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Old 06-04-2010, 07:43 PM
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What level certification are you at in scuba? What level would you like to end you scuba education at?


Right now i am and Advanced Open Water Diver, going for rescue this summer and hopefully enriched air diver later on.
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Old 06-04-2010, 08:07 PM
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Advanced Open water. Satisfied at this level of training/certification
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Old 06-04-2010, 11:12 PM
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Once you start diving Nitrox, you will wonder why you did not do it sooner! The shorter deco stops, shorter surface intervals and less tiredness make it all worthwhile. Get your enriched air cert!
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Old 06-05-2010, 05:31 AM
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Nitrox cert. is useful. I have been diving for about 12 years with hundreds of dives it is great fun. some of the best trips I have been on have been in the limited vis of the Cooper river. I did pucker up when I came up on a 12 foot gator under water a couple of years ago. Fortunately I came up on the tail side. I was about 1 foot from it. We decided to relocate after that.
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Advanced open, deep, and EAN 40. But I'm retired from diving at 42.
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I'm just open water although I've gone as deep as ~130... and have gone on nitrox as well. A friend and I are going down to the keys in july so he can do his tech diving certification stuff so he can dive to like 400 ft with 4 tanks or a rebreather... screw that
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Originally Posted by jrolin1 View Post
Nitrox cert. is useful. I have been diving for about 12 years with hundreds of dives it is great fun. some of the best trips I have been on have been in the limited vis of the Cooper river. I did pucker up when I came up on a 12 foot gator under water a couple of years ago. Fortunately I came up on the tail side. I was about 1 foot from it. We decided to relocate after that.
my stepmom and dad used to do lots of zero vis upper cooper river diving.. they have tons of sharks teeth, colonial artifacts, a mastodon or whale bone on display in their living room... all from the cooper
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Old 06-05-2010, 05:49 AM
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Master Instr(SSI), NSS-CDS/NACD Cave Diving Instr, Trimix and Rebreather certified....
5000+ dives over 37 years....
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Old 06-05-2010, 05:55 AM
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Originally Posted by phreaticus53 View Post
Master Instr(SSI), NSS-CDS/NACD Cave Diving Instr, Trimix and Rebreather certified....
5000+ dives over 37 years....
lol.. my friend would like to talk to you.. he is obsessed with tech diving. I think he is getting trimix certified this july.

how do you like the rebreather?
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No Offense to ANY divers, but the elevated certification system is seriously flawed. Possibly out of necessity due to geographic location of your diving.

We used to dive cold water wrecks in the St. Lawrence River on the Canadian/US border. Anywhere from 60 ft. to 150 ft. with open water certificates. No advanced, no wreck, no deep, no trimix.

I've seen (and you all have probably also) AOW guys and girls go into complete panic mode in rough conditions

My advice is to get into some tougher diving situations with a qualified instructor and forget what your C Card reads. Adding 52 + 26 while at 130' on a slate is not going to make you a safer diver for yourself. Get comfortable saving your own life.
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Old 06-05-2010, 05:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Mike Boehler View Post
No Offense to ANY divers, but the elevated certification system is seriously flawed. Possibly out of necessity due to geographic location of your diving.

We used to dive cold water wrecks in the St. Lawrence River on the Canadian/US border. Anywhere from 60 ft. to 150 ft. with open water certificates. No advanced, no wreck, no deep, no trimix.

I've seen (and you all have probably also) AOW guys and girls go into complete panic mode in rough conditions

My advice is to get into some tougher diving situations with a qualified instructor and forget what your C Card reads. Adding 52 + 26 while at 130' on a slate is not going to make you a safer diver for yourself. Get comfortable saving your own life.
I agree. As I said, I'm only sporting open water, and I've been deeper than probably most AOW, and done some minor cave penetrations. But, I am usually diving with much more knowledable people than me (step mom is divemaster and instructor, friend is going the tech route), and I take time to understand how to save my own life
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Old 06-05-2010, 06:13 AM
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Currently Open Water and Enriched Air. I'll get my advanced one day but still havent found the need for it. There is nothing better than "down-time" experience. I just stick with rec. diving, spearing, etc... I'm not interested in deco dives, caves, tri-mix.. etc.

