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At what age did this start happening to you?

Discussion in 'Grumpy Old Divers' started by Rich Keller, Oct 26, 2011.

  1. Harro10

    Harro10 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Saratoga Springs, NY
    I am 66 now and still diving. About 5 years ago I was diving out of West End on Roatan on a solo dive trip. The owner of the shop pulled me aside one morning before the dive and asked me if I would mind buddying up with someone for this day. It seems that there was a Swedish model doing a Central American tour diving with them but she did not want any special treatment. I asked "why me" and was told that I was by far the oldest diver on the boat so he assumed I would not be "hitting" on her like most of the other divers would be. He may have been correct but I was still a bit taken aback thinking "Am I really that old?"
  2. Scuba Lawyer

    Scuba Lawyer Barracuda

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Laguna Beach, California
    When I was a kid we had this lifeguard at our local beach here in Laguna who would always yell at us to keep a fin over our speartip as we entered and exited the water. He would freedive and scuba all the time and he taught me a lot about hunting. I had not seen him since then. Two weeks ago I was pulling out of my driveway and there he was talking to a neighbor. Recognized him immediately and called out his name. He knew my late father and late uncle and used to dive with them so I explained who I was. He was shocked this gray-haired old guy was the kid he used to know. The first thing he asked me was whether I was still diving. I looked at him (he's now 86) and said, "Aren't you?" He laughed and said he got a limit of lobster freediving yesterday. :)
    kablooey, Eyegore, Hoyden and 5 others like this.
  3. Bigbella

    Bigbella Barracuda

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: San Francisco
    I was probably in my forties when extended family asked when I was going to give up diving, who apparently thought it more a decades-long phase. Their concerns dealt more with the inflated dangers many perceived of scuba, especially from family who were not too capable of swimming.

    I told them that I was far more concerned about getting snuffed on CA HWY-1 (after two serious accidents) with speeding sub-idiots on their phones, than any particular worry about being in the water . . .
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  4. mcohen1021

    mcohen1021 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Texas
    And my mom has told me since 1989 that I was going to be eaten by a shark.

    "Um, Mom, i've pet sharks and been 5 ft away from hammerheads and oceanic white tips..." :D

    always goes over as well as a fart in church...
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  5. CaptainChris

    CaptainChris Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Cyprus
    I started diving in August 2016 two months before my 64th birthday. Two months after my 65th birthday I qualified as a PADI Open Water Instructor. I have now completed two summer season as an instructor and a month before my 67th birthday last year qualified as TDI Advanced Nitrox and Deco Procedures diver. My next foray will be TDI Advanced Wreck course in a month or two before the season really kicks off here in sunny Cyprus.

    As I see things, age has no limits and I have a lot of fun teaching and escorting dives (a good way to get freebie dives too when on a pension:)), and keeps me fit and out of mischief.

    I was back in the water teaching and leading dives last year six weeks after a total knee replacement as well. It is all in the mindset in my opinion.

    The worlds oldest diver "Ray W" who lives in Cyprus is 98 and a legend. I've 30 years diving to go yet to catch him up!

    Happy Diving.
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  6. Frontpointer1000

    Frontpointer1000 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Utah

    Sounds like you’re going to the wrong church.

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