Day one of open water dives.
My instructor, who bears more than a passing resemblance to Ted Raimi (although he points out, rightly, that he usually gets "Harry Connick Jr.") assuaged my one concern which was to let me go really slowly to depth. It just takes a while for my ears to equalize.
In practice this meant that I went down to the 24' platform with the former company member of the San Francisco Ballet* as she has similar concerns to me. So we go slow.
Even in the quarry the water was not particularly cold although we may go deeper tomorrow and will need hoods and gloves.
You know that whole thing where I learned how to use dive tables and such? I think we don't do that at all in the PADI Open Water Diver certification. I mean zero. Nothing. Nada.
This morning it occurred to me that I'm doing this solely to impress my friends. I'm lookin' at you, Joe Chapman.
*I say this in order to make my life seem more glamorous. Is it working?