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Solid Divers Needed! Experience A Must.

To all strong/experienced divers who read this: Will you help us give back for two or three hours? Can you be a good buddy to someone?

UPDATE- Normal things to go over with your buddy before the dive:

  • Signals and communication underwater
  • Proper gas (air) management (turnaround time, safety margins, etc)
  • Proper Weighting
  • Emphasis on neutral buoyancy
  • Lost buddy procedures

STARBUCKS is providing the coffee! Thanks, Seattle's best!


Experienced divers only RSVP on this page. You do not need to be a Power Scuba member to participate in this event. (If you are not, contact me to be placed on the list.)

I was helped by several divers when I was brand new to scuba. They answered my questions, went diving with me, and were patient as hell! Perhaps you experienced that also when you were new. Let's do that very same thing for some of the new or inexperienced divers in this group. You'll take them out on one dive at the Shores and help them along on their path to "veteran" status!

Will you help me give back? (For obvious reasons this is a definite "no flake" event.)



WHAT: One tank dive with an inexperienced diver as a buddy.

WHY: Because it's greatly needed

ARRIVALTIME: Please be at our canopy NO LATER THAN 8:30 am. (I'll be there at least by 7:30 am.) I'll begin my indoc speech then.

PAIRING UP TIME: We'll begin buddying up around 9:30 am

IN-WATER TIME: Approximately 10 am

WHAT IF: Q- What if it becomes painfully obvious your dive buddy does not have the skills necessary to complete the dive? In other words, they're not simply rusty, they're missing a significant amount of the skillset and knowledge to safely perform a dive.  A- You must be candid, honest, and gentle with your buddy. Tell them, in your estimation, they're not ready to perform a dive and suggest they take a refresher class or repeat their o/w class. Let the host know of this as well. (Addendum- If you are already in the water and the realization strikes you that your buddy shouldn't be diving, end the dive immediately and have the above conversation.)

Major thanks to the following scuba shops/instructors for contributing at least one of their staff to our little endeavor here:

  • Dive Shack (El Cajon)
  • Ocean Enterprises (Kearny Mesa)
  • Unified Team Diving (Sorrento Valley)


This will not be a "Scuba Review Class" or anything similar... just one diver (you) buddying up with another certified (albeit less-experienced) diver. No teaching relationship, real or implied, is existant.






BAR-B-Q after the dive! Power Scuba will spring for some meat. You bring a side (maybe a little to share too?) and something to drink.

THIS IS A NO FLAKE EVENT


ADMIN STUFF YOU MUST READ:

If you have not submitted a Liability Release for Power Scuba, please follow this link to the file, print, sign, and bring to the event along with your C-Card (scuba certification card). You need to do this at least once a year:  Liability Release and Assumption of Risk There will also be releases at the event.

You must also read this: Disclaimer and Clarification... AKA Terms of Service...AKA Terms and Conditions

Anyone with a medical condition possibly counter-indicitive to diving must have a doctors signature on a diving waiver form and submit signed form to Bill Powers (or an organizer) before they may attend any Power Scuba event. YOU MAY NOT ATTEND THIS EVENT WITH AN UNDISCLOSED MEDICAL CONDITION. Doing so is grounds for expulsion from the group. Here is our medical statement: Medical Statement. Therein you'll find a Doctor Waiver form as well.

Attending any scuba event Power Scuba facilitates constitutes attendee's affirmation they are medically fit to dive, certified to dive by a nationally-recognized agency, have the necessary skill & training level for the dive being offered, have read the Terms and Conditions, and have submitted a signed Liability Release to an organizer.

Power Scuba bears no responsibility or liability for a member's loss (gas, airfare, hotel fees, etc) in the event of a cancelled event.

Your participation constitutes your affirmation you agree to these above rules and disclaimers.... and that your buddy(s) (if applicable) has read and agrees to the same.

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  • Chris T.

    I just wanted to say thank you to my two newbies...Nick and Lynette.. these two were amazing! No flappy hands, no google eyes, no pressing the up button on the elevator and they kept there equipment on through the surf! I was impressed..Nick even had an unprecedented newbie ability to find 30 foot viz and a wall with bugs, crabs and horn sharks!. Thanks guys it was a fun dive :)

    April 17, 2013

  • Daniel C.

    Excellent opportunity to help those entering the dive community, happy to help.

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • DANIELLE D.

    Great experience for both new and experienced divers.

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The post-dive BBQ spread was awesome! Big thanks to the guy behind the grill, and to everyone who brought food & drinks!

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • Rod S.

    great idea

    April 13, 2013

  • Bill W.

    Had a great time, many thanks to Bill for organizing this worthwhile event.

