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January 2, 2017. Today’s water temperature 78 degrees.
Divers work hard and put a lot of money, time, and effort into becoming certified. It’s a great feeling to see the big smiles of new divers as we take their certification card photograph after they finish their last training dive. Unfortunately for many that dive turns out to be their last. I can’t begin to understand why so many new divers fail to follow up and continue in the sport. Sometimes it’s lack of time, lack of money, or just maybe life just gets in the way.
Many times we get certified divers who fit this description contact us and want to start diving again. Sometimes they even have a few dives in after certification but it has been from several years to several decades since they last utilized their scuba skills. Returning to diving after such a long break is certainly possible, but you’re not going to just strap on a tank and jump off the boat. That wouldn’t be the safest option and probably wouldn’t have the desired outcome. We can always spot the divers who don’t maintain their currency before we even leave the dock.
Unfortunately, some divers are dishonest about their diving currency for different reasons. Either they are embarrassed that they haven’t dived in several years, or they don’t plan ahead to schedule a refresher, or they just don’t want to spend the money to do it safely and correctly. We see divers putting their BCD’s on the tank backwards, putting their regulators on backwards, and recently I had one diver put his BCD on upside down and couldn’t figure out why he couldn’t get it to fit right. Actually, he did all three of these mistakes and was not allowed to dive. Our staff is instructed to stop a diver from entering the water if they feel the diver is unsafe or can’t dive to the “level of their certification”. An Open Water Diver is expected to be able to plan and execute his/her own dive plan without assistance. If a diver has been out of the water for several years and believes that he can’t do that then it is time to consider a refresher.
We can safely get you back in the water after a break from diving. Sometimes it’s only been a few years, sometimes many years. Regardless we will evaluate your individual situation and develop a plan that works best for your situation.
E-learning is a great development for our sport that can be a very easy way for an out of “currency” diver to refresh his or her scuba knowledge. It’s interactive, not as boring as a classroom setting, and doesn’t require book reading. You can start and stop as needed and pick up where you left off until you complete each module. E-learning followed up with a short pool session to refresh your skills should get you back in the open water very easily and safely.
If you need to get “refreshed” please call us so that one of our experienced instructors can help you set up a plan to get back in the water safely.