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Adam Jonson,

just finished up my IDC in Roatan, Honduras. I made it through easily and passed at the top of my class thanks to scuba GURU Kent Rychel... couldn't have done it without you man. All the best to the new baby and many thanks to CSDA. Hope to dive with you guys soon!


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Hi Kent,

Thanks for the feedback and good information on weighting. I tip my hat to you both for offering your scuba challenge sessions and helping newer divers like myself (I first got certified at age 12, but got recertified 3 years ago) work on refining basic skills. The sessions last night were frankly humbling. I realize I have a long way to go with my buoyancy skills. I'm very comfortable when diving and moving forward - less so when "hovering," as Samuel had me try. I became acutely aware of how much my jacket-style BCD tends to raise my upper body rather than encouraging a horizontal position. A different style BCD may be in my future and I'd love to try one of your plate-style BCD's sometime to see how much is buoyancy skill and how much is equipment - I'm guessing some of each. I'm also aware of how difficult my style of BC is to get on and off in the water - so much to tangle and twist.

By the way, on the weight note, towards the end of the pool session, I used the technique of going to the surface, inhaling fully, and deflating my BC to find my neutral buoyancy weight. I ended up taking out 4 pounds and ended up with 6 pounds as the sweet spot. Clearly, I've got work to do with learning to descend without the ballast of excessive weight and letting my exhalation do the work. Part of my reason for over-weighting is born of an experience where I became too positively buoyant at the safety spot of a dive due to the cylinder having less air. I could spend an hour just working on buoyancy and if you guys are ok with that, I may make that a focus until my next dive in February (Cozumel.)

I have to say I wonder how you guys can pull off all you offer at the low rate of $10. Frankly, I'd gladly pay twice that much for what you offer. Heck, I'd pay $30 for a session like that. I'm not wealthy, but say this because I think your sessions are worth more than what you charge and I'd like to see you guys be successful.


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I was thinking of getting SCUBA certified for a while and the opportunity presented itself when I spotted an online deal. I met with Samuel and he gave me the open water manual and I set a date for the classroom training.  After reading frequently and taking the quizzes I was ready for the classroom and the pool training. Kent and Samuel take the extra time to ensure you understand everything. If you do not understand they will keep at it until you do. The pool sessions were great and I learned a lot. This really prepared me for the open water dives. We went to Utah to the homestead crater and the water was great at 90 degrees. They were very thorough in their explanation of what to expect. After the open water certification I was ready to go diving at the location I wanted. I was very apparent Samuel and Kent took great pride in their training. There was no rushing and they would tell you if they did not recommend that you dive due to a condition or experience. 

Highly recommend them for your experiences!


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