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    Scuba National Geographic diver certification

    Finally! I'm a certified open water scuba and National Geographic diver! Did my open water and Nat'l Geo dives in Monterey, CA this past weekend and it was thrilling! Can't wait to go on my post-cert dives now... I'm so excited I can't even express it!

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    Well congratulations. What's involved in National Geographic certification?

    I think we've got a PADI member or two on board.
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    Congrats! My parents gave me the NAUI certification course for my 13th birthday (and I passed) - way too many years ago. Enjoyed diving until I moved away from FLA.
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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    Well congratulations. What's involved in National Geographic certification?

    I think we've got a PADI member or two on board.
    Thanks! National Geo involves a few more navigational skills, underwater ecology and their ID, learning how to sketch underwater, etc. It's like a piggy-back cert with the PADI one.

    Quote Originally posted by Planit View post
    Congrats! My parents gave me the NAUI certification course for my 13th birthday (and I passed) - way too many years ago. Enjoyed diving until I moved away from FLA.
    That's a fantastic birthday gift! I imagine you enjoyed diving while you were in Fla? I did my dives in Monterey which was rather cold (55 F) water and I will continue to dive there since I live in the Bay Area. Visibility is very spotty because the Pacific can go from calm to surgy in minutes but it's a great dive area anyway.
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    Got PADI cert when I was 14 down in Panama'

    Wow I miss that warm clear water (as she looks out on the ice and snow)
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    Congratulations! Being underwater has always been ... a fear ... of mine. Perhaps it has something to do with having to be rescued from the bottom of a lake...

    Off-topic:
    My 7YO daughter has a PFO -- essentially a hole in one of the chambers of her heart. It really doesn't effect her life in any meaningful way, according to her cardiologist. But the first time he told me about it, he said she wouldn't be able to do scuba diving, to which I replied "Well, there goes her career as a Navy diver."

    Zoom forward two years to her next examination, and when he assures me that she will have a normal life, he concludes with, "Except that she will never be a professional scuba diver."
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    Quote Originally posted by Gedunker View post
    Congratulations! Being underwater has always been ... a fear ... of mine. Perhaps it has something to do with having to be rescued from the bottom of a lake...

    Off-topic:
    My 7YO daughter has a PFO -- essentially a hole in one of the chambers of her heart. It really doesn't effect her life in any meaningful way, according to her cardiologist. But the first time he told me about it, he said she wouldn't be able to do scuba diving, to which I replied "Well, there goes her career as a Navy diver."

    Zoom forward two years to her next examination, and when he assures me that she will have a normal life, he concludes with, "Except that she will never be a professional scuba diver."
    I'm happy to hear that your daughter is doing well and no real need for worry now! Yes fortunately PADI and NAUI are quite diligent about medical history of all divers prior to letting them start a class, so it helps minimize accidents. My class was lucky to have one of the best instructors in the area so we had loads of fun and learnt the importance of safe diving in Monterey.

    I can relate to your fear of underwater... it's quite a place and takes a bit of work for some people to get over the fear!

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