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Discussion in 'Introductions and Greets' started by Dive2Live, Oct 31, 2000.

  1. Dive2Live

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    HI! I'm interested in meeting other women who Scuba! I've been diving for about 2 years and since I can't go to Blue Water all the time I do enjoy diving in the local lakes in Texas. I've finished my Divemaster course and am ready to take on more. Would enjoy hearing from others!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Ladydiver

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    Hi Dive2Live,

    Welcome to the board! I am in San Diego and don't get out Texas way too often, but if you are ever in SD, let me know and maybe we can hook up for a little dive time.

    In the meantime, it's good to have another woman diver on the board. If you need anything, just let me know.

    Cheers,
     
  3. Dive2Live

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    Thanks for the invite! If I'm every in SD I'll let you know. My boyfriend wants to do some Great White diving ... I might sit on the boat for that one!
     
  4. Ladydiver

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    Hi Dive2Live,

    I think I would too. There is not a whole lot out there that bothers me, but the thought of a 12 foot shark with big nasty teeth whipped into a frenzy by blood and fish oil, definitely makes me think twice!

    We can just sit on the beach and be bathing beauties while the guys risk life and limb. hehe.

    Cheers,
     
  5. Dive2Live

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    Dear LadyDiver

    So is the water in SD really cold this time of year? I haven't been cold water diving yet but would love to go to Alaska to dive with whales and killer whales!

     
  6. Ladydiver

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    Hi Dive,

    Well, that depends on what you consider cold. Right now, the water is 64 degrees. I get cold after about 15 minutes at 70 degrees. My husband says I am a wimp. When he got certified, they were chipping ice to get in the water. Needless to say, I don't usually do a whole lot of diving during the winter, but lots of people go out every weekend. I do know quite a few people who use dry or semi-dry suits here all year long.

    It all in the perspective.

    I would love to dive with the killer whales, but unless they come up with something that will keep you really, really warm, I don't think I will be doing any artic diving.

    They say the colder the water the better the vis but I wouldn't know.

    If you ever do get to do any artic diving, let me know, I would love to hear about it.

    Cheers,
     
  7. Dive2Live

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    Hi LadyDiver

    Usually when I go diving I wear my 3mm shorty & my 3mm Full. That why I don't get cold too fast. I usually end up getting cold after 2 dives if I only wear my full. I haven't tried a dry suit yet but my b/f has one. He is an Instructor. I just finised my Divemaster so it has been fun helping others learn how to Scuba for the 1st time. I don't mind diving the local lakes. Like I said before, I can't get to blue water every weekend.

    Thanks!
     
  8. nauifins73

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    Hi Dive,
    I have a quick question. What were all the steps required to reach the Dive Master level?
    My family and i just returned from a week on Cayman Brac and Grand Cayman. Needless to say I am addicted to the underworld[:]).
    Thanks
    nauifins73
     
  9. Damsel Fish

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    I live in Texas, too, and we usually make a New Year's Day Dive. The temperature is usually in the high 50's out of the water and in the low 60's in the water, so for a while the water feels pretty good. But that doesn't last very long and then we're out and looking for a warm fire and dry clothes.
    But we normally don't start diving regularly in until early April and the water is usually pretty cold then too. I wear 3/5 with a polartek underneath, and always a partial hood(not a full hood), gloves, and 5mil boots. I can usually make a pretty good dive as long as I stay moving.
     
  10. Dive2Live

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    Hi nauifins73

    To answer your question ... First you have to achieve Advanced Open Water, then Medic First Aid, and then Rescue Diver. After you have completed that then you can start on your DM ... it involves classes, numerous difficult written tests, and very long and hard timed swims as well as working as an instructor asst. for 3 full open water classes. You also have to have 60 logged open water dives by the completion of the DM. Last but not least a physical exam.

    It's all worth it once you see the excitement on new open water divers.

    Anymore questions just let me know. And thanks for asking!
     
  11. Dive2Live

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    Hi cat diver

    Where abouts do you normally dive in Texas ... I live around the Dallas/Ft. Worth area and have driven all the way to Austin to dive. I think diving in Lake Travis is great at Scuba Park. I've also been to Blue Lagoon, Athens, Poss. Kingdom, and Joe Pool Lake. I don't mind lake diving at all. I can't make it to blue water every weekend so I settle for lake water! Ha, Ha.

    Chat w/u more later!

     
  12. Dee

    Dee ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I live in the Houston area and I don't get to blue water nearly as much as I'd like. Like you, I'm also a DM. We do alot of our diving at Blue Lagoon with frequent trips to Windy Point at Lake Travis. I've never been to Scuba Park, though I hear it's nice.

    Maybe we can meet there sometime?

    Dee
     
  13. Damsel Fish

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    Hey Dive, Hey Dee,

    I live in Austin and we dive at Windy Point all the time. (Maybe too much cause Richard, the owner, knows us on sight.) When we dive at Travis its usually with a class because 3 of our closest friends are instructors. I've never made a dive at Scuba Park although I've things (both good & bad) about. We have done boat dives off Starnes Island and below the Oasis (a real cool place to eat on a bluff overlooking Travis). We have also made a few dives at Canyon Lake. So anytime you want, give me a holler. I'm always ready to dive.
     
  14. Dee

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    Do you use someone there at the lake for boat dives? I have heard of a couple of guys from Dallas who will bring a pontoon boat and take you out.