    April 13, 2013

  • ken

    Woke up sick.

    April 13, 2013

  • Tyler S.

    Who wants to carpool? Parking is going to suck

    April 10, 2013

    • Tyler S.

      Cool I figure the least amount of cars there the better

      April 10, 2013

    • Sean S.

      And sh$t

      April 12, 2013

  • Bill P.

    Patrick, Kerstin, Blair, & jay (from OE) and Liz Tuttle, Chrissy Hill, & Marcus Jones (Dive Shack) will be joining the ranks.

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm still up in the air on if I can or not. So I don't want to RSVP yes.

    April 12, 2013

  • Bill P.

    It's ok if we have a few more Vets than Newbies. That still works. Please, all of you come on by and support us! We'll have some food for ya!

    April 11, 2013

  • Scott G.

    Awesome that everyone came together on this! Looking forward to it.

    April 11, 2013

  • Kelly F.

    Happy to help out. Always good to get in some OC time.

    1 · April 11, 2013

  • Doug E.

    I'll be there.

    1 · April 10, 2013

    • Eric G.

      Good. I owe you money!

      April 11, 2013

  • Bill P.

    Could I ask that all of you ask another experienced diver that you know to join us as well. Right now we have ten more Newbies than experienced divers to pair with. I most definitely don't want to send any newbies away buddy-less from this event. Please help, gang.

    April 9, 2013

    • Bill P.

      Well, for just this event, I have to share I'm not really concerned about "intermediates"­. This event is for those who are brand new or "inexperienced"­ (whatever you deem that to be). You Vets are simply divers who are solid in your skills (no matter what level you are at), have a decent amount of experience, and can be a good buddy to someone. It's my own personal opinion that if you don't fall into the "new/inexperienced"­ category you should fall into the "solid skills w/ some experience" category pretty soon after leaving the "newbie" category. Let's not muddy the waters talking about intermediates.

      April 10, 2013

    • Bill P.

      *And let's be truly honest here: Even a brand new diver should have solid skills and be capable of being a good buddy to someone. That's what the o/w cert is sayin'. The fact that isn't always the case is a concern to a great many of us, I know. Let's all do our part to help these valued members (the newbies) find their path in our scuba community.

      April 10, 2013

  • edgar s.

    Coming down from LA. Hope to finally meet the great Mr. Powers.

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Callie M.

    I will have 2 tanks along and would be happy to do 2 dives. (BTW, I don't refer to myself as a "solid" diver, just a "properly insulated" one.) ;-)

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Elbert

    Will be there, but I can't dive and I will have my baby boy with me, so we'll just be hanging out.

    April 9, 2013

    • Lynette

      My minions will be there with G-Ma. They are 4&6. How old is your bundle?? Ill keep tabs if you want to dive.

      April 9, 2013

    • Elbert

      He just turned 1. Thanks for the offer :) I'll keep it in mind.

      April 9, 2013

  • Cliff, kelp m.

    I'll drop two dives if needed!!!

    2 · April 9, 2013

  • Kevin

    I will be there....

    1 · April 9, 2013

  • Sophie W.

    b-day weekend and crazy party schedule already... not sure if a hungover diver is still experienced !!!

    April 8, 2013

    • Eric G.

      Pretty sure beer cures hangovers...

      April 8, 2013

    • Sophie W.

      beer yeah. diving, not so sure !

      April 9, 2013

  • Elbert

    Thanks Bill :) I will have to think about it.

    April 9, 2013

  • Tiffany P.

    Sorry I can't make it this year! I'll be Earth Day volunteering up in San Onofre.

    April 9, 2013

  • Tyler S.

    If I can remember how to screw my reg in I'll come

    3 · April 8, 2013

    • Cliff, kelp m.

      You just joined the group "newbie". I think you signed up in the wrong spot!!!!! ;-) Lol.

      April 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Nah, I think it's about right...

      April 9, 2013

  • Naomi

    I need to leave at 11:30, but hope this can work.

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • Scott G.

    Glad to give back some :)

    1 · April 8, 2013

  • DANIELLE D.

    Can't wait!

    April 8, 2013

  • Tedd R.

    I will be running the food line.

    2 · April 7, 2013

  • Chris T.

    I had told Bill. I didn't think i could make this but I can..i like being a buddy to "up and coming divers" Then the next week my IE then last week in April...Catalina... whew! What a month...I cant wait.

    1 · March 6, 2013

  • Eric G.

    Marking one year since I started diving with Power Scuba.

    3 · January 15, 2013

  • Bill W.

    Sounds like fun!

    1 · January 8, 2013

  • Tedd R.

    sounds good

    2 · January 8, 2013

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