Its hella fun though!
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Old 06-05-2010, 07:41 AM
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Originally Posted by wildgeechi View Post
my stepmom and dad used to do lots of zero vis upper cooper river diving.. they have tons of sharks teeth, colonial artifacts, a mastodon or whale bone on display in their living room... all from the cooper
Ditto on the fossils. One of the coolest things I found there is a hand blown glass vase I found near a sunk barge. It was not even cracked.
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Open water, Advanced, Deep Water, Nitrox, Rescue
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Old 06-05-2010, 08:22 AM
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PADI Instructor, but I have not dive in a year or so... sice i sold the boat, got a new home and baby, I'm out of time...

I somehow agree that the cert levels are screwed up.. Also, I've been always amazed by the fact that if you want to go on a commercial 30 feet reef dive, or rent a tank, you need to show a card, but if you have money, you can buy you tanks, your compressor and go 150, no card - no problem...

Please do not rip me a new one.. I understand the issue with commercial liability insurance and stuff like that... it just seems unfair...
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Originally Posted by emudryj View Post
PADI Instructor, but I have not dive in a year or so... sice i sold the boat, got a new home and baby, I'm out of time...

I somehow agree that the cert levels are screwed up.. Also, I've been always amazed by the fact that if you want to go on a commercial 30 feet reef dive, or rent a tank, you need to show a card, but if you have money, you can buy you tanks, your compressor and go 150, no card - no problem...

Please do not rip me a new one.. I understand the issue with commercial liability insurance and stuff like that... it just seems unfair...
You sold the scarab after the rebuild?
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Yeah a certification does not make a good diver. I have seen 'master' divers that were clueless about real world safety and common sense. The thing about common sense is that it is not that common!
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I went the Master diver route with a few extras including Nitrox.....I wasn't interested in doing puddle dives with mud puppies year in and year out. Those that know me and dive with me know me as an extreme tech diver. With having a few thousand dives under my belt and have dove with some of the most recognized names in the world I have to aggree with Mike, a card means Nothing! I'd say a solid 1/2, 2/3's of all divers I've dove with thought they were qualified divers, yet I would not dive with them ever again and many I've just plain aborted the dive and dive trip. A card means nothing to me other than it says you can get your tanks filled anywhere.

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Open water Nitrox..

I don't care to dive past 70-80ft...
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Old 06-05-2010, 10:28 AM
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Originally Posted by zack2044 View Post
Right now i am and Advanced Open Water Diver, going for rescue this summer and hopefully enriched air diver later on.
Definitely get this. Rescue diving is everything they needed to teach you but forgot the first two times they took your money. Nitrox for sure if you're going to be doing this for a while. Once you've got Rescue, practice, practice, practice, then see where your interests take you.

If you can, I'd highly recommend the Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) Fundamentals course for getting more comfortable with the gear and being underwater. Unfortunately unless you're in Florida their instructors are hard to come by. Fortunately their ideas have been having an impact on sport instruction over the last fifteen years so more of their ideas are being used by mainstream instructors. I should probably warn you that mentioning GUE / DIR (Do It Right) around the wrong diver will get you flamed - they've gored a lot of oxes. I'm donning my Nomex suit as we speak. Whatever, I took the Fundamentals course after thirty years of diving and learned stuff.

To answer your other questions - commercial mixed gas. On the sport side I've got Divemaster, but I think that only qualifies me to hump tanks for instructors. Where will I end my SCUBA education? I won't. For me diving is similar to flying - continual practice, training, and improvment.

I have no interest in being an underwater tour guide so becoming a sport instructor isn't likely. Maybe as a retirement project. For the next couple of years I'm concentrating on training in equipment maintenance and testing.
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