Sunday, March 11, 2012

Oh Yer ... Got my Open Water Referral

In general, it should not be hard to get a diving certificate. But for me, who hasn't done exercise for a year and haven't done swimming for many years as a poor swimmer, it is really a challenge. While trying to book the class with a diving shop close to our place, my friend, Cindy, told me a even cheaper place, Aquatic Discovery. I didn't do any research about this shop. Just called and signed up for the class.
1. bough my personal gears: snorkel, mask, wet suit, fins, boots, gloves at the local store.
2. read PADI diving book. If you are like me who feel bored easily with this "technical reading", just do at least summary, review, and quiz part right before the class.
3. I watched the video just the day before the class. I would recommend to watch the video before reading the book and watch another time after reading the book and right before the class.
4. the exam is quite easy to pass as long as you have done/understood all the chapter reviews and quiz.
5. the pool part is not hard in theory, but one could have mental or psychology block. for me, when the instructor asked me to jump into the pool, I was scared at the beginning. I know in theory, it should be fine. Then I just jumped, it works!
My rule of thumb about pool part is keeping breathing through the regulator. As long as you have air and the regulator works, relax ...

1. My pool sessions were done in an outdoor swimming pool. Though it is heated, I still feel cold after a hour or so. Being cold is distracting. So either do the ppol session in an indoor swimming pool or in summer.
2. For Aquatic Discovery, it doesn't have its own swimming pool, it is a hassle to put tank into the care, get it out of the car, and carry to the pool side. It will be much less work and stressful, if the shop has its own swimming pool. But I guess, the price may be more expensive to account that.

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