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Scuba Diving shows a whole new world on things

By Staff | Jan 25, 2011

Rich Best who has been scuba diving for 38 years, shows Robin Heisman how to breathe underwater using a regulator. Instructor Rich Best from the Sunken Treasure Scuba Center in Lycoming County shows Jade and Robin Heisman from Sullivan County how to put on the scuba diving equipment at the East Lycoming YMCA indoor pool on Saturday afternoon. Behind them divers, Terri Barner and Mark Walizer demonstrated diving and breathing techniques.

MUNCY – Imagine discovering a whole new way of looking at the world explained Terri Barner, a certified scuba diver from the Sunken Treasure Scuba Center in Jersey Shore. She and Mark Walizer were on hand Saturday afternoon at the East Lycoming YMCA to show anyone who was interested on what scuba diving is all about in the heated indoor pool while arctic temperatures were set at below freezing levels outside the complex.

The event was free to help draw an interest to those who may want to take further instruction with their classes according to instructor, Rich Best. Classes will resume at the Y on Feb. 2 and will run for five weeks. The only requirement is to be relatively comfortable in the water.

Robin Heisman from Sullivan County brought her two daughters, Jade and Robin. Both girls love the water and wanted to learn how to scuba dive. “This was a good opportunity for us before making an investment on the classes,” said Heisman.

“We can also do a private course on diving on any given weekend,” said Best who has been scuba diving for 38 years. “Diving is as safe as you make it,” he said while showing Jade how to put on the equipment. All you need to know is how to breathe and a regulator is used to breathe underwater. “Anyone can learn how to do it,” he said. “You do not have to be a strong swimmer to learn how to scuba dive. We want them to see how easy it really is.”

Participants learn how to operate and wear equipment, how to breathe with masks and regulators, and what to do if a cramp occurs.

The scuba divers take trips to the Bahamas so they can dive into the ocean and see a whole new world. When asked about sharks, Best said that sharks are pretty cool and very impressive. “They are not as dangerous as people think. First of all, we are not really on the food chain for sharks.” If someone is attacked by a shark, it is usually a mistake according to the divers. “It is the same concept if someone gets bitten by a vicious dog. It rarely happens, but we hear about it,” they said.

The divers are planning a trip to Bonaire in the Caribbean on March 20 for a week. They will also be running the Salvation Army’s Polar Swim in February at Haywoods on the River. Other services they provide are safety training for the fire departments, a local Camp Cadet program, and programs for local boy scouts. They also do a strong environmental program in the area to keep local waters clean and safe. For more information on scuba diving lessons, call 570-398-1458 or visit their website at www.divestsc.com.