... Go back to Part 2: Hawaiian Dive Boat
The second thing that the boat crew went over was “clearing” your ears as you went down and back up. They explained the need to equalize the pressure inside your sinuses and ears as you dove down and rose back up. The suggested holding your nose and blowing to pressurize your ears periodically as you went down and taking time and breathing naturally without holding your breath on the way back up. While most of us did not have a problem with this, for Tina it did not work out so smoothly and she felt it in her ears for a few days after the dive. Later when she took lessons in a pool back home and got certified for diving, she discovered what she had done wrong, which was not to have pressurized as often as she should on the way down. She said that she had not held her nose and blown as often as she should to build up the pressure on the inside of her head on the way down.
The third thing they instructed us to do was to be conscious always of our air supply and to check it once a minute or so not matter how interesting our surroundings were. They told us to prepare for a gradual assent even though we were only going to dive down thirty feet at the most. They suggested coming back up when we had about five minutes of air and to just let ourselves drift back upward as we breathed naturally. This seemed to work well of everyone. While deeper need to ascend and stop in stages to adjust things, in thirty feet of water you are much more concerned about equalizing air pressure in your breathing passages, sinses and ears. Divers who do deeper have the additional complication of needing to allow time for the oxygen pressures to stabilize in their blood streams or they risk the bends and dangerous damage caused by much higher pressure changes in their blood streams.
The fourth things they told us to do was to relax and to minimize our physical exertion. The crew members, who by the way actually were very competent, experienced, and enjoyable, told us that while the experience of diving would be new to us, it would be relatively short lived, if we moved around too much and too quickly. They told us that we would consume more air going down and getting adjusted, but that we should concentrate on calming ourselves down on the bottom and to breathe naturally, if not slowly.
They told us that some first timers do not necessarily panic with the new experience of diving compared to snorkeling, but that they treated the experience like they were swimming and snorkeling, which can consume a lot of air rather quickly. With diving they told us to put our arms back to our sides most of the time and to gently maneuver with our legs and fins. When I was on the bottom, I watched my air pressure gauge and noticed that I seemed to be using my air pretty quickly at first – however, it is difficult to tell because I was not using a watch to gauge the passage of time, as well. Anyway, I consciously tried to slow down and drift and move with my legs and fins, and it seemed like my heart rate slowed and my rate of air consumption seemed to slow.
I am sure that told us other things like how to adjust our buoyancy and how much we needed on our weight belts, but this further instruction gets fuzzy with the passage of time. Once we had are equipment on, we just sat of the edge of the boat and let ourselves fall backward into the water. Since Steven and I were larger than the women, we were able to stand upright with relative ease despite the diving tanks and weight belts, but the equipment was still pretty heavy. It felt a lot better after we sat on the side and fell backward into the water and started floating a bit.
Tina and Tabatha on the other hand found the diving equipment to be rather heavy and the found it better to put the weight belt on while standing and then sit down on one of the benches to put on the tanks. We all got assistance from the crew to get the tanks on. After their tanks and all other equipment were secured, the women just scooted along the fiberglass bench to the edge of the boat and fell backwards into the water. When they came back up a crew member pulled the equipment up for anyone who did not want to try to climb back into the boat with all this weight on their backs.
Once we were all in the water, we gradually let some air out of our vests and stopped floating and began to descend. We were to dive in groups of three or four per crew member accompanying us. We were told to pay attention to our group members and also to keep a sense of where the boat was. This was not always as straightforward, as it might seem. While the waters were very clear, the waves were gentle that day, and there was little turbulence in the water, you still can see clearly only so far under water. If you did not stray more a perhaps seventy five to a hundred yards horizontally then it was pretty easy to spot the anchor line and see the bottom of the boat. Any further and it would be dicey to know which was the correct direction back to the boat.
<< Go back to Part 2: Hawaiian Dive Boat
Snorkeling and Scuba Diving
- Boat Propeller (During the summer months many people like to head out on the water and go sailing and fishing. More and more people are deciding to buy their own boats so that they can enjoy the water whenever they want. Many people buy a used ship at the end of the season so that they can [...])
- 11- Preparations on Land to Receive the Sufferers – Titanic Survivors Return (Police arrangements--Donations of money and supplies--Hospital and ambulances made ready--Private houses thrown open--Waiting for the Carpathia to arrive--The ship sighted!
Chapter 11 -- Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters -- Logan Marshall (1912)
New York City, touched to the heart by the great ocean calamity and desiring to do what it could to lighten [...])
- Titanium Dive Knife (Buy Discount Titanium Dive Knife
If you pick any Titanium Dive Knife picture below, this action will open a separate page that contains interesting details to assist you to determine, if you want to buy these discount priced and excellent quality titanium diving knife, dive knife armstrap, or titanium scuba knife products.
Welcome to this Discount Scuba [...])
