I made the cut so to speak! As of yesterday I am a certified Open Water diver according to PADI. I was put through the paces with two dives Saturday and two dives Sunday. I did have to redo my emergency ascent yesterday but that was just forgetfulness on my part, nothing that I screwed up. I would like to get rid of the blockage I have in my left ear though as I was having problems equalizing going down and I think I may have blown a bit too hard and now my left ear is not happy at all. Something to learn is that you need to equalize gently and often.