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SCUBA-L  September 2001, Week 3

SCUBA-L September 2001, Week 3

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Re: Panic?? (Was: Re: )

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Angelo Pardinas <[log in to unmask]>

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Hi Heather - welcome to the world of diving ....

    Like you - I'm also a newbie in diving (got my cert. some 3 months
back). Others gave suggestions on practicing mask clearing on the pool and
this is something that you must do. But let me ask you something - do you
like to swim ? Are you comfortable in the water ?

    Reason is that a friend of mine only learned how to swim about 2 weeks
before the OW class and she was also in 'near panick' during mask clearing
in the pool. She kept on standing up as soon as water started going into
the mask. The instructor even had to separate her from the group 'coz of
this. She told us that she really gets scared when the cold water hits her
face mainly because she's not really that comfortable in the water.
Fortunately she got over her fear with the instructors help and by swimming
a lot. Maybe this can help you too - keep on swimming in the pool. My
instructor said that a diver should also be very comfortable in the water
as this will add to your confidence when scuba diving.


- Angelo






                    David Strike
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On Friday, September 21, 2001 5:10 AM, Heather Koziol wrote:


> I am a new scuba diver and had a terrible time in the certification dives
> with taking my mask off and replacing it.  Is there any secrets to doing
> this without panicking underwater???

G'Day, Heather!  What I'm about to say may not sound terribly supportive or
helpful, but it's intended to be in your best interests.  (And equally as
important - in the best interests of a prospective buddy.)

There's a common fallacy that learning to dive is easy.  While some people
find it so, others do not.  In some instances all that's required is
additional training and practice in order to master the basic techniques
and
skills.  In your case that *may* well be all that's required!  :-)

On the other hand, you have mentioned the 'P' word!  Usually an extension
of
fear, panic is often difficult to control.  It's also an indication that
you
may not be really comfortable with the idea of diving.  (I'm not
comfortable
with the idea of parachuting.  I have this huge fear that the forces of
gravity are more substantial than a piece of flimsy fabric!).

If we're honest with ourselves, we all have a fear of something.
Confronting those fears is often the quickest and easiest way of dispelling
them - in theory!  Under water, however, is not the best place to put that
theory to the test!

I may well be wide of the mark, here.  And if I am then I apologise.  But
if
you are experiencing panic - as opposed to mild concern - when you've been
practicing face mask drills in a controlled situation, then perhaps you
need
to consider whether you're really cut out for diving?

A buddy's careless fin kick can easily dislodge a face mask when under
water.  If a full blown panic attack occurs as a result then you are
putting
not only yourself but also your buddy at risk.

As Chuck has already stated, time and practice may be all that's required.
If that's the case, then make that investment.  :-)

Strike

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