I have made my second dive this year at the Coral Sea in Arvada. The water is still too chilly for my 3mm wetsuit so I have been renting a 7mm wetsuit and 5mm hood for the dives in 64 degree and 68 degree weather. The next time I am out should be good for the 3mm wetsuit I own.
This year, I finally invested in a regulator and dive computer. It is amazing how nice it is too dive with newer equipment with a great assortment of features. Last year, I had one instance where the dive computer’s battery went out. My dive computer not only has analog air pressure and a compass but also a digital depth meter, time underwater, max depth etc. It is definitely a device I can grow with. The most surprising thing is how easy the regulator is to breath. I have had no free flow conditions and the whole set up is dialed in just right.
As I become more comfortable with diving in terms of assembling my gear and maintaining buoyancy, I have been enjoying my diving much more. I can check out the crawfish, bass, and minnows. I can reach for golf balls and spot gnomes in the water. I am not constantly looking for my buddy like I would a small child at Disneyland.
Hopefully I can continue to maintain one dive/month in the summer so that when I have the opportunity to go to a scuba destination, I can plan a couple of dives. I am still a far cry from planning a dive vacation, but it has been a great skill to develop.
As my confidence improves, I would like to pursue some specialty courses like Peak Performance, Navigation, Night, Search & Recovery and Deep. I think these would be great skills which would also lead to an Advanced Open Water Certification.