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Taking the plunge: scuba divers work towards certification

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Taking the plunge: scuba divers work towards certification
University of Missouri sophomore Savannah Pattridge sets down her dive mask after a scuba diving class

University of Missouri sophomore Savannah Pattridge sets down her dive mask after a scuba diving class hosted by Diventures Capt. Nemos on Saturday at the Mizzou Aquatic Center in Columbia. Pattridge is one dive away from being certified. “I am looking forward to going to Hawaii in January and hopefully many other diving trips,” Pattridge said. 

Diventures Capt. Nemo’s hosted nearly 40 scuba diving students Saturday at the Mizzou Aquatic Center. The students’ skill levels ranged from entry level, intermediate to rescue diving. Intermediate levels students completed their final confined dive at the pool. Their next and final dive will be an open water scuba diving certification test in Arkansas.

Assistant dive instructor David Martin, left, assists Columbia resident Jason Woodward into the pool during a scuba diving training class

Assistant dive instructor David Martin, left, assists Columbia resident Jason Woodward into the pool during a scuba diving training class Saturday at the Mizzou Aquatic Center in Columbia. Diventures Capt. Nemo’s hosts weekend classes at the University of Missouri for scuba diving certifications.

Fulton resident Amy Sue Guinn cleans off her dive mask before entering the pool for a scuba diving class

Fulton resident Amy Sue Guinn cleans off her dive mask before entering the pool for a scuba diving class hosted by Diventures Capt. Nemo’s on Saturday at the Mizzou Aquatic Center in Columbia. Sue is an ASL interpreter in Boone County and hopes to become a dive instructor so that she can teach diving to people with impaired hearing.

Diventures Capt. Nemo’s assistant dive instructor David Martin, center, explains diving techniques with a group of students during a scuba diving class

Diventures Capt. Nemo’s assistant dive instructor David Martin, center, explains diving techniques with a group of students during a scuba diving class Saturday at the Mizzou Aquatic Center in Columbia. Martin’s group of students focused on mastering entry-level dive techniques for their final class session before taking their open water scuba diving certification test.

Columbia resident Tanya Haeussler adjusts her dive mask before putting on her gear for a scuba diving class

Columbia resident Tanya Haeussler adjusts her dive mask before putting on her gear for a scuba diving class hosted by Diventures Capt. Nemo’s on Saturday at the MIzzou Aquatic Center in Columbia. “The freakiest thing for me was taking the mask off (under water) because the water hits your nose and it's an automatic reflex that you can’t breathe,” Haeussler said. “They had us take the mask off for several minutes to get used to breathing under water even though you have a mask off and can’t see.”

Diving partners Tanya Haeussler, left, and Savannah Pattridge complete a final check on their respirators before entering the water during a scuba diving class

Diving partners Tanya Haeussler, left, and Savannah Pattridge complete a final check on their respirators before entering the water during a scuba diving class hosted by Diventures Capt. Nemo’s on Saturday at the Mizzou Aquatic Center in Columbia. “Always dive with a buddy. Your buddy is always helping you and is aware of you,” Haeussler said. 

Columbia resident Tanya Haeussler checks her buoyancy before her final scuba diving class

Columbia resident Tanya Haeussler checks her buoyancy before her final scuba diving class Saturday at the Mizzou Aquatic Center in Columbia. “Scuba diving is the best feeling in the world,” she said. “You are just so relaxed. To be able to look around and see calmly when usually you are playing in the pool, you are holding your breath and you can’t see anything. I think it’s amazing.”

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