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21. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

Hi isadora.

It all seems soooooo cool. I would love to scuba but so far have only snorkeled because I really don't think my ears will deal with the pressure. I bet its "really magical" down there.

Don't take for granted that your ears won't clear! Mr. Isa put off doing his dive training for years because he couldn't clear his ears easily while snorkeling. So, he thought he couldn't dive. Try as I might to explain the correct way to clear, he just couldn't get them to equalize. Then, he took a resort course. Since it was one of the "included" hotel features, he took advantage of it. (It was a free way to find out if he was diving material or not.) Well... You can guess what happened - he's been certified for 5 years now. He was just blowing too hard each time he had tried previously which caused him to feel pain. Once he blew gently, his ears cleared every time. I can't do cold water diving when a hood is required. Not sure why, but I've never been able to clear my ears when wearing one. They just won't go - so I dive as cold as my head can take without the hood. Many of the courses around us will teach you several clearing techniques and then have you do some test clearing in the water. If you truly can't clear your ears, they will not train you further and refund most, and usually all, of your money.

22. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Quoting soliqa

i've seen a crocodile in the wild which was quite exciting

I saw a captive croc in Louisiana (it was too cold on the bayou to see them in the wild). I never got such a scare in my life. The swamp-tour operator had cage after cage of birds, and then suddenly - a 10-foot croc! And those things hiss! I must have jumped 10 feet. One idiot tourist with us poked the poor thing and flashed his camera flash at it to make it angry - just to see what it would do. We were secretly hoping it would bite off his prodding fingers.

23. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

A very stupid family did a similar thing in Florida at Kennedy Space Center. Kennedy is also a natural wildlife preserve. On the road into the center, there was an alligator that had come out of the ditch (filled with water). A family had stopped their car, gotten out and had their 2 kids stand in front of the alligator for pictures. The kids were all of 7 or 8 yrs old. They had their backs to the alligator while dad took the picture and Mom watched for traffic. They were no more than 10 feet from the alligator. Dad and I were tossed as to stop and say something or just hope it worked out. We chose the latter, thinking our stopping would distract the family more and give the alligator one more reason to strike. (Besides, being stupid - it is against the law to do what they were doing.)

24. Posted by Travel100 (Travel Guru 1556 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

A very stupid family did a similar thing in Florida at Kennedy Space Center. Kennedy is also a natural wildlife preserve. On the road into the center, there was an alligator that had come out of the ditch (filled with water). A family had stopped their car, gotten out and had their 2 kids stand in front of the alligator for pictures. The kids were all of 7 or 8 yrs old. They had their backs to the alligator while dad took the picture and Mom watched for traffic. They were no more than 10 feet from the alligator. Dad and I were tossed as to stop and say something or just hope it worked out. We chose the latter, thinking our stopping would distract the family more and give the alligator one more reason to strike. (Besides, being stupid - it is against the law to do what they were doing.)

A while back I think I remember reading something about 2 small children being eaten by an alligator while their parents were taking there picture in front of the gator, happened somewhere in Florida...Just kidding .

Isadora,

Thanks for the encourgment to try diving. I had simliar experiences to Mr. Isa, problems clearing the ears while snorkling, etc.. The hold the nose and breath out never seemed to work for me. Maybe there's still hope for me.

25. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

Isadora,

Thanks for the encourgment to try diving. I had simliar experiences to Mr. Isa, problems clearing the ears while snorkling, etc.. The hold the nose and breath out never seemed to work for me. Maybe there's still hope for me.

There's always hope and you won't know until you try the whole experience. Snorkeling and ear clearing is a bit different to diving and ear clearing. The regulator does help with added resistence - though I don't remember why anymore... (Been a long time since diving class...)

26. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Quoting Travel100

Isadora,

Thanks for the encourgment to try diving. I had simliar experiences to Mr. Isa, problems clearing the ears while snorkling, etc.. The hold the nose and breath out never seemed to work for me. Maybe there's still hope for me.

There's always hope and you won't know until you try the whole experience. Snorkeling and ear clearing is a bit different to diving and ear clearing. The regulator does help with added resistence - though I don't remember why anymore... (Been a long time since diving class...)

27. Posted by bluewaav (Inactive 627 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

It all seems soooooo cool. I would love to scuba but so far have only snorkeled because I don't really think my ears will deal with the pressure.

The closest that I've come to diving> heh... well, not really but, anyway.. My sister, brother and I were on a dock off the Sunshine Coast in Canada when we saw a jelly fish right off the dock! So my bro grabbed a stick and probbed it, and tried to lift it out of the water. We kept ripping through until we got one still looking like a jellyfish (it was a baby with no stinger). My (older) sister picked it up and my brother carried it to my Mom in our tent (we were camping ). My bro and I stayed at the dock- he was climbing the rocks by the dock for the fun of it. Then we heard it- The SCREAM All the way from the ocean!

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