Product Work LogName Cody WitherspoonProduct Scuba DivingDate/Time: Activity: Comment/Suggestions: Went to local dive shop in search of9/12/11 project facilitator, and information on4:00pm-5:15pm dive classes and estimated cost. Commentary: Today I met Bruce Klein, who is a manager and dive instructor at The Dive Shop in Marietta. I spoke with him about my senior project and he agreed to be my facilitator. He seemed willing to work with me and my schedule, he also informed me that the next beginner dive course begins the 19th, and I signed up. He instantly have me a handbook and a set of dive tables to begin studying before the first class.Date/Time: Activity: First day of scuba class.9/19/116:00pm-8:00pm Commentary: Today was my first day of class, we
began by watching a video and signing waivers and forms. Afterwards the whole class went to the shop pool to begin the physical fitness test. The test is in place to make sure the students can swim and are in good enough condition to dive. It consisted of a 200 yard freestyle swim followed by a 10 minute water treading exercise. It ended up being much more difficult than I expected but I passed. Also I became acquainted with basic snorkeling gear which consists of the mask, snorkel, and fins.Date/Time: Activity: Day 2 of class.9/21/117:00pm-9:30pm Commentary: In class today I began in the pool from the start learning to clear my mask under water. Which is while submerged I take my mask off and put it back on. This is possible by sealing the top of the mask to my forehead and blowing air out of my nose to displace the water and fill my mask with air. This is important to know in case my mask falls off while being too deep under water to surface and adjust my mask. Also we began learning about scuba equipment such as the parts and how they are used.
Date/Time Activity:9/22/11 Day 3, beginning to use scuba6:00pm-9:00pm equipment under water. Commentary: Today I got to fill an air tank and put on a regulator and buoyancy compensator on and actually dive. Breathing underwater, even if only 12 feet in a pool, was the strangest and most exhilarating feeling I have ever experienced. My instructor and I dove to the bottom of the pool practicing clearing my ears along the way to relieve pressure.Date/Time Activity: 4th day of class.9/23/117:00pm-10:00pm Commentary: We began in the pool again today with all of my gear on and practiced regulator recovery. Which is when the
regulator, which is what I breathe out of, falls out of my mouth how to find it and place it back in the mouth. Also I learned how to properly enter the water when there isn’t a ladder to climb down. What you do is take a big step spreading your feet apart and stepping into the water. It is done this way to keep the fins away from each other so you sink instead of fall when you hit the water. After practicing this we went back into the classroom to discuss dive tables and how to plan dives as well as hand signs to use under water. As well as the effects diving and pressure has on the humanDate/Time body.9/25/117:30pm-10:15pm Activity: 5th day of class. Commentary: In class today I learned how to remove my buoyancy compensator which is the vest that holds my tank. While underwater my facilitator showed me how to take my buoyancy compensator off and place it on my chest while continually breathing. This is important information in case while diving I need to go somewhere that with my vest on my back I won’t fit. We also learned how to share air in case the tank becomes empty; I learned to always dive with another person in
case this happens. After this we went back into the classroom to learn more about how to plans dives according to the Navy divers decompression table. As well as how to log dives.Date/Time Activity:9/28/116:00pm-8:30pm Final day of in class training. Commentary: Today we went over everything I had learned one more time and practiced everything and finished all the worksheets in my manual. After this I took my final exam earning a passing grade of 92%. Now I was clear to travel to the ocean to do my required 5 ocean dives to be certified.Date/Time Activity:10/3/1112:00pm-1:00pm Arriving at Panama City Beach with my Dad. Commentary: We arrived at 11 in the morning and talked to the local dive shop that is
affiliated with my home dive shop in Marietta. We scheduled 2 dives for the following day.Date/Time Activity:10/4/118:00am- 2:00 pm My first certification dive at the jetty of Panama City, and my second certification dive. Commentary: For my first dive my instructor and I walked into the jetty from the beach and dove to a depth of 55 feet. The water was cold and the current was very strong, but it was so much fun. Later that day we boarded the dive boat and went about 4 miles off the coast to dive a sunken bridge span at 75 feet.Date/Time Activity:10/5/11 3rd Certification dive.7:00am-9:00am Commentary: Today we rode to another dive spot where a navy salvage pontoon was sunk at 60 feet. On this dive I used a smaller air cylinder and was distracted by all the marine life that I forgot to
check my air gauge and when I did I found I was low on air, too low to last until I surfaced. So I used my training and shared air with my buddy to the surface.Date/Time Activity:10/7/11 4th and 5th certification dives8:00am-2:30pm completing my training. Commentary: Once again we dove at the sunken bridge span and it was covered with jellyfish this time, and for my final dive we went to a small under water wall with an incline of 30 feet. Then when we got back to the shop I received my certification card.