    We always go to Windy Point because...
    1. As DM's, we are usually there with students.
    2. I like the camping facilities there. In fact, we've been known to camp there is the winter and not dive!

    We'll have to get together sometime!

    Dee
     
  15. SubMariner

    SubMariner Victim of The Pogrom ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Welcome to the ranks of the great unappreciated... namely dive professionals (DM and above). ;)

    The Better Half & I are Canucks currently living in Atlanta GA. We've been here about 2 yrs. He's a Course Director, while I'm a lowly IDC Staff Instructor. I say "lowly" because if you think you're a "gofer" being a DM, wait till you climb up the ladder & wind up doing it for Course Directors. Similar stuff, different level. ;)

    So, what got you interested in becoming a DM?

    Inquiring minds gotta know!

    ~SubMariner~
     
  16. Damsel Fish

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    Dee,
    Pisces Scuba on 2222 usually has boat dives scheduled Wednesday evenings, Fridays evenings, and twice on Saturdays during the summer months. If you have a group, we have used "just for fun" rentals out of Emerald Point Marina (next to Carlos & Charlies).

    Submariner,
    We became divemasters because we became good friends with an instructor. We were going down to the lake and hanging out with him when he was conducting classes. We always ended up helping with the students. So he said "Why don't you go ahead and get your divemaster certification since your already doing most of what a divemaster does anyway." And since he offered to do it for free (believe me, we've paid him back a thousand times in labor since then) we went ahead and did it. I think that it was one the best investments in time and energy that I have ever made. I really enjoy working with the students. My specialty seems to be working with people who need to take it a little slower, who need a little more time. I am a very good "hand holder". And I'm the instructor's best example of " You should have seen her when she was learning. If Cat can do it, anyone can."

     
  17. Dee

    Dee ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I think we may give them both a try next summer.

    Your DM story sounds alot like ours. Seems like everytime we went diving, we ended up helping with a class in one way or another. And I agree, becoming a DM is the best thing I've done in a long time, it's well worth the effort and expense. And let's face it, it costs to do it so we must love it!

    Do you think being a woman has something to do with your 'nuturing' tendancies when dealing with the students? I, too, find myself drawn to those who are having the most trouble and just need a bit of one-on-one attention. There's one Instructor I work with who will call and say "I've got one for ya!" But when it's all over, the rewards are even sweeter because I know I really made a difference for someone.

    Maybe we'll get out to one of those rigs together! I'll let you know the next time we plan a rig trip.

    Dee
     
  18. parrothead

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    Hey SubMariner, I'm new to the dive scene and I live near ATL, any good dive spots you can point me toward?

    Thanks,
    Parrothead
     
  19. SubMariner

    SubMariner Victim of The Pogrom ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Re "problem students": I think women tend to have more patience than men. Maybe it's the whole listening thing? That being said, there ARE exceptions: I've seen male Instructors who were every bit as patient as Job, and female Instructors who really shouldn't be Instructors. I had one of these latter myself. She was the Instructor who treated me so badly that I almost quit at Divemaster Candidate. Not only that, but she later told my (future) Better Half at a PADI Professional metting that she didn't think I had the "right stuff" to be a DM. Needless to say, when I passed my IE (the open water portion of which was in 35F water) I silently said "up yours You-Know-Who"... ;)

    To date my "most interesting" example(s) in this category were the 4 teenaged boys I taught at the Open Water level. Nobody bothered to tell me until AFTER the first pool session that they were all ADD... :bomb: As far as I know only one of them has made it all the way through the course and been certified.

    Re diving near Atlanta: we generally head down to the Gulf of Mexico or the FL Springs, which are a 4-6 hour trip, depending on which area you are going to dive. Ok diving, but not awesome, IMHO.

    Meanwhile, I understand there is a bit of good reef off Savannah/Tybee Island called "Grays Reef", it apparently is only accessible during very good weather and is a long boat ride.

    ~SubMariner~




     
  20. Damsel Fish

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    I don't know if its just a "woman thing" or not. Like you said, I've known some male instructors were saints, and some female instructors who really don't want to bother with the students. I think it is a personality thing too. I'm a nurse, a "caregiver", by profession so I think thats that what I do best.

    As for problems students: We once had one of the sale people at the dive shop that was told she had to get certified so she would be able to know what she sold. (Why they didn't find out if she dove or not before they hired her I'll never know) But turns out she didn't swim well and really didn't want to dive, but she wanted to keep her job so she agreed to take the classes. She did nothing but complain and belly-ache the whole time we did pool. And then there was open-water .... All kinds of excuses why she shouldn't/couldn't make a dive ... "It's too cold." "My wetsuit doesn't fit well." etc, etc. She totally "excused" herself out of one weekend of open water and was working on a second. We finally got her into the water and over to the dive buoy and then every time Don tried to take her down the line to the platform, she couldn't clear. I still don't know why she just didn't say forget, I quit but she didn't/wouldn't. So finally Don turned to me and says "You take her down the line, I don't care how long it takes." It took 45 minutes to go down 30 feet of line. But we got down and Don did her skills and she did fine. Until the next open water dive. Then we did it all again. By the time the weekend was over, I was about to pop but we got her certified and she still works at the dive shop. She talks like a pro but I don't think she's made another dive since she was certified.
     

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