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How to find your own style?

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by kafkaland, Apr 1, 2014.

  1. cb5150

    cb5150 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: The Woodlands, TX
    I was already worn out by the time I finished reading your post.

    The best advice I ever received in life...and diving...was "Slow down and truly open your eyes, you'll be amazed at what you see."

    Apply this advice on your quest for your own "style" and you'll find it in no time.
  2. hroark2112

    hroark2112 Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Raleigh, NC
    Don't let anyone push you into a dive you're not comfortable with. If you have to, just thumb the dive. I've stayed on the boat for the second dive because i didn't feel "right" after the first dive. There is no shame in it.

    It is a great idea to want to understand what your computer is telling you rather than blindly following it. Most computers are good for planning your next dive if you know how to set it and understand how to read it.

    You will evolve into the style you are comfortable with. Just have fun!!
  3. divad

    divad Solo Diver


    Here is your question: "Do I go with rigorous, or do I go with sloppy?

    ---------- Post added April 3rd, 2014 at 11:05 AM ----------

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  4. TSandM

    TSandM Missed and loved by many. Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

    It's so interesting to read the responses here: "dogmatic", "all or nothing".

    GUE diving uses a standardized equipment setup. It's an equipment setup that works pretty darned well in 99.9% of diving environments, and around here, a lot of people choose to use that equipment configuration even if they never take a GUE class, simply because it works.

    GUE divers do dive plans and buddy checks. We were actually talking about this last night, that EVERYBODY gets taught to "plan your dive and dive your plan", and to do at least a BWRAF or the equivalent. The difference is that GUE is adamant about doing them, and the culture enforces it.

    GUE recreational divers dive Nitrox wherever it is possible to do so. I think there are a lot of other people who do this, too, for safety's sake.

    GUE divers practice their skills, both the basic ones of buoyancy, trim, position, propulsion and awareness, and the emergency skills you might need when Murphy goes diving with you. I don't think there is anything wrong with that.

    The perception that GUE divers are a humorless, inflexible, dogmatic group that take all the fun out of diving is so sad, because it is so untrue.
  5. divad

    divad Solo Diver


    They don't turn you into a mindless robot, you can dive however you want; you'll just be better at it. GUE students progress at their own pace; like water, they find their own level.
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2014
  6. kafkaland

    kafkaland Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Saline, Michigan
    First of all, a big thank you to everyone who replied here - lots of good and useful stuff.

    Let me tell you a bit more about where I'm at and where I see myself going with this. I started diving with a Discover SCUBA experience while on a surf trip on Hawaii, when there were no waves and I was bored. And enjoyed it so much that I decided to get certified, and even if it's only for similar situations to have something else to do in the water. But now it's so much fun that I want to do more of it, and not just on vacation in tropical waters.
    I live in Michigan, so local diving will mean quarries and the Great Lakes. Wrecks in cold water is pretty much what we have around here. Our LDS offers a triple pack AOW, Nitrox, and Dry Suit, which seems like a good idea. I'm doing the Nitrox now, but AOW and Dry Suit will have to wait until it's a bit warmer - we still have plenty of ice. I'm not quite ready to purchase my own full gear yet, but my hunch is that I'm best off with a modular BP&W set-up, even if it's a bit more cumbersome in the beginning. What I hear, most local divers moved to doubles very quickly to have redundancy in the cold water, and a BP&W set-up would allow me to do the same quite easily when that time comes.

    Since some of you commented on my disappointment with the total reliance on the dive computer in the PADI Nitrox course, it's mostly that I prefer to have a plausibility check on what the computer tells me. You read once in a while that some genius drove his car into the ocean because his GPS navigation system told him to do so - and I don't want to do the SCUBA equivalent by relying too much on what my computer tells me. Right now, I don't have the experience to intuitively know when something it tells me is wrong (perhaps because I set the wrong gas mix, or whatever), so I like to look at the table before the dive to roughly know what the computer should be telling me. And if it's not, I know I have a problem instead of perhaps being blissfully ignorant and suffering the consequences later.
  7. diver 85

    diver 85 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: SW Louisiana
    Again I'll say OP, you should have done this 30 years ago..............
  8. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)


    That's what I do. I don't use the computer on my usual shallow (30') dives. On deep dives I use it plus the watch and analog depth gauge. I know the Air tables by heart but have to check out the Nitrox ones. We were only taught tables way back in 2005... A lot of my deeper dives are square profiles, so I know I'm in pretty good shape if I'm well within the NDL. Then I check out the computer for remaining bottom time, which is interesting.
  9. theskull

    theskull Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: St. Louis, MO
    Redundant + Wreck + Drysuit = Sidemount! Just skip the whole Backplate to Doubles to Sidemount route.

  10. Laurent Pilotte

    Laurent Pilotte Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives:
    Location: NH & Maine
    Just keep breathing!!!

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