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I’d like some genuine opinions.

Discussion in 'Introductions and Greets' started by Brownsrule, Feb 4, 2019.

  1. dhaines429

    dhaines429 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Abbotsford, Canada
    I see a lot of people that have a few extra pounds that dive frequently. Here where I live I would just advise someone who is planning to lose weight to hold off on buying a drysuit as it's a big investment and you don't want to spend the money and end up selling because it ends up too big. Like others have said diving isn't an activity that will help lose weight but it does get you active so that's never a bad thing.
  2. kelemvor

    kelemvor Big Fleshy Monster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Largo, FL USA
    I lost 100 lbs in the year after I took OW class. Not exclusively because of diving. While the dive its-self is not strenuous, carrying gear around can be.

    I went with NAUI. That price you have is almost shockingly low from what I've seen. I've rarely seen an open water class much cheaper than $350 from any agency.
  3. Brownsrule

    Brownsrule Angel Fish

    So ju
    So just called and with rental of gear and boat fees and all. Cert card and out the door $350-$400. They cert from the beach mostly
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  4. Brownsrule

    Brownsrule Angel Fish


    As a medic I know this all to be true. I’m in good shape both physically and mentally. I have just experienced some weight gain from inactivity. I actually have lost the most weight from simply changing the way I eat on the daily. So when I’m released in the next few weeks for physical activity I’m sure the weight will come off again.
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  5. Resqdivemedic

    Resqdivemedic Public Safety Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: chepachet, RI USA
    I feel your pain, in 29 years as a firefighter/paramedic I have had several injuries requiring 4 different surgeries. After returning to work following each injury, 2 of the injuries I was out for a year each, I gained at least 20-25 pounds. Diving along with diet and exercise help shed the tons. Good luck and shop around for classes. You are on the right path looking for opinions and reviews from the board.
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  6. Rob9876

    Rob9876 Barracuda

    Welcome to the forum! I'm a big guy too -- even though I've exercised at least 5 times a week for over 15 years now, without fail. For me, I think part of it is genetic, though I admit I do like to eat. Everyone has weight loss advice, and I've tried most everything, but I can never lose more than about 30 lbs. before gaining it all back again. I've really enjoyed getting into diving, though I do feel a bit like a sausage in a wet suit -- but I'm not going to let that stop me.
  7. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    Quick 2 cents-- Can't comment on injury/rehab with diving of course. As stated, many large people dive. I recently read a quote: "You don't dive to get in shape, you get in shape to dive". I take that to mean you should aim for easy benign diving until you're 100%. Topic for other threads--It's not a sport.
  8. Brownsrule

    Brownsrule Angel Fish

    OK so let me clear the air on some things because to be honest I’m not blaming anyone but I’m pointing out that many people are not reading my original post they’re just reading what other people are saying and then they’re commenting so let me say this :
    1. I am in good physical health
    2. I am in good physical shape
    3. Being fat is not the same as being obese
    4. I am NOT looking to do this to lose weight.

    I am wanting to take up diving because I enjoy snorkeling and am trained for swift water rescue as well as white water rescue. I used the word fat because I am heavier than ever before. So this is just another adventure for me. I skydive, kayak, go white water rafting.
  9. drrich2

    drrich2 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
    Then I think you'll do just fine and have a great time. On an online forum, we can't 'see' you and read the nuances of your situation, and may wish to err on the side of caution to help avoid leading someone into trouble.

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  10. JohnnyC

    JohnnyC PADI Pro

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: United States
    Yes, you can scuba dive and simultaneously lose weight.

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