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Old 11-08-2010, 08:10 AM
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any guys on here do any diving? I am going to take a diving class soon and try to do a little diving next summer here in N.C. does anyone have any dive stories?
Old 11-08-2010, 08:21 AM
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Do you want the one about the secondary regulator blow-out at 87 feet?

Or the bull shark that wanted my stringer of hog fish?

Or how about the Capt. Billy's dive master Olympics in Key West?

Or how fun the dive master test swim was for a smoker?

How about the school of aggressive snook (huge frigg'n snook) inside the Cayman Wreck that decided to take a few pieces off my arms and legs?

I don't dive much anymore....
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Just depends on what you're in the mood for... I've been diving for 15 some years and I looove it. Just got my wife certified so we're loving it together now.

I've got a 212ft wall dive story
I've got a bull shark story
I've got a 1st stage blow out at 123 ft story
I've got a "RAN OUT OF AIR" at 30 feet story
I've got a nitrous nark story at 140 feet after chasing a turtle on a wall
I have a grouper ran off with my spear gun story
We came up and didn't see the boat story
Lost the side of a boat in a storm when we were running in from a dive story
The time the eel lived behind the lobster I wanted, story
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Ha! I have a lobster / eel story too!

I left out the naked night dive stories....
Old 11-08-2010, 09:26 AM
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Originally Posted by baitkiller View Post
Ha! I have a lobster / eel story too!

I left out the naked night dive stories....
i love that bumper sticker

'gone down lately' with the dive symbol next to it and a landing strip above it..

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I've got some rig diving/spearfishing stories that are pretty good. You want fun/adrenaline/scare you.....shoot a big AJ at 160' under an oil rig. Go get the book The Helldivers Rodeo by Humberto Fontova, its a hoot. Seriously, if you've never dove an oil rig, its awesome.
Old 11-08-2010, 10:27 AM
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I have got the mask six inches from the 13 foot gator story. Definitely a puckering experience. The navigating back in black water with dive light dimming and finding a roof over your head experience. And so on!
Old 11-09-2010, 06:58 AM
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I am interested in diving and recognize the need for proper training, but do you actually need to be certified to legally dive? Whats the deal?

I have met a couple who dive and do not have a boat, we hit it off and I was hoping to be taught the ropes.
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Here's a "worth a thousand words" photo

Diving is a great time. Even if you don't shoot any fish your still seeing all kinds of cool stuff.
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Old 11-09-2010, 07:15 AM
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Originally Posted by gashogg View Post
Here's a "worth a thousand words" photo

Diving is a great time. Even if you don't shoot any fish your still seeing all kinds of cool stuff.
very cool!
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Originally Posted by jburnham374 View Post
any guys on here do any diving? I am going to take a diving class soon and try to do a little diving next summer here in N.C. does anyone have any dive stories?
It is in the past for me, but I used to dive often. I'm curious if you are taking the class in greenville or at the coast. When I took the class we used the dive pool at ECU but it was affiliated with a local dive shop. When anyone asked me about diving my answer was that on a good day, when everything goes just right, diving is just barely worth the trouble. I was only half joking.
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I too am planning on getting certified before next summer.....
You guys with with all your "__________ story".......me and others like me would love to hear any of them you'd be willing to type up and share.
I'm intrigued.....
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Originally Posted by Whiteowl View Post
It is in the past for me, but I used to dive often. I'm curious if you are taking the class in greenville or at the coast. When I took the class we used the dive pool at ECU but it was affiliated with a local dive shop. When anyone asked me about diving my answer was that on a good day, when everything goes just right, diving is just barely worth the trouble. I was only half joking.
i havent really checked around here in greenville, maybe i should. i checked with olympus in morehaed city.
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Originally Posted by bt4264 View Post
I too am planning on getting certified before next summer.....
You guys with with all your "__________ story".......me and others like me would love to hear any of them you'd be willing to type up and share.
I'm intrigued.....
i agree!
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Diving is just like boating and you need to find the type of diving that suits you. Some people like to dive in the Carribean in the crystal clear water during the warm summer months and just look at the pretty coral and fish, others like to spear fish, some like to stay at 40' or shallower, some don't mind low visibility. I used to own a scuba shop, was an instructor trainer, rebreather instructor and all the other technical stuff. Stuck my head in a cave once, didn't do anything for me and won't do it again. Some find night dives incredible, others not so much. And yes, you do need to be certified to dive. There is alot to learn and alot can go wrong. You need to understand the concept of bottom times, decompression sickness and what factors effect them. Also need an understanding of pressure on the body and air spaces. I've always said if you don't enjoy the diving your doing, then you need to do a different kind of diving.
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I haven't dove in quite a few years, but I greatly enjoyed it. the thing about diving is there really is something for everyone. i migrated to wreck diving over the years and I found that very challenging and rewarding. Also loved spear fishing and would be equally happy 15 feet down digging clams. Found some nice bottles over the years and have dove with some interesting people. and, like in life, there are some truly good people and some real D-bags. some who think they know what they are doing and others that actually do.

