Part of the certification process for all open-water divers is going to the pool and running through a specific set of underwater skills. Normally in the summer months we use Deb & Grady’s 10 ft deep pool, but in early May, their pool wasn’t warm enough so the junior divers used the pool at 5 mile for their pool class. Attached you’ll find a video of their experience. Look for the post finishing up their certification coming soon! Enjoy!!
This month we’re excited that the next round of Junior Divers are working on their Open Water Scuba Diving Certification through Extreme Sports Scuba. It is so exciting that Scuba Diving International (SDI) allows junior divers starting at the age of 10. Friday May 2nd and Saturday May 3rd Chloe Lake, Tori Willoughby and Dylan Williams started the classroom portion of their Open Water Certification.
Dylan and Chloe are both 3rd generation Scuba Divers. Tori is a second generation Scuba Diver.
Deb Weston went over the first few chapters of the book on Friday night.
Saturday morning we met back up at 8:30 and finished the book/test portion of the Open Water Certification.
The kids were extremely excited about going through this portion of the class. After that was finished, they were 1/3 of the way into their certification.
The Junior Divers go through the exact same certification as the adults do, the only difference is they have to dive with a parent, guardian or a dive instructor.
This weekend we got a great start on our next set of junior divers. There are 3 junior divers going through this class that will get certified very soon. Very exciting!!
Now if you went through your dive classes with Deb &/or Grady Weston, think back to when they were telling you how to set up your equipment. They made it a point to say that you should turn your gage into the back of your BC before turning on the air.
Do you remember why? It was just to make sure that it didn’t explode. Deb told us that she’d never experienced that but it was definitely a possibility.
So Saturday the kids went to the pool over at 5Mile to get their pool classes in. Chuck Beaver, Lee Lake and Mark Willoughby were in the pool to help Deb. They got all their equipment set up and had it waiting on the side while the kids did their swim test, underwater swim and float test.
As the kids were getting ready to do the 10 minutes of floating, Deb said 1, 2, 3 and then there was a loud BOOM!
Chuck was on one side of the pool, I was on the other, Deb was on the south side between us and Lee and Mark were in the pool. We all just looked at each other like who had the start gun? The kids weren’t affected by it at all they just started floating/treading water. The rest of us started wondering what happened.
Turns out, we now know why it is a good thing to turn your gauge into the back of your BC when you start airflow to it because Lee’s gauge actually exploded. Lee’s equipment/gauge had been set up and turned on for a good 10-15 minutes at the point the gauge exploded.
We found the plastic portion of the gauge all in tact about 15 feet away from where Lee’s equipment was laying. The face wound up on top of the dressing rooms about 30 feet away and we never did find the needle, it was like looking for a needle in a… you get the picture.
No matter how long you have been diving or how much experience you have, you can always learn something new. Take this lesson and apply it the next time you use one of these gauges. And as always have fun Diving!
Have you ever been on any fun diving trips? How about a nice diving trip in Cozumel while the rest of your friends and family were at home suffering through the frigid temperatures that happened the later part of February 2014/first part of March? Well if you can’t tell, recently Extreme Sports Scuba had an amazing trip to Cozumel. Some of the participants were there the first week, some got to attend the second week, but there were the lucky few who were able to attend the full two week trip.
The first week of the dive trip was February 22 through March 1, 2014
The first week dive participants included: (top row) Danny Overdear, Scott Craigan, Grady Weston, Mike Goldsworthy, Scott Peters, Dennis Hoffman, Ric Ogle, Mike Knight, John Patrick, Steve Todd. (bottom row) Joe Jacquinet, Brian Head, Deb Weston, Jan Goldsworthy, Tom Tanner, Shirley Todd, Christie Ogle, Donna Knight, Nelda Patrick, Shirley Mann, and Ed Brewer
So the start of this trip, they weren’t sure that it was even going to happen. The group checked in at the airport in Joplin and the airplane was broken. So 15 of 21 made a mad dash to the Tulsa airport to hop a plane and hopefully make it to Cozumel (don’t worry the rest had already made it). Thank you to the wonderful ticket agent for getting us all checked in and away on our flight.
For highlights of the first week, you definitely need to check out these following photos:
The second week of the dive trip was March 1 through March 8, 2014
The second week dive participants included: (top row) Joe Jacquinet, Ace Taylor, Brian Taylor, Grady Weston, Glenn Crosswhite, Levi Henry, Katie Henry, Joe Henry, Mike Goldsworthy, Bill Luke, Ric Ogle, Scott Peters. (bottom row) Ed Brewer, Shirley Mann, Wren Taylor, Deb Weston, Jennifer Crosswhite, Ronnie Crosswhite, Barbara McMurry, Cheryl Henry, Jan Goldsworthy, Christie Ogle
When the second week group arrived we were headed downtown for the first night of parades for Carnaval.
