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New member from Ohio

Discussion in 'Introductions and Greets' started by Shovelshort, Oct 15, 2020.

  1. Shovelshort

    Shovelshort Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Ohio
    Hello All,

    I have followed this board for awhile and finally registered.

    I just turned 51 y/o. I became a certified diver at our local YMCA along with my Father when I was 16 after a family trip to the Keys. My Father continued to dive and I quit shortly after, only doing a few local freshwater quarry dives. Over the years I also lost my physical card.

    About 10 years ago I lost my Father in a skydiving accident and inherited all of his gear; BCD (US Divers Calypso), regs (Sherwood), fins, etc.

    Two years ago the Army stationed my daughter and her husband in Hawai’i. They both became certified and he immediately convinced me to get a new card. After some searching I found out that SEI took over the now defunct YMCA certifications. I got a new card and immediately took a refresher class at my LDS. It was like the last 30 years never passed. I remembered everything and took right back to it.

    Shortly after my wife and I flew to Hawai’i and I dove all week with my son in law and a few times with my daughter. 2 bottles every day we either shore dived or chartered a boat. Wrecks, drifts, walls, we did it that week.

    The following winter I went to the Keys with some guys from work (I’m a firefighter that uses an SCBA, why I think I took back to diving so easily). We dove all week together and had a blast.

    I am so hooked again. Presently looking at replacing my perfectly operational Calypso with a BPW after lots of research on here. Leaning towards a really good deal on a Mares XDR Blue Battle.

    Look forward to learning more and playing catch up for the last 30 years.
  2. wnissen

    wnissen ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Livermore, Calif.
    Welcome! Shame your card got misplaced, anyone with a YMCA cert now is practically a celebrity!
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  3. drrich2

    drrich2 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
    Welcome back to diving. As a fellow 51-year old, I hope you've got years of good diving ahead.

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  4. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    Welcome to Scubaboard! So pleased to read of your renewal and that you're in it deep like the rest of us.

    Looking forward to reading more of your adventures too.
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  5. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    Did you mean to say that you "know" he's got years ahead? :p

    I've got a couple of years on you two whippersnappers, so yes, I know that you have years of diving ahead.
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  6. Ironjock

    Ironjock Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Ohio
    Welcome to the board from a fellow Buckeye. Wishing you many years of great diving!!!
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  7. RebelYell63

    RebelYell63 Garibaldi

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Pittsburgh, PA
    hey bud....pittsburgh here....welcome! lets chat!

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