Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Advanced Open Water Diver
Last Saturday I completed my dives for my Advanced Open Water Diver Certification. I had to complete five dives in different areas of diving. I completed a Night Dive, a Deep Dive (a dive deeper than 60'), an Altitude Dive, a Wreck Dive and I completed a dive where I had to use underwater navigation using a compass.
The skills I learned helped me with my dive tonight in Salem Pond. The pond is only about 12-15' deep but the visibility was about 6 inches or less, unless you were at the very bottom where the visibility was 4'. My brother and I plotted a course to swim to the other side of the pond using our compasses. Once under the water I just focused on keeping my course, but sometime I would veer off a little because the visibility was so bad that I couldn't see my compass even if it was 2 inches in front of my mask.
Even though I didn't see anything except my compass the whole dive it was a dive none the less. Any dive is better than not diving at all.