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Diving Safely as We Age

Discussion in 'Grumpy Old Divers' started by danclem, Jan 22, 2016.

  1. drl

    drl Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Chicago suburbs
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    Gee, at 58 I feel like a spring chicken here! :D
    I didn't learn to dive till my mid-40s. I haven't made any changes in how I dive (I dive in Lake Michigan as well as in the tropics), but I'm motivated to stay in shape so that I can keep diving.
     
  2. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
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    The biggest problem for me in scuba is that while I am diving, I am unable to keep the local kids off my lawn.
     
  3. max baldwin

    max baldwin Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Key Largo
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    Great article. It has been something I have been thinking about. Glad to hear that I am on the right track.
     
  4. Saboteur

    Saboteur Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Earth
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    Old thread, but this is gold....
     
  5. JamesBon92007

    JamesBon92007 Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Southern California...too far from the ocean
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    I almost have the problem solved: I just added a motion-detection activated video camera so I can record them and watch on my computer or cell phone while I'm away. Next I'll install an audio system so I can yell at them too! I still haven't figured out how to shake my walking stick at them though.
     
  6. JohnJL

    JohnJL Angel Fish

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Orlando Florida
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    Anyone else feel great after diving with Nitrox.?
    Being 64 about an hour after diving with 32 to 34 nitrox my body feels like it is 18.
    I attribute this to the hyperbaric oxygen.
     
  7. Freewillow

    Freewillow Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Brussels
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    Frankly no difference between nitrox and air. But on the other and I always feel great after a dive :)
     
  8. sheeper

    sheeper Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Vero Beach, Florida, United States
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    actually I no longer will dive air. Even I BHB i'll dive nitrox (like 50%) and feel great.
     
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  9. Skulmoski

    Skulmoski Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Gold Coast, QLD
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    Last year at age 56, I completed my PADI Divemaster training. Near the end of the course, one of the senior instructors who teaches tech courses told me that elderly divers often switch to sidemount! He said I might consider a sidemount setup. Elderly!!

    GJS

    p.s. I am thinking about 2, 7 litre Faber tanks, Hollis regs, etc......... Damn!
     
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  10. JamesBon92007

    JamesBon92007 Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Southern California...too far from the ocean
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    1,168
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    "Mature" is more politically correct :wink: Elderly doesn't apply until you are on MediCare.

    Just figure out how to use it to your benefit.
     
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