Open Water Diver

img_4200For anyone interested in learning the ways of the scuba diver, this is the place to start. Get your certification, then continue your journey into the ocean realm. Follow along with me if you’d like, I’m always up for company.

I started in my hot tub. The 500 gallon tank in my back yard was a super safe place to play in the water. I had my goggles, a regulator, and a tank of air, so I strapped them on and went diving. It may be silly, but the first time I was able to see clearly underwater, and actually take a breath, was just a fantastic thing.

Anyway, to date, I’ve finished all the work that needs to be done up to the point of getting my ocean dives done.

It starts with signing up for a class. I chose SSI, which stands for Scuba Schools International. There are many options, PADI and NAUI being others that teach diving skills. The primary reason for using SSI is that I don’t have to do things in lockstep order. They seem to be more flexible with your schedule and learning needs.

So, you sign up. I signed up with Sea Stallion Scuba in Lake Forest, CA. It’s only a 4 mile drive from my home. One one weekend, starting on Saturday morning at 8 a.m., we covered classroom and pool activities. However, prior to the classroom bit, you have to be registered for the SSI Open Water online course. The cost was $70 for the online learning portal access. I must add that the videos, and instruction there are top notch. Excellent photos, videos, the works. It’s well worth the $70 even if you never went one step further in your diving education. Not that you’d do that, of course!

Back to the classroom.

Saturday morning, 8 a.m. meet with the dive instructor. For 4 hours, we go over material from the online portion, his notes, and videos. Open discussion, questions, the works. Then we break for lunch. Meet in the back of the shop at noon to pick out wetsuit and BC, tanks, weights. Then head over to the pool in Nellie Gail Ranch for the first pool session.

You learn how to put on you wetsuit. How to put on your tank. How to do whatever it is you need to do or don’t know how to do already.

Do 2 laps of the pool swimming, and tread water for 10 minutes in the deep end of the pool. If you can’t swim, well, what are doing in the water, right? Most people can actually swim, though you might think that’s not really necessary if you have all your scuba gear on and working.

After 4 hours in the pool, doing all kinds of drills, you head back to the dive shop to return your gear.

Sunday morning, meet again at 8 a.m. for more classroom instruction. Our class decided to take the final written test at the end of the classroom instruction. We all finished the 50 question, multiple choice test in about 20 minutes. The test is are review of the online training module, and any notes the instructor may have added. It’s easy, straightforward, and no trick questions are involved. You can miss 10 questions, which means passing is 80%. If you miss a question and can defend your answer, the instructor will not count the missed question against you. Everyone passes.

We then headed to the pool for another 4 hour session, learning how to share air with your dive buddy, locate you regulator, manage buoyancy, and a lot more. You’re preparing for your first open water dive in the ocean. One the pool is complete, you head back to the shop to return your stuff.

My recommendation is to purchase your own gear, and train in your own gear. Making the commitment was the hardest part for me. For some reason, I had reservations that I couldn’t really pinpoint. So I just took the plunge and the commitment part followed immediately. Sometime you just have jump in the water and forget dipping a toe in there first.

Now, I’m waiting to do my first beach dive. We dive out of Crystal Cove in Laguna Beach. That is where I’m headed in about 30 minutes. Going to check it out. I heard the waves were 4 to 5 feet today, which is not good for newbie divers. The scheduled beach dive was cancelled because of this “high surf” which is great for surfing, but not for newbie divers struggling to get beyond the break. Dealing with crashing waves when you’re weighed down with 80 pounds of gear isn’t the easiest thing to do, so they say.

I’ll pick another day, maybe next weekend. And I’ll keep you posted!

To recap:  Call a dive shop. Ask about training. Even better, drive to the dive shop closest to you and talk to the friendly person there about training. They’ll give you the full scoop. You will need to own the basics before your first pool day–a minimum requirement for our shop was fins, mask, snorkel. The rest is provided as part of your training. Again, I encourage you to purchase your own gear. Not a requirement, but well worth it.

Photo below:  That’s me with the silver hair, bent over with the blue and red tank. Just trying to center the weight over my legs. The other folks are on their knees, because this is some heavy gear. You’ll see. This is also a great motivator to get in shape! My position in the photo is also the position a diver assumes when he or she has the “bends.” But that’s a whole different story, which I will address in a later post.

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First Odd Scuba Dive

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Searching diligently for the neighbor’s lost contact lens. 

Today I made my first real dive. Even it was a technical event, with a maximum depth of 2 feet and an average of 1 foot with 12 minutes total time underwater.

Where was I? You’ve probably already figured it out. My 500 gallon hot tub was today’s dive of choice.

I’m not certified, haven’t taken my first official class, though I have completed the SSI computerized module for Open Water Diver. I’m extremely mechanically inclined, so didn’t feel at all out of sorts during this dive. Tested all equipment before submerging, with the knowledge that should I run out of air, well, it’s not really that far to the surface, right?

Oh yea!!

With total abandon, I plunged into the mental abyss. So cool. I mean, hot! I was literally in hot water, in a good way of course. It was so cool to be hot. This was the coolest hot thing I’ve done in forever.

