1. Dave Pierce
    September 29, 2020 @ 10:04 am

    I was introduced to scuba when my mother married my step father in 1969. I was just 8 years old when I did my first dive. I continued with free diving for abalone on the northern CA coast and very occasionally did scuba until the late 70’s when I started going scuba diving much more often. Though the 80’s I did a lot of “cold water” diving, northern CA as apposed to tropical waters. As I got a little older a could afford to travel a bit I started diving warmer climates. Hawaii, Fiji, Cozumel, Grand Cayman, Curaçao have been my favorites. In my late 40’s I started getting mild type 2 DCS. Mildly painful bruising on my chest. I didn’t know what it was for the first few years, then with reading up a little realized I was putting myself in some degree of danger. I started diving with NITROX in my early 50’s and that has alleviated the problem. I have just retired at 58 years old and am very eager to travel and dive. This corona virus has put a halt on that for now but I will be blowing bubble again. I am optimistic for travel in the spring of 2022. Indonesia, the Red Sea and the Maldives are high on my bucket list!


    • Diana Rowe
      September 29, 2020 @ 2:36 pm

      What a great story! And fantastic that you can still continue diving when Corona virus settles down! thanks for sharing!


  2. Fil
    September 21, 2019 @ 12:44 pm

    Hi, an interesting article! Without going into much detail, I started snorkeling at age 13, and at 20 got my first CMAS SCUBA license. I’ve been diving more or less frequently throughout my life, at times reaching double the recommended air-breathing depths, and I even learned to recognise my own signs of Nitrogen Narcosis. I tried the heavy gear, Oxygen rebreathers (of the oId kind; with no electronics and instruments save the manometer). I mostly used compressed air SCUBA used to dive in the sea, in the strong river streams, and lakes. In August 2109 I celebrated my 73rd birthday, and I still dive using compressed air – and I’m planning to do so as long as I enjoy it without noticing any health restriction. Then I’ll stop doing it, of course. All this I think is possible because I try to be aged 25 – on the inside! So, old at 50? Haha! I’ve had it and it’s nothing special. Dive Safe, and enjoy! 🙂


    • Diana Rowe
      September 22, 2019 @ 11:55 am

      What a great story! I agree — always young on the inside. Thanks for sharing!


  3. Nancy Brown
    April 19, 2019 @ 8:42 pm

    My husband and I took up the sport of scuba diving 2 years ago. Maui 1st open water , Cozamel second adventure. Beqa , Fiji our third. Husband turned 76 on this adventure and I 65. We finished up our advanced open water while in Fiji. I believe we can continue to scuba dive as long as we can breath.Salem Scuba Dive , Salem , Oregon…Master divers,owner Blake Fry and Dea Thayer have the skill, knowledge and patience to teach , educate and pass on the passion regardless of age.


  4. Bali Diving
    February 25, 2019 @ 12:16 am

    That’s exactly what I am looking for. Thanks for this post. I love your blog and all the tips you shared. Keep it up!


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