Donna Callanen 3Feb1984 scuba diving class

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FRIDAY FEBRUARY 3 1984 NEWS RECORD m TraHraaUuUUUST^ 1 News Record Scuba lessons surface in By ROBERT CRYTZER SUff Writer HAMPTON - Air bubbles rose lazily from two separate sources below Tiny balls of gas bobbed at the surface for a moment and disappeared disappeared as more formed on the face of the water A pair of shadowy, darting figures was breathing down there Suddenly ,oa»ot the two stopped at quickly as it had started One of the creatures in the water was no longer getting any oxygen If he had been alone, scuba diver Jim Torok wouldn't have had enough airjn his lungs to make it to the ·VHEE^BI^cHfl^^^^^^nH^ciDO^r diver Donna Callanen that his tank was empty, he didn't panic or attempt attempt a dangerous lunge for the surface. surface. Instead, an alert Callanen filled her lungs with air and passed her regulator to Torok as they shared her oxygen on the "buddy system." Torok of Fox Chapel and Callanen of Industry, Beaver County, are just beginners tt SCUM dlvlug -- hi fact they still have several sessions before certification, yet they performed with style and ease Their grace under pressure was a good sign to instructor Ron Gamsford, who watched the submerged submerged pair through his mask, his nostrils pinched together to prevent breathing in water. His lessons, he said, are designed to prepare the divers for anything that may occur under actual diving conditions in a lake river or the ultimate ultimate diver's challenge - the ocean This time it wasn't any of the above but the indoor pool of a North Hills motor inn the perfect-training grounds for a safe and supervised exploration of the watery depths Gainsford, who teaches about 100 students a year, used hand signals to direct the students to the surface. They were only m nine feet of water, the deep end of the pool, as they slowly slowly spun their way to the surface to prevent "the bends," decompression sickness Standing now m waist-high water, Gamsfprd waded ove J|,_TM. ,,, .. snorkel He spoke slowly and demon stratively as HP ogplaippfi the Prospective divers learn safety first in Hampton step of "donning and doffing" the bulky equipment while below "You have to feel confident you can handle your equipment," he said, and in the next breath, "You come to the surface, but you can't blow up your vest, your sinking What do you do' "You drop the weight belt," he answered answered for them The fix-pound beH is the easiest and fastest to remove as the waves pound you under The 33- pound tank must come off next before you're pulled to your death by the gear that moments before allowed you to live with the fish Gamsford explained to a visitor that students need at least three pool sessions or about 6 hours of diving experience before he'll issue a Professional Professional Association of Diving Instructors Instructors (PADI) certification card And he II only certifv a diver if he or she has mastered the safety require ments and is comfortable in the wa ler The 54-year-old instructor also requires requires students to attend four lecture sessions at his Scuba-Swim Inc shop in Bellevue and complete one open dive for certification C e r t i f i c a t i o n is n e c e s s a r y ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^j air, to rent or buy equipment or to engage m diving activities -- CaJkflea. 34, climbed up the ladder and out of the water the weight of her equipment almost unfelt m the water now pushing her shoulders forward as gravity hegvied her load She said she's taking the lessons to make scuba diving a family affair Her husband, Bardner. dives and the couple is planning a scuba outing to the Florida Keys this Sunday The mother of a two-year-old, Callanen said she won't be diving Mike Nelson-style with a speargun in hand or looking to cut the hoses of any Russian spies that may stray into our waters "I can barely operate the fins, she laughed "Put in a good word for horseback riding, ' she added "That's what I'd rather do Torok, a successful businessman at 37, has been snorkehng in the blue Caters that lap the shore near his condominium at Key Colony Beach on the Keys H« sud 4he scute lessens are necessary as lessons for flying a plane "The reason for taking the course is safety," he said "The danger danger lies in not knowing what to Torok said while snorkehng he's had to share space with the often- counter any hungry sharks fn Ms underwater travels --He plans to take his open dive Atlantic with a certified instructor from Flordia He'll explore what he called the gorgeous coral reefs and use the time afforded by the hour- long supply of the air to trap Torok said he also knows of a wrecks that are calling him to down and explore As the trio relaxed and soothed their sore muscles in the nearby whirlpool bath, Gamsford told Ton* he's bound to run Into some sharks his coming expenences, but advised him not to worry The fluid motion of scuba divers water makes them less susceptible attack than swimmers splashing and causing a stir on the surface Most divers that come across sharks afraid and actually find them quite beautiful he said

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