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How to be a better diver ?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Divingblueberry, Jul 15, 2019.

  1. spectrum

    spectrum Dive Bum Wannabe ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: The Atlantic Northeast (Maine)
    Make sure there will be scenarios, it's not a given.
  2. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    Yes, absolutely take Rescue before ITT.
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  3. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
    The non-diving course which I recommend the most (even if you are not a diver) is Gareth Lock's Human Factors in Diving: Human Factors Skills in Diving - Home

    Skills wise, I cannot recommend enough a DIR gatekeeper course like UTD Essentials or GUE fundies (I took the latter). With a focus on fundamental skills and team based diving, there is the added benefit of improved awareness. While I don't consider myself a DIR diver as I dive solo, traditional sidemount, etc., fundies was the most invaluable skills course I've taken hands down. My biggest mistake was taking it relatively late (~380 dives). So wish I took it 300 dives earlier (hint, hint). :wink:
  4. Divingblueberry

    Divingblueberry Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Montreal

    Well, the answer to my question is quite clear, so I will postpone the ITT and go for the Rescue Course. I have no idea what to expect but I'll have a good chat with the dive shops in my area and make my choice.

    Diving is fun indeed, and I assume it's even more fun when one understands what's going on and how to deal with the unexpected (to a certain degree). That was the idea behind the post and your comments and advice help a lot.

    Thanks again.
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  5. Lily Jones

    Lily Jones Garibaldi

    I don't find anything wrong with being overconfident. But, should be trained well and more experience.

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