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..Finally... I just did it!

Discussion in 'Solo Divers' started by Elkfriend, Oct 21, 2009.

  1. Elkfriend

    Elkfriend Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: calgary, canada
    Hey Folks,

    Some you may remember some of my earlier threads, I was asking questions about solo diving because we were lucky enough to move to a house right on a lake, with diving off a dock in our back yard.

    While we still have not moved (the renos take forever) yet, I could not resist diving the lake though. Rightly or wrongly, I decided to not take a pony bottle on my solo dive - turns out the deepest spot in the lake is maybe 25ft, so emergency ascents are possible from anywhere and I felt very comfortable.

    It was an awesome experience!

    I spend close to 1 hr under water, and found all the things you would expect in a lake with houses. I recovered: 1 fishing rod, 1 cell phone, 1 diving mask in great condition, 1 trout net, 2 hockey pucks.

    Kudos to this forum, I would not have had the balls to do it without studying all the threads in here. Now I am glad I did. While the diving is by no means a technical challenge of any sort, it is fun and its great to practice navigation and to get used to solo diving in a reasonably safe environment! And the trout are very big.

    Cheers and thanks
  2. derwoodwithasherwood

    derwoodwithasherwood Solo Diver

    Congratulations. That's exactly how and why I ended up diving solo. Hard to resist all that water sitting right there whenever I'm ready for a swim.

    (BTW: it's called waterfront property because the dock is actually out front. The cars come in the rear of the property. Look at the architecture. ;-)
  3. spectrum

    spectrum Dive Bum Wannabe ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: The Atlantic Northeast (Maine)
    Figures, in Maine I get golf balls, you get hockey pucks!

    Just remember the other fresh water threat, fishing line.

    Congratulations of the successful step taken.

  4. jridg

    jridg Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Concord, CA
    Sounds like you had a great time. Just remember that not every place you consider solo diving in will be like your new back yard. And as stated above, stay careful because a new net or fishing line may grab you and you want to be able to deal with that.

    Enjoy and be safe. :D
  5. AfterDark

    AfterDark Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    Glad to hear you had a good time. Does sound like a great place to practice your nav skills. Solo diving is great. I like diving with a good buddy to share the experience too but, sometimes nothing beats having the whole lake or ocean to yourself!
  6. carrielsal

    carrielsal Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Austin, TX
    I carry a z-knife and bandage scissors in the local lakes for entanglement issues. The z-knife is great for cutting fishing line. I never see the line until I am caught in it.

  7. Stoo

    Stoo NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Freelton & Tobermory, Ontario, Canada
    Duh... It's Canada, eh!

    Shouldn't you be finding lobsters in Maine?

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