Next Stop the Open Water – @nicholassm1th

I am starving! I have completed my second day of learning on the PADI open water training. This includes the last two modules and the exam and was followed by four dives in the pool.

We completed our learning this morning, some of us were better than the others as you would expect. The classroom section was brought together with an exam at the end. Fifty questions that tested our learning over the two days and the previous weeks studying the book and watching the DVD. I was gutted when I realised I had rushed the last but one question and answered this incorrectly meaning I only scored 98%. I did complete the second exam in the book (exam B) and scored 100%. I know does not count but morally I have decided that I am a 99 out of 100.

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We then had dinner, some Morrocan Cuscus for me today not stodgy buoyancy affecting brown bread, lesson learnt.

The first dive of the day was a skin dive, swimming under water with just a snorkel then coming to the surface and clearing it without taking your face out of the water. This was great fun and I am amazed how long you can stay under and how deep you can swim with only and mask, snorkel and fins (I always thought they were called flippers!).

We then got out and set up our scuba kit ready for the next skills tests. The first skill was a tow around the pool with no mask. With our buddy we removed our masks and then swam around the outside of the pool being guided by our buddy. Once we were back we had to replace our masks and clear them. I managed this and completed it with contact lenses still in situ at the end!

Next skill was to complete and emergency weight removal. We practiced our buoyancy some more completing fin pivots. This was followed by removing weights at the surface. Returning to the bottom of the pool we then took off our scuba gear so as to be able to complete a check. This was difficult, two of the group shot to the surface like corks out of a champagne bottle.  One of the group could not complete this task at this time. We then simulated using a free flowing regulator a task I was dreading. This was no where near as difficult as I thought it would be, I was surprised how cold my teeth got breathing like this for a minute. Once these were completed we removed our scuba gear whilst in the water and passed it up to our buddy who was on the side and climbed from the water with using the ladder.

After recharging our cylinders we put our gear. We sat on the bottom gradually adding small amounts of air until we could float in the seated position moving up and down in the water as we breathed in and out. This was great fun and I really enjoyed this.

We also took off and put back on our scuba gear at the surface, again one of the group really struggled with this and could not complete the task at this time. We then practiced towing and being towed around the pool by our buddy. First we towed using the cylinder valve, then we pushed each other with their fins on our shoulders and finally we used their arms to steer them while pushing them around the pool. After this we disconnected the low pressure feed and had to orally inflate the BCD whilst under water.

The final dive in the pool was a free dive time where we had to plan the time and air supply we were to use. Whilst we were completing a simulated marine survey during this time the instructor tested our learning by telling us to simulate the prior learning, air run out, cramp, fin lost, loose cylinder strap, and lost mask to name a few. Once the first of us reached their turn round point the exercise was completed. After almost four hours in the pool this signalled the return and breakdown of the kit after this was all rinsed off we changed and received our completed logbooks.

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Pool done open water next, I am not able to do this until net month and have a dry suit session before completing this final part of the training. So I will be ready for my holiday to MoBay.

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About altwoodmoon

Leeds United fan stand on the kop and away more often than not. Dog owner, walker and feeder. Recently qualified scuba diver. Kids almost flow the nest so have a new life with my wife, loads of holidays here we come. Blogs are my own ramblings but am know to copy (okay plagiarise) other people when they are saying what I want only better but always give them credit.
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