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I have always been fascinated with the ocean and after going to the great barrier reef i have always wanted to go Scuba diving. My dad has been diving for years and for christmas i'd like to go for a dive with him, its sort of a surprise present.

Does anyone on here know anything about it? Whats invovled in the course, how much it costs and where abouts i can do it?

Anyone else interested in this sort of thing?
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You can do "Open Water" courses with several diving schools such as PADI - maybe enquire with dive shops in your local area.

The course I did was a weekend course, it cost around $200 + $130 for fins, snork and mask.

You'll prob get a book, one beginner session in a pool and another session in the sea (shallow dive).

You'll have to sit a theory exam and you also need a medical where they check your lung capacity, fitness, eardrums etc. - that's another $60 or so.

Good luck with it Scuba diving is awesome!
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I've found that ISS are a better lot than PADI, but it probably depends a lot on the instructor.

Fritz, what kind of license did you get after the weekend course?? To get my proper open water license, I had to do 2 pool sessions, 3 theory sessions and at least 4 (or maybe 6) open water dives. This cost $400 plus the medical

Either way, I love it. Spent 2 weeks diving on lady Musgrave Island on the Reef this year. Unbelievably cool

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I work in a hostel in Cairns, and I book probably 50 dive courses and day trips to the reef a week. I've logged over 150 intro dives, done a lot more I didn't bother logging and lived with several dive instructors over the last few years.

Where are you thinking of doing the course? What level of certification is your dad at? do you have athsma, a heart condition, any inner ear problems, epilepsy, or any other illness which keeps you out of the water?

As long as you pass the medical, diving itself is a breeze. To simplify it, if you can breathe, you can dive. You don't even need to be a good swimmer. Most places that do courses will also offer what's called a resort dive, which is an escorted scuba dive under the guidence of certified instructors. Anyone form 14 to 80 years of age is welcome to do an intro dive, and it's probably a good way to get your first taste of it. You're dad can come with you, you just sort it out when you book your dive that you have a certified diver in the family you'd like to dive with you. If your dad is (or knows) an instructor, he can actually rent the gear and take you himself.

Most intro dives come as part of a package with a boat trip to a suitable dive site, and in Australia you'd be looking anywhere from $99 to $200 for a day trip and an intro dive, all gear and probably lunch included. The more dive operators in your areas, the better the competition and the lower the price. You won't need a medical for an intro, you just fill out a medical questionaire on board.

An open water course will cost you between $300 (off-season specials) to $500. Two main scuba schools are PADI and SSI, I prefer SSI myself because they base all their diving theory on the US Navy's dive profiles, which are less conservative (meaning more botom time) than PADI's charts. Other than that, they're pretty much exactly the same, the only reason you'll be told otherwise is because whoever's telling you gets a better commision from one or the other.

Shop around, ring a few dive schools and day trip operators and just throw the fact that you're shopping around into conversation, you'll get better deals that way. Once you know what you want to do, be it a full course or a day trip and intro (resort) dive, book with a tour desk instead of direct with the school, as agents get commisions (10 to 20%) and therefore have some leeway to offer you discounts you won't get by booking diectly with the operators.

If the budget will stretch, come to Cairns, we've had 4 months of perfect weather and the diving here is the best right now I've seen it in 12 years, and guys who've been here much longer say it's as good as it's ever been in 30 years. Mind blowing stuff. Plus there's more operators here than anywhere else in the country, and people from all over the world come here to learn to dive because you won't find more professional operators with access to such a range of awesome dive sites as you will here. We're the dive capital of the world, and the diving's better now than I've ever seen it.

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and up there you get to dive with this fella

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edit lol, i see, it was a toitle. them too.
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and then some people just take the obsession that little bit too far

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nick, you're the only person I know who says "when you dive in cairns you meet this fella," and doesn't mean wally.
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he he...i do like to be different...try this fun game, google image search for 'weird fish'

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Awesome thanks for the information guys Im in sydney in the east so i was thinking of doing it anywhere around this area as i dont have a car To be honest i dont even think my dad is certified, he has been diving since he was 18 so he knows everything about it. I had asthma when i was young but havnt had it for years now.
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you've got me hanging now. I just sold myslef a dive.

goes downstairs and books an freebie for tomorrow

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ummmm, maybe...bowchickabowwow!
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Awesome thanks for the information guys Im in sydney in the east so i was thinking of doing it anywhere around this area as i dont have a car To be honest i dont even think my dad is certified, he has been diving since he was 18 so he knows everything about it. I had asthma when i was young but havnt had it for years now.

