Thanks for the sage wisdom -- I am happy to report that my hubby and I have successfully completed the classes and passed the written exam and the pool test.... we are scheduled to take the open water test at a local quarry and I am excited and a little nervous ... open water is a bit different than the safety and security of a relatively small 10' pool!
Nonetheless, I think I am mostly excited so I am sure I will pass. The thing I fear the most is having to take off my BC and put it back on underwater! Bleah.
I'll keep yas up to date! Thanks again for your advice (I gotta try that kids game under water -- I remember that game from when I was a kid!) Now just gotta find lead to weight the stuff down with ;0)
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Fitness Minutes: (5,984) Posts: 40 8/29/11 1:46 P
Practice taking your mask off and putting it back on underwater till you know it by heart. Also, when surfacing look up and just as your about to reach the surface, blow water out of your snorkel to clear all water that might be in there...
Rent regulator's for now till you educate yourself on them and invest a lot of money.
A fun thing to do while your snorkeling in the pool...Is get this childs game...it's blue and red Octagon shape with cut outs of stars, circles, squares..etc...any way put all of the cut out shapes into this ball while underwater and it will help you become better at holding your breath in stressful situations. NOTE: You have to put lead weights in the plastic pieces to weigh them down in water. Have FUN!!!!
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Fitness Minutes: (60) Posts: 3 8/28/11 12:43 A
I have the same problem with the mask and i use silicon around the edges to help seal it. Part of my problem is a mustache but like you my face is very moblie and tends to create leaking. As far as freaking goes i would try relaxing at night, deep breathing and visualizing yourself under water and telling yourself to relax.
Fitness Minutes: (880) Posts: 16 8/3/11 8:05 A
We went to our local SSI Dive Center called the Scuba Shack and we did the "try scuba" offer -- it was good! My hubby and I have signed up for scuba lessons and they start this Sunday.
We've since been practicing snorkeling in our lap pool at the gym. I tend to "freak" underwater. Not good for a scuba diver - I know! With the snorkel (semi-closed) and the mask.... I am perfectly fine under water.... that is ... until water leaks into my mask or goes down into my snorkel!
The mask works just fine unless I move my face at all... definitely if I smile -- a ton of water gets in then (in this case the fact that my hubby is a clown and likes to make me laugh is NOT a good thing)... Anwyay ... how does one keep from panicking under water?
Also -- I never felt like I was getting enough air with the borrowed regulator (the one we use at the scuba shack for training) and I mentioned it to the trainer. He let me try his regulator (the cadillac, as he called it) and it was NIGHT and DAY difference. MUCH better. ....
We've already sunk (pun intended) about $1500 between lessons for the both of us and the basic snorkeling equipment (mask, snorkel, fins) ~ so I just can't afford $700 - $800 for my own regulator right now. In September I will be able to manage it but my lessons start on Sunday.
So -- Any tips for these newbies? Suggestions about the best (yet most affordable) regulator?
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