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  1. Azraelien

    Back pain while diving

    I switched to sidemount for this reason- coming out of the water in backmount, even when I switched to a backplate, I could always feel it for days afterwards. Once I switched to sidemount I was able to last all the way through a 6 day Cave diving holiday with no back pain at all...
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    Computers that DON’T revert to air setting

    Aqualung i300c doesn't change back unless you tell it to :)
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    Careless instructor or overthinking newbie

    Yeah wow I would absolutely demand a full refund. AOW is supposed to be a fun series of dives that introduce you to 5 different 'disciplines' of diving in a fun way - it should be easy enough for a new OW student to complete comfortably, and you absolutely should have had the refresher dive, as...
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    Divestock.com still legit?

    Yeah I bought stuff off them like 2 years ago (Tecline sidemount BCD, spring straps and a few other things) - v long delivery/wait times (like up to a month or more) but otherwise no problems, great prices and relatively good communication, although you have to poke them occasionally - but it...
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    How do you hover?

    The practice thing can be tough if you're in a 'non dive location' - I live in Central Europe, so no sea and very few diving locations (closest is 2h) - but in order to build this ability you're looking at like... 50+ 'working on skills' dives. As an example of how much practice is good, despite...
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    Spinal Cord Lipoma + Deep diving

    Thanks once again for the advice - makes perfect sense. Yeah I'm not trained yet, but the training route I'm looking at will be normoxic trimix with 100% or 80% o2 for accelerated deco, so I can adjust planning to increase stop time for sure. What with being a one man experiment, do you think...
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    Is COVID-19 Especially Bad News for Divers?

    My Cave instructor sprayed himself with concentrated coronavirus sample during a lab accident - had it for a month and absolutely ****** himself but is back diving already.
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    Things you are (almost but not really) ashamed of doing while diving

    Yeah it depends on energy usage quite a lot as well - at the beginning I was moving a lot more in the water, and using lots of gas adjusting drysuit/wing trying to get into the right positions - now if I go for a long lake dive it's like a form of intense meditation. Barely any body movement, 1...
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    Things you are (almost but not really) ashamed of doing while diving

    Pretty much exactly - In our local training lake (15m max) I think I can get something like a 2.5 hour dive out of my sidemount rig, or closer to 2h in slightly deeper water - so I normally do a loooong morning dive, refill, looong afternoon dive rather than chasing numbers. infinitely more fun...
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    Next step / possible training to pursue

    Haha - well depending how you look at it. Certainly not your average OW instructor! He was my fiancee's open water instructor (She met him when I was taking training and was like OMG I have never wanted to dive before, but want to learn from this dude), and all through the summer teaches...
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    Next step / possible training to pursue

    My experience of Tech instruction was ******* awesome - probably one of the most rewarding courses I've taken, and not necessarily a 'now you must continue to tech' type deal - in fact, half the class just took the courses so they would feel more safe diving redundant on rec dives. As a quick...
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    Things you are (almost but not really) ashamed of doing while diving

    I remember some years ago going on holiday to Croatia - I absolutely loved the fact that the boat I was on were happy to take OW divers on pretty deep dives (30-40m) because 'You guys have done checkout dives and you all dive really well, so we can take you to see these amazing corals that only...
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    Spinal Cord Lipoma + Deep diving

    Thank you very much for taking the time to respond to these! Aha I see - no not currently under any care for it. Physical activity-wise... So I am very active - I used to do cross country running, and have have run 3 marathons, I sail tornado catamarans and I swim around 12km a week, compete...
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    Spinal Cord Lipoma + Deep diving

    Hmmmm not sure - to be honest the surgery was 29 years ago, and I'm not sure if the surgeon is even alive any more. What do you mean by 'activity level'?
  15. Azraelien

    Spinal Cord Lipoma + Deep diving

    So I have been diving for around 15 years, but only in the last few years have been starting to do some slightly deeper (30m+) dives, as well as moving into tec diving (Intro to cave so far, but looking at normoxic trimix next for some deeper wrecks) - the issue is that I have a congenital...
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    Undergarments for the short term?

    it doesn't retain insulating properties when wet
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    What is the cost to get OW certified?

    And Croatian diving is great fun! Slightly chilly but we had a blast going down near Zadar. It was actually that trip that sold me on buying a drysuit and starting tech training :)
  18. Azraelien

    What is the cost to get OW certified?

    Worthwhile is a debatable concept - obviously it's inland, so Quarries and lakes with low vis mainly, but there is an Opal mine that has become relatively famous on the internet, as well as relatively close by cave and mine dives in Budapest (Kobanya, Molnar Janos). The quarries and lakes are...
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    What is the cost to get OW certified?

    250 Euros here in Slovakia :)
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    First time of tech doubles, had a bit of trouble...

    Can confirm on the '20 or so dives to get comfortable' element of tech diving. Having taken several PADI/SSI specialities with their '4 dives and you're good' setup, I was a little worried when at the start of our ITT, having just acquired a drysuit and sidemount rig, I was told casually that...
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