Just look in the phone book, I'm sure there are lots of dive operators off Sydney. I got my open water certificate with PADI in 2 weekends. There's a fair bit of theoretical (and obviously very important) info to take in over the time of the course, combined with the physical activity it's all very intense and exhausting, but well worth it.
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I had asthma when i was young but havnt had it for years now.

ok. the main reason athsmatics, including people with childhood histories of athsma, shouldn't dive is because the compressed air in the tanks is 0% humdity. It's as dry as air gets, and it MAY trigger an athsma attack.

In that case, I would strongly advise you don't do an open water intro dive. much better to find out you have a problem beathing bottled air in a 1.8m deep swimming pool surrounded by other students and instructors, rather than finding out at 15m or 20m in the open ocean.

yes a course will cost you more. but balance that against the very real risk you're taking jumping in to the ocean first time out. the other alternative is to ring around and find out if anyone does a pool familiarity dive program, where you do your first dive in a pool, lasts about 15 minutes and gives you a chance to get the basic skills down and find out if dry air will be a problem.

Manly aquarium does intro shark dives. They cost more than a normal boat dive (around $250.) This could be perfect for you, you'd need to visit your doctor and get a written statement saying he says your athsma isn't a serious enough risk to prevent you from diving, and then go ahead and book the dive itself. I've swum with wild sharks, they're amazing, it's an awesome experience, and if you had the guts to do it for your first dive, I'd let you have my babies. Don't trip out and go NO! SHARKS!!! it's a huge rush and you're safer in the water with a shark than you are crossing a city street. More people die from being hit on the head by falling coconuts every year than are injured in shark attacks. More bee stings kill people than shark attacks. etc etc etc... and these are wild sharks I'm talking about, not ones that are hand fed twice a day in aquariums. Go for it. You want once in alifetime christmas present? do this. do it!!! DO IT!!!!!!

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I think the manly aquarium would be the best dive you could do in sydney, actually. most diverse range of species, safest environment for an intro, all round I'd consider it myself if I was down that way. sting rays give you hugs


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feck off, you were spewing because you only saw it for a split second. I know that look. You'll be back.


(sorrite mate, I was spewing too. better vis and we would have got a longer butchers. Kill it my arse. Suprised you could keep any water out of that mask at all the way you were dimpled up with that big old ear to ear grin. lol, i was no better tho. yay! we saw jaws! yaaayy!)
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if this thread had a cockpit, we'd be in it with ski masks and box cutters, you realise this, don't you?
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let's make all the passengers walk the plank...then maybe they'll get to see jaws too...

second thoughts, i don't want to share just yet
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If you have any form of asthma or breathing difficulties check with your doctor first. I wanted to go scuba diving on Schoolies but because I had asthma I wasn't allowed.
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If you have any form of asthma or breathing difficulties check with your doctor first. I wanted to go scuba diving on Schoolies but because I had asthma I wasn't allowed.

tough luck mate. snorkeling's still an option though.

to be brutaly honest and utterly blunt though, rescuing someone who's suffering an athsma attack at 20+m is a very, very crap way to end a dive. It's not just the victim who's at serious risk.
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...what is it with me and getting people to swim with sharks?

because you're a madman with a death wish.

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LB. I'm flabbergizmoed. fizzgiggificated. i have no death wish. I welcome it, I don't fear it, but I don't wish for it. geez. sppppooookeeeyyy, post one of her in a stingAAARRRR suit. paybackses.


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tough luck mate. snorkeling's still an option though.

to be brutaly honest and utterly blunt though, rescuing someone who's suffering an athsma attack at 20+m is a very, very crap way to end a dive. It's not just the victim who's at serious risk.

Yeah I went snorkeling instead it was still really awesome. However my dream one day is to go swimming with sharks, down in those big cage things.
So I'm not sure if that will eventuate now ... I'll have to see what happens in a few years, its not really that bad at all now.
At the time I was getting lots of attacks now I'm all like "yeah cool"
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LB. I'm flabbergizmoed. fizzgiggificated. i have no death wish. I welcome it, I don't fear it, but I don't wish for it. geez. sppppooookeeeyyy, post one of her in a stingAAARRRR suit. paybackses.


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I think he was the only one dumb enough to pose in the stinger suit :p

and Nate you know I'm only kidding. I 's you...and I'll prove it to you next time we're up - I'll let you take me swimming with sharks
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i have asthma but i did a shark dive at underwater world up in noosa earlier this year, had no problems breathing or anything

does this mean im ok or ?
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Yeah I went snorkeling instead it was still really awesome. However my dream one day is to go swimming with sharks, down in those big cage things.
So I'm not sure if that will eventuate now ... I'll have to see what happens in a few years, its not really that bad at all now.
At the time I was getting lots of attacks now I'm all like "yeah cool"

We ran into a Tiger shark on Lady Musgrave Island. No cages and not cool. But cool at the same time if you know what I mean

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We ran into a Tiger shark on Lady Musgrave Island. No cages and not cool. But cool at the same time if you know what I mean

haven't the foggiest.

