Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Father's Day Scuba Fun
Discover Scuba was a far cry from our time in Jamaica, but it was awesome to learn about the equipment, gauges, underwater communication and some of the basic safety maneuvers. A few things were tricky, I struggled with the task of allowing water into your face mask and clearing it out while submerged. It took me three times to successfully figure it out. The most hilarious exercise was learning to recover your mouthpiece should it get knocked out while underwater. Our instructor demonstrated the motion to retrieve your mouthpiece. He talked about how a mouthpiece could accidentally get kicked out of your mouth by another diver. He also shared an instance where a fellow diver had an issue with their tank and yanked his mouthpiece out of his mouth to get the air they needed. Thankfully dive packs have a second mouthpiece, so a diver has the ability to share the air in their tank should something like that occur. He wanted to simulate a real life situation by having each of us remove and recover our mouthpiece. In the event we couldn't locate our mouthpiece, he would give us his. In my mind I thought this is definitely the one task I would get right the first time, because there was no way I was putting 'his' mouthpiece in my mouth. Now if it were a real life situation I'd probably be one of those quasi-panicked divers that just rips it from his mouth to get air, but in this exercise, no dice...mind over matter. I got it on the first try, as did Quentin. On the way home, we laughed and joked about that drill hysterically. Quentin was thinking the same thing I was...gotta retrieve this mouthpiece on the first try, because there will be no mouthpiece sharing today.
Quentin really enjoyed his gift and we loved having a few hours to get out and do something fun together. At some point we'll have the opportunity to take the class, complete the open dives and get certified. We're definitely looking forward to checking this off the bucket list.