YoungCAVintageDiver wrote: ↑Wed Oct 30, 2019 1:51 pmMy question is are there any instructors or enthusiasts in the southern California area that can instruct me in scuba and help me get certified? Of course all the local dive shops only specialize in new techniques and new gear...I'd like to learn the old way with the gear I've already accumulated.
Way cool! If I was even close to 28, I'd be all over that! Especially the drinking beer and s**t exploding part!Ron wrote: ↑Tue Nov 05, 2019 2:21 pmHi,
I agree with what everyone else already said. If you have an open water card and good buoyancy, I'll teach you a vintage class if you ever want one.
We do all the things. Pool work, underwater swim, ditch and don, treading water with a weight, diving only using a J valve and SAC rate, diving with a double hose, diving without a BC, etc.
I travel a lot for work so I could always work something out potentially. I don't teach classes in California.
We only use actual vintage gear. Steel 72s, J valves, weight belts, old style masks, old style fins, depth gauges, double hoses (or vintage single hose if you like), etc. I have enough gear for 5 divers.
You must have your own exposure protection. We only dive wet.
Get about 50 or so dives under your belt, be in reasonable shape, know how to swim 500 yards, and let me know if you want a challenge. It's not an easy class. If your open water class is like a 5K this is more like a half marathon.
It's sort of military-esque and you get a cool certificate and to tell your buddies that someone from the service harrassed you in a pair of very small shorts. We do PT and drink beer. We tell lies. Sometimes shit explodes.
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