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Old 22 December 2009, 11:48   #11
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Divings' on the list of things to do.
Along with two certain other "things".
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Old 22 December 2009, 11:50   #12
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Along with two certain other "things".
Two? Come on lad! The lists as long as my arm!

BTW, anyone know of a lady who can fire ping pong balls? Me love her long time!
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Two? Come on lad! The lists as long as my arm!

BTW, anyone know of a lady who can fire ping pong balls? Me love her long time!
You'll work it out eventually... what the two things are.
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Thing is mate, 'They' wont know
i know where your'e coming from, but i can't in all concience say go for it, my brother who's got the brain of a turnip just brought the gear and jumped in the sea, he's still alive, they make a big thing over hear about diver training but abroad you can do a try dive almost anywhere if you know what i'm getting at
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Do the smart thing: Go see a doctor (preferably one who knows something about diving), and get yourself checked out. With a medical OK, you'll be in the same boat as anyone else who wants to start diving.

If you don't get the OK, well, at least you'll know.

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Old 22 December 2009, 16:28   #17
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If your health is in any way suspect get a medical first. Too many folk die in the UK when stress gets the better of them underwater. Lack of dive and general fitness even among regular divers gets a number of folk around April in the "silly season"
I would also say that if you are diving with anyone, and most organisations recommend buddy diving, that if you have a problem underwater the odds are that you have a good chance of taking your buddy with you. Folk understandaby take a poor view of this possibility.
Diving isn't rocket science but it is not an armchair sport either, there is a fair amount of physical effort involved diving in the UK simply caused by conditions and the kit required. the video of a recent trip shows how much kit can be required (although you can get away with considerably less the drysuit and weightbelt and de rigeur)
PFO's, if that what you have, can be cured in a lot of cases and a large percentage of the population have one to a greater of lesser degree. The disavantage of having one is that you are also at a greater risk of decompression sickness and believe me you don't want this either because of the immediate effects and issues or the possibility of permanent damage.
I am speaking through personal experience of myself and others that ghiding a medical condition will just catch up with you and clubs and trainers will take a very dim view, to say nothing of any qualifications probably being invalidated.
The short answer is don't do it in the UK unless you have a medical and be careful abroad where at least the effort required in holiday resorts is likely to be considerably less and more tolerable.
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A lad I know well is in a similar situation. He has a headful of metal plates and screws. Diving is a no-no. However, he's relatively fit and does a quiet spot of SCUBA in the 3-8 meter range. He's got no risks from Deco and less than a BAR of extra pressure to contend with. Frankly, I think he often sees more life on the dives too. Your problem will be finding someone you can dive with... You could simply go for a try dive and stay shallow.

I'm not sure you'd like diving though. And then there's the hairy mary diver wimmin Generally, they have to show ID just to get into the Ladies showers
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I'm not sure you'd like diving though. And then there's the hairy mary diver wimmin Generally, they have to show ID just to get into the Ladies showers

If you come to the IOM my missus wants a quiet word, I am sure the knuckleduster she was looking for earlier was just a coincidence.................
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If you come to the IOM my missus wants a quiet word, I am sure the knuckleduster she was looking for earlier was just a coincidence.................
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And then there's the hairy mary diver wimmin Generally, they have to show ID just to get into the Ladies showers
I've seen your missus. She doesn't look like she needs a harness to hold her weights up
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