Regulators worked perfectly. I changed to my secondary then back to primary. Check. No issues. Cleared a little water that had accumulated in the chamber, then went to breathing like a fish. Did some fiddling with the pressure valve on the reg, but at this depth, it’s pretty much not going to do anything.

The boyancy control vest was cool. Inflate, deflate. All systems, check. Dive computer… perfect. Water temperature was 103 degrees. Visibility crystal clear. Filters in the tub, yes, there they sat, looking all filterish. This was probably the coolest thing ever, and I haven’t even dipped a fin into a pool yet.

Soon, I’ll get all fishy-like and turn this into something real.

I start my first class April 29. Four hours classroom, four hours pool. I’m ready. I’m pumped. And I’m totally going to love this “whole new world” I’m about to explore.

If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, stop thinking and do it. I’m sure you’ll wonder why you took “forever” to make the decision and take action. That’s what other diving friends have said to me repeatedly–“you’re going to love it.” And you know what? They’re absolutely right!

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The dog seems concerned. Is he going to come up for air anytime soon?

One more thing. The dive computer didn’t log this dive, even though it did provide me with details of the dive in real time. No logging since the depth wasn’t sufficient to be considered “real.” Oh well. My logged dives are coming up soon enough.

 

— Photo credits:  Tami Glander

The Slow Carb Diet

The Slow Carb Diet

Rule #1:  Avoid “white” carbohydrates.

Anything that is, or can be, white. All bread, rice, cereal, potatoes, pasta, tortillas, and fried food with breading.  Don’t eat white stuff unless you want to get fatter.

Rule #2:  Eat the same few meals over and over again.

Mix and match from this list:

Proteins

  • Eggs, whole, if they’re organic. Else, egg whites.
  • Chicken breast or thigh
  • Beef
  • Fish

Legumes

  • Lentils
  • Black beans
  • Pinto beans
  • Red beans
  • Soybeans

Vegetables

  • Spinach
  • Mixed vegetables, including all cruciferous
  • Sauerkraut, kimchee
  • Asparagus
  • Peas
  • Broccoli
  • Green beans

Eat as much of the food items above as you like, but keep it simple. Pick three or four meals and repeat them. Vegetables are not calorically dense, so you need to add legumes for caloric load. Meals should be approximately 4 hours apart.

Rule #3:  Don’t drink calories.

Drink massive amounts of water, unsweetened tea, coffee or other no-calorie beverages as you like. Don’t drink milk, normal soft drinks, or fruit juice. Aspartame in diet drinks can stimulate weight gain.

Rule #4:  Don’t eat fruit.

Just say no to fruit and its principle sugar, fructose. Fructose is converted to glycerol phosphate, which turns to triglycerides via the liver, then to fat storage.

Rule #5:  Take one day off per week.

Use Saturdays as your Dieters Gone Wild day. This will ensure your metabolic rate (thyroid function and conversion of T4 to T3) doesn’t downshift from extended calorie restriction.

There is absolutely no calorie counting on this diet.

Questions, objections, observations, should be brought forth as soon as you think them. There are solutions to every objection.

This is the diet used by Tim Ferris, author of The 4-Hour Body. It works, or so he says. Now we need to try it.

Occam’s Protocol Workout

Started September 20, 2016

Workout A

  • Machine close grip supinated pull-down, 7 reps to failure, 5/5 cadence
  • Machine shoulder press, 7 reps to failure, 5/5 cadence

Workout B

  • Slight incline/decline bench press, 7 reps to failure, 5/5 cadence
  • Leg press, 10 reps to failure, 5/5 cadence
  • Stationary bike x 3 minutes at 85 RPM to minimize leg soreness

 

Remember this:  The objective is to fail, to reach the point where you can no longer move the weight, at seven or more repetitions at a 5/5 cadence.

The longer time under tension for the lower body will elicit a full-body growth hormone response while also stimulating the formation of new capillaries, which will improve nutrient delivery.

Micronutrient Laboratory Testing

Use the lab at SpectraCell for measuring various blood related items. It’s a micronutrient testing lab. To find clinicians, go to spectracell.com

 

ExamOne-Orange

Address: 946 W. Town and Country Rd. Bld B Orange, California 92868 (Map)
Phone: 855-570-3926
*Patient must bring Spectracell kit and requisition.  Please call ahead to schedule appointment.

 

Testosterone Protocol

Protocol 1: Long term and sustained

Fermented cod liver oil + vitamin rich butter fat — 2 capsules upon waking and before bed

Vitamin D3 — 3,000 to 5,000 IU upon waking and before bed until blood levels reach 55 ng/mL

Short cold showers 10 minutes each, upon waking and before bed

Brazil nuts x3 morning and night if deficient in selenium.

Testosterone is derived from cholesterol. Eat 4 boiled eggs within 3 hours of bedtime the night before you want to have incredible sex.

I have no idea if any of this actually works, since it’s all based on another person’s experience. As for me, I’m going to go a different route and us BHRT–BioIdentical Hormone Replacement Therapy. More on that when I get to it.