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65+ Grumpy Old Divers (or NOT Grumpy)

Discussion in 'Grumpy Old Divers' started by JamesBon92007, Jan 16, 2018.

  1. Jonesy65

    Jonesy65 Garibaldi

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Fairport, new york
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    3
    You are kidding me? Just turned 65 in April. Completed certification in Bonaire in May. This is an absolute blast!! I'm on dive 25 and freaking loving it. Just bought my "kit" and love to be under water. Now looking for female divers in Rochester, NY area to join in the fun. God bless all us old farts still getting after it!
     
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  2. JamesBon92007

    JamesBon92007 Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Southern California...too far from the ocean
    2,987
    1,168
    113
    Well now, I just posted a thread about Exuma a little while ago. :) Did you see the pigs?
     
  3. drbill

    drbill The Lorax for the Kelp Forest Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Santa Catalina Island, CA
    22,399
    5,234
    113
    I am 71and have been diving now for 56 years. I am not grumpy as long as I am in the water!
     
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  4. cudachaser

    cudachaser Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Cocoa Beach, FL
    1,949
    27
    48
    68 and going strong. Diving since 1964.
     
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  5. captain

    captain Captain

    8,918
    7,280
    113
    74, started diving at age 13, self taught and solo.
     
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  6. John Bantin

    John Bantin Dive Shop

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: London
    189
    274
    63
    Stan Waterman stopped diving at 92. I believe his last trip was to dive with white sharks at Guadalupe. I dived with him on one of his 85th birthdays at Cocos. (You read that right). He said - "When you get to my age - liveaboard." I enjoyed watching younger divers giving him advice. At 71 myself now, I've learned to respond with a jolly "Good for You!" just as he did. You can learn a lot from older people. A few months later he was ar Rangiroa, where he had another 85th birthday. It seems at that age you can have as many birthdays as you like.
     
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  7. pelan-pelan

    pelan-pelan Barracuda

    442
    64
    28
    Don't know what I'm doing here. Never quite sure how old I am. The other half would say something about feeling a little old. (It's Brit-humour if you don't get it, like feeling a little Grumpy.)
    Diving is good for you in all ways. And exercise is now deemed the new medication for ageing. I can still read the papers in good daylight! Seriously, diving brought me back from a bad place - I had pneumonia and couldn't walk more than a few yards and left with habitual cough. There's nothing like travelling, breathing properly, neutral buoyancy and a load of fish and critters to get you back on track.
    And no-one on a dive boat has commented on my age - yet . . . when the day comes, read about it in the Accidents Thread under the heading of Horrendous Maiming (victim left alive but unrecognisable).
     
  8. W W Meixner

    W W Meixner Rebreather Pilot

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Ontario Canada
    666
    443
    63
    JB...

    Waddaya mean...there's no room for my walker on this fri**in dive boat...

    70 in May...the numbers are down a tad...only because I don't stop and dive every deep pot-hole in the road any more...

    The HP steel doubles have given way to rebreathers...

    Back in the ''young'' days...dives 100' + were the exception and have now become the norm...and bottom times are longer than they ever were...

    Requiring much more exercise these days to make up for muscle/bone mass loss...only skinny chicken bones to begin with...can't afford to lose any more...

    The biggest problem up here in Canada at 70 is the long winter down time...warm climate winter vacations are only a tease...

    ''YOU DON'T STOP PLAYING BECAUSE YOU GET OLD...YOU GET OLD BECAUSE YOU STOP PLAYING...

    Seasons Greetings to Everyone...

    Warren
     
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  9. timetraveler

    timetraveler Barracuda

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Melbourne Beach, FL
    215
    10
    18
    Hi kids! I'm 74. My most recent dive was a shore dive this morning in Bonaire. My first certification was from the Florida State Seminole Divers in 1964. I don't know how many dives I've done because there was no such thing as a log book when I started diving.
     
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  10. JamesBon92007

    JamesBon92007 Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Southern California...too far from the ocean
    2,987
    1,168
    113
    I just did a guestimate when I got to ScubaBoard. I'd never heard of counting dives any more than I'd heard of counting trips to the grocery store or the gas station.

    I read your post about the cruise ship not letting you dive and I think we should all go down there and shake our sticks at them!
     
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