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Friends to learn diving with :)- open water diver course

Post by peterpanphoenix » Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:13 pm

Hi,
I am interested in taking up the basic open water diver course, most likely in Nov :)

Would any of you be interested too? I spoke with the instructor & he said anyone can dive as long as you know how to swim, & no, you don't have to be a really good swimmer :) They offer PADI certification.

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http://adventure-chief.com/courses/padi ... ter-diver/

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 11 Oct 2012 12:33 pm

I spoke with the instructor & he said anyone can dive as long as you know how to swim, & no, you don't have to be a really good swimmer They offer PADI certification.
That explains their response. :roll:
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Post by nakatago » Thu, 11 Oct 2012 1:42 pm

sundaymorningstaple wrote:
I spoke with the instructor & he said anyone can dive as long as you know how to swim, & no, you don't have to be a really good swimmer They offer PADI certification.
That explains their response. :roll:
NAUI snob.

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Thu, 11 Oct 2012 2:31 pm

Where is JR8? He a PADI DM (I use the term VERY loosely for the obvious reasons). :lol:
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Re: Friends to learn diving with :)- open water diver course

Post by Travailes » Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:22 am

peterpanphoenix wrote:Hi,
I am interested in taking up the basic open water diver course, most likely in Nov :)

Would any of you be interested too? I spoke with the instructor & he said anyone can dive as long as you know how to swim, & no, you don't have to be a really good swimmer :) They offer PADI certification.

Site:
http://adventure-chief.com/courses/padi ... ter-diver/
How much is the course ?
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Post by Zeenit » Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:44 am

You need to be able to swim 200 mt, and be able to tread water for 10 mins if you want to do PADI open water cert. Well with a decent company that is.
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Re: Friends to learn diving with :)- open water diver course

Post by JR8 » Tue, 16 Oct 2012 8:42 pm

peterpanphoenix wrote:... I spoke with the instructor & he said anyone can dive as long as you know how to swim...
Anyone?

Either you misheard him or he's talking out of his ****. As one might expect there is a range of medical conditions that precludes SCUBA diving. You need to sign off that medical questionnaire before commencing your course. It would make sense that you see it before you get to Tioman don't you think?

http://www.padi.com/english/common/cour ... ver2-0.pdf

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Re: Friends to learn diving with :)- open water diver course

Post by nakatago » Tue, 16 Oct 2012 10:28 pm

JR8 wrote:
peterpanphoenix wrote:... I spoke with the instructor & he said anyone can dive as long as you know how to swim...
Anyone?

Either you misheard him or he's talking out of his ****. As one might expect there is a range of medical conditions that precludes SCUBA diving. You need to sign off that medical questionnaire before commencing your course. It would make sense that you see it before you get to Tioman don't you think?

http://www.padi.com/english/common/cour ... ver2-0.pdf
Now, now...to be fair, said instructor didn't say anybody who could swim and dive would have to get out of the water alive or at least as healthy as they were before taking a dip.

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Post by carteki » Sat, 20 Oct 2012 5:43 am

sundaymorningstaple wrote:Where is JR8? He a PADI DM (I use the term VERY loosely for the obvious reasons). :lol:
and just you now have another PADI DM in your midst :)
Will admit that all the course served to teach me was what I didn't know!

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Post by nakatago » Sat, 20 Oct 2012 9:01 am

carteki wrote: Will admit that all the course served to teach me was what I didn't know!


?!? Is this some sort of pedagogical cognitive dissonance?!? :???: :???: :???:

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Post by JR8 » Sat, 20 Oct 2012 7:35 pm

Yah oso say. I was contemplating how one might be taught something you already know. Don't bogart it man, I'm having a zen moment.

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Post by nakatago » Sat, 20 Oct 2012 10:16 pm

Maybe sheran into something while she was in the depths?

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Post by taxico » Sun, 28 Oct 2012 8:33 pm

isn't it off season from nov-feb?

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Post by JR8 » Mon, 29 Oct 2012 12:17 am

taxico wrote:isn't it off season from nov-feb?
It varies depending on the monsoon. As a rule a place might say (on their www) 'closed Nov-Jan'. But then if monsoon has not arrived stay open for all of Nov. Other places do not shut at all.

Secondly for the Open Water qualifying dives it really doesn't matter what the weather is like, they'll just overweight you anyway and stick you anywhere that has 4-5m depth and a flattish bottom. In my experience most OW students are so blown away to see any sea-life that poor visibility shouldn't distract them unduly.


Also...
- If bad weather negated diving, I expect no one in the north Atlantic would ever qualify :)
- I think it better to qualify in conditions that include some challenge and adversity. Better than doing a cake-walk of a course then being dropped in 30m of ripping current with 6" visibility on your first real post-qualifying dive.
- At the southern end of town (by 'Marine Parks' and headland path) is a completely netted off bay. It is small but absolutely perfect for training. It would not surprise me if it is used as a year around fall-back for the OW dives (I did some assists for OW students there and it was perfect...)

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Post by sundaymorningstaple » Mon, 29 Oct 2012 12:27 am

JR8 wrote: Also...
- If bad weather negated diving, I expect no one in the north Atlantic would ever qualify :)
Ain't that the truth.
SOME PEOPLE TRY TO TURN BACK THEIR ODOMETERS. NOT ME. I WANT PEOPLE TO KNOW WHY I LOOK THIS WAY. I'VE TRAVELED A LONG WAY, AND SOME OF THE ROADS WEREN'T PAVED. ~ Will Rogers

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