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Considerations for an 81 year old Discovery Diver

Discussion in 'New Divers & Those Considering Diving' started by BoundForElsewhere, May 4, 2021 at 12:29 PM.

  1. Bigbella

    Bigbella ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: San Francisco
    Ed Ricketts, marine biologist, the author of Between Pacific Tides, and Steinbeck cohort -- essentially the character of "Doc" in Cannery Row -- was almost phobic about getting wet.

    He maxed out at hip-waders and low tide . . .
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  2. nolatom

    nolatom Captain

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New Orleans
    He sounds like he'll do just fine. Thanks for the hiking part, says a lot about readiness for something new.
    Only thing i can think of is ears/eustacian tubes. If that's no problem for him, and he has help donning and doffing his rig (especially tank), he'll be fine.

    I have on occasion taught sailing to non-sailors. I find the useful question is "what other activities/hobbies you do?" If the answer is Mountain climbing and motorcycle racing, then he or she is good to go out despite fresh winds and choppy seas. If it's knitting and reading, maybe wait for a calmer day.
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  3. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere Waiting for the zombies ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: NYC
    Thanks, everyone. I'm very excited to share this with my father. And frankly, very emotional, too.
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  4. nolatom

    nolatom Captain

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: New Orleans
    Has he ever experienced weightlessness? To me it's the most wonderful thing in diving. You fin out over a ledge and it drops off, but you don't.

    Second place is being able to "breathe" yourself up or down by inhaling or exhaling, especially when it's done due to something you can pass over, or under.
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