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and the whole :offchops: feeling you get knowing you're a food source. primal.
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i have asthma but i did a shark dive at underwater world up in noosa earlier this year, had no problems breathing or anything

does this mean im ok or ?

you're in 4 or 5m of water in a tank. the deeper you go, the harder you have to work against the ambient pressure to fill your lungs. and this is where athsmatics have problems, combined with the dry compressed air in the tank. in short, shallow dives on hookah systems (which deliver fresh air from the surface) are less of a problem than deeper dives on dry, compressed air. It's your life. Play with it at your own risk. Know the risks, minimise them and enjoy yourself. Caution for the win.

edit: do these sound like the words of a man with a death wish?
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D.M.T program. link

put down that switch, wave good bye to the rat race and work underwater for a couple of years, that oughta get it out of your system. or lead to a brief but outrageously lucrative career in commercial diving.

edit: course includes the most effective aphrodisiac known to man, a CDC crew T shirt.

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Got back into scuba after a few years dive free, and am glad i went back to it. Only my bank account has taken a few hits from equipment purchases and services. If ur interested http://www.scubaboard.com/forums.php has a lot of informative ppl. As for where you do an open water course depends on a few things. You could go to the store closest/cheapest to you, or do some research and find the place with the most experienced and professional staff.
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[quote=N4TE] the deeper you go, the harder you have to work against the ambient pressure to fill your lungs. \QUOTE]

That's not true. Thanks to a regulator, the air in the tank is delivered "on demand", the harder you breath, the more air comes out (until the pressure inside the tank drops). Your theory of having to work hard against ambient pressure may make some sense if you were talking about trying to breath through a hose from the surface. Which is not possible beyond long snorkel length.
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i have asthma but i did a shark dive at underwater world up in noosa earlier this year, had no problems breathing or anything

does this mean im ok or ?

The best thing to do is to see your doctor for a thorough diving medical and advice about your asthma. I suffer from asthma (usually fairly mild) and chronic chest infections but I've been scuba diving for over seven years now with no problems. Before I started diving I saw my doctor (you have to anyway, but it's important to mention the asthma to them) and I continue seeing my asthma specialist and doctor regularly to make sure everything is under control.

For me the key is to make sure that I keep it under control with preventer medications and to make sure that if I have any respriratory problems such as a cold or any signs of asthma I just don't go diving. I suppose it's just about being sensible and not taking risks.

So, don't worry that having asthma automatically excludes you from diving - just make sure you get it all properly checked out and don't take risks.

BTW, if anyone is looking for somewhere awesome (and cheap) to do their course, try Magnetic Island off Townsville. I did two of my courses there (open water and advanced open water) while I was on holiday and it was fantastic to learn to dive in that environment. Diving off Kelso reef is also a winner
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yep that makes sense... the only thing that is dangerous about diving is that if anything does go wrong (like asthma or a diabetic blackout) underwater, the consequences can be a lot more nasty than your average attack... diving in and of itself does not bring on these types of problems.
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I went scuba diving on the GBR a few years ago

The instructor was trying to get me into a wetsuit and I refused because 1.) I heard people pee'd in them and 2.) It was a scorching hot day!

We got into the water and 5 metres down i thought i was going to die from the cold....

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Hmm, hight time I went for a dive, haven't been at all this year.

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We have a holiday house up at Port Douglas. I go at least once a year and go diving on the GBR.

Did my PADI course a few years ago while I was still at school as part of an activities week thing. problem is I did it at Jervis Bay in the middle of winter, shit it was cold
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Got zapped by a shark shield today. Went right across my face. Felt like I just railed about a kilo of Pablo Escobars finest white and my face was numb for the rest of the dive.
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Got my advanced open water sorted today.

On the deep dive didnt get a single inkling of being narced. Very disappointed.
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Got zapped by a shark shield today. Went right across my face. Felt like I just railed about a kilo of Pablo Escobars finest white and my face was numb for the rest of the dive.

You pussy. I have been zapped on the head about 20 times by my mates shark shield while diving for lobster, abalone etc. It feels like someone is repeatedly slapping you in the head, but it's not that bad! I think the prick does it on purpose lol
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