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Nervous and Conflicted about my first actual dive.

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by BlueTuna, Dec 2, 2019.

  1. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    I get that. Just not a fan of dumbing down information to the lowest common denominator. Students will typically meet the bar that an instructor sets. Set it low, they meet it. Set it high, they will as well.
     
  2. lowwall

    lowwall Manta Ray

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    I believe the author would agree with your statement, see for example: Four Keys to Teaching Real Buoyancy Control - Cave Diver Harry or Put the checklist down, focus on real ability - Cave Diver Harry . But it's not relevant to the article I linked. The author never claimed you could boil all of diving down to 6 rules. In fact, he specifically states the opposite:
     
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  3. purbeast

    purbeast Barracuda

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    I was certified in March with OW and AOW right after, and since then I have 6 "real" dives. I still get anxious/nervous before I dive. I think it's pretty normal at this stage. However as soon as I am on the boat and about to get in, it pretty much goes away. This past trip I did my first real dives deeper than 30ft, down to 60ft. I too just have a mental block about depth, even though I've been down to 100ft with AOW. In the 60ft dive I quickly felt super comfortable when I looked at my computer and saw we were at 65ft, and it felt exactly the same as being at 30ft.

    The ear thing I wouldn't worry too much about. As others have said, just take your time. I constantly equalize, even when I don't feel the need to. It's almost out of habit at this point.

    Also on my previous dives, we did a 2 tank dive. It was me, a guide, and one other lady. The lady has 20+ years of experience diving. On our first dive everything went smooth. On the second dive, she had issues equalizing at about 20ft or so. It took her a good 5 minutes to figure it out but she eventually got it.

    My point about that is even experienced divers can have problems, and it can be one offs, so I think you will be able to work through it just fine.

    Oh and about the mucus, pretty much every time I come up from a dive it's gross in my nose and I have snot dripping out lol. I thought that was normal.
     
  4. Jcp2

    Jcp2 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I think the only divers without post dive snot are Mark Nelson and James Bond.
     
  5. lowwall

    lowwall Manta Ray

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    Towards the end of you dive is a good time to practice a mask remove and replace. While it's off, you can donate your stored snot to Neptune :D
     
  6. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    And me. Who's Mark Nelson?
     
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  7. Jcp2

    Jcp2 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    He’s Mike’s cousin and stunt double.
     
  8. Paul McCartney

    Paul McCartney Nassau Grouper

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    Glad things are working out.
    If that phone still works let me know which model it is because I will be rushing out to get one :wink:
     
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  9. Jackie Treehorn

    Jackie Treehorn Nassau Grouper

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    Let's be careful here about bashing the instructor. I know him and can attest the exact opposite in my experience.
     
  10. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

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    what bashing?
     
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