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  • cheryl0522
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    I do have a slight fear of running out of air. Have you ever had this happen to you? Or know of anyone that it has happened to? If so, what did you/the person do? Or what would you do?

    hsinhai
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    You shouldn’t worry too much, running out of air is something you normally would have control of. As part of your training you learn how to plan a dive and manage your air.

    Actually running out of air is considered bad form, there is an article here which gives an overview.

    If you are keeping an eye on your gauges you should know when you are getting low, and you should try to surface before you get to that stage. If you run out of air, you are trained to be able to share air with your dive buddy, and worst case perform a CESA.

    Truthfully training will go a long way to allaying the fears, and you will build up depth slowly, initial training dives are only to 5m depth, and during your open water course you will only go to about 10~18m max depth. On advanced open water training you could go upto 30m deep, but this includes additional training to prepare you for this, so it is more manageable.

    cheryl0522
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    Thanks for this information. It is always best to be prepared, I do agree there. I guess I did not realize the depths being different for those that are just starting out, so that really does make sense.

    hsinhai
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    Best thing, get out and give it a try, you will either love it and get immediately hooked or you wont 🙂

    joek
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    I can see where you would be leery of running out of air. It would be quite scary and something that some may not think about. However if you are trained well then you will know what to do.

    cheryl0522
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    Thanks everyone for the responses. I remember years ago reading about Tina Youthers, the actress from Family Ties, and how she ran out of air when she was diving. This fear has always just stuck with me, but I always wanted to dive. May take some time to get over this fear but if I am trained then maybe it will be ok.

    alva
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    I can see where you are concerned with this, but have no fear. You will be fully trained in your classes what to do if this happens to you. If you pay attention to your tank, there will never be a need for you to run out of air.

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