Join Date: Sep 2006
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Scuba Certified - FINALLY!
After 30 years, I finally received my PADI Open Water Scuba certification. I took a NAUI course in 1979 and finished the desk and pool work but never did the open water dives (I was a recent college grad and ran out of money). I've been kicking myself ever since and certification became a Bucket List item for me. Since my work takes me to Hawaii a few times a year, I took an Introductory Dive through Fathom Five Divers in Kauai. It was a blast and the dive master encouraged me to take the full course since I was pretty comfortable in the water.
I took the PADI eLearning online course in Oct-Nov and passed the final exam with a 98%. I did my pool work last Tuesday and 3 ocean dives off Koloa Landing on Sunday so now I'm certified! Through the course, I learned a few things applicable to boats:
1. Mask and Fins are a safety item that should be on all boats. This really didn't come from the course, but we consider them mandatory on Victoria. Snorkel is optional, IMO.
2. Divers always have a plan before entering the water. How many sailors have a plan (more commonly called a float plan) for even a day sail? Pretty few, I expect.
3. Divers check their equipment before entering the water. Too many sailors jump on board, fire the engine, and leave the dock. Weather, bilge, engine, rigging, etc. should be checked before departing the dock. How many boaters have we seen cast lines and then start the engine? Similarly, if a diver waits until he's descending before checking his air supply, he could be a dead diver.
4. Divers practice skills. How many of us read about something (reefing, MOB, nav, etc), but never get around to practicing the skill? The time to learn how to reef in not during a blow.
5. Divers maintain their equipment. How many of us have been "getting around" to servicing our winches (for years). I'll raise my hand!
6. Divers have a procedure for nearly everything. How many sailors have a procedure (with a firm rationale) for what they do (raising sails, reefing, MOB, etc). Pretty few, I suspect.
I plan to re-evaluate some of our operations on Victoria over the next few months. We're pretty good and pretty safe, but can always be better.
Sabre 38 "Victoria"