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Have you reached a Diving "Plateau. "

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Boston Breakwater, May 22, 2020.

  1. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Torrance, CA
    I'm 61. Most of my dive buddies are in their 70s and one is in his 80s. I ride my bike every day 40-100 miles, but I would have a hard time keeping up with my buddies underwater. I'm content checking out a small area for over an hour without swimming.
  2. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    This is an interesting question and has obviously gotten many of us to think about it.

    So, what is reaching a plateau? Is it diving in the same way, without learning new skills or using new equipment? Is it losing the excitement, enjoyment, joy, and wonder in your diving?

    I've dived in about the same way, with essentially the same equipment, for more than a decade. Most all my dives are no stop, only 5% are light backgas deco. Nearly all my dives are within rec limits, less than 2% deeper than that. The majority of my dives are solo. That being said, I've been fortunate to dive in some great locations over the last several years, Red Sea, Cocos, Galapagos, Revillagigedos. Even at home in Florida, there's always something great to see and many surprises. There's nothing so relaxing as diving alone. I occasionally have the chance to dive with my wife and/or children, absolutely priceless.

    If I'm on a plateau, I like where I am, and would not change places with anyone. I hope to be able to stay here for years to come and can't wait to get back in the water during these trying times.

  3. Kharon

    Kharon Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Upstate NY
    Mine is safely solo diving with perfect buoyancy and trim (tested by hovering motionless in all positions - including upside down and on my back) and wandering slowly while absorbing everything - without getting lost. I have no need or desire to go very deep. Wrecks are just rusted junk to me. I just want to watch marine life and see what they are doing and how they interact. Same in fresh water.
  4. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    I lust for warm clear water the way I once lusted after young girls, legal of course! :)

    FL is where my youngest brother lives, west coast. However, my kids and Grandkids live up here in MA just an hour away.
    Before this Covid-19 my wife was doing daycare 3 days a week for the 2 boys we usually saw our Grand daughter on weekends. As it was with the young girls, family 1st. :) I'd rather quit diving than not see the my kids. Also Mrs.AD will not fly and I don't like the TSA so I don't either.

    I'd love to be able to afford a long weekend at Moorehead City NC in June but that doesn't look promising. :( We have 3 dogs to board, it's like paying for lodging 2X's!
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  5. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    I've reached a plateau. There is no disgrace in that. A few aren't comfortable with my "lack of ambition", but I'm 63. I've achieved neutral buoyancy in a way few ever will. I'm happy with that. There are a few more dive sites I'd like to see, but hell, the dives I've dived have been amazing.

    At this point, some hate me for ScubaBoard. One industry 'giant' has called me the most irresponsible person on the internet because I facilitate a free exchange of info. Some resent my stance on neutral buoyancy in OW class. Some think I take too much credit and others don't think I take enough. I'm good with that as well.
  6. jadairiii

    jadairiii Solo Diver

    I dont think I will ever "plateau" in a sense. Certified in 1975, my diving interests vary, I love free diving on shallow reefs, drift diving, wreck diving (deep and shallow), 4 years ago I jumped into cave diving. There is always something out there that I want to see, so how could you I say I've plateaued?
  7. Akimbo

    Akimbo Lift to Freedom Volunteer Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    I'm not sure what a diving plateau is or why anyone would care. My first Scuba dive was in 1962, my first Helium-Oxygen dive was in '71, my first saturation dive was a few months later, locked out over 900' in '72, made sat dives on the Andrea Doria in '73, and the North Sea after that. Should I have stopped there? I would have missed decades of interesting and exciting dives if I did.

    I still learn things when freediving or on Scuba in water too shallow to get bent. Don't overthink it. Stop diving when you no longer enjoy it.
  8. Boston Breakwater

    Boston Breakwater "Outlaw." Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Brunswick, Georgia.
  9. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    Right there! ^

    This thread got me thinking again about selling my dry suit. It's been on my mind for awhile. It doesn't get much use this year not at all; even if I do the U853 with doubles I'll still probably dive wet. The dry suit is just too much trouble and requires too much weight and is becoming a chore to put on. I can't reach the exhaust valve without a lot of trouble which makes it a bit unsafe. I loath the @#%^&*!(*)(!! automatic exhaust and keep mine closed. Diving dry just isn't fun anymore.
    So I guess it'll be on Ebay sometime soon.

    I'm thinking I'll ease out of diving a little at a time, first no more winter/ice diving. I was hoping to get one last ice dive in before I hung it up but it's not to be. I envision the next phase will be no more local diving shore diving but since that is 99% of my diving I hope it's a ways away yet. My last trip to warm clear water was 8 years ago so that isn't much of an option. Now that I'm retired my income won't be going up much.
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  10. Bratface

    Bratface Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: South Florida
    I’m getting older now, Been diving 17 years. I’m not as strong, don’t have as much endurance since becoming a cancer survivor. I’m satisfied to just visit the fish i love so much. I’m planning on diving until I can no longer get on the boat.

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