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It's not as exciting as swimming with beavers 
Quote from: DoctorBeaver on 01/11/2007 15:36:47It's not as exciting as swimming with beavers Water's too cold  
10 views and still no posts?Surely I'm not the only diver here on this board??BTW Karen, never believe the 'really BIG fish stories' ~ always take away about 33% refraction - that's why) What's it like? Oh gosh, how you describe awe and bliss and the feeling of being ever so privileged and lucky all wrapped in one?That about sums it up - at least for me Pictures? Nope - sadly no pictures. I've got some old slides but don't have a scanner and the VHS I put together years ago and recently had done over into a DVD came out so badly I would not even attempt to rip some pics out of that.Most awesome encounter?Apart from the hammerheads and the oceanic whites I've mentioned elsewhere... hmmmmm.... tough one really. I've seen so many incredible sights (I've stopped logging my dives once I got over 1000 - mostly in the Red Sea; diving was my life once)on a pinch - probably the dive we had off Safaga (Southern Red Sea) where we chanced upon a family of dolphins with babies and they did NOT run away (as they usually do when 'hearing' bubbles). They 'swam with us' for about 80 minutes. I was never so angry in my life not to have opted for the heavier 15lt tank.
Karen Scuba diving is one of the best things i ever did and i cant wait till next time. Its also a little bit scary when you stand on the sea bed for the first time 40 feet below the surface in crystal clear WARM water and look up and realize how far away the surface is and all that is keeping you alive is a piece of plastic in your mouth which your instructor then tells you to remove and throw with the air hose its connected to behind your back. However once your training is over you very very quickly forget that your breathing through a mouth piece when you see how beautiful everything is down there. You can be swimming along over a reef on your own one minute and the next minute be engulfed by a large shoal of the most beautiful marine fish of all shapes and sizes you could imagine. It is truly awe inspiring,something Ive always wanted to do and i'm so glad that i finally got the guts to do.
In a harbour in Majorca, I went snorkelling with a friend and swam about 3 kilometres without realising it because it was so fascinating. I turned around and there were hundreds if not thousands of tiny fish nibbling at my toes, guess they were as fascinated as I was. While watching the shoals, I looked down and could see some fairly large fish weighing about 8-12 pounds and looked like silver dollars. But carried on swimming the water was clear and visibility amazing, then I looked down and saw what at first looked like a clump of seaweed but right in the middle of a large silvery sand bar. So decided to dive down and take a closer look. This seaweed had eyes and was very curious following me and making eye contact. I realised this was my first octopus. I returned to the surface and took another breath diving down again, this time with the intention of touching the octopus, which didnít seem huge at first. I almost touched it, then to my amazement it suddenly blew itself into a huge shape trying to make itself look threatening to warn me off, it was about 1.3 metres in circumference including legs which were not fully extended either. Then like something out of a scifi movie it turned itself into a torpedo shape and shot off at an amazing rate. This was definitely the highlight of my holiday.Only ever had one go with tanks and that was in a swimming pool on a free trial for about 15 minutes. I did enjoy it but love the freedom of a snorkel and fins.
That sounds so cool.I bet it was really really nice. Why did you stop... was it to have your family! Have you ever taught your daughter to dive? If so does she Like it! It seems it would be a great thing to do with your children! I would so like to be under there and do that.. But I don't know how to swim and have actually been resuscitated on one occasion and pulled out on a couple more..! LOL I still can't help wanting to try it!
Does breathing make it easier to swim? LOL I want to do that!
To Michael:Where did you start learning and what qualification do you hold, looged dives?
I'm not as experienced as you unfortuanatly and only have a Padi open water with 9 dives. So far i have only been scuba diving in the carribean and decided to learn as my father in law lives in Australia where i'm going on my next holiday. He's 71 years old and regulary goes diving off the Great Barrier Reef. I cant wait ,i may actually get to see some real life sharks.
Weights, your Buoyancy control device and how deep you breath controls your depth and all you do is kick with your flippers to move about. Its really easy.And no you don't have to be able to swim first and i meet someone who couldn't swim before they learnt how to SCUBA. However being able to swim increases you confidence in the water and so speeds up your learning. Most people can do it, even disabled people who cant use their legs do it as they have special hand flippers to aid there movement. You do have to be careful though if you have certain medical conditions like asthma which i have but even people with asthma can do it these days provided you haven't had a recent attack.
Quote from: Karen W. on 03/11/2007 00:46:54 Does breathing make it easier to swim? LOL I want to do that!I guess breathing helps people to do most things 
Quote from: MichaelI'm not as experienced as you unfortuanatly and only have a Padi open water with 9 dives. So far i have only been scuba diving in the carribean and decided to learn as my father in law lives in Australia where i'm going on my next holiday. He's 71 years old and regulary goes diving off the Great Barrier Reef. I cant wait ,i may actually get to see some real life sharks.9 dives is a great start and the Padi openwater is a license to learn. I'm sure you're going to LOOOVE the Great Barrier Reef (lucky you!) and do take your camera with you - most sharks run away and you'd be lucky to get a picture. I've never dived in either places you mention..... yet (I hope)Lovely picture, Seargent Major fish are always very curious and photogenic  Have you had an encouter with triggers yet? Do take care of triggers.... See those biters at the front? They go clean through any sea urchin.... or your fins or wetsuit if you should pass over their territorial nesting site...... You won't escape them by swimming off - they're faster. The only way is to swim 'backwards' keeping your eyes and fins in a staight line with the fish. It only 'attacks' from the side, never in a straight line.... and you slowly retreat till he's fed upSilly fish!