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How to find an excellent SCUBA class

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by Walter, Jun 3, 2009.

  1. Neilwood

    Neilwood Loggerhead Turtle

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    The issues I see with using hands for skulling (as opposed to anything else such as camera work, using them for leverage on the bottom in a current etc) is that
    a) you disturb your trim and buoyancy
    b) are more likely to try to mask poor finning techniques
    c) if your hands are occupied with a task (such as deploying a DSMB, using a compass, checking SPG etc) but you have become reliant on your hands for manoeuvring , you may have issues maintaining your position in the water.
     
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  2. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Dive Shop

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    Watch a diver flailing their arms trying to back up. It's inefficient for one thing. For another on a sensitive reef close to coral a diver could break something off that took decades or longer to grow. Get a whole herd of hand finning divers and you have regs getting knocked out, masks getting knocked off, and people getting their eyes put out!
     
  3. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Today I signed up for the AOW and asked what experience can we expect from the instructor?

    Response: depends who's on duty that day and how busy we are? Response was from the director of training.....but all instructors are DM qualified....ok, I feel better now:wink:
     
  4. Jim Lapenta

    Jim Lapenta Dive Shop

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    What exactly does that mean? DM qualified tells me nothing. Shoot me your email and I'll send you the outline for my AOW class. See how it compares with theirs.
     
  5. Dive Right In Scuba.

    Dive Right In Scuba. ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    I am not quite sure how to phrase this.

    If you find it "FAR easier to back up using my hands than to do proper back kick fin technique," then you have not experienced proper back fin technique.
     
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  6. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Split fins without a border will not allow for back fin technique. What's a split finner to do? :)
     
  7. Dive Right In Scuba.

    Dive Right In Scuba. ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Well, if they re really floppy split fins, you will not get good speed, but you can back fin with any fin.

    There is a method that uses a wide side wall for propulsion, and there is a method that uses the breadth of the blade for propulsion. If you don't have a side wall (method #1), then you use the other method. It works fine with any fin. The softer (floppier) the fin, the less luck you will have, and with a really soft, floppy fin the hands MIGHT be more effective.
     
  8. Scuba Legends

    Scuba Legends Angel Fish

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    I love this post. I love the topic. I agree that unfortunately in diving is quite hard to figure out if the instructor you choose is a good professional. I've seen instructors with 25 years experience whom i would never recommend to anyone and the other way around. I wish there was a sort of standard rule to qualify instructors and as an instructor i wish you could get payed according to your experience. I guess this post fits very good into the topic:

    Scuba Legends - 7 Tips to identify a good Dive Professional
    Happy Bubbles

    Gery
     
  9. Ankush Mittal

    Ankush Mittal Addicted to Diving!

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    As someone who did exactly that I can guarantee that the foundation which can be built with doing your open water at the bare minium and ideally even your advanced in a spread out pace is really really beneficial.
     
  10. Boiler_81

    Boiler_81 Solo Diver

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    What happened to the OP Walter? I haven't seen him post for some time.
     

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