- Reaction score
- West Des Moines, Iowa
- # of dives
- 50 - 99
1 pool session of about 3 hours in the water before OW
Yeah I think after the first problem would have been the time to stop, but the instructor didn't seem to think it was a big deal. At the very least, I think I should have been taken to a spot where I could practice going down to like 8-10 ft. I wanted to ask if I could do this, but I felt pressure to keep up with the group and didn't speak up.
The instructor controlled the descent rate, but with my lack of buoyancy control I was up and down a bit, and not steady & smooth. Again I wanted more practice with this. I told the instructors I was having trouble controlling my buoyancy, and they didn't make any suggestions.
I did not effectively equalize, and like I said my perception was that I was going down slowly enough (as in, relative to everyone else I was matching their descent rate). My perception could easily be wrong though, and maybe I have to go down slower than most.
Thanks for the advice all. I was already thinking that I should spend the extra money on private or smaller classes, and I will definitely have to sort things out with the ENT.
1x 3 hour pool session is ridiculous to me. Our local padi shop had 3 times and had 8 hours set aside for each one, but we only did 4-5 hours each, and had plenty of extra time. This was also with a 3:2 student to pro (1 instructor, 1 dm). There may be people that are comfortable with 3 total hours, but that would be rare imo.