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sailing and diving around the world
I spent a good part of the day in the water again, assisting luca, one of the instructors, as he continued training Jacob. This will give you guys an idea of what the OW training is like. Jacob, like many people, had a little trouble getting his mind around the mask-clearing skill. What happens is you deliberately flood your mask with sea water by pulling the seal of the mask, at the top, away from your forehead, allowing ocean water to fill the mask. The difficulty with this is that the mask acts as a seal for you nose, sealing it off tightly, so, even though most of us are accustomed to breathing through our noses on land, the tight seal of the mask removes the urge to breath through the nose underwater. With the mask on, it feels perfectly natural to breath through the regulator, and not through the nose. But, when the mask is flooded, and your nose has ocean water floating at the nostrils, it a sort of a weird feeling, and the instint to breathe through the nose returns. So, you have to get your mind wrapped around the idea of continuing to breath only through the regulator, even though your nose is now fully exposed to the ocean water.
Anyway, the skill calls for you to flood your mask, then, with a breath of air from your tank, you exhale through your nose as you pull the mask away at the bottom, from under your nose. As you're tilting your head back, the air coming out of your nose forces the ocean water out of the mask at the bottom, where you have the mask pulled away slightly at the bottom. He nailed the skill today, and moved on to easily conquer the other skills he had to learn.
It's been a lot fun working with Luca and Jacob, and it took me to yet another level. Divemasters are awesome people, that's all I can say! :):):)
Added some photos that I took at Meghan's 22cnd birthday party :)