Scuba Guru - Undorkification
undorkification (un dork i fi KÁ shun) – 1. The process of unbecoming a dork, or avoiding being a dork. Origin: Circa 2010, from un-, meaning NOT!; the Yankee dork, variant of dweeb, doof or clutz; and -ify, the lame way we change a noun into a verb and, -ification, the equally lame way we change a verb into a noun. 2. Reviewing and refreshing your scuba skills after a period of diving inactivity.
So as you shake the dust off your dive gear anticipating fresh adventures in the briny deep, it hits you:
I haven’t been diving in months!
Too many months!
Why I might . . . I might . . . . (IEEEEEEEE!!!!) look like a dork!
Yes, it’s true. During your dry spell, dorkification has almost certainly set in. It’s signs and symptoms include:
- Not being so tight with buoyancy control, and hovering . . . ha, ha, yeah right.
- Not remembering what “Begin” stands for from “Begin With Review And Friend.” Or, not remembering “Begin With Review And Friend” at all.
- Certainty that the most important rule of scuba diving is to designate who buys the beer after the dive. (BTW, that’s an important rule, but not the most important one.)
- Uncertainty as to which end of the cylinder you put the regulator on. (Try the end with that valve thingy.)
- Various other skill erosion and memory lapses that at worst can affect your underwater safety, and at best make your first trip back to the water not as fun as it could be or . . . (oh no!) . . . make you be that dork who stirs up the bottom!
Your only hope is undorkification, which fortunately, is very easy. You’ve also heard it called “scuba refresher” or PADI Scuba Review (you were wondering where this was going?).
Fact is, whether you’re a new diver or a seasoned pro, we all have intervals that keep us from diving. Equally true, we all need to refresh a bit when we get back in the water. The less experienced you are as a diver and the longer it has been, the more important it is to refresh. Fortunately, learned mental and motor skills come back easier than learning them the first time. The self-study PADI Scuba Tune-up Guidebook or the recently released Scuba Tune-up Online allow you to refresh your knowledge of safe diving practices, dive planning, problem management, the effects of air at depth, dive computers and tables, using the RDP (include eRDPML) and diving with enriched air nitrox at your pace and convenience.
After than, the typical Scuba Review is a short splash with a PADI Instructor in a pool, confined water or shallow dive site. Your instructor takes you through the key skills, helps you polish anything that’s a bit off and, voilá! You’re undorkified and ready to resume diving within the limits of your training, experience and comfort zone.
For more information about the Scuba Tune-up Guidebook and Scuba Review, contact your local PADI Dive Center, Resort or Instructor, or visit padi.com for a worldwide directory.
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