Cavern Class & Humble Pie
About a year later, I decided to take a cavern diving class. It was a great experience and I learned a lot, but in retrospect I wish I’d had a better handle on my basic dive skills before going in to class. To be fair, I didn’t feel this way beforehand: it was only after I’d experienced some real task-loading for the first time that I discovered how badly I’d lose control of my buoyancy when dealing with some emergencies. After passing ‘Cavern, I really didn’t do much cavern diving for almost a year. I later realized that this was because I didn’t feel comfortable in the overhead environment: mostly because I felt stressed out while trying to manage all the stuff you’ve got to stay on top of when doing that sort of diving.
Anyway,there were two students in the class in addition to me. One had a similar diving background to me and faced similar challenges in the class. The other (I’ll call this guy “Devin” for now) seemed to complete any task with ease…. and it looked like he never moved an inch up, down, left or right in the water unless he wanted to. “Solid” doesn’t begin to describe what this guy looked like in the water.
I was jealous: I wanted to be able to do that.
As I’m sure you can guess by now, it turned out that “Devin” had also taken GUE Fundamentals a couple of years before we took the cavern class together. Like Ryan, Devin quickly became one of my favorite people to dive with. Everything seemed to always go so smooth and be a lot of fun.
Oh yeah, and neither Devin nor Ryan were actively traveling the world as part of some fancy GUE project: they were just normal guys. Both of them spoke highly of their experience in GUE classes, although neither was as ‘strict’ as I’d expected based on the internet rumors I’d read.
That’s what ya get for believing everything you read on the internet, ha!
So what’s this “Fundamentals” class anyway?