Saturday, February 18, 2006

TWO MORE CAVERN DIVERS YIPEEE!!!!

Well, two lovely young women from England decided to take the plunge last week, not as open water divers but as IANTD Cavern Students with Instructor Marco...and they received their cards last night!!! Hooray for Ruth and Elli who worked very hard on thier 2 day course for cavern certification.

Ruth and Elli were not expecting, like Huw and Allison, to engage in a Cavern Course while on vacation. But the dreams of beer and sun dissipated after their first cavern tour upon their arrival in Tulum. Like many, they were hooked and wanted to learn more...

Now the cavern course can be done in single tanks, but with much discussion as to their future goals, it was decided by all to do the course in doubles so they could begin their equipment transfer from single tanks, BCDs and a single reg to the cave configuration of twins, two regs, backplate and wings....though they were forewarned about the challenge of re-learning buoyancy in this new configuration, the girls were up for it and ready....

They were stars! They struggled, yes, but they got it. And with smiles after a few days diving after the course, they realized thier accomplishment...well done!

Well, another TWO bite the dust and we have Ruth and Elli hopefully returning for thier full cave on their next vacation....go home and show the Dive Club in England your card...you earned it!

5 Comments:

Blogger Ellie said...

Hey Nicola -

Thanks for all your help, for setting us up with such a brilliant course, and for just basically making sure we had so much fun in Tulum and that last day in Playa. That cavern course was fantastic. I'm really looking forward to some more cave action in the future - and meanwhile the stuff we learned on the course will do us the world of good and more importantly help us be much safer back in the uk open water. Marco really is the business.

Also thanks for the wine dive presents. Ruth is loving the art work, our lunch at Java Joe's was fantastic (nearly even fixed my hangover) and I'm loving my T-shirt and looking forward to filling my new scallop bag.

Best wishes and lots of love to you and the crew, Ellie

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Blogger mario said...

A typical dictionary definition of hypnosis states that it is: a state that resembles sleep but that is induced by suggestion. However, anyone who has tried hypnosis (and any self respecting hypnotist) will tell you that this is a very simplistic view of the subject!
A much better description comes from the Free Online Dictionary which states that hypnosis is: an artificially induced state of consciousness, characterised by heightened suggestibility and receptivity to direction. So what does this mean and how can it be used to your advantage?

Well, the subject of hypnosis has been discussed and pondered since the late 1700s. Many explanations and theories have come and gone though science, however, has yet to supply a valid and well-established definition of how it actually happens. It's fairly unlikely that the scientific community will arrive at a definitive explanation for hypnosis in the near future either, as the untapped resources of our 'mostly' uncharted mind still remain something of a mystery.
However, the general characteristics of hypnosis are well documented. It is a trance state characterized by extreme suggestibility, deep relaxation and heightened imaginative functioning. It's not really like sleep at all, because the subject is alert the whole time. It is most often compared to daydreaming, or the feeling you get when you watch a movie or read a captivating book. You are fully conscious, but you tune out most of the outside world. Your focus is concentrated intensely on the mental processes you are experiencing - if movies didn't provide such disassociation with everyday life and put a person in a very receptive state then they would not be as popular (nor would TV advertising be as effective!). Have you ever stated that a film wasn't great because you just couldn't 'get into it'???
This works very simply; while daydream or watching a movie, an imaginary world becomes almost real to you because it fully engages your emotional responses. Such mental pursuits will on most occasions cause real emotional responses such as fear, sadness or happiness (have you ever cried at a sad movie, felt excited by a future event not yet taken place or shivered at the thought of your worst fear?).
It is widely accepted that these states are all forms of self-hypnosis. If you take this view you can easily see that you go into and out of mild hypnotic states on a daily basis - when driving home from work, washing the dishes, or even listening to a boring conversation. Although these situations produce a mental state that is very receptive to suggestion the most powerful time for self-change occurs in the trance state brought on by intentional relaxation and focusing exercises. This deep hypnosis is often compared to the relaxed mental state between wakefulness and sleep.
In this mental state, people feel uninhibited and relaxed and they release all worries and doubts that normally occupy their mind. A similar experience occurs while you are daydreaming or watching the TV. You become so involved in the onscreen antics

4:19 AM  
Blogger cylon said...

Neurolinguistic Programming

In the early 1970s in America Richard Bandler, then a young college student studied the work of Fritz Perls and later Virginia Satir and found that he could reproduce their high-level therapy skills to a degree that even surprised him. Bandler seemed to have a natural ability to mimic (model) the language patterns by Virginia and Fritz.

At the University of California at Santa Cruz, Bandler who was well versed in the teachings of patterns in mathematics and computers teamed up with a college professor, John Grinder to help him understand the processes that were at work. Soon Bandler and Grinder, who used what he knew about patterns in linguistics, created a new model for personal growth called NeuroLinguistic Programming.

Bandler and Grinder had set out to model the hypnotic skills of Milton Erickson. They had astounding results. They built a communication model about human "thinking" and "processing" and used that model of how we see images, hear sounds, reproduces smells and tactile experiences in our mind to track and model the structure of subjective experiences.

Sounds very complicated but really it works very simply. Here is an example as used by Paul McKenna - probably the best & most successful hypnotist in the world.

Close your eyes and think of a negative memory. Become involved in the situation as best as you can. Feel the emotions that you felt, see the things you saw and hear the things you heard.

Now take that memory and project it onto a mental screen seeing yourself in the picture. Put a frame around the picture and view it as if it is an old photograph. Next drain all the colour from the picture and shrink the screen to the size of a matchbox.

Have the feelings associated with the picture decreased in any way?

Another good example of NLP involves Anchors. Have you ever smelt a certain perfume or aftershave and had it remind you of a certain person or situation? Gone to a certain place that brings feelings long forgotten flooding back? Or been in any situation that creates emotional responses that would not normally be associated with it? Well if you can answer yes to any of these then you have experienced anchors. Some anchors are associated with positive feelings and some with negative emotions. However, you should be aware that anchors can be consciously installed or already existing ones altered. Here is an example:

Think of a time when you were really happy. If you can't think of one then imagine something that would make you feel really happy. See what you would see, hear what you would hear and feel what you would feel. Really get into the picture and try to experience it as though it were happening now.

Now brighten the colours and make them richer. Increase the volume. Make the picture bigger, brighter, louder. That's it and more and more....

Now press your first finger against your thumb and fully experience your happy feelings. Do this everyday for 2 weeks and you will create an anchor that will instantly recreate these feelings. Whenever you want to feel like that again just press your thumb and first finger together and wham the feelings will come flooding back! Don't believe me? Just try it and see!!! hypnosis

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Blogger syndi_cation said...

Hello!

Thanks to Rosso (we thought his name was Russell, our mistake) we had a great snorkeling tour of Cenote Dos Ojos. Muchas gracias, Rosso!

Jack, Cindy and Hannah from Massachusetts

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