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SCUBA SCUBA Deux

I did my first two SCUBA dives today. It was pretty cool except for two things: 1) I can’t handle changes in pressure very well. We didn’t go down that far (about 20 feet) and my ears were killing me. They still seem a bit plugged up. 2) My face mask seemed like it was constantly leaking.

Tomorrow I finish up my certification with two more dives. I really hope I can get over the pressure issues. No one else on my dive had issues anywhere near what I did. I couldn’t see doing anything deeper than 20 feet if I had to go through that again. I have to descend really slowly to be able to equalize the pressure in my head. My sinuses aren’t plugged and I don’t have wax in my ears. I don’t know what the issue is.

SCUBA doesn’t seem like a cheap hobby. I have my own snorkel and mask, but that’s the absolute bottom of what you can get. One women who dove with us today (her dad was in the class) had her own wetsuit, regulator, fins, BCD (buoyancy control device), weights, the works. The shit isn’t cheap. Factor in getting tanks refilled and other doodads, and its quite the bill.

Even though I plan on doing more diving while I’m in the Pacific, I don’t plan on buying any more gear. I don’t know where I’d put it and how I’d carry it. It would also probably be cheaper to just rent for what I need it for.

Come Saturday, i have to figure out how to get my rental car returned and make my way to Molokai. I really just want to visit the leper colony national park (Yes, I’m serious) and maybe view some of the sea cliffs (they have the biggest in the world. 1,000 feet tall). Saturday will be interesting.

Expect an expanded post on the life which is Maui tomorrow.

Note: all women are hot in a wet suit.

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  1. Steve says:

    Congratulations on the scuba course. Don’t get too frustrated with the clearing, sometimes it takes time.and practice. It’s usually a matter of timing, but if your sinuses are acting up it might be a good idea to pass on that day.

    Have fun,

    Steve

  2. Gary says:

    I’ve not had issues with going up. I do seem to have issues with going down (no pun intended).

    It shouldn’t take more than 24 hours to re acclimate to the pressure at sea level.

  3. Monday: “I really have never had any issues with elevation.”

    Thursday: “I can’t handle changes in pressure very well.”

    Perhaps you were too well acclimated to 14000 feet?

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