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Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by Jinx13, Jun 7, 2020.

  1. Jinx13

    Jinx13 New Member

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    Hello, I've wanted to try diving for years but never realised how accessible it is. I went to Lanzarote last August and gave it a try. Immediately hooked so I signed up locally for a padi open water course that I've finished section 1.

    Hopefully I'll be in the water soon enough

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  2. splinter

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    Hi and welcome.

    Good luck with your course. Hope you dont have to wait too long to get it finished.

    I've dived in lanzarote a few times. Always enjoyed it. Where did you do your try dive?

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  3. Jinx13

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    Thank you, I should hopefully be able to complete it soon enough.

    A small beach down from Playa Blanca it was toninas diving I think it was. Lots of life very clear did 6 metres

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  4. Wibble

    Wibble Fish don't talk
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    It's a great feeling being underwater within that utterly different environment. Literally within a few metres, there's so much life and such differences that most people will never experience.

    Diving in the UK's rather different, but no less fascinating and amazing. In the UK we tend to specialise on wreck diving as there's so many wrecks which form little oasis in the desert of the trawled sea bottom. Although the visibility isn't generally anything like that of the Mediterranean, the abundant flora and fauna more than makes up for it.
     
  5. John F

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    Hi Jinx13. Welcome to the forum. What part of the country are you from ?
     
  6. NickPicks

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    Welcome!

    Do you plan to dive in the UK? UK diving is great! If you do, then once you've completed the OW course, consider joining a local club which will help you find buddies to dive with and sites to dive.
     
  7. Jinx13

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    I'm from Wiltshire

    Thank you, yes I do plan on diving the UK but also around the world. My dream is the great barrier reef but since I've started learning I've been getting interested in colder climates as well
     
  8. Wibble

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    Obviously with being in the UK, it's a lot easier to dive in the UK. There's some nice dive sites south of you (Swanage, Portland) which are good for beginning.

    Joining a club is a great way of getting more diving in plus courses and practice, not to mention fairly organised diving trips.

    UK diving's great but different from the warm, clear waters of that land called "abroad". We do have some good visibility, but generally 5+ metres is considered as good. What we loose in visibility, we more than make up for in history. All those amazing shipwrecks with such a variety of flora and fauna and loads of fish life. I'd definitely choose a nice UK wreck dive over a barren fish-free Mediterranean reef any day of the week.

    The main difference is you do need a drysuit. Whilst it's possible to dive in a wetsuit, that's just for the three summer months. TBH I can't remember the last time I saw someone in a wetsuit -- oh yes, it was a well-hard Scottish chap in Scapa who would do about 30 mins (compared with our 90 mins). Drysuits can be used abroad too, so it's not UK only.

    Do you belong to a club?
     
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