Whats on for 2007 through to 2009

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Whats on for 2007 through to 2009

Postby Dive in wine tanks » Sun, 21 Jan 2007 11:59 pm

Hi All, To my already dive buddies & my Potential Dive Buddies. This is not a new years resolution, more a 3 year plan.
For those who dont know me, the only reason im diving now is due to the generosity off some realy old long standing friends Ross, Shirley, whom non of you know, & the suport & generosity of some new found friends,Pete,Val (Scuba Doc) & every one that hangs out there, Dave B, Matt, Chewy, Heather & the list goes on. To all I say a very big thanks, Im loving my diving & im loving my new found friends. To the novices stepping forward all I can say is, DONT RUSH IT, DIVE, HANG OUT AT THE DOC'S, LOOK, LISTEN, LEARN but most of all ENJOY, you wont regret it.
So now I sit thinking!!
For me I have just completed 12 months since my OW dive course, completed 65 dives with 48.13 hrs under water. Hmmm!! What does the future hold.
(1)Where? where have i been, where do I want to go?
(2)What? What have I seen, What do I want to see?
(3)When?When can I do it, When can I aford to do it?
(4)Education/Training? What accreditations do I need to do all of the above?
Almost all of my dives have been Pier dives & only in my last 5 dives have I relised how much have I been swimming past. Also as most of my dives have been Pier/Shore dives I would like to experiance more of what a boat can offer, outer reefs, wrecks a greater abundance of fish life & deeper dives.
I guess the later (deeper dives isnt realy important for me apart from my interest to experiance cave penertration) In my younger years I rock climed, absailed & caved, so for me it would be the ultermate progresion. So without boring you to much more with my deep & meaningful thoughts here is my 5 year plan & why.
Firstly I want to slowdown & take a closer look at the big picture, dive into a site with a panoramic view then slowly zoom in to the macro & super macro that the dive site has to offer, experiance the whole site not just the surface + it dosnt cost a cent.
Refine equipment & dive styles to meet my needs while practising dive basicis.
(AOW) A natural progrecion increasing knowledge, cannot complete further advancements without it.
(Nitrox) Help reduce nitrogen intake, decrease deco times + surface intervals.
Increase amount of boat dives, practise more deco stops.
Try different shore dives.
Try to give new divers the time that others have given myself.
(Rescue) Would love to do this in 2007 but it comes down to time & budget.
(Sink hole/cave) This will also give me my deep diver also help prepare me for my penertration level (natural progresion)
Also advance my search abilities/nowledge in marine flora/fauna.
Cave penertration, allowing myself to truly experiance caves in all forms, this will also give me my wreck entry.

So after all that,What are your dreams/goals. How far do you want to take your diving.

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Postby neilegend » Thu, 25 Jan 2007 1:10 pm

as i have said on another post my resolutions for this year are to do the AOW (hoping the Doc gets the instructor in for us to do it sort of soon) and to reach the 100th dive before the end of the calender year (next dive is number 50 WooHoo!! :lol: ) i dont mind doing shore dives and have been lucky enough to get out and do a couple of boat dives - it does seem like another different world from 18 meters and below.
for next year yes i think rescue would be a good course.
eventually (in an ideal world) i would like to end up doing deep, and rebreathers for long dives {over 2 hours} or deep dives with less deco time, but again this is all dependant on having the money for it, with all the courses and equipment to do so.
looking forward to getting out with you again Edwin, take care neil.

i want to be under the sea, i breath my air by the tank !.
so far 80+ dives and trying to get more every week or two.
lets face it the bay is the best dive site until, now, brumby buggers it up! NO to dredging! no matter which person leads the State.

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Postby lloyd_borrett » Fri, 26 Jan 2007 8:39 pm


Sounds like a well thought out plan Ed.

Having just started diving myself in Feb 2006, I'm now coming up for my 1 year anniversary, and starting to think ahead.

I did my Open Water and Advanced Open Water during this first year of diving. I've completed 74 dives with 49:30 hours of bottom time. Like you I was mostly doing pier dives at first, with just the occassional boat dive. Since joing VSAG in August, I now realise that I'm now mostly doing boat dives. I need to get back to doing some more pier dives as I just love them.

I thought I'd get into underwater photography and did a session with David Bryant. But what with one thing and another, I haven't been using my camera much. This is something I must start doing again.

My plan was to do my Rescue Diver course next. But Peter Fear had other ideas.

Last night I finished my Equipment Specialist course with Jim Dyer. It was a facinating couple of nights and I learnt heaps. Certainly well worth doing to give you a better understanding of your equipment, how to care for it properly, and some great configuration ideas.

Peter now has me scheduled to do the Nitrox Diver Course in February.

I'm also keen to hook up with Reg Lipson and do some of his marine life courses. I'm seeing a lot of stuff down there and I just love hanging out in one spot and observing what is going on. Being able to identify the marine life and better understand it would make the dives even more rewarding.

Like you I'm learning heaps from hanging out at The Scuba Doctor. I'm also learning a lot from diving with the VSAG guys and attending the monthly VSAG meetings.

As I learn about things I've been writing it up and submitting articles for VSAG's Fathoms magazine, which I quite enjoy doing.

I've also set up a scuba diving section on my own web site, plus put my diving log online. There are some modifications I'd like to make to the online diving log.

I've recently started to get involved with the Victorian Artifical Reef Society (VARS). This is the group behing getting the HMAS Canberrs for Melbourne.

Since Christmas I've been reading some of the GUI/DIR books and starting to think about learning some of the skills advocated in their training programs.

So my plan is to continue to enjoy diving. Learn from those around me and reach out to other groups of divers as well. And do the training required to make me safer in the water.

Best Regards, Lloyd Borrett.
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Postby Dive in wine tanks » Sun, 28 Jan 2007 8:58 pm

Hi Lloyd, Niel, Thanks for the input & well done for your achievements. Lloyd you have put in so much effort its briliant, love your online profile. Hope you both keep getting the most out of your diving & hope to see you in the water again soon.

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