Friday night May 16th Deb Weston, Rachele Lord, Jason (JT) La Due, Mark Willoughby, Lee Lake, and Danielle La Due met at Extreme Sports Scuba around 10:45pm. Why so late you may ask? It was a night dive of sorts, but only in a swimming pool. Is your interest piqued yet?
Neosho High School Graduating class of 2014 was having their Project Graduation at the Neosho Y and Extreme Sports Scuba was invited to be there.
The group showed up around 11:45 and allowed the students to give Scuba Diving a try. There were about 45 students who took the opportunity to scuba dive in the Neosho Y Pool.
It’s been said, the best place to try out scuba diving is in a controlled environment, such as a pool. The Neosho Y pool at its deepest spot is around 8 feet, so it’s a little deeper than the normal pool that we usually “try scuba diving” in. Once students felt comfortable in the shallower end, they were released to try the whole pool, however, Rachele, Jason, Lee & Mark were all in the pool to assist the students if at any time something went wrong.
All of the seniors seemed to enjoy themselves and there were even a few who became “fish” like and didn’t want to give up the dive equipment.
Even though it was a long night and the gang didn’t get out of there and home until closer to 4am, it was an extremely enjoyable evening sharing a sport that we all love with the graduating seniors. Thank you for allowing Extreme Sports Scuba to be a part of Project graduation. Congratulations to the Class of 2014 Neosho seniors and we hope you had a blast trying out Scuba.
Here it is the middle of May and we’re finally starting to approach warmer weather. This month we were hoping that we could have a Try it Tuesday outside in an outdoor pool, however if you’ve paid any attention to the weather here lately, we’ve been on a roller coaster of hot and cold so we chose to have it at 5 Mile Camp again for good measure. Turns out we made a good call since the high for the day hit around 58 degrees. Brrrr, that could have been cold in an outdoor pool.
So Tuesday night we met up at Extreme Sports Scuba and headed toward 5 Mile Camp for the May Try it Tuesday. The great part about it, is if you come try it and you get hooked now, you don’t have to worry about waiting months to get certified. Nope, if you come try Scuba and enjoy it, we’re now in the warmer months and are just waiting to get you certified. This is the perfect time to come out and Try Scuba Diving!
If you or some one you know would be interested in giving Scuba Diving a try, please by all means call Extreme Sports Scuba and talk to us. We’d love to get you out there to try it!
Sunday April 6th we had a special edition of Try it Tuesday, the Sunday edition.
Back in March there were plans made to have Christ’s Community United Methodist Church Sunday youth group out to 5 Mile Camp pool for a special edition of Try it Tuesday for the youth. Well Mother nature had other plans and we were snowed out.
Plans were finally rescheduled for the youth to come out on Sunday April 6th so Extreme Sports Scuba and the Church youth group loaded up and headed out to 5 Mile Camp to try Scuba Diving in the indoor pool.
Extreme Sports Scuba arrived at 5 Mile before the youth group so it was time to set everything up so the youth didn’t have to wait for that to be done. Then it was time to hang out and chill until they arrived. The pool was a little cooler than it has been coming in at 81 degrees. Still, very nice, especially with Mother nature not sure what she wants to do with the weather outdoors.
Once the Youth Group showed up it was time to get in teaching gear. The youth were broken up into 3 groups so that everyone would have a chance to give Scuba diving a chance.
The first matter of business was getting everyone geared up with the proper equipment, a mask, a pair of fins, a BC with air tank and then helping the youth group get strapped into their BC.
Once everyone was geared up, it was time to give instructions. Chris Sloan, Doug Lord, Mark Willoughby and Jason LaDue were in the pool at all times helping the youth with any questions that came up throughout this experience. They received a crash course on what the regulator is, then took a few test breaths off of the regulator above the surface.
Then it was time to put their heads under water and take a few breaths. Next sit on the bottom of the pool and breath about 10 times and finally they were off.
Doug, Mark and Jason spread themselves out under water to help make sure there weren’t any problems once the kids were released, but again, the best thing about trying in this pool, if you get into a bind, it’s shallow enough just stand up. Chris stayed above the water but still in the pool, plus there were also certified scuba divers walking around the surface of the pool to help anyone who was above water having issues.
