15 January 2007
12 January 2007
Amy Rhodes, AKA Pinkpadigal, posted on the Northwest Dive Club website the question, "Are you a Natural?" There were many replies. Here is mine-
Natural. Yeah I think I'm pretty confident with that answer. I grew up in Arizona. My parents have had a house with a pool since I was in the first grade. My friends all had pools. We swam for hours on end, all summer long. Played a lot of "Marco Polo". I never really learned to do the traditional swimming "strokes" very well. I never really tried. I always wanted to be under the water. Sometimes I would just lay there on the bottom for as long as I could hold my breath which I couldn't do unless I vented about 1/2 of the air in my lungs. I remember my friend, David, and I would get into a "cannon ball" pose, holding our breath, at the surface and float. Then we would exhale a little and sink. So doing the buoyancy drills came real easy to me. (Makes me wonder how many feet I would have to decend in a pool with a full breath to be neutral. I'll have to try that sometime.) I remember reading about the "frogkick" and thinking I used to do that all the time as a kid. When I did my open water certification Eric, my brother-in-law/dive buddy, said I was like a fish.
Shortly afterward, looking back, I realized I may have been too comfortable. I remember sometimes being as much as 20 feet away from him. Oh I should mention this was in the caribbean and the vis was like 80 feet. Not like that is any excuse. I would never get that far away from my buddy now, much less in low vis. That would have been a long swim if one of us needed to share air!
I also spent many years doing medieval reenactment , much of it in armored combat , and I did quite a bit of hiking, so walking around on the surface in scuba gear doesn't bother me much either.What I'm not comfortable with is the cold. And right after our trip to Cancun/Cozumel, this Feburary I'm going to be all over that drysuit course. I'd also like to point out that being comfortable/feeling natural is still no replacement for experience/knowledge and I don't let the fact that I feel natural go to my head. At least not anymore.
07 January 2007
06 January 2007
05 January 2007
Since September was my last dive I also did some refresher drills. Mask removal/flood and clear, removing and donning my BC, swimming breathing in different positions, buoyancy control/neutral buoyancy (heeeeey) and frog kick. The frog kick is used when you don't want to stir up silt or otherwise disturb the bottom. I've read about it and wanted to give it a try. Turns out this is something I used to do as a kid in the pool. Thanks mom and dad for buying a house with a pool. Because of that I'm very confident in the water. So it was a good day. I'm more sure of myself and my equipment for Cancun/Cozumel in Feb.