So Saturday comes, and finds us at Robin Hood Watersports for the first half of our PADI Open Water Course – the ‘confined’ element ie done in a pool. Part classroom, part practical, these two days let you get to grips with all the skills you need to complete your Open Water Certification – the second half of which is done in true ‘open water’ at a old quarry at Capernwray near Carnforth.
By the end of the two days, we would have covered (this isn’t an exhaustive list by the way…) :
- How to set up and breakdown your kit
- Breathing underwater
- How to purge your regulator
- Regulator removal and recovery
- Clearing of a half and fully flooded mask
- Sharing air with your buddy via your spare regulator
- Swimming with your buddy while they’re using your spare regulator
- Swimming underwater without a mask
- Fin pivots
- Neutral buoyancy
- Removing your weights whilst at the surface and underwater
- Removing your BCD and putting it back on, both at the surface and underwater
- Safe Ascending and Descending
- plus many other skills and techniques!
My biggest worries were around filling and clearing my mask – or more specifically, breathing underwater with either my mask full of water or indeed, without my mask at all.