Another highlight from the second week was the spotting of a hammerhead shark on Palancar Horseshoe however, with 14 divers, 2 dive masters, 1 professional videographer, 9 cameras, 1 Hammerhead Shark, no pictures.
The next day dolphins were spotted underwater. There were pictures of this, but we don’t have access to those sadly.
For the rest of the highlights, check out these photos.
Cozumel is always a great dive trip, great visibility, and there is always an abundance of marine life.
And the thing to remember from this trip….
First and foremost, Happy New Year from Extreme Sports Scuba! We hope that you and your family had a very Merry Christmas and here is to a great New Year! Every year on January 1, Extreme Sports Scuba loads up and heads to the lake; the goal is to start out the year with a nice dive.
For January 1st, the day started out gorgeous. The sun was out, the sky was clear; weather.com said that the temperature was 45 degrees at almost 11am.
20 divers showed up to take the plunge into Beaver Lake.
Other divers showed up to cheer on those that were brave enough to dive in the 45 degree lake water and stand around and chat.
Grady and Deb had tents set up with heaters so the bystanders didn’t get chilled as well as a separate heated tent for a changing room (more to come on the changing room later)
As we’ve all learned, we know how to eat and the food didn’t let us down. There was Taco Soup, Chili, New Years Corn Bread Casserole, Black eyed peas (including the dime), Brownies, Chips, Oranges, and Bananas.
Toward the end of the day as everyone was getting out of the water and changing into their regular street clothes a wind gust blew up and accidentally blew over the changing tent where stood a man who will remain nameless (what happens at the lake, stays at the lake) in a sweatshirt and underwear. The tent was quickly picked back up and replaced over him.
Certifications achieved for the New Year:
Congratulations Doug Lord and Rachele Lord for completing your dry suit certifications.
Congratulations Larry Benning for completing Open Water.
Congratulations Lee Lake for completing Solo.
Even with the tent incident, this New Years Day dive got 2014 off to a Great start in diving for the new year.
The weekend of October 5th and 6th Extreme Sports Scuba had eight new open-water divers successfully complete the program.
Deb Weston and Dan La Due helped eight new students through their classroom work, pool classes and finally successfully taking them through the open-water at the lake. Due to the government shutdown, at the last minute lake classes were moved to Stockton Lake thanks to the Stockton Lake Park Ranger.
Saturday’s weather was less than favorable conditions due to the high temperature that day coming in at 73 degrees as well as rain and wind. Normally you can dive in rainy conditions however the first day of lake classes got delayed due to lightening. Once they got going though, other than the wind making the water choppy, classes went well.
Sunday morning’s classes had a quicker start to the day. The weather was partially cloudy but calm but only reached a high of 59 degrees. The students were able to start right away and were finished up by around 11am, just in time for the new certified divers to partake in the 16th Annual Underwater Pumpkin Carving if they so chose.
When you think of fall, you think of shorter days, longer nights, cooler weather and sweaters, and pumpkin carving. What’s more fun than pumpkin carving? Underwater pumpkin carving. Yes, you read that correctly. Not only are you scuba diving, but you are underwater with a buoyant pumpkin trying to keep it down all while trying to carve the winning pumpkin.
Sunday October 6th, 2013, seventeen divers tried just that. The contest started at 1pm. They were allowed 45 minutes or a low pressure of 500psi whichever came first. The pumpkins had to be as you purchased them from the store, therefore no markings, no patterns, no traces of cuts anywhere.
Kim Brungard and I went around trying to snap photos of all the participants. Have you ever tried snapping photos in pumpkin gut filled waters? Definitely not as easy as I thought it would be.
Earlier this month, the dive shop had a group of 28 people who made the drive to Mermet Springs, IL, for the September dive trip. If you’ve never been to Mermet Springs and you can swing the trip, I highly recommend that you take the opportunity at least once. Grady & Deb work extremely hard with the group from Mermet Springs to make our trip successful.
The whole point of our trip was to head to Mermet Springs, IL, to go scuba diving. What’s so special about Mermet Springs you ask? Have you ever seen the movie U. S. Marshalls with Tommy Lee Jones? Well the 727 airplane that they are flying on in the first 15 minutes of the movie… has been purchased by Mermet Springs and now sits in the quarry. Oh… and you can dive it! Along with many other treasures.
As you first enter, you drive straight into the sight. You keep to the right which will bring you up the building. You’ll have to check in with them and they’ll take your C-card and keep them the whole weekend while you’re there. Don’t worry, Grady gets them back at the end of the weekend for us . If by chance you’re using this to get your open water certification, you’ll need to check in with your instructor.
Mermet Springs has quite the set up. They can refill your tanks in about 5-10 minutes; you drop them off and pick them up in their air refilling area. Tank refills are $7 per refill.