Originally Posted by Extemporaneous
Please keep in mind that I know NOTHING about the sport.
I should had said that I don't know much. I did go SCUBA Diving
in Cozumel when I really did know NOTHING!
Originally Posted by sandy daugherty
SCUBA diving in general is potentially dangerous. It is only the rigorous insistence on training and modern equipment
that keeps it from being ruled out of business by government
Fast forward to the 21ST century. How long would the sport last if there were 22 fatalities in one state in one year? Ante up and enjoy.
My story to come.
Originally Posted by cabo_sailor
Same thing when I learned to fly, it seemed that every five to ten minutes the instructor was pulling the throttle and telling me the engine just quit.
to fly I was concerned about spins. I insisted my instructor give me some lessons. Guess what, my first time solo to the practice area I put myself into a full power tail spin. Thanks to training I was very annoyed with myself but recovered after only losing about 800 ft of altitude.
Originally Posted by bob kingsland
And cabo sailor, I'm with you on the spin training. I, too, insisted on it, even though at the time they had taken it out of the curriculum (too dangerous) and I'm glad I did... spun unintentionally twice at low altitude while sword fish
spotting, but recovered with no problems except an extremely elevated heart rate.
Best, Bob S/V Restless
It was in the late 20th Century and my girlfriend and I were in Mexico
and wanted to go SCUBA diving. We seen a tour guide at the resort and made the arrangements. We had an option to get our training at the resort in the pool or in the Ocean before we went out and did the real thing. Well, my logic (often flawed) told me, why not do the training in the Ocean. It would then contribute far more to the once in a life time experience. So that was the plan. We headed to the Ferry
on the day of the dive and headed over to Cozumel. We happened to be sitting beside a couple that we recognized from our resort and started to chat with them. Well, if they weren't going SCUBA diving also. Difference was that they took their training at the resort. I asked them how it was and they said it was good and spent a whole afternoon and two tanks of oxygen in the pool.
We carried on and once we arrived at Cozumel went to the meeting place to check-in. They couldn't find our registration
regardless of the confirmation that I held in my hand. Anyway, that finally got straightened out (1/2 hour plus) and we were ushered to a table with about 12 or 15 people at it. They were all intently listening to the speaker for last minute pointers and cautions. When we were seated, we were also given a waiver form to fill out (about 3 pages if I remember correctly). WELL, between trying to read and understand what I was about to sign and trying to listen to the speaker, I did neither very well.
AND WE WERE OFF!
The program for all that were trained was going to be get geared up on shore and then follow a rope
from shore out into the Ocean that followed the sea bottom. After that everyone would regroup on shore, have their tanks filled, load on the the boat and head
for the reef.
I told them we were suppose to get trained first! They seamed surprised that we hadn't been. They then went on to say that it isn't hard and they would spend some time with us at the shore. The sum of that training (which is the sum of ALL the training we received) was to show us how to clear the regulator
Now my spidy senses were tingling like crazy by this point, but I was looking forward to this so much (and already paid big money) that I was able to subdue them (IDIOT!). We carried on. After our training (couldn't have been longer then 3 minutes), off we went following the group down the rope
. It wasn't difficult at all, walk in the park I thought. Now it was quite a surprize once a slight level of comfort set in after been so focused on following the rope and just looking at the bottom to start to look around and see how far we had gone and how MUCH water
there was above us. We were down about 30 feet. That said, neither of us pee'd our wet suits so we were ready to keep going.
Back to shore we go.
While as I was coming out of the water
and was taking my regulator
out of my mouth, I noticed that the rubber mouth piece was split. Perhaps I was biting down on it too hard. I don't think so though. At this point the Dive Master?? was there and said no big deal and pulled it off the regulator saying he would get a new one.
We had a break on shore while they refilled our tanks and then got onto the boat and headed for the reef. Once we got out there they got us suited up with the same equipment
that we had. Probably due to the fact that the weight belts and harnesses were all adjusted to us.
Well the way the equipment was set aboard was the order that we went into the water in. Lucky me, I was first.
After I was all suited up and ready to get into the water, I went to put my regulator in my mouth and low and behold, he didn't replace the rubber mouth piece that he pulled off earlier. At that point I was told to just use the secondary regulator. More Spidy tingling going on. I remember thinking that I'm sure I could still use the regulator even if there was no rubber piece on it if I had to.
AWAY I GO!
It was amazing. All sorts of fish of every colour. I was in heaven (closer then I really knew).
All was well until I notice that my mouth was getting water in it. Very slowly though. I tried to clear my regulator but the water stayed in my mouth, not much have you.
Well this continued slowly and then seamed to become exponentially.
IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME my mouth was FULL!
I can tell you there was NO controlled accent (and we were down 40 feet). I came up just as fast as I could!
Once at the surface I took out my regulator and got all the water out of my mouth.
All this to say ...... ya, proper training is probably a good thing! Even regulations
. But regulations
are no good if they aren't followed.
And NOW I know enough to know how STUPID that was.
And now for one of my early flight training experiences.
I had only read the text at this point and so didn't really have any feel for what I was about to try. We hadn't done any yet but were going out to do my first stall and spin exercises. I do remember reading about stalls and the text saying nose down, full opposite rudder
and if I remember correctly (been along time since I've flown) neutral aleirons and power on once you stopped the spin. All the words seamed to be quite dramatic.
Now of course we were going to try stalls before spins. I couldn't remember much from the text book so far as how exaggerated the control inputs were to be to recover from a simple stall.
My instructor did one and it seamed pretty easy and so now it was my turn. While I noticed the outcome well enough when he did it but with the information overload I was experiencing at that time really didn't notice how aggressive he was (or wasn't) so far as control inputs go.
Wasn't my Instructor surprised when ....... After pulling the throttle back to idle and then him telling me keep the nose up and wait and keep the nose up, wait, wait, keep the wing level (so as not to go into a spin). It seamed like forever for the wings to totally lose lift
. He was about to earn his money!
The stall warning was going off like mad through most of this but wings did not want to properly stall and then it happened, the nose DROPPED, it was time for me to recover from my first stall. I went into action.
Now I had studied the spin recovery far more because I knew it was a more difficult maneuver.
I put the yoke full forward FULL throttle. We went directly into a full power on dive. I then remember my Instructor say "I have control".
Boy was he surprised. Me too.