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Archive for July 25, 2012

It’s a Cinder Block

Yup. That’s me. I’m swimming with a cinder block! This was the last exercise and lesson in my advanced open water qualification. It was search and recovery. The instructor swam off with the cinder block. I had to find it using a search pattern, tie on a rope, inflate the bag, and then tow it back to the underwater platform. He’s strong. He swam off to hide it without the bag inflated. The visibility was pretty murky, hence the picture quality. The tide was up and the waves were rough, so it was a challenge to even get on and off the stairs to make the dives. I would compare it to a ski lift. Once you get the hang of it, it’s not too bad. I looked pretty comical stumbling about in fins like a drunken penguin the first time… a really really drunk penguin! Anyway, as in skiing, it’s all about mileage now. As I log more time in the water, I will gain experience. And there are so many photo-ops where ever you look.