Once the first group of youth had finished trying out Scuba diving, we switched out equipment and went through the same procedure with the second set of students. Once they felt comfortable they were released to explore the pool. And of course the same steps and procedures went for the third group of youth.
Finally around 7pm it was time for the youth to head back to the Church so we pulled all the equipment out of the pool, put the gear away and the Extreme Sports Scuba team headed to Wendy’s for some Ice Cream (and dinner!). Ice Cream after diving in the pool is a must in our opinion!!
Tuesday night’s Try it Tuesday had quite the turnout! Turns out there were about 50 participants who came out to brave the experience. And I say brave, it is a lot of fun, so if you haven’t been able to make a Try it Tuesday yet, you are missing out!
A Try it Tuesday is a great way to get your feet wet and experience a sport you may not have thought about trying prior to now. The best part is you get to try it out with some great instructors and experienced divers around who will work with you and help you get the full experience. Now if you get into a bind, the pool is only 6 feet at its deepest so you just stand up and you are back above the water. Plus it is in a heated, indoor pool so you get to beat those wintertime blues of sitting around the house waiting for warmer weather!
If you missed the February Try it Tuesday but think you might be interested, Good news for you, there is a Try it Tuesday scheduled for March 11th. One of the best ways to keep up with the upcoming dates is to “like” Extreme Sports Scuba facebook page and check the website frequently for updates on upcoming events.
We’d love to meet you so make plans now to come to the next Try it Tuesday! Now for your viewing pleasure some photos from Tuesday night. Enjoy!
Tuesday January 21st was a busy day for Extreme Sports Scuba. Grady & Deb participated in the business expo going on at John Q. Hammons during the day, then Aerielle Cupp relieved Grady so that he could meet Dan La Due, Doug Lord, Mark Willoughby and Nicole Willoughby at the shop to gather up equipment and head to 5 Mile camp for a special Try it Tuesday for the Nevada Boy Scouts. Chris Parrish met us out there for extra help as well.
Grady gave the Nevada Boy Scouts a brief introduction while equipment was being set up then the boys were allowed to get in the water. Doug was the lead diver in the water with Mark and Chris as his backups.
Once all the boys were fitted for equipment they went over the basics and stayed in the shallow part of the pool to make sure no one had any questions.
Finally came time for the boys to be allowed to dive the entire length of the pool. Doug, Chris and Mark spread themselves throughout the pool to assist the boys if there were any snags or hang-ups under water. Grady, Dan and Nicole divided up the pool from the surface and stayed around in case anyone had equipment problems, needed a different mask, fins, etc.
Extreme Sports Scuba hopes that the Nevada Boy Scouts had a wonderful time diving in the pool.
Tuesday night was the first Try it Tuesday of 2014 and boy was there a GREAT turn out! The unofficial count was 16 who came to try scuba diving out and 18 certified divers who came refresh their diving skills.
As a reminder, a lot of people who have been invited out ask about pool conditions, don’t worry, the pool is a lovely 86 degrees. It’s very nice, especially this winter while we are all cooped up indoors.
Everything is provided for you so all you have to do is show up in your swimming suit and be prepared to have a blast. You’ll get a brief instruction on how to air up/release air from your bc (Buoyancy Control Device), how to become neutrally buoyant, how to give the okay sign and from there you’re turned loose in the pool.
There are dive instructors, dive masters and certified divers in the pool at all times while you’re in there so if you get into a bind, they’re right there to assist. Plus the pool at its deepest point is 6 feet so if nothing else, stand up.
If you missed the January Try it Tuesday and think you might still be interested, don’t worry, the second Tuesday of February is the next chance to give it a try. Be warned though, you’ll have a blast!!
A few times now in different posts I have referred to Try it Tuesday. Plus the instructors always mention that it is best to try out scuba diving in a controlled environment. So just what is a Try it Tuesday you ask? Well you’re in for a treat.
Try it Tuesday is an opportunity for an individual who is thinking about giving scuba diving a try to come into a swimming pool environment, strap on the gear, and “give it a try.”