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    I'm being referred to a different SDI training facility.

    I'd normally agree, but if someone has spent over a year and god knows how many pool sessions without getting the most basic skills down, then I think removing complexity is one of the most obvious ways to try moving forward.
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    I'm being referred to a different SDI training facility.

    More gear is not the solution to a fundamental lack of skills. I really think you should stop using the drysuit until you have the basic skills sorted out. And perhaps ask yourself honestly if this is actually something you can do, rather than only something you want to do.
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    Certification is costly

    Speaking as a relatively new diver who recently purchased a fair amount of new gear, I put enough research into it that I usually know when a dive shop is trying to sell me something useless. But it's still a risk that I'll buy something that isn't as good for the kind of diving I want to do as...
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    Certification is costly

    They only managed to push away at least this customer who was eager to spend some money on quality equipment. I went to one of the dive shops I'm never going to set foot in again, and when I wanted to buy the apeks regulators they had on the shelf, they kept insisting that I should instead get a...
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    Certification is costly

    Can you really blame them when so many dive shops systematically scam new divers and force the most expensive equipment on them that they can get away with? I'm not doing business with three out of four local dive shops because they're not nearly as interested in giving useful customer service...
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    Sinking legs while swimming

    This is the whole secret. Unlearn everything you know about kicking from scuba diving. Too big kicks while swimming freestyle will make you less aquadynamic, and too little kicking will have them dragging behind you like an anchor. You just have to do small, fast kicks so your legs stay on level...
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    When is it okay to abandon your dive buddy?

    I think you're right. I just found my old OW manual and remember being told to read chapters 1+2+3, and ignore 4+5 as they were AOW material. Chapter 4+5 are the ones containing info about computers and tables. And I learned nothing from AOW as that was a total disaster. Ignore what I said, all...
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    When is it okay to abandon your dive buddy?

    The primary problem with the buddy system seems to be miscommunication. The reason for why this thread was created in the first place was because Scoobajay and her spouse seem to have different opinions on what they expect their buddy to be. Agencies teach the buddy system, so most new divers...
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    When is it okay to abandon your dive buddy?

    Both my courses were PADI. When I was only OW certified, I didn't have a sufficient understanding of deco limits, but none of my dives were long or deep enough for it to be relevant (I'm saying this in retrospect, at the time I just didn't know). I've since bought a computer and learned how to...
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    When is it okay to abandon your dive buddy?

    When I was OW certified in 2016, and AOW certified this year, there was no mention of computers, tables, or any sort of decompression theory whatsoever. If going exclusively by what instructors have taught me, the only limiting factor to my bottom time is air. Everything else I've learned on my...
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    Is my breathing pattern proper?

    If the airways are open, they'll always vent if the air volume expands more than what the lungs are meant for. That's why it's not a problem to inhale while doing a controlled ascent, otherwise we'd have to be neutral while inhaling and only go up while exhaling. The trouble when doing an...
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    Things to look for when joining a dive club

    I also thought I wouldn't run into bad instructors here, but I did, so that's why I'm kinda trying to be a bit more selective with who I get in the water with :p I'm from Denmark. Many of the things you mention are things I'm a bit worried about too, so I'm thinking of going to one of the...
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    Things to look for when joining a dive club

    What would be deciding factors for you when looking for a dive club to join? I'm going to join one, and I've been looking at the overall level of activity, the frequency of both local diving and longer dive trips they do, that they generally seem interested in developing the skills of their...
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    Some thoughts for assembling my first regulator set

    I guess I've just been too used to always having one with the rental gear I've used. Is there a specific reason you'd pick Apeks over, for example, Scubapro? Thank you all very much for your input :)
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    Some thoughts for assembling my first regulator set

    I'm trying to decide which specific things to buy for my first regulator set. I will be using it for cold water diving and would prefer to get something that I'll be able to keep using once I'm no longer a beginner. I went by one of the local dive stores today and I'm not really sure what to...
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    Careless instructor or overthinking newbie

    No zip check on the first dive, he did check on the second dive though. I'm pretty sure this is the case, on the second dive I could clearly feel cold water running into the suit every time I looked down to check my air. The instructor checked if the wrist seals were tight enough, since he was...
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    Careless instructor or overthinking newbie

    Actually full of water, I couldn't pull the neck seal over my head until I'd laid down on my stomach and let half an ocean out of the suit. I looked like the Michelin man when I walked out of the water.
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    Careless instructor or overthinking newbie

    Pretty much, there was water to above the zipper.
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    Careless instructor or overthinking newbie

    Well the drysuit itself had no buoyancy since it filled with water. And I used a size small Aqualung bcd (can't remember which type exactly), and they seem to generally have 12-13kg lift.
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    Careless instructor or overthinking newbie

    I was quite disappointed that I didn't get all the dives that I was supposed to, but I felt partly responsible for that myself since I had thumbed the dives and was unable to go back in the water. I will do this. I'm just a bit afraid that I'll make myself enormously unpopular in the diving...
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