One piece of advice, do not get too attached to your gear. Most divers make regular contributions of dive lights, bags and other stuff to the sea gods if you know what I mean. My most upsetting loss was my teak AB Biller spear gun that I purchased shortly after being certified. Took it with me on nearly every dive for fifteen years and had a clip failure while decompressing.

Good luck and be safe.
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Originally Posted by BACKTOTHESEA View Post

One piece of advice, do not get too attached to your gear.

Good luck and be safe.
Sounds like you were not attached to your gear enough!
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Keep me posted on what you do about certification in MHC, I may consider doing it myself.
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Havnt dived for years.

My first dive was called introduction to scuba. I was in fiji 18 at the time and very care free. We went out to the dive spot and were about to go for it when a boat came running up to us with a very sun tanned man wearing many diamond earings and rings came flying up to us furious that he had been left behind. Our instructor gave us some flippers and a snorkel and mask and said he would be back really soon as he needed to get bcd etc for this guy and left us perched on a bombie. We snorkelled around for ages and finally he came back after 2 hours or so (we were right out in the middle of the ocean). We went on the dive and all was going well (other than me sucking it down) when a gt bit the tanned mans diamond earing and took his ear off . Blood every where , it was so cool. The guy was such a douche (maybe like what you guys call a fountain boat owner). Believe it or not i ran out of air on that dive and had to peform my first cesar. I only went down with 80 bar and due to the comotion on the top i was left alone. I mean i surfaced with the instructor but as i was left alone i went back down to have a look around. I wasnt deep but when threres nothing to breath theres nothing to breathe and dive tanks and weight belts are heavy.

Got certified and logged about 50 more dives, went to the ribbon reefs, cod hole and most of the famous dive spots on the east coast of oz between sydney and cooktown when i finally decided to conquer my fear of sharks.

The dive was at 30 meters and i had never gone below 20. The person i was staying with grew crazy strong marijuana. I wisely decided to smoke a few bongs before my dive as it would make the dive even better. As soon as i hit the water i forgot every thing to do with diving, my mask fogged up, i lost my buddy and sitting on the bottom i could just make up these huge sharks cruising about 1 foot from my face. THe only way i could se was by going cross eyed and at the edge of my mask i could just make out how much air i had and row ofter row of sharks teeth looking at me. I sucked all my air down and before i knew it i was down to 20 bar. I could vaguly make out that the dive was over and i started to follow the group back to the surface spot. Within 30 seconds i had lost them. I ws alone, stoned having a panic attack surrounded by sharks and blind. I was now down to 5 bar still 30 meters below. I decided then that i was dead and swam off into the great unkown to become dinner. 15 seconds later i felt a tug on my fins and someone from the group had swum back down to me and held my hand the whole way to the surface. I was alive and in shock. I didnt dive for may years after that event. Do not ever mix drugs or drink with diving.

After not diving for 4 years or so i found my self in Bali. Was hanging out with these nice girls who wanted to go to Nusa Lembogan to chill and go diving. I was game so we crossed over to the island and found some dirt cheap accommodation. The diving was drift diving and i had never done it before. It was incredible however there was nowhere near as much large marine life as Oz except for a school of dogtooth who came and left within 10 seconds or so. When drift diving you are supposed to deploy a sausage (large baloon)which floats on the surface to let other boats know not to approach and be careful. We were cruising back, i was trolling and had just dropped a sail fish when there was this almighty clank clank clank. The sound of prop hitting tank. Our skipper had just run over the opositions dive companies group just as they were coming up for air. After doing a few laps and making sure all limbs were intact we pissed off. 2 minuts later the other boat was after us in pursuit. A full scale battle erupted between the crews of both boats with both boats rubbing shoulders a number of times and a member of the other boat going overboard. It was both scary and highly entertaining.

About a month later the son of a family friend of ours got the bends and is now in a wheel chair.

A few months after that my good mate was diving a well know wreck when a group member freaked out. This guy filled his bcd with air and made his lungs and heart explode. He was dead before he hit the surface.

I guess the moral off my story is. Learn and learn well, dont dive in 3rd world countries, dont do drugs and dive and diving is much more dangerous than people want you to beleive.
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