Chronicle of a mutation: From terrestrial humans to underwater creatures

 
Prestige issue 110, July 2002
 

No, you do not need to be an outstanding athlete for diving. Wrongly considered as a dangerous hobby,  certain sports are riskier and less exciting. Diving allows us to discover the marine world.

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1-Still terrestrial beings, students donned their diving neoprene suit. Almost ready to take the plunge, supervised by three instructors.
2-We prepare the mask by spitting into it, we spread saliva, we rinse with water to prevent the formation of condensation. Hmm, not very attractive for a work.
 
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1-We check the equipment, we experience breathing compressed air. A student finds it is not a bad idea, nicer than a hookah.
2-Come on, we help each other to bring the material under the watchful eye of the instructor. Team work is an important element in the practice of diving.
3-We get into the water and we float listening carefully to the final instructions before initiating aquatic descent.
 
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First underwater experience: discover the sensation of breathing underwater, adapt to the new environment.
 
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1-We start the plunge in the funds, the BCD (Buoyancy Control Device) enables zero buoyancy. We escape gravity. Incredible.
2-“Hey, come back down, you float too! Deflate a bit your BCD. “We give ourselves advice by gestures to perfect the technique.
 
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Floating mastered, here we go, we set off cautiously watched by the instructor.
 
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1-How about it, right? Come on, join us!
2-We train to the “buddy breathing” if there are some air problems, first emergency Partner gesture.

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1- Demonstration of the instructor on how to remove and replace the mask.
2-What should you do in case of cramp? Repeating the right move while the boys laugh. 
 
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1-The student calmly deflates his BCD. Towards the end of the course, he has already mastered the equipment.
2-We feel like a fish in water. Next step: the sea, its mysteries!