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    My first dive experience

    Well, today was the first time I did any sort of diving for the first time. It was free diving out in Pacifica, CA, and well to say the least it was a good and bad experience.

    Let me state the bad first. The water was really nice and everything, however the weather didn't hold up like it was supposed to, so it was really choppy, and the visibility was less than 4 feet. So we couldn't really catch much of anything.

    The good. Being my first time out there, and not used to the ocean, including the taste, the feel, etc etc, it was a lot of fun. Now granted I didn't do a whole lot other than just swim >_> lol, it was mostly due to the fact that my body physically isn't used to swimming like that, plus my body isn't accustomed to the water itself. It would be something I would absolutely love to go back and spear fish some more and experience more of it, but I never realized it really is something you need to get acclimated to.

    With all that in mind, it was still a good time and I would love to do it again. But maybe next time, I would love to be able to scuba dive :).

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    Welcome to the Sea, Anthony!

    Sorry the weather did not hold out for you, but glad you found the experience a positive one overall. If you ever get a chance to get down to the Florida Keys for a vacation, you will find the snorkeling and diving to be pretty inspiring.

    As a Florida boy, born and raised, I've been to a lot of places here and in the Caribbean, bit I've never been in the water over on the west coast. Always sounds a little too cold for a warm weather wuss like me.

    Glad you had a good time, but you did not mention if you wore your Doxa....?
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    Re: My first dive experience

    Quote Originally Posted by scm64 View Post
    Welcome to the Sea, Anthony!

    As a Florida boy, born and raised, I've been to a lot of places here and in the Caribbean, bit I've never been in the water over on the west coast. Always sounds a little too cold for a warm weather wuss like me.

    Glad you had a good time, but you did not mention if you wore your Doxa....?
    I remember when I was going through my schooling in Florida to be Bomb Squad for the Air Force, I was there for almost a year, and the entire time I really wanted to get my scuba certification, but the opportunity never arose :(. Mostly cause I didn't drive and I would've had to go pretty far to go get it. But yeah it sucks but oh well.

    Yeah I know, I wanted to wear my Doxa and give it a test run however, by the time my gloves and wet suit went on, the watch wouldn't have been able to fit :(. Stupid cold waters of the Pacific lol. If it was like in florida where i could've just worn swim trunks, I soo would've brought it out, oh well soon enough.
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    Re: My first dive experience

    Sounds like fun, but I'll bet you'll find scuba is more fun (and less work!).

    Doesn't the 1000T have a diver's (wet suit) extension? (These don't always do the trick anyway, as the size may or may not be right depending on the thickness of the suit).

    Many feel it best to use a NATO or ZULU type strap when hitting the water. Protects you against loss in the case of a spring bar failure.
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    Re: My first dive experience

    Quote Originally Posted by T Bone View Post
    <snip>.........Many feel it best to use a NATO or ZULU type strap when hitting the water. Protects you against loss in the case of a spring bar failure.
    It is not total protection, but maybe a little more secure than the bracelet. Definitely a debatable topic. I find that I like diving with a NATO because it is easier to get a good fit over a wetsuit.
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    Re: My first dive experience

    Good for you !

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    Quote Originally Posted by T Bone View Post
    Sounds like fun, but I'll bet you'll find scuba is more fun (and less work!).

    Doesn't the 1000T have a diver's (wet suit) extension? (These don't always do the trick anyway, as the size may or may not be right depending on the thickness of the suit).

    Well yes, it does have a divers wet suit extension, however wearing 6 mil suit plus gloves made it pretty much impossible to put the watch on, and since it was already adjusted to fit my wrist otherwise and seeing as I have no other way to put a strap on it :P, I couldn't get to take it out. Oh well though, my baby will get a test dive soon enough.

    And I would really love to do scuba diving and be able to just enjoy the scenery and all that goodness.

    However, diving aside, the watch is just absolutely beautiful!!!! I love the way it looks and feels, and I love to show it off, even though I had one naysayer think it was stupid for me to spend $1500 on what they thought amounted to just a basic watch...but whatever. :P I love my watch and I love the whole experience from signing for it from FedEx, to getting it adjusted and wearing it.

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    Re: My first dive experience

    Ah, the nay sayers. They're always around. I've stopped telling folks what I pay for watches, or in most cases that I even collect.

    My first expensive watch (a Breitling) came (at a large discount) from money I saved by quitting cigarettes. It happened to cost me nearly exactly what I paid for one years worth of cigarettes. When certain people connected with my employment found out what I'd paid, they made all kinds of comments (including how they hoped I could EAT it!). I told them they were probably right, I'd have been much better off to have not bought the watch, but continued to spend the dollars ruining my health. THAT, they completely understood. Logic?

    Sorry for the hijack. I am really glad you're enjoying the new watch! Wear it in good health, and if you get the chance, give it a dive in some nice clear temperate waters... you both deserve it .
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    Re: My first dive experience

    Quote Originally Posted by T Bone View Post
    My first expensive watch (a Breitling) came (at a large discount) from money I saved by quitting cigarettes. It happened to cost me nearly exactly what I paid for one years worth of cigarettes. When certain people connected with my employment found out what I'd paid, they made all kinds of comments (including how they hoped I could EAT it!). I told them they were probably right, I'd have been much better off to have not bought the watch, but continued to spend the dollars ruining my health. THAT, they completely understood. Logic?

    Sorry for the hijack. I am really glad you're enjoying the new watch! Wear it in good health, and if you get the chance, give it a dive in some nice clear temperate waters... you both deserve it .
    Eh well what can you do...most people don't understand simple logic. And grats on your quitting smoking by the way!!!! It's always good to hear when someone kicks that bad habit.

    But yeah, I still plan on taking my baby out to the ocean one day. And it will be a joyous occasion no doubt haha
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    Re: My first dive experience

    Hehe! I justified buying my Doxa on exactly the same logic... I quit smoking a few years back, and this year's summer sale price brought the watch down to one year's worth of cigarettes. In Ireland/UK, you're paying upwards of USD $8 per pack, so doesn't take as long to save The reason I have the bubble-ring as my photo is that I now blow these instead of smoke rings! Better up in bubbles than up in smoke!

    Anthony, make sure you try out that first SCUBA dive... you won't regret it, I'm sure. Welcome to inner space! I hear you've got some amazing kelp forests out your neck of the woods.
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