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My First Quarry Dive
Elonna - 7/19/2010 1:03 PM
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Category: Travel
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Well, I went on my first quarry dive on Saturday. It was also my first low vis dive (~7 ft.). Overall the dive was not very dive buddies were awesome (thanks Jeff and Mark V), but I just had too much going on at once. I dove with my own gear which is all new to me, so had to adjust for that. After fiddling with weight and buoyancy, I had to call the first dive after about 5 minutes because I was sucking more water than I was air.

After a surface interval and fiddling with my regulator and getting it adjusted, the 2nd dive was better but boy was I sucking air. My SAC was horrible. I think I was still nervous from my first dive. I just felt very constricted in my wetsuit and just could not relax. We’re going to Gilboa and Portage this weekend. Hopefully most of the kinks are worked out with my equipment, but have to rent a heavier wetsuit so have to go through re-weighting again. I love diving ;o)

Wish me luck!


Elonna - 7/21/2010 11:26 PM
We were at Falling Rock in La Grange, KY. This weekend we are going to Portage and Gilboa. I am looking forward to it since I’ll be going to Gilboa for my advanced certification in Sept. At least I’ll be a little familiar with it before then.
RonSubmerged - 7/21/2010 10:42 PM
I feel your pain. My first OW dives were in a quarry and I felt like a newborn giraffe. I did not like diving after that first day. It got better as time progressed and now quarries are second nature. I believe that if you can dive the Ohio quarries successfully, you can dive anywhere! Where might I ask did you go for the dive?
Elonna - 7/20/2010 1:16 PM
Thanks for the encouragement, OldSchool. I agree that it will definitely be helpful in building my confidence as a diver.
OLDSCHOOL - 7/19/2010 8:12 PM
I feel your pain. Here in Texas, 7 ft viz is a blessing most of the time. I dive mainly in the local lakes. Don’t give up on low viz diving. Stick with it. It does get easier, I promise. It is a great confidence and skill builder. Remember, you will never truly appreciate the good until you have experienced the bad. I am a member of the Texas Swamp Divers and our motto is "Good Viz is Overrated". Good Luck...