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Lesson 1 - The Paranoid Android
...musings of a mechanically depressed robot...
Lesson 1
I took my first PADI scuba lesson last night.

I should have taken it weeks ago - but G (my "buddy") has had a chest infection so he couldn't dive.

First we went through the theory for the first 3 modules ... and the tests... and I aced them... 100%!!  There have only been 2 people who have aced all the tests so far - so that's a challenge I've set myself.

We headed to the pool.  I had to swim for a bit and float for a bit more then we could actually kit up!

At first it's as freaky as hell!  The temptation to hyperventilate is strong... but after a while things settle down and we went through the first set of drills.

Losing your regulator and finding it again... flooding your mask and clearing it... swimming down whilst equalising the pressure in your ears and sinuses.  We practised sharing air as if one of us had run dry.  We swam about under water for about an hour.  It was fantastic.

Our next lesson is next Monday - and I can't wait!

Current Location: EC2Y 9AQ
Current Mood: accomplished accomplished

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teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: December 4th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
It's even better when you do your first intro dive at the Great Barrier Reef :o) ... can you tell now why Richard is hooked? Just planning next hols .. Maldives looking likely
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: December 4th, 2007 05:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
It is going to be so easy to get hooked... I can tell.

It's also going to be something of an expensive hobby to start.
teya_uk From: teya_uk Date: December 4th, 2007 05:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
wet suit, fins, mask, snorkel, bcd, 1st and 2nd stage whatever they're calleds, dive computer, dive bag, underwater camera, torch, knife, little padded thing to put at back of head so mask doesn't hurt ...etc etc etc .... £1500 or so ... at the least
paranoidandroid From: paranoidandroid Date: December 6th, 2007 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)
I hope I get a really big bonus then... or I meet a rich woman this Christmas! ;)
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