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Learning to Scuba Dive

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I have now been at Hull University for nearly 3 months now, and quite recently I did my first pool session for dive training. Scuba Diving feels amazing and I want to tell all of those who haven’t experienced it how wonderful it is.

As soon as we got to the pool, we swam 8 lengths and then had to either tread water or float for 10 minutes. I chose to float because it is the easiest way to conserve energy when you have been scuba diving. This was to show how strong a swimmer we all were and to improve our stamina. It also provided us with great training for if we became stranded in the ocean and had to wait for assistance from a nearby boat, ship, etc. One of the most important things is to conserve your energy and not wear yourself out.

Once we had all finished that, we were issued with our kit (well just our snorkel, mask, fins and boots).

Once they were clear that everything fitted, we put on the whole gear; including the BCD, tank, weight belt etc, and then got into the water. Once in the water, we were shown how to use the regulator and tried it out. It felt strange at first but then I loved the feeling of breathing through it underwater. The feeling was indescribable and I couldn’t wait to get swimming about under the water. However, before they let us swim around the pool, we had to undergo various tasks.

The first task was taking the regulator out. We had three steps to follow:

Step 1) We had to remove the regulator, blow bubbles, replace the regulator and purge the water by blowing into the regulator before breathing again.

Step 2) Yet again we had to remove the regulator, blow bubbles and replace it. However, this time we had to press the purge button on the front of the regulator once it was in our mouth. To do this without choking, you must place your tongue over the hole in the mouth piece so that when you purge the water, it doesn’t get forced down your throat.

Step 3) (This one concerned me a bit before doing it) We had to remove the regulator, throw it behind us and use the given method to get it back and then put it back into our mouth to breathe again. To do this you reach for your knee first, then your backside, then your tank and bring your arm back forward towards you. If you do this right, the regulator will be caught in the crook of your arm and you can easily get it.

The instructors shook our hand if they think we completed it fine. If not, we would simply repeat it until we got the hang of it.

The next tasks after this were to do with our mask. One problem underwater is that water can get into your mask. A way to resolve this is to tilt your head up, press on the top of your mask and then blow out through your nose. This forces the water out of the bottom of the mask and you will be able to see clearly again.

We had to do this firstly with a tiny bit of water in to get rid of. Then we had to fill the mask entirely with water and get rid of that. Finally, we had to take the mask off and replace it before clearing the water to be able to see again.

I must admit, I panicked at first when I took my mask off because I hate not being able to see clearly. I re-did this one. But once I did it the second time, I got the hang of it. The instructors were all very helpful and supportive.

Once this was all successfully completed, we were told how the BCD works and what to press and when. After we had all understood this, we were allowed to swim around in the fins. It was a little difficult at first but I soon got the hang of it. The key to swimming properly with them on is to lock your knees in place and move your legs using your hips. The water pressure against the fins made it fairly difficult, but nothing a little practice would sort out.

We went on to play games underwater with our set buddies (Having a buddy on a dive is a must because they may be the reason you live if something went wrong). We attempted to play catch with a foam missile but it was difficult to since perception under water is slightly different to out of the water. Objects and creatures underwater will appear much bigger and closer than they actually are, so we weren’t really able to perceive where the object was accurately and most of the time we failed to catch it. I must admit it was loads of fun though.

The instructor kept showing off a bit. Whereas we were all struggling to just sit on the bottom of the pool underwater, he was able to do that and back-flips. Lucky bugger. He ensured us that everything will be difficult at first (e.g. merely sitting on the bottom of the pool), but we will get the hang of it in due time. I never wanted to get out of the pool.

To any of those who have never dived: I recommend you at least try it once, it feels amazing and I guarantee you – once you have tried it once, you will want to do it again!!

Katherine is currently a student at the university of Hull in her first year of studying Marine and Freshwater Biology. She hopes to become a Freelance Marine Biologist specializing in the cetaceans of the sea.

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Dream Dive Locker Build Out. Part I: Demolition (Watch Video)

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It’s finally here! Time to start building the greatest dive locker the world has ever seen! Part I: Demolition! #dreamdivelocker

This is the first of a series of videos showing the evolution of building out my dream dive locker. My dream dive locker needs to be dive gear drying and storage, dry storage, workshop, office, editing suite, You Tube studio and classroom. That’s a lot of functions for a small space!

The first step is planning out the space and demolishing the laminate flooring. Then I taped up the walls to get a feel for the space. We have a lot of work to do!

But finally we will have a purpose built space to house all of our dive equipment! Subscribe to our channel to follow our progress! 

Thanks for watching, Team!

James


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5 Ways To Use Less Gas When Scuba Diving

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5 Ways To Use Less Gas When Scuba Diving. There is no magic wand to having an amazing SAC rate. You have to do the work!

We’re covering how to perfect your core skills as a scuba diver to help you use your gas more efficiently, plus how the art of zen can help you breathe less gas whilst scuba diving.

How can I breath less gas whilst diving? A very common question I get asked all the time and on the subject of breathing itself. There is a right way and many different wrong ways to breath whilst scuba diving. I’ll explain the difference.

Thanks for watching, as always! D.S.D.O James


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