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50+ year old divers

Discussion in 'Grumpy Old Divers' started by Dutchman, Jun 3, 2006.

  1. jupitermermaid

    jupitermermaid Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Jupiter, Fl
    I was 58 when I got my DM cert. Age doesn't make a difference if you have the stamina to carry out the responsibiliites and work load. I'll be 60 this month and anticipate DM'ing actively for another good 10 years or more.

    Again, if you are healthy and fit, no reason not to go for it. Many divers are aging now due to the baby boomer generation, and I see lots of "old-timers" still going out and having a fantastic time. I believe active scuba diving keeps one younger physically, emotionally, and mentally. One is never too old if they don't feel too old. What is old, anyway?? It's all in one's mind and attitude. I have a big 'tude going, so I'm not gonna be old as long as I can dive and do it safely. At least another 20 years or more.......:D
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  2. raftingtigger

    raftingtigger Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Woodland, CA, USA
    54 in just over a month and just earned my DM. After reading the posts on the DM swim tests I must be in great shape compared to many DM candidates - that or they worry to much ;-)

    Certified by NASDS OW, SSI Senior, University of California 100 hr/12 dive Advanced, NAUI Rescue, and recently PADI Rescue and DM.

    I would prefer to dive in the Carribean (sorry can't spell) with warm water dives in Can Cun, Cozemel, and Maui/Lanai. For the California coast San Diego is pretty good, and would like more Channel Island dives. Right now I'm 'stuck' with Monterey (cold, iffy viz, but LOTS of life and lakes (I've just discovered).

    I've just gotten back to diving from several years lay-off. My buddy (husband) won't do cold water anymore.
  3. StacyJ

    StacyJ Guest

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Savannah, GA
    Just now in the club :eek:) Certified in my 20's, then stopped diving when I started having kids (and had not time nor money!) AOW diver, recently got the fever to "get wet" again and have been going at it hard for about a year now. Dove the liberty ship Nettleton yesterday off Georgia Coast (I'm from Savannah, GA)...nice dive, about 75ft. vis was not great but adequate. Saw a huge jewfish and an enormous grouper (he musta weighed 200 lbs!) lots of jellies in the water...which was at 80+ degrees so I opted to wear a shorty. big mistake! shoulda worn a .5 mil!!! also plenty of 'cuda, some snapper and much baitfish. Starfish, sand dollars, sponges ane anemones in abundance. ship is very cool!!!
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  4. Rich Keller

    Rich Keller Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Long Island NY
    54 years old, diving for 41 years.
    Live on Long Island NY.
    Dive the tri-state area plus vacation trips.
    North Shore Aquatics in Northport NY.
    Commercial Diver.
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  5. San Soo Diver

    San Soo Diver Guest

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Phoenix, AZ
    Currently 51 YO. Began diving in 1982, took a long hiatus and am now jumping back into it with both fins. My new fiance got me fired up on it and we haven't looked back - we live in Phoenix. I had one of the best weeks of my life diving wrecks and reefs around Key West with her in May. It was her first dive trip and first ocean dive experience. We used Lost Reef, Key West for the bulk of our dives - great people and great experience.

    Spent the Fourth of July weekend diving in and around La Jolla Cove, CA and the Coronado Islands out of San Diego. We are both getting our advanced open water cert next weekend on a dive trip to San Carlos, Mex with the Academy of Scuba (a great dive shop located here in Phoenix). Trying to decide where out next dive trip is going to be right now and what cert I should get next...
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  6. AFdivedoc

    AFdivedoc Instructor, Scuba Staff Member

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    51 years old, diving for 6 years
    I currently live in Okinawa, Japan
    I mostly dive around Okinawa, but also have been to FIJI, Bonaire, various places stateside
    Stateside: Its All About Scuba, Fairfield, CA Okinawa: Torii Station Scuba Locker
    Current certifications: PADI OWSI, DSAT TEC 50, Board Certified in Undersea and Hyperbaric Medicine
  7. bilsant

    bilsant Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
    OW in 1968 but took a loooong break. Just got back into diving in 2009.
    AOW, EANx, Rescue
    Deciding whether to take DM or my first Tech class next month.
    Fort Lauderdale
  8. Bobbear

    Bobbear Captain

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: SE Florida
    59 next Wednesday
    4 - 10 dives a week
    Never felt better

    I hate it when someone tells me I shouldn't dive because I am "too old'. Funny thing is that most of the time, I am in better shape than the one making the comment.

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  9. Diversauras

    Diversauras NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Myrtle Beach SC
    I am 62
    I live in Myrtle Beach, SC but have not dived here yet, just moved here 2 months ago...
    I dive with Olympus in Morehead City, NC mostly but did Truk this past February, Oriskany is in my future...
    I am a NAUI instructor since 1982 and am currently taking some basic tech courses in NC :eyebrow:
  10. ScubaBurt

    ScubaBurt Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Danville, Virginia
    Hello all,
    I am 64 years young and my wife(dive buddy) is 62 years younger. We are both Padi Master Divers, dive Nitrox, and have Cressi Sub gear. At our age we dive Nitrox for the safety aspect and fitness is also esstential, so we excerise regularly. We live in Danville, Virginia (south central Virginia on the North Carolina/Virginia line). We have been diving since 1998 and enjoy diving whenever we can. Try to do 2+ dive trips a year and also dive our local quarries. As for trips we have been to Fiji, Cozumel, Grand and Little Cayman, Bequia, Grand Turk, Roatan, Utila, Bonaire, Key Largo, and West Palm Florida. Our next trip is to Cayman Brac in December. Our dive shop is Burlington Dive Center, Burlington, NC. As for work, I retired in 2006 from a CFO position, relaxed for 3 1/2 years and now run two monoplace Hyperbaric Chambers in our local hospital. To enhance my CHT I will be taking a DMT training program in September 2011 through DAN. Really looking forward to the additional classroom training. Well that should be enough for now. Safe Diving all. Burt
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