SCUBA: should I continue? Feel like I'm going to die.

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    I signed up to do a scuba diving class at my local gym and Friday was my first session actually in the pool..... I hated it. I genuinely felt like I was going to die on numerous occasions. I couldn't work out how to use my BCD so I was either stuck on the bottom of the pool or floating on the top. My fins kept getting caught on the bottom when I had to surface which slowed me down and I couldn't breathe then I'd start to panic.

    So on Tuesday I have my second session in the pool and I don't know whether to give up or keep trying. I've been having nightmares about being without my regulator (the air thing in your mouth) and having to struggle to get to the surface. On Tuesday the plan is to practice taking our regulator out and sharing our partner's spare among other things. The thought of this terrifies me.

    I don't know what to do. I don't want to die and I felt immense fear so many times on Friday so it's really put me off. But I would love to be able to explore different underwater environments and my brother is certified so we could dive together if I get through this.


    :confused: I don't know whether to give up or to keep trying. Did this fear happen to anyone else who has learned to scuba dive?
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    (Original post by Sabertooth)
    I signed up to do a scuba diving class at my local gym and Friday was my first session actually in the pool..... I hated it. I genuinely felt like I was going to die on numerous occasions. I couldn't work out how to use my BCD so I was either stuck on the bottom of the pool or floating on the top. My fins kept getting caught on the bottom when I had to surface which slowed me down and I couldn't breathe then I'd start to panic.

    So on Tuesday I have my second session in the pool and I don't know whether to give up or keep trying. I've been having nightmares about being without my regulator (the air thing in your mouth) and having to struggle to get to the surface. On Tuesday the plan is to practice taking our regulator out and sharing our partner's spare among other things. The thought of this terrifies me.

    I don't know what to do. I don't want to die and I felt immense fear so many times on Friday so it's really put me off. But I would love to be able to explore different underwater environments and my brother is certified so we could dive together if I get through this.


    :confused: I don't know whether to give up or to keep trying. Did this fear happen to anyone else who has learned to scuba dive?
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    I would say that if you are this concerned and stressed about it, definatley give up, unless this is something you really want to do. Don't give yourself anxiety over something that you can decide not to do. Why don't you ask your brother if he could help you? Maybe he could teach at a pace that you are more comfortable with
 
 
 
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