My dad used to always tell me “Can’t Died in the Corn Patch” when I used to say “I can’t do _____________”. And while I”m not 100% sure I know what he meant by that, I did learn there were a lot of things that I could do. Here at Extreme Sports Scuba We hear this all the time about trying out Scuba Diving… I can’t. Here are some of the main reasons we hear why people “can’t” try scuba diving and the answers to break those myths.
I can’t swim – There is a swim test but it is not timed nor is there one specific way that you have to swim. If one can doggy paddle, great. If you can swim underwater, super. All you just need to be able to swim 200 yards and float or tread water for 10 minutes. This proves you are comfortable in the water since that is where Scuba Diving takes place.
I‘m Claustrophobic – One way to look at this issue is the water is wide open, there is nothing that is close to you, except your mask which allows you to see very well underwater and your dive buddy. If you can swim underwater in a swimming pool with a pair of goggles, then you should definitely give Scuba diving a try.
I don’t have family or friends to dive with – This is a great opportunity to meet new friends that will become a second family. The great thing is you rely on your dive buddy the same way they rely on you so you have each other’s back. And there is always someone willing to go diving, all you have to do is say where and when. If there’s already a group of 2 going, join them. (And if not, Call Dan La Due, he’ll go!)
I’m Afraid of the underwater – We are afraid of that which we can’t see or hear but we overcome those fears by expert training and education.
The Lakes around here are man-made; what you see above the water is pretty much what you’ll see below the water – False. I have yet to see fish walk on land. Plus at Beaver Lake there may or may not be sunken items for your viewing pleasure in multiple places.
Fear of different marine species – They’re more afraid of you than you are of them. We are noisy divers and they hear you coming.
Cost of certification – Yes, there is an initial cost with becoming scuba certified; however once you are certified, you are certified for life.
Cost of gear – Again, there is an initial upfront cost to purchase your gear, however there are different ways to go about purchasing gear. Some people just rent their gear so you don’t have to do the maintenance and upkeep, you just rent and return. Then you can purchase piece by piece and rent what you don’t have. The third option is to purchase your gear all at once; with proper care and maintenance the gear will last for a good, long while.
Think it is too technical – Don’t let the equipment scare you. The mask is nothing more than a pair of goggles. The breathing piece supplies your air attached to a tank on your back. The vest holds the tank and helps strap it to your back.
Fear of classroom coursework – Our instructors will spend as much time as necessary to help you with the classroom portion of the certification so that you feel as comfortable as possible because our ultimate goal is to create safe and responsible divers.
Think that they need to live near the tropics, ocean, or some other famous dive location, in order to use the certification – False. Come with us on one of our many exciting adventures right here in the Ozarks or join a trip that does take you to far off places not limited to but including Beaver Lake, Table Rock Lake, Stockton Lake, Mermet Springs, or get that stamp in your passport and join us in Cozumel and Honduras.
The next time you have a free minute come in and talk to us, we don’t bite . Or better yet, come to a try it Tuesday and try scuba diving for yourself in a nice heated, indoor, 5-foot deep pool. We usually have a Try it Tuesday the second Tuesday of every month.
Every November 11th the country sets aside a day to thank Veterans for serving this country and keeping us free, but one day we questioned why just once a year are veterans honored? With that thought process going, the Veterans Try Scuba was created. Extreme Sports Scuba decided to honor veterans with a Try Scuba Saturday.
Saturday January 10th was the day. Fliers were created and posted all over Facebook by our fellow divers, the local VA’s were contacted with the fliers, and everyone tried to help spread the word.
The Judo Club at Christ’s Community Methodist Church provided lunch of hotdogs, chips and cookies. Fellow divers showed up to help and a Great time was had!
We are pleased to announce that there were 6 veterans that showed up to dive with us!
When I woke up Saturday morning my car said it was 13˚F outside, the air inside the building at 5 Mile was a lot warmer and the best part was the water was 82˚F. Lovely to dive in to!
And now for a few more pictures.
The tanks sat in the trailer overnight. As we hauled them into the building, all of the valves frosted over. It was very fun to watch.
Depth – 5 feet, pool temp – 82˚F
Thank you to all who came out and braved the weather. It was a super day!
I was watching television this morning while I was getting ready to leave the house and saw a Sonic commercial. They said Cheeseons (spelling?) Greetings. Add that to the fact that we just celebrated Labor Day and Christmas will be here before you know it! Where did 2014 go anyway? Here is a very sobering thought… Christmas is 16 weeks away. But let’s not think about that… I might give myself heart palpitations!
Let’s talk about the exciting and busy summer that Extreme Sports Scuba had this summer. Between fun trips to Beaver Lake just to dive as well as to certify a lot of great divers, to the trip to Cozumel in July to the Safari Hunt (recap coming soon!) to giving kids at 5 Mile Children’s Camp the opportunity to try out Scuba Diving.
Let’s focus on that last one today…
5 Mile Children’s Camp is located right down there on the Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma boarder behind Downstream Casino and if you’ve been to a Try it Tuesday at any point in time, you’ve probably swam or should I say Scuba Dived, Dove… tried Scuba Diving!… in the 5 Mile pool.
So starting the end of May until around the last week of July, every Wednesday night Extreme Sports Scuba packs up and heads to 5 Mile to allow that group of kids the opportunity to try Scuba Diving. This year the time frame was from May 28 through July 23. Typically we had 3-5 groups of 7-8 kids at a time. That means that we potentially had 192-320 kids try Scuba Diving. (You might want to double check my math for me please )
We would like to give a big thanks to those who helped, the list includes: Grady Weston, Deb Weston, Jared Weston, Drake Weston, Shaye Weston, Chuck Beaver, Kathy Bennett, Kim Brungard, Aerielle Cupp, Carlene La Due, Dan La Due, Danielle La Due, Jason La Due, Lee Lake, Doug Lord, Rachele Lord, Chris Parrish, Cam Parrish, Brittany Renfro, Mark Willoughby, and Nicole Willoughby.
2 Great Stories:
The first week was a group of girls. I was sitting on the side of the pool and a girl walked up and sat next to me. She struck up a conversation and I asked her how old she was, she told me she was 11. I said that I had a daughter that was 11 and she thinks I’m mean. That poor little girl got the wildest look on her face and Dan started laughing. I winked and said I was kidding.
The other great story came from the last week of 5 Mile and a group of boys. This was a great group of boys, a little ornery but still a great group. So at the end when we were packing our gear up, the boys were sitting in the hot tub talking to Kim asking different diving questions. I walked up and said, “Now I want to tell you something, there are two types of divers: those who pee in their wet suits and those who say they don’t but really do.” Then I walked off. Kim walked over and asked me if she should be ornery to them and I said, “Absolutely.” So she walked over to the hot tub and said, “Speaking of that I need to wash out my wetsuit,” and she proceeded to put the wetsuit in the hot tub. I’ve never seen a hot tub clear out so fast. Don’t worry though, we fessed up that we were just messing with them .
And this is the type of fun we have at 5 Mile in the summers! Now it’s time for some pictures!
Mark Willoughby & Doug Lord (and barely Visible Rachele Lord)
Jason La Due & Doug Lord
Jared Weston, Lee Lake, Jason La Due, Chuck Beaver, Mark Willoughby, Doug Lord
Jason La Due
He couldn’t stand up above the water so we got him a Milk Crate to help
This was after Dan La Due threw me in the water
Do you see anything wrong with this picture?
Here’s a closer look… Give up? Aerielle Cupp and I zipped the bag inside out for the boys at the shop to mess with the next day . That does make it difficult to carry….
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!!