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Worried about diving

Discussion in 'New to Scuba Diving' started by RosieB, Aug 6, 2017.

  1. RosieB

    RosieB New Member

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    Hey everyone,

    So I have signed up to do my open water and I have done the indoor pool sessions and paid half the money for the course. I did the indoor sessions last October/November, and due to a combination of factors I still haven't done the open water dives. I absolutely love being underwater in the pool and I have even managed to conquer my fear of taking my mask off underwater but something about the thought of diving in the sea and not being enclosed makes me feel nervous. Also, I have IBS so I am worried about the possibility of starting to need the toilet while I am underwater. The divemaster isn't the kind of guy I would feel comfortable talking to about this so I dont know what to do.
    Does anyone have any advice?
    Many thanks
     
  2. Wibble

    Wibble Fish don't talk
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    Hi Rosie; welcome to the forum.

    It's often said that you need to pick the right instructors. One who's demeanour suits your requirements. Main thing is to take it easy; we don't need dramas underwater.

    Where are you thinking of doing the sea dive? There's a vast difference between different locations in the UK.
     
  3. Tel

    Tel Super Moderator
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    You don't say where you are based, but assuming the UK we have a fair few inland sites which also have good and
    easily accessible facilities. Might be an idea in the circumstances to see if you can do the open water element at
    one of these first and then maybe look at the sea once the stress of the course is done.

    The only trouble is the current dive outfit may not use these sites and have costed the course for the sea.
    I'd have a word with the Instructor (bit confused about the Divemaster comment , he's not supposed to teach)
    and explain clearly your concerns.

    Worse case you might even be able to switch this to a referral which means you can go to another dive outfit who
    does use inland sites.
     
  4. Cornish Joss

    Cornish Joss New Member

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    Hey Rosie.

    Would definitely recommend speaking to your instructor. I used to teach sailing and it made life for both parties much easier knowing if there was worries cropping up!

    As for feeling nervous.. just relax when learning and enjoy it :) sure you'll be fine

    Sent from my PLK-L01 using Tapatalk
     
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    The east coast of scotland, in a very large firth estuary
     
  6. RosieB

    RosieB New Member

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    Sorry, please forgive my ignorance, I just thought a divemaster was an instructor. Thanks for the suggstion, I'll maybe see if there is anywhere inland I can do it.
     
  7. RosieB

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    Thanks for your reply, I'll try and pluck up the courage to talk to him :)
     
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    Rosie, did you sort your concerns with your instructor. The reason I ask is that when I was doing the training I would suffer from sleepless nights. so worrying is not just you
     
  9. RosieB

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    Yeah I've bumped into my instructor out and about a few times, I'm still trying to build up the nerve to get back on the horse as it were. I've got some background anxiety going on in other situations atm so I'm thinking if I get it sorted first it might make me less likely to flip out during diving
     
  10. Wibble

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    Wonder if it might be useful to look at a diving club where they regularly use a pool. This means you've access to other people, so a nice social aspect, and you'd have plenty of time to practice and become very comfortable under water.

    This year's sea diving season's coming to a close as the temperatures drop and the storms take over. Diving in a nice warm pool is great for skills and a pleasant change from the hussle and bustle of normal life.

    My favourite was a couple of clubs who rented a public pool that was 4m deep.

    Good luck. Diving's most definitely worth the effort and Scotland has some world-class diving sites. I've just returned from Oban and Mull. Absolutely brilliant diving!
     
  11. nickb

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    Whilst we’re being pedantic; “who’s” is a contraction of “who is”. The word you’re struggling for here is “whose”, which is the possessive form of “who”.

    Likewise; “its”, “theirs”, “hers” rather than “it’s”, “there’s”, “she’s” etc.
     
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    ...a day off from deck-biatching has forced me lie in bed reading this drivel rather than actually going diving.
     
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    Wow - somebody who's read Eat Shoots and Leaves. I despair of written English these days, many of the problems helped by Microsoft auto correct.
     
  14. Wibble

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    Is that Eats Shoots and Leaves?

    Blimey @nickb, not often I get called out on grammar. I'm the one who owns and wears the "I'm silently correcting your grammar" T-shirt.
     
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    :D

    You need a full stop at the end of that second sentence.
     
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    Yeah they use a pool every week the day before the outdoor sessions, its just a bit far to drive. I'm just starting to worry with the diving season coming to an end cause I'm planning on moving abroad next year and I'm now really worried about whether I will be able to finish the course and get my certification before I go cause I'm pretty sure I wont have access to scuba for at least a year after moving where I'm going
     
  17. Wibble

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    Life has a funny way of turning out right in the end; there's always opportunities to experience different things and Scuba sometimes needs to take a back seat.

    This awful, El Niño, season is coming to a close where most people are well down on numbers of dives, many of us have had more cancellations than dive trips due to the weather. In your location, Scotland, there's many sheltered places you can dive. Makes us Southerners quite jealous. Hopefully your club may be able to dive in alternative waters before the temperatures really fall.

    If not then there's always another year even if it isn't next year. The sea will wait for you.
     
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    I don't think this year was that bad. 2 out of 3 of my Weymouth trips went ahead which is about normal.I had a weekend blown out in Eastbourne. I've seen rather too much of the Breakwater in Plymouth but it was never a whole weekend where we were stuck in the Sound. We got offshore on at least one day.
     
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    I'd agree - I'm down on dive numbers compared to recent years, but most of that is due to our club RIB's engine refusing to play since August and the fact that, for the first time in a few years, I didn't do a dedicated dive trip abroad, just adding a few dives to a couple of sightseeing holidays.

    I had some very nice dives on the south coast this year with better vis than the last couple of years all season.

    Sure the wind's been a bit troublesome recently (a trip to the M2 became a trip to Vobster - After another trip to the M2 turned into a stay on the M3! :( ), but overall, it wasn't terrible this season.

    M.
     
  20. RosieB

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    Hi guys, just an update - I finally psyched myself up into getting back into the water today and it was absolutely AMAZING! I think we were underwater for about 25-30 mins at a depth of 6m and I loved it so much! I love how as you go down you can only see the murky water and the people underneath you, then suddenly the bottom just looms out of nowhere and there were the tiny little crabs then the huge ones and big piles of starfish. Sorry I'm raving a bit now, just so happy I finally made it to the bottom
     

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