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What would you do differently ...

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by CAPTAIN SINBAD, Feb 6, 2017.

  1. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    56,691
    24,517
    113
    Well, it's not like you live in Chicago, @Marie13!!! :D :D :D

    BTW, you should check out www.DiveHeart.org. It will stress your trim and buoyancy when you have to control it for two! Awesome people, double awesome mission.
     
  2. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    6,207
    4,618
    113
    No, very good thing I don't live in Sh*tcago! I'm suburban.

    Diveheart and I would not be a good mix. Patience is not one of my virtues.
     
  3. The Chairman

    The Chairman Chairman of the Board

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Cave Country!
    56,691
    24,517
    113
    You're closer than I am. Lots closer. I can see the ocean from my street. :D :D :D
     
  4. Chavodel8en

    Chavodel8en Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Oakland, CA
    492
    281
    63
    Like most, I would say I should have certified earlier. I mean there were financial reasons I didnt certify and gather all the gear until I did (in my mid-thirties), but I should have bit the bullet and started diving earlier.

    I made two trips to Cozumel ... before I was a freaking diver!! (nice snorkeling though -- one of the impetus for me eventually certifying). I havent been to Coz as a diver (as I am now married to a non-diver). I also went to Maui, the Big Island, various places in Mexico & Jamaica, all before I was certified. So there's those missed opportunities.

    I also lived in LA for about 3 years, before I was certified. Would have been nice to have gotten a bunch of local SoCal dives before I moved up here where Monterey/Carmel are my local dives.
     
  5. FinnMom

    FinnMom Divemaster Staff Member

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Finland
    1,662
    964
    113
    I knew I would love diving; I'd wanted to dive 30+ yrs when I finally got certified. I should have looked at what all the active divers in my club were wearing and never, ever have bought a wetsuit. I wasted a lot of money owning a top dollar wetsuit for 2 yrs and had 6mo/yr diving seasons that could have been 12 months/yr.

    I won't say shoulda done it sooner because I don't do regrets. I got certified when my free time was once again pretty much my own (kids at home but old enough to be neglected, left unfed, etc.); that worked well too.
     
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  6. Into the Water

    Into the Water DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Sweden, Värmland
    25
    11
    3
    If I could start from zero I would go GUE Rec. 1 or SwedTech Scubadiver (our local swedish clone of GUE:) ) and only after completing the course would buy my gear, but anyway I don't feel sorry, I have been meeting a lot of nice and interesting people :) and everything what is happening is happening for good reason :)
     
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  7. archer1960

    archer1960 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Southern New England, USA
    572
    135
    43
    Yup. Ex-Navy officer here, and yes, they frown on that kind of off-duty socializing. I'm sure it happens, but it is kept pretty quiet.

    Like many others have said, I wish I had started diving earlier, but realistically, it wasn't going to happen for many reasons, mainly financial, but others as well, before my life situation changed rather significantly.
     
  8. dumpsterDiver

    dumpsterDiver Banned

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location:
    9,003
    4,666
    113
    Can't think of much I would change but my instructor and mentors had all dived the Doria. I always wanted to do that, but I think the opportunity has slipped away. I would need to complete a bunch of courses and the wreck is collapsing anyway. Now that I think about it,. I wanted to dive some great lakes wrecks too sometime,. Been waiting over 40 years...Probably don't have another 40 to get my butt up there.
     
  9. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    11,185
    6,656
    113
    I'm well past my prime. As a younger man, I think I would have enjoyed technical diving, perhaps a rebreather. Now, I'm very happy doing the mostly recreational diving I do. You can't go back, enjoy the present, you never know what the future holds.
     
  10. BurhanMuntasser

    BurhanMuntasser Dive Charter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Nomad
    5,743
    1,908
    113
    What is "past my prime" where one can't do technical diving?? How old is that?
     

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