I decided to take a two hour intro to scuba class to get a feel for it. I have never tried it before because I am somewhat claustrophobic, and I do not breath well through my nose. When doing snorkeling as a lifeguard I was not able to clear my mask. But I figured I could handle this intro class.
The class is for anyone ages 8 and up. So Jasmine and Kaleb agreed to try it with me.
|Chase helping me out. He's 21. His older brother Mike also works at the shop.|
I figured Jasmine would be very fearful and not able to complete it. She struggles with fear a lot. (I wonder if that is genetic?) Anyway, I was wrong. Jasmine did fine, and Kaleb panicked.
We were only in six foot deep water, but he would not stay under. Every time we went down, he gave the up signal and popped up. We were able to complete clearing our masks and regulators, which were the only two required skills, in about three feet water, but that was it. We were not able to actually do the dive part (the deepest would have been seven feet) due to Kaleb.
That is okay. That just means he is not ready to scuba dive. Kids 10 and up can get their junior basic PADI certification.
|John, Jasmine, Chase and Alex|
After the two hour intro, Jasmine and I went over to the shop and signed up to start basic the next day. I was so surprised she actually wanted to do it. This is the child who clings to me when we snorkel.
We started by watching a couple of intro videos at the shop, and then we went to a pool to work on basic skills.
The class is set up so you can do it three consecutive days, but that would not work for us. It meant testing out on all the skills the first time in the pool. And three days was definitely not enough time to read the whole manual and be ready to test. So we set up to do it four weekends in a row. Two at the pool and two open water.
|Second week in the pool. We repeated the skills from the previous week and all the new ones.|
|We had to do regulator recovery and buddy breathing, and take off all the gear and put it back out underwater|
Today were our official open water dives. However, the current was really bad, and it was red flag so we couldn't go "over the wall" (jetties) so couldn't go to 40 feet. However, we were able to go deep enough on both dives to certify and stay down over 25 minutes each dive.
Jasmine and Alex. He was really sweet with her. He's 25 and has a six year old step daughter. He let her hold his hand some of the time.
Jasmine and Alex
Alex trying to do a three way selfie. Jasmine didn't realize so didn't look that way.
Jasmine and me somewhere between 12 and 20 feet deep
Jasmine had trouble with her ears, so I need to get an appointment for her. We both certified, but Alex wants to do one more dive with Jasmine next week to see if her ears will clear better.
Kaleb gets to redo the intro class for free since he freaked out on the last one. I have signed Kayla up to do it with him. She doesn't know that. I don't want her to sabotage.
Who knows. If everyone else is going to be diving, maybe Rick and I will rent tanks and do our first together dive. He hasn't been diving in almost ten years! Tyler either, but he's not home for another few weeks.
And of course Jessica can no longer dive until she has the baby.
So that's the brief version of our adventure.
What is one activity you share as a family? What have you done that has been out of your comfort zone?
(And scuba is now in my comfort zone. I love it and so does Jazzy. But that's because our water was so clear today you could easily see to the bottom).