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End of 2019 and thoughts for 2020

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by CAPTAIN SINBAD, Nov 13, 2019.

  1. DBPacific

    DBPacific Barracuda

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Oregon, USA
    Earned my scientific diving cert, Nitrox, and got my first full set of gear (minus tanks). Got a summer job diving and I even managed to get a hold of a cheap used drysuit. Bruised my ribs and had to take a short dive hiatus. Been dry since my job ended due to transport difficulties, no buddies, and classes.

    Hoping to graduate and working on coordinating a diving road trip with old friends before the next life stage. Working on getting undergarments and arranging a dry suit course to open up more job and dive opportunities. I'll probably be too broke or busy to do so, but I'm hoping for a warm water dive trip and taking a self-reliant course. I also want to get cleared to service some of my own gear since work requires yearly servicing. Until my next dive, I just need to resist the urge to buy more gear. And avoid getting injured.
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  2. Tug

    Tug ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    -CCR Trimix
    -Memorial Day weekend in NC
    -Some local diving, not as much as I’d like due to buying and selling houses

    -Continue diving
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  3. taimen

    taimen ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Europe
    Thanks @Lorenzoid ! I think your post should be made a sticky somewhere and referred in all those numerous training threads.
    We dive for fun, and to enjoy.
  4. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    Whatever works. The scenery is gorgeous on the drive. The diving in awesome. If you’re qualified to do the deep, cold stuff, the Arabia is incredible.
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  5. Saniflush

    Saniflush ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    Got a 109 non-training dives in from PCB to St Lucia and a lot of places in between
    Did my IDC and IE
    Began teaching and have certified 21 divers and feel good about handling a class. (Most of you know, there is a big difference between knowing the material and teaching the material) I feel really good about teaching the material now.
    Mrs Flush did not get to dive as much as I did because she is finishing up her doctorate but was very supportive of my diving schedule.

    Dive trips to Roatan and Aqua Cat for Mrs Flush and my birthday respectively
    Flush 2.0 will be certifying this year so I hope to have a new dive buddy
    Flush 2.1 may be certifying but he has not decided for sure as of yet
    Teaching, teaching, teaching. I have really enjoyed the teaching path that I have gone down.
    I would like to get into tech but do not think it will be in the cards this year.
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  6. scrane

    scrane Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Boise, ID.
    2019: Dove.
    2020: Dive.
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  7. Sean Walberg

    Sean Walberg Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Northern Virginia
    2019 - My goal for 2019 was to dive the NC wrecks but life got in the way and I couldn't make any of the trips my LDS made. I did get 14 dives in at the quarry and improved my buoyancy and SAC to the point where I'm not self conscious about them anymore. Very happy with my move from an old jacket BC to a BPW.

    2020 - My goal again is to get to NC. I'd also like to work on improving my buoyancy and SAC in my drysuit. Also taking some of my Scout troop to a liveaboard at BSA Sea Base in August.

    CAPTAIN SINBAD Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Woodbridge VA
    I will be starting a thread about NC diving for 2020. We will stay in touch.
  9. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

    Wow... I mean, seriously wow. A couple of those paragraphs were intense, granted your reality was way more intense.

    Caves have never been my thing, the ocean is my life. I met a few GUE divers in the 90's through rec scuba. Didn't quite "share" dives with them but did dive from the same charters many times and shared after-dive meals out of Boynton. Pretty soon I started resent them for the way they could suck the fun out of diving, I'm glad my brain is immune to this search for perfection when it comes to fun and pleasure.
    A very good friend of mine used to carry tanks for them in Wakulla, every so often he was allowed to actually take 1 or 2 bottles to some stop few feet in whatever leg of the cave they were doing. They just got to him, he worried so much about being just perfect underwater, he no longer dives.

    I thought of him reading what you describe about being so close to "IT" but oh no, you're not good enough yet. Go back invest more time and money, you are still not worthy to enjoy this ride. Pffffff doesn't sound like fun at all. No wonder some people used to accuse them of being a cult.

    Glad to read you and your wife enjoy caves now.
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  10. ofg-1

    ofg-1 Course Director

    Well, my goal for 2019 was to live long enough to collect full social security. Made it.

    My 2020 goal is to try to collect these benefits while avoiding a lot of the old man problems, such as loosing urinary control, drooling, forgetting where my keys are, screaming at anyone on my lawn, having to eat pre-chewed food. And maybe some cave diving.

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