I do most of my diving in the Plymouth Massachuttes
area and have a distance to commute to get there. All
my dives have been with rental gear. Prior to my last
dive was in August 1998 and at that time of the year
with all the students going out for there certifacation
dives it is some times hard to find the gear you need
at a spur of the moment. One weekend my brother and
I along with a free diver buddy of ours went out for
an enjoyable time. Last August at the begining of the
month we were suiting up and I had put my weights in
my brothers bc not realizing it and when I got to the
water. I thought some how the the weights were lost
and I had to use rocks as a substitute, needless to
say the dive was uncomfortable.
The following dive mid August the three of us went back
to our spot and this time my bc was a large when I take
a medium. I am used to the weight intergreated pockets
and this bc had none, I was for my first time in for
a real shock now having to experiance having weights
around my waist and having a large bc, it was like a
tug of war going to the bottom. To top it off my free
diving buddy knowing of the weight problem I had just
the week before came down from above me and thinking
I was still having a problem with my weight started
pushing down on me. Already in a slight I realy felt
like freaking out and not to mention this was my first
time in the ocean with cut bait to feed the marine life
(knowing there were blue fish out there (what we here
concider a saltwater purina).
I then surfaced and went to shore where I tried to readjust
my bc and try getting a enjoyable time out of this anyway.
Well I went back under because I knew that if I didn't
my diving enjoyment might end .
I came out of the water with 1500 lbs.left in my tank.
We retanked for our repetive dive and with the same
problems again but with only 1000 lbs.left in my tank
this time. This year I went out and bought new gear
and plan to have a good year of diving.
If you have to rent your gear you may run into some
unpleasant experiences but just stay calm and keep a
clear head. Better yet, get your own gear so you don't
have to keep readjusting.
I'v already hit the ocean once in late January with
my new gear and have decided to wait a couple more months
cause it's still a little to cold. The most important
thing to me was that I got back on that horse and rode
Keep it together down there (buddys)