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2/2/10 3:55 P

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Welcome to the group! I'm in Tempe; what dive group are you hooking up with? It's been 6 years since my last dive and I'm dying to get wet.

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2/2/10 2:23 P

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Hi there & emoticon ! I did not know that there was another Sparks Dive team. What do they call themselves.

It is great to have you on the team doll. I don't know why you are having knee problems related to diving. Maybe someone else can help you out with that. Do they norammly hurt outside of diving and is diving aggravating the problem?
About the mask, it could be a few things but make sure it is not sitting too close to your nose. When I first started diving and was having leakage problems, that was the reason. Test it out and see it that helps.

�Energy and persistence conquer all things.�

We cannot discover new oceans unless we have the courage to lose sight of the shore. (Anonymous)

From wine what sudden friendship springs! (John Gay 1685- 1732)

2/2/10 12:27 P

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A couple of days ago I discovered Spark People, and today it occurred to me to do a scuba search--so here I am!

I'm 54 years old and my husband and I love diving together. We haven't been diving that much (around 30 dives since we certified in 1996) but we've been to the Great Barrier Reef, Roatan, and a few other places. Late last year (Sept.) we decided to ramp it up since our last dive 6 years earlier, so we dove off Cancun and Cozumel. This weekend we returned from a cruise out of Galveston that took us to Roatan and Cozumel, where we logged 5 dives total. I'm so totally hooked!

However, I have two persistent problems: Masks and knees (weight, in other words!)

With regard to masks, we just bought new ones, which I thought would solve the problem. But with the regulator in my mouth I still had terrible leakage, which can be anywhere from frightening to merely distracting. The mask fits perfectly, but when I get in the water, it leaks like a sieve. (No hair breaks the seal, so I know that's not the problem.) Regardless, I know I'm doing something wrong, so I'm declaring my intention to become active in my local diving group so as to practice and get hands-on help with gear.

With regard to my knees, since we dove last Sept. and now returning from our cruise, my knees are killing me! They weren't great to begin with, but after diving they are screaming.

Anyone else here have this kind of persistent problem? Suggestions?

In my 'professional' life I am a PhD candidate in religious studies at Arizona State University. I teach and do research on religion in America. Right now I'm working on my dissertation while teaching my favorite class: Religion and Popular Culture.

I'm looking forward to being a part of the Scuba Divers community! (I'll also be posting this intro to the other Spark diving community. Are any of you members there as well?)


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