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Unread 09-08-2009, 05:01 PM   #16
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You dont have to know how to swim really. When I got my cert I was in okinawa japan and one of the guys in the class didnt know how to swim that good. He was one of the better ones at moving around under water.
I thought to get certified you have to be able to swim 200 yards.

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Unread 09-08-2009, 05:06 PM   #17
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Never had a swim test in my class that I remember
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Unread 09-08-2009, 05:08 PM   #18
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Not in my class! With scuba you have a bcd(buoyancy compensation device) that you add or remove air from to keep you afloat, make you sink and control your decent and depth.

Well let me say this, in my class everyone was a marine and to be a marine you have to be able to pass a minimum swim qual. Maybe the instructor used our swim quals to bypass that.
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Unread 09-08-2009, 05:09 PM   #19
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I dove at Lake Havasu to get some fish for dinner with my Hawaiian Sling.
Good eats.
I grew up in San Diego, so did a ton of spear fishing just south of La Jolla cove. I bought a brand new Hawaiian spear for my dive at Fish Lake 2 weekends ago, but didn't make it to the lake in time to do a day dive I never checked for sure, but I'm guessing you can't spear fish at night with a light I could reach out and pet those big rainbows on the edge of the moss line at ~18 feet. A spear would've been cheating for sure...
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Unread 09-08-2009, 05:11 PM   #20
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Never had a swim test in my class that I remember
I think it's required for both PADI and NAUI now. Not positive that it's required for basic certificaton tho'.
I took every certificaton course there was except instructor. The higher the cert., the more you have to swim. Especially for the rescue and saftey diver certs.
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I grew up in San Diego, so did a ton of spear fishing just south of La Jolla cove. I bought a brand new Hawaiian spear for my dive at Fish Lake 2 weekends ago, but didn't make it to the lake in time to do a day dive I never checked for sure, but I'm guessing you can't spear fish at night with a light I could reach out and pet those big rainbows on the edge of the moss line at ~18 feet. A spear would've been cheating for sure...
Hey, when you're hungry for trout......

It's like hunting deer. You are using a high powered rifle. A Hawaiian Sling spear at least gives them a chance. Now if you had a gas charged spear gun, then you are cheating.
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Only been once, this past june in the caymans while on vacation. It was a beginners course maybe 50' at the most. I would go everyday if I could, but being here in IL diving in a sea of corn isn't as much fun. I'll definitely go again though!
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Maybe I did the swim and don't remember

Do you do it with any gear at all (fins, mask/snorkel, etc)? Or just nekkid?
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I got mine through padi. I miss it, I havent been since 2001 or 02. I dont know anyone who dives now that I am out of the marine corps.
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Maybe I did the swim and don't remember

Do you do it with any gear at all (fins, mask/snorkel, etc)? Or just nekkid?
Depends. (not the diaper)

PADI and NAUI are different in their requirements.
More than likely, you do the swim test with no gear at all.
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just got certified this summer, currently a public service diver (I dive for dead bodies and evidence)

havnt got to do the fun stuff yet, but i plan on it as soon as i get the $$ for my own gear
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The biggest fear that people have while learning is taking your mask off and putting it back on under water. It's freaky at first, but you get used to it really fast. Clearing your mask is something you should practice as soon as you drop into the water on every dive. It's common for your dive buddy to kick your mask off with his fin. You panic, you die.
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(I dive for dead bodies and evidence)
umm, yea that's not exactly a treasure I'd want to find
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just got certified this summer, currently a public service diver (I dive for dead bodies and evidence)

havnt got to do the fun stuff yet, but i plan on it as soon as i get the $$ for my own gear
Nothing like pulling a body out that has been in the water for a couple days or so. Stick a hook in 'em.

Many long boring hours of diving in zero visibility water is no fun.

Been there, got the t-shirt.
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Nothing like pulling a body out that has been in the water for a couple days or so. Stick a hook in 'em.

Many long boring hours of diving in zero visibility water is no fun.

Been there, got the t-shirt.
That's what I'm working toward.

Why? I have no idea

Oh well... the county paid for my cert. I guess I owe 'em...
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