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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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