- 27- Safety and Life Saving Devices — the Titanic Disaster (Wireless telegraphy--Water-tight bulkheads--Submarine signals-- Life-boats and rafts--Nixon's pontoon--Life-preservers and buoys--Rockets.
Chapter 27 -- Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters -- Logan Marshall (1912)
The fact that there are any survivors of the Titanic left to tell the story of the terrible catastrophe is only another of the hundreds of instances on record of the [...])
- Boat Top Cover (A great way to enjoy your local waterways is on a Rinker boat and to get the most enjoyment from your boat it is essential to purchase a Rinker boat cover to protect your vessel against adverse weather conditions. You can expect to spend in the vicinity of 0 for this type of cover [...])
- Marine GPS Fishfinder (Will you be a professional fisherman or someone who enjoys angling and sailing for entertainment? If that's the case, you are probably knowledgeable about some of the common products and devices that people with watercraft and the need to find the most effective angling places have. Many individuals that fish and also have watercraft incorporate [...])
- Orange Life Jacket (Find Discounted Orange Life Jackets
As you choose a Orange Life Jackets photo below, you will automatically go to another web page that has useful information to allow you to decide, whether you would like to purchase these bargain and excellent quality orange life jacket products.
We are happy you have come to our Discount Marine, Water, [...])
- Swim Arm Floats (After you select a Swim Arm Floats photograph beneath, you will automatically go to an additional page which contains all of the details you need to buy these discounted plus desirable water safety gear goods. We hope you like our Marine Safety Equipment and Boat Safety Equipment online salesroom. We help you quickly locate the [...])
- Cressi-Sub Dive Computer (Purchase Bargain Cressi-Sub Dive Computers
By selecting a Cressi-Sub Dive Computers snapshot underneath, we will take you to another article that contains informative product information to allow you to figure out, if you would like to get these discounted and top quality Cressi-Sub dive computer, scuba computer, or wrist dive computer sales deals.
Thanks for coming to [...])
- Ocean Kayak (Most tourists make their trip to Rocky Point Mexico for various reasons but ocean kayaking is one of the most breathtaking activities they can cherish after they go home. Learn some basic things in this article about kayaking and have fun and excitements. Learn the Padding Techniques: It requires learning some tactics and skills to [...])
- Reactor Dive Watch (For all of you people on the market which might be into diving in to the deep blue yonder, we are sure that you realize that it can be all about timing. Divers will need to obtain some method to go about maintaining observe of their timing in the course of their dive. The fish [...])
- Boat Trailer (If you're a boat owner you need to know where to purchase top quality boat gear including boat trailer parts and accessories. All boat owners know that by using a top quality boat trailer towing their boat is not a chore. Around the country pontoon boat owners are looking for the best boat trailer parts [...])
- Sailboat Anchor Rope (For some sailors docking a sailboat may be a daunting task, however it is a vital chore that is inevitable and highly emphasized. This technique encompasses how to carefully secure a sailboat to a dock or other station. However, preparing a sailboat for safely casting off is a task equivalent in importance. Executing these chores [...])
- Scuba Diving Regulator (Are you are a scuba diving enthusiast and looking for some help deciding what to buy to complete your scuba diving equipment? Well, fret not. We will outline the four major things you must have for a safe and enjoyable scuba diving expedition. The Mask The number one piece of scuba diving equipment that must [...])
- 12- The Tragic Home-Coming — of Titanic Survivors (The Carpathia reaches New York--An intense and dramatic moment --Hysterical reunions and crushing disappointments at the dock--Caring for the sufferers--Final realization that all hope for others is futile--List of survivors--Roll of the dead.
Chapter 12 -- Sinking of the Titanic and Great Sea Disasters -- Logan Marshall (1912)
<<< Go back to Chapter 11
Go on to Chapter [...])
- Deep Sea Boat (Discount Deep Sea Fishing Boats
If you pick any Discount Deep Sea Fishing Boat picture here, we will take you to an additional page which has interesting details about how to get these select saltwater offshore fishing boats and deep sea fishing boats. Welcome to this Discount Boats, Boat Parts, and Boating Equipment store salesroom. On [...])
- Speargun (When you click any Spearguns snapshot lower down, we will take you to an additional page where you will find informative product information to get these wonderful and desirable speargun equipment bargains. We are glad that you have come to this Discount Scuba Diving Equipment and Snorkeling Gear preview showroom. Here you can get the [...])
- Stainless Steel Propeller (Boat propellers come in a dizzying array of sizes plus configurations. A good amount of outboard propellers match a particular brand although the propeller size may match alternative brands. Boat propellers which are affordable, simple to put in and supply a super quick way to repair any harm you might incur. You will never have to tote round [...])
- First Scuba Diving Vacation (
Go on to Part 2: Hawaiian Dive Boat >>
Everybody who dives has to have a first diving experience. Mine was about twenty years ago of the Big Island of Hawaii with a group of my friends. None of us were certified. How could we be, since it was our first time? If we [...])