:

    Quote Originally Posted by scubadiver888 View Post
    If you look at the requirements to be a GUE technical diver:

    • Swim 400 yards in under 14 minutes
    • Swim 20 yards on one breath
    • Turn on and off your valves underwater


    Many recreational divers would be unable to do these. If you cannot do these then you need to get in better shape. Remember these are minimums. Ideally, you want to be able to swim 400 yards in 10 minutes and 50 yards on one breath.
    A decent swimmer should be able to do 50m freestyle per minute (without fins). They give almost double that. 20 yards underwater should be cake as well.

    There is another one I think you missed. Must be a non-smoker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Straegen View Post
    Just read this:

    A decent swimmer should be able to do 50m freestyle per minute (without fins). They give almost double that. 20 yards underwater should be cake as well.

    There is another one I think you missed. Must be a non-smoker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WaScubaDude View Post
    WHAT!!!! Biggie, and any others reading this. Do Not use the above rule-of-thumb, even if you have PADI Wreck cert. Many Wrecks can kill you in a silt out under these guide lines. Get real wreck penetration certification.

    I have done "pass-thru penetrations" as have most divers. But would never enter a confined space that; had snag hazards, silt out possibilities, was dark and required a light, or that I thought I couldn't find my way out of after three donkey turns blindfolded.
    Sorry, just re-read my post and didn't realize how it sounds. The 130' rule is not a rule-of-thumb but a strict rule PADI imposes on its instructors. I forgot to point out that it does NOT mean you are properly trained to penetrate wrecks. A good instructor will take you into a wreck after initial training as part of PADI Wreck Diver but with the understanding that it is like Discover Scuba. It doesn't really prepare you for wreck penetration.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smashee View Post
    Brace yerself, sheila.
    "...if it's anything like Kangaroos..." at least that's how I remember that joke....

    I once saved a man in Wichita just to watch him dive...(inventor)

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    Any one serious about getting into wreck penetration, or any type of technical diving, really should first try to hook up with some local tech divers and who can mentor and help them grow and learn while still making recreational dives. There are certain attitudes that should be learned long before getting into the more involved stuff, even on a "simple and easy" wreck swim through (things like fully understanding it's ok for anyone to thumb the dive for any reason at any time).

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    The padi wreck diver specialty course is a joke!
    When you turn your air on does it return the favor?!
    "I'd rather die while im living, than live while I'm dead!" -Jimmy Buffett

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    Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
    The padi wreck diver specialty course is a joke!
    Yes indeed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jack Hammer View Post
    (things like fully understanding it's ok for anyone to thumb the dive for any reason at any time).
    That is something I taught to my kids when they became junior open water and I encourage everyone to remember.
    'in media stat virtus'
    Virtue's in the middle

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