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Went out for Advanced Open Water cert today, only myself and another student from my OW class.
There was quite a bit of chop.
Started with PPB and upon weight check at the buoy I sank...
Instructor couldn't get the weight out of my trim pocket so he pulled my integrated weight pocket to swap out a 3# for a 2#.
After about 3 minutes, which seemed like 30, and he couldn't replace the pocket, I told him I wanted to go ashore to adjust my weights and he agreed instantly, I later found out he was close to calling the dive but didn't want to cut us short if we were up to it.
For some background regarding my issues with weights... I had previously been over-weighted so much that I sank with a full BCD, so I have a bit of anxiety about being over-weighted.
When I headed back to shore I was a little off and ended up climbing over and around a bunch of rocks, surprisingly this didn't bother me because even though I was way off balance on weight (missing a pocket) I wasn't heavy.
At shore I got my breathing under control but my heart rate was still about 120, 60 is my baseline, so I chose not to go on the next dive.
My buddy tried the dive alone (with the instructor) and returned to shore crying... the visibility was so bad she couldn't do any of the tasks...
We were supposed to do a night dive, after dinner, but due to the conditions the instructor thumbed it...
Both myself and my buddy were willing to give it a shot but it just wasn't meant to be.
I'm glad I bailed on the 2nd dive, based on my buddy's reaction, because she is "stronger" than I am and I wasn't in the right frame of mind.
We had a GUE Fundamentals class try to run last weekend. Between visibility in the two to three foot range, and wild currents, they could not find a place where class dives could safely be done -- they completed ONE.
It's not a great spring for diving classes. Glad you guys came out OK.
It was just below freezing and snow was falling steadily. As we stepped toward that portal separating a cold and dreary world from the tranquility and wonder of another dimension teeming with life and color a passer-by shook his head and muttered "crazy". Poor fool. If he only knew. (Airsix)
Sounds like you learned a valuable lessons that some divers learn from reading about someone else s misshape, that is that anyone can call a dive for any reason. There will always be plenty of chances to dive again.
No shame in calling any dive for any reason. But, there are always alternatives, such as ascending a few feet or descending further if there's better current there.
But, on boat dives in buddy teams of more than 2, don't be surprised if they keep going when you thumb.
Ps- I KNOW what it's like to be in bad current and visibility less than arms length out. Just try diving the Whiskey Wreck in Gulf Shores at low tide. You'll get your fair share of "I'm in a washing machine" feeling