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You could try a full face mask. It is a bit more to deal with, but from a breathing perspective, it is the nearly the same as no regulator out of the water.Wow! So many responses I don't even know where to start my response.
I will definitely take everything into consideration that everyone posted.
Two of the hot topics here seems to be 1.The instructor and 2. My wife sharing her regulator with me, so I'll address these first.
While I wouldn't know what makes a good vs bad instructor, I can tell you that this instructor is very experienced, and does have a solid reputation amongst other instructors and divers that know them. I think on a one on one situation, things would be much different with them, and that is what I'm working on trying to figure out with them, and to see if something like that can be accommodated.
I completely understood that in a group setting I couldn't just expect the entire class to wait for me, nor can the instructor inhibit their learning.
The one positive thing is the instructor told me that they were like me when they learned to dive, and were not like the other students that have no issues.
From the experiences shared in this thread, including the journal shared with me, there are many divers, some of you, that had the same fears to overcome that I have, and are successful and safe divers now.
I will get there, but I have to find my path to achieve that. It may take a week, or it could take years, but as long as my lungs hold up, I'll keep trying.
As for my wife and the regulator/compressed air, it's something I would use my best judgement on. I'm not saying I condone this, and it will be discussed and thoroughly thought about, but as crazy as it sounds, my degree is in Respiratory Therapy, which a lot of it requires the use of cylinders, whether heliox, nitrox, O2, air, etc... I at least could administer, safely, to myself, however, it is always frowned upon to use your medical background to conduct/administer/medicate, etc.. on yourself. I will say that I spent many years of flying on O2, so I'm pretty confident I would have no issues with CA at Sea level or above.
Breaking out of that discussion, and reflecting more on the training I just went through, I'm trying to think of ways that might help me out.
I know this may be costly, but if there is anyway to make the breathing underwater get to as close to breathing without a regulator, that would be ideal.
I guess what I'm asking, are there some regulators that just feel like I can breathe better with less resistance? I would say that this would probably solve 90-99% of the fear I experienced.
If I have to spend $2000 on a regulator, then I'll do it if it means I can breathe easier.
Any recommendations would be great.
Going back to respiratory, I did one year as a RT working in Pediatrics and ICU.
I left because I was, very fortunately, selected to receive a Flight Contract for the Marines, and I had to go through and get cleared for all the same medical stuff I just went through for diving. My dream was always to be a fighter pilot and I wasn't going to pass up my chance at that.
While the fear hit me pretty hard under the water, that I never knew I had, my first landing and launch off a carrier felt the same way.
You gain the experience, and then you can land on it at night at 130 knots with 20ft swells. Well...If you call it landing... More like a very controlled crash.
Slow and steady, gain the experience, reduce my fear.
Agreed. As a new diver this is generally the safest route as the new diver doesn’t usually know how to properly evaluate used gear. An exception might be buying used gear from a shop. Presumably, the shop would make sure it’s working, and address any problems that might arise after.I think it's easier for newbies to buy new gear since there's an assurance that it's in working condition and there's a warranty if it isn't.
Really depends. I’ve never used rental gear. I did use shop gear for my OW checkouts and do use aquarium gear at the aquarium, but apart from that every dive has been on my own set.However, new or old, I feel purchases are better left til more experience is gained, so rental might be the way to go for awhile.
I actually experienced the panick attack… I’m a psychologist so I knew at least what it was and ways to cope with it.As others have pointed out, the sense that a regulator is not giving enough air usually comes from very shallow breathing, which is in turn usually caused by a feeling of anxiety. Think of it as being as if the air you are inhaling is hitting a wall at the top of the lungs and bouncing back out. You don't get enough air when you inhale, and the carbon dioxide from the air you breathed previously stays in the body because you are not exhaling fully, either.
This initiates the panic cycle. Carbon dioxide causes panic to build. As panic builds, the breathing becomes even more shallow, making things worse. Do this long enough, and you will have a full blown panic attack.