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1/20/08 11:41 A

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Hey Kissie! Great to have you on board! Come join us at the Lounge and chat! We're always looking for a new buddy to chat with, learn from, and get inspiration from!!

I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams.

Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.


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1/19/08 10:31 P

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Hi all. Thought I'd stop by and check out the scuba team.

I started diving 10 or 12 years ago. I snorkeled before that on vacations to the Florida Keys. Sometimes there would be divers on the boat. It looked cool but kind of intimidating, but I loved the water and snorkeling and when my husband said he was going to learn to scuba dive whether I did it or not, I took the challenge.

I should add that I have very limited upper body strength and mobility due to a "birth defect". I don't have bicep muscles and I have very limited muscles overall in my hands and arms as well as structural abnormalities. I was never good at sports, but I loved the water and my parents often called me a fish because I never wanted to get out of the water in the summertime.

My biggest issue with divng was with the equipment. I wasn't sure if I could handle it. I knew that I was unable to put my mask strap on by myself. I went and talked to the instructor at the local dive shop and told him what my limitations were and he told me he would get me certified.

So...he called PADI and asked what the specific requirement was regarding putting on the mask and they said that the rule simply said that you had to be able to place the mask on your face and clear (I could do that) and that it did not say anything about being able to put on the strap.

And I got certified. I've made over 300 dives and I still can't put the mask strap on by myself (that's what buddies and dive staff are for) and I have had my mask strap come off at 90 feet (no big deal even when no one could re-thread it and I completd the dive without a mask).

Diving is the 1st sport I have ever been good at and it has been and continues to be a very strong motivating factor to get and stay fit. There have been occassions in the past couple of years when I thought I might never dive again because I was so fat and out of shape. Today, I'm looking forward to a trip to Utila, Honduras in April. I weigh 37 lbs. less than I did at this time last year and I've been working out regularly since I joined SparkPeople in August.

I can't imagine a vacation without diving. I hope to be doing it for many more years. I love SparkPeople. It keeps me on track and honest about my habits.

Scuba rocks!

If we can be courageous one more time than we are fearful, trusting one more time than we are anxious, cooperative one more time than we are competitive, forgiving one more time than we are vindictive, loving one more time than we are hateful, we will have moved closer to the next breakthrough in our evolution.



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SCUBAHONEY's Photo SCUBAHONEY Posts: 2,854
1/16/08 7:30 P

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Hey JBRAD! Welcome! We can always use another new buddy! We all hang out in the Narked Lounge, so, come on over and chat with us!

I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams.

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1/16/08 7:24 P

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Hi I am new too - Been a Diver for 18 years but the dry suit is getting a little tight around the neck. I am new to SparkPeople and impressed with the sight. Thanks for setting up a scuba sight - weight loss - oops lifestyle change - wouldn't be the same without buddies.

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1/10/08 10:13 P

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Hi! I'm new to this website, and fairly new to scuba diving, since my boyfriend introduced me to it earlier last summer. I am an advanced diver now with 20 dives under my belt! I love it! It's great for burning those calories, too!!!

I am a person of infinite possibilities and dreams.

Forgive your enemies. It messes up their heads.


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CDNDIVER's Photo CDNDIVER Posts: 627
1/9/08 9:41 P

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If you go to the main page "Scuba Divers, we have a few sub rooms, one of the is the Narced Lounge, thw others are contest board ect ect
hope that helps

"LIFE IS NOT A JOURNEY TO THE GRAVE WITH THE INTENTION OF ARRIVING SAFELY IN A PRETTY AND WELL PRESERVED BODY, BUT RATHER TO SKID IN BROADSIDE, THOROUGHLY USED UP, TOTALLY WORN OUT, AND LOUDLY PROCLAIMING .......



"---WOW--- WHAT A RIDE!! "

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1/9/08 6:07 P

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ok, so I'm really new at all this stuff, but what is the "narced lounge"?

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1/9/08 11:47 A

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Hi Barbie
welcome
we hang out in the narced lounge and just started a new contest come on over and play

"LIFE IS NOT A JOURNEY TO THE GRAVE WITH THE INTENTION OF ARRIVING SAFELY IN A PRETTY AND WELL PRESERVED BODY, BUT RATHER TO SKID IN BROADSIDE, THOROUGHLY USED UP, TOTALLY WORN OUT, AND LOUDLY PROCLAIMING .......



"---WOW--- WHAT A RIDE!! "

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1/6/08 3:41 P

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Hi Barbie ,
welcome and congrats to joinng the best group on the web

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1/5/08 11:18 P

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Hi! I just joined SP a few days ago and discovered your site. I LOVE snorkeling! I am 48 years old and have just discovered snorkeling a couple years ago. I had no idea I could feel such awe and passion for the sea! My goal is to lose enough weight and make enough money (hence my new business venture)to have the energy and time and money to do more snorkeling and to learn how to scuba. I don't want to waste another day and let life pass me by before I can do the things I want to do. I have raised 3 kids and now it's time for me! God, I don't mean for that to sound selfish! But I just want something for me! I'm on my way!
My name is Barbie and I would love to hear from others!

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