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Looking for Advice for training progression.

Discussion in 'Advanced Scuba Discussions' started by jtsfour, Aug 8, 2018.

  1. Dogbowl

    Dogbowl Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Somewhere
    At this early stage, I'm going to say it was neither. I think it was just me. Actually, I'm pretty sure it was me...:( Although I'd like to blame the gear.

    I'm not giving up. I just need more time to work things out, mentally and physically!
    Last edited: Aug 9, 2018
  2. KevinNM

    KevinNM DIR Practitioner

    I remember flailing around in Blue Grotto trying to get stable and my dry suit under control while Mer was calmly hovering in place watching as I tried to do what she had just demonstrated. It was very frustrating, as I had about 30 dives in the dry suit and I was not expecting primer to be this darn hard.
  3. Dogbowl

    Dogbowl Loggerhead Turtle

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Somewhere
    Boy, do I know what that feels like x 100.
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  4. sea_otter

    sea_otter DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Jose, CA
    Hey, @Dogbowl, have you been in the water since your class? I remember being super frustrated during the class, and I thought I was a pretty terrible diver. It wasn't until the first fun dive after that I realized how much I had actually learned.
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  5. taimen

    taimen ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Europe
    Don't get me wrong. I don't mean it was easy like a walk in a park or something. It was definitely hard enough to put all of us ride the steepest part of our learning curve for 5 days and six (looong) dives.
    I just want to encourage people not to hesitate taking fundies. It is counterproductive to try to learn on your own for some arbitrary 100 dives before taking the class.

    This may have something to do with it. I did my open water training in a drysuit and bp/w, like almost everybody in my area these days. It is also not uncommon to buy doubles as your first set after having relatively few dives with rental/club equipment. But yeah, owd training is done with a single tank.
    This seems to be quite usual in areas where you have only cold water and relatively deep diving available (nordics, scotland etc.). It makes a lot of sense to train in configuration most suitable for the type of diving locally available.
    If taking this path made fundies "easy" it only emphasises my idea to start diving dry and doubles as soon as possible (if planning to go tech early).
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  6. Dan_P

    Dan_P DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Scandinavia
    You can do e.g. Essentials of Rec in single-tank, then add doubles/drysuit along the way after and return for Essentials of Tech (with your doubles) when ready. Guessing it's much the same with Fundies Rec/Tech-pass (?).

    The downside to starting out in doubles, is that you have so much more weight, not least (unnecessary?) gas weight, which makes the gear more difficult for a new-ish diver to manage. Not impossible, but I usually advise to start out in single-tank and then develop into doubles when needed, mainly for that reason.

    I wouldn’t advise to swap over to sidemount if you already have a single-tank BP/W config;
    You can use the backplate and webbing all on a different doubles-wing and with a twinset (might even recycle your present tank(s) into that), so if you have a BP/W, I don't think there's a strong reason to discard it.
    Besides, you'll need to go far before you’re cave diving, and cave dive far before you’re squeezing.

    In either case, I hope you have a good time and enjoy whichever path you opt for :)
  7. kensuf

    kensuf Cave Instructor

    And how many dives / experience does the OP have?
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  8. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Atlanta, USA
    Was that in doubles? As Dan_P mentioned, the weight of doubles ... you go from being able in an Al 80 to make depth adjustments with just breath control, etc., being able to whip around and check on your teammate--heck, do backflips if you want--to feeling like you're trying to turn an aircraft carrier. I agree with those who have said that doubles are actually more stable than a single tank in a certain sense--and that is when you're perfectly still and calm--but the air in the drysuit and the momentum of the tanks conspire to send you beyond the point of no return where you can no longer make corrections with breath alone. Then you're flailing around adding dumping adding dumping wing drysuit wing drysuit .... I have had multiple coaching sessions from multiple instructors on buoyancy control in the doubles and drysuit--and that's post-Drysuit and Doubles Primer--and it is still my nemesis. I suppose this is the result of having been SO accustomed to diving Al 80 and wetsuit.
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  9. MichaelMc

    MichaelMc Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Berkeley, CA
    A small thought, tiny LP50 doubles, dove as if a single tank, might let you start with better stability. Instead of struggling with less stable single tank. Without miss learning doubles procedures - due to treating it as a single tank. And my current read on tiny doubles is that normal US 8.5 c-t-c manifold separation is more stable than narrower manifold separation, so maybe do not go down the rabbit hole of trying to find narrower doubles, as I did.
  10. KevinNM

    KevinNM DIR Practitioner

    No, that was a single. Mer was in doubles.

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