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Checkout dives are in Panama City Beach next weekend. Advice for a newbie?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by cogito222, Dec 7, 2019.

  1. cogito222

    cogito222 Angel Fish

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    I'm doing my checkout dives in Panama City Beach next weekend. My brother lives there so I can stay for free. I think we are wearing 5mm (rental). I have my own regs (Z3 and Z2 octo), Scubapro mask, Scubapro fins/snorkel, and booties. I'll rent the rest down there.

    I want to do well and get my card. Advice for a newbie?
     
  2. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    You might be cold in a 5 mil scuba suit. Water is around mid to low 60's.
     
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  3. HumbleWarrior

    HumbleWarrior Angel Fish

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    Err..isn’t Panama City right by the equator? 5mm might be serious overkill.
     
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  4. CuzzA

    CuzzA Solo Diver

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    Upper Gulf Coast of Florida. I'm further south in Tampa Bay and the water is 65°. I'd dive a 5 mil freedive open cell suit, but not a scuba suit, and certainly not a rental one at that.

    Google Maps
     
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  5. HumbleWarrior

    HumbleWarrior Angel Fish

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    Oh, duh, was thinking of the one in Panama, which is landlocked btw. I should have more coffee before I post.
     
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  6. tarponchik

    tarponchik Loggerhead Turtle

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    At least, get a head cap or hood. You lose a lot of heat through your head.
     
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  7. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    Am curious, Shore dives for the checkout dives? In the Gulf? Where? Or a boat charter?

    Humble Warrior--Panama City, Panama is right on the Pacific.
     
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  8. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Relax, take a few deep breathe and then ENJOY the experience! No really, as they say, you’ll never pass this way again.....Enjoy the experience!
     
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  9. Schwob

    Schwob Solo Diver

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    I am with @flyboy08 : relax and enjoy as much of it as you can. Don‘t stress.
    If you do have trouble with something during the first dive ask for feedback, advise... you still are allowed to improve... If you want to get a question answered before the first dive, ask it...
     
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  10. Streydog

    Streydog Manta Ray

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    Equalize before you think you need to and keep equalizing.
     
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