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Getting back into SCUBA: Where to start?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by Don't Touch Me Eel, May 5, 2020.

  1. ScubaWithTurk

    ScubaWithTurk Bubble Blowing Buddha

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    I am going to suggest something similar but different. Many really good instructors offer workshops now. I would ask around on here who people suggest and take a workshop with whoever they come up with. This way it is tailored to you and not some cookie cutter refresher.

    As for gear get a good dive computer first. One that will do all the dives you intend to do in the future. Once you have that then look at BP/W and thermal protection.
     
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  2. Boston Breakwater

    Boston Breakwater "Outlaw." Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hello. That's awesome! I'm excited for you. I think a couple of the responses were a little harsh. I agree with Scubada's entire post.
    I suggest taking an Open Water Course, and getting a new C-card.
    As, mentioned...a lot has changed in 17 years. Especially, with gear, and also with some of the teaching strategies, and knowledge approaches.
    I'm originally from Boston....Dutch Springs is a very cool place. One other suggestion; Try and surround yourself with positive experienced divers that will talk with you, and help you....Not divers who will judge you, and talk down to you.
    I appreciate your enthusiasm.
    Cheers.
     
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  3. Lostdiver71

    Lostdiver71 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Definitely do some type of refresher with an instructor or divemaster as the equipment has changed and skills are perishable. Then maybe join a local dive club and make a bunch of diving friends, the best way to stay active is have other people around you that dive. Plus a lot of clubs get discounted group trips together that will help with the cost.
     
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  4. Don't Touch Me Eel

    Don't Touch Me Eel Angel Fish

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    Thank you for all the responses, I will take a refresher when I get the opportunity. I actually did not learn to dive with a computer, I learned on the tables.
    Any recommendations on dive computer brands/models?
    This made me smile. I got certified OW at 12 and my father hadn't gone diving in about 23 years. They laughed at his old certification card but still let him go. He did pretty good.
     
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  5. Boston Breakwater

    Boston Breakwater "Outlaw." Solo Diver ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Hello, again. I have a close friend of mine, that is a Technical Diver. You know.....One of those guys that dives to 800 ft, with 16 mixed gas bottles, and has 15,000 dives.
    (That was an affectionate joke.)
    Seriously. My first advice is to plan for the future, and buy gear that is modular, and be used for different applications down the line...(Pun intended.)
    Including....your computer.
    He advice to me........Shearwater Perdix.
    It is a "Top Shelf." Decompression, Mixed Gas Computer. He specifically said NOT to buy the Air Integrated. (It could propose an unwanted failure, different scenarios were discussed.)
    I've had no less than 10 Technical Divers say the same thing.
    (Some may disagree.)
    I bought 2 of them for "Redundancy."
    (One on each wrist.)
    90% of my dives are solo.
    They have different models and are definitely something to consider.
    The have phenomenal customer service.
    I had a problem/question last year, and when I called they put me on the phone with the guy that wrote the "Code." for this particular unit. REALLY?????????????????
    You'd be hard pressed to get customer service like that, elsewhere.
    I hope that is helpful?
    Cheers.
     

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  6. beaverdivers

    beaverdivers ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Here's a link to a free on-line refresher course: Refresher

    Have FUN!
     
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  7. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    I don't know about a refresher to use a DC. They're all a little different anyway. I figured out the two I've owned by reading the manuals. If a computer idiot like me can do it.......
     
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  8. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

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    I can see you are way farther up the ladder than me, and into Tech. as well. My opinion is that other than computers, not a lot has changed over that time for basic rec. diving. I may be wrong. E learning came about during my 4 years assisting OW courses (2012-15). Equipment-- there was a lot to choose from back in '05 when I did my OW. Teaching strategies? You probably are correct. I didn't see much change, but it was only 4 years. PADI did get into a bit more emphasis on neutrality, as some instructors I assisted had them swim around in the pool more. And I believe 4 more OW skills were added (weight drop, fix tank band, etc.). But, whatever they did 15 years ago saw me turn out OK (I think).
    I don't really think it warrants repeating the OW course. Again, I could be wrong--I still use the same BC I bought used in 2005.
    Yes, I've heard Dutch Springs is great. A shop I patronize in summer (Scuba New York) does classes there often.
     
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  9. formernuke

    formernuke ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

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    At the very least a refresher. Whether that's enough or not depends on your instructor and how much you remember. I would talk to your shops and get a feel for much you remember.

    As for what order to buy things in. Are a odd exposure suit size were renting is not an option? Is so get that first if not either computer or regs would be my choice.
     
  10. boat sju

    boat sju Loggerhead Turtle

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    Yeah, I don't disagree with you. I did the same as you learning the computer but going from square profiles to varied profiles it would have been helpful for someone to explain how the computer is going to react. I mean, it was kind of surprising to me when I started using the computer to REALLY see how NDL was changing with depth and that I could dive to 80ft and still get an hour dive out of a tank. A refresher in a pool doesn't do much - I mean, its a pool.
     
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