The next scuba diving step 2021.08.27
If you are deep under water with a heavy tank on your back you certainly are not in a position to rip your goggles off your face if they fog up or start to fill with water. Obviously, as soon as they come off they are going to be full of water and there is no way you will be able to clear it of water if you are under water. At least with the mouthpiece you can continue breathing but you definitely cannot see a thing. You have to be vigilant and keep a constant check on what is happening with your goggles and get any small traces of water out as soon as possible. The guidance from the instructor was to lightly apply pressure at the centre of the top of the goggles. This will create a small space at the bottom of the goggles. What you need to do then is give a strong, quick exhale to force the water out as fast as possible. When descending there is a lot of risk if you go down too soon too quickly. The air pressure differences will have adverse effects on your body. We were advised to remain calm and hold on to our partner on the way down. We were told to keep our bodies straight and use our arms and finned feet to keep us in a horizontal position. Once at the bottom, we our mission, should we choose to accept it (ha ha), was to grab on to the rocks and remain low to avoid being pushed up to the surface. It looks easy enough but when you truly deck out in the scuba diving gear you will be sore for days. The tank is extremely back-breaking. The wet suit is like a strait jacket but worse still are the heavy fins that drag your feet down and give your ankles and calves a serious work out. Next is the odd sensation of breathing through your mouth and not your nose using something that is jammed into your mouth. Talk about weird! I think that with practice the discomfort will pass and after becoming more experienced you would start to enjoy just being down in the water, the still silence, the crystal clear blue, the world of the fish. It is amazing. For me though, as I entered the water, my mind was screaming, no, no, no, I don’t want to do this anymore.
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