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post #46 of 70 Old 09-10-2009, 08:05 AM
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Yeah, I dive. My girlfriend is a master diver.

We mostly go to Catalina Island, or Sand Hollow in Utah. Lake Mead isnt much fun. Going to either Belize or Hawaii soon... maybe as soon as next week.

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Originally Posted by erickpl View Post

My diving was VERY limited in Cali, but I REALLY want to dive Catalina islands and the kelp beds off San Diego.
I have wanted to do that since my ex-wife went about a year ago. She told me that the diving there was awesome. My last dive trip was to Guam. Such a small island but so much to see off shore. We were diving off the inlet when just at the edge of visibilty, a US Navy Submarine passed on it's way into port.

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Originally Posted by andy02 View Post
I have wanted to do that since my ex-wife went about a year ago. She told me that the diving there was awesome. My last dive trip was to Guam. Such a small island but so much to see off shore. We were diving off the inlet when just at the edge of visibilty, a US Navy Submarine passed on it's way into port.
That was an awesome site I'll bet.

Catalina Island has a dive park right next to the casino. (not a real casino, they just call it that)
There are a few shipwrecks that are in relatively shallow water, the deepest I think is at 130 feet. It was a boat that caught fire and sank.
The other side of the island is much better. A little more surge near the surface, and a bit stronger current, but use the current to your advantage.
But San Clemente island is much better.
I was diving there once and didn't pay close enough attention to where my feet were. I was swimming along a vertical reef covered in these urchins.
I accidently got one in the back of my heel. Had to cut my heel open with a sharp knife to get it all out. They look soft, but they are hard as a rock.

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post #50 of 70 Old 09-10-2009, 02:13 PM
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I've been certified for almost 21 years now (wow that sounds like a lot longer than it feels). Have been on around 300 logged dives. Warm water only for me. I know I'm missing out on some fantastic cold water diving-- some even in my backyard of Seattle-- but I just like a thin coverage suit, warm water on my face and good visibility.

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post #51 of 70 Old 09-20-2009, 01:33 PM
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so i just started diving through my school. ill have my diving cert. when im done, but i plan to go all the way to divemaster... i love it. So anyways, whats the deal on the gear? what do you guys recommend? i know you can rent, but id like my own mask fins and snorkle....
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3 years advanced diver I dive all the time. My work sponsors boat dives and I get out of work all day to go diving..
Im 2 hours from Palua and Chuuk(truk) never been there though.
My last dive was the scariest. I was with a buddy my comp crapped out on me well needless to say we were at 120 feet for about 15 minutes(I could see the dive boat thought it was not that deep)..

When we surfaced his computer was blaring and said SOS on it. It wouldnt reset.
I got home told my wife what happened in case I got sick.

The water temp here is about 83 degrees visibikity up to 180 feet. I dive with my BCD, Gloves and shorts. The fish you see in fish stores are all here. I have dove in a school of about 100 barracudas which scared the crap out of me.

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I got certified back in '81 while stationed in Fla. and dove in the Keys. I haven't dove since. I loved it when I did it though.

On an off note, I just recectly got some life insurance and one question they asked me, do you have and dangerous hobbies, and one they coinsidered dangerous was scuba diving.

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post #54 of 70 Old 09-22-2009, 08:00 AM
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Been diving for over 14 years. I am starting my Dive Con class this Saturday so I can one day be an Instructor... I am lucky enough to work at a Dive Shop here in Charlotte. I'm fortunate to have a job in which I enjoy...

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I got PADI o/w certified when I was 16 with a high school buddy of mine. We dove a bit in the lakes up here, and went on some "rescue" missions for gear lost from boats, but that was it. I haven't been down in 10 years. But, my wife and a couple of my friends are interested in learning more about it, so maybe I'll be diving again soon.
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Originally Posted by mickmeister View Post
Yep. I got certified in 2004. In fact, I am going to be taking the dry suit cert this winter so that I can dive in Alaska next May.
Hey, look me up when you come. I need to get back in our local waters. I didn't have time to go this summer, which is a same because it was the best summer we have had in many years.
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it's good to see other divers here on the forum. I've only been certified for about 3 years now but im about to get my advanced diver, I've been to Key Largo, FL last year as a Christmas present and this year im going on a seven day cruise around the Hawaiian islands and spending two days on the main island.

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post #58 of 70 Old 10-20-2009, 12:19 PM
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I've done Bonaire in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2009 (this past June). Logged over 35 dives with each trip! Gotta love warm weather diving with unlimited tanks and countless shore entries!!!! 6 dives each trip were boat dives too!

If you want to dive here in the US and you're in the Midwest, try Bonne Terre mines SE of St. Louis. 57 degree water is COLD if you're using a wetsuit (let alone one with holes in the crotch and pits). But if you drysuit dive, it is REALLY nice. Crystal clear water filtered through the limestone. Dives are guided so you don't get lost (easy enough to do), but you do some pretty cool stuff!

If you're near Pensacola, dive the USS Oriskany, which was sunk a few years ago. Pretty nice dive there too!

Our next dive trip will likely take us to Belize or the Cayman Islands, though my wife is making a case for Fiji or Palau in the south Pacific. Bikini island would be cool, but I don't have the equipment or expertises required for some of THOSE dives.

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i do. pretty sweet stuff only quarries and lakes here in ohio tho i even work in a dive shop.

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post #60 of 70 Old 10-20-2009, 12:37 PM
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Originally Posted by Boreal21 View Post
Do people dive Tahoe? That's still the most amazing blue water I've ever seen
I'd love to, but it had better be a dry suit dive....My wife and I were told while cruising it in a boat that the year round water temps stay in the 60s.

Originally Posted by RikRotorhead View Post
I think it's required for both PADI and NAUI now. Not positive that it's required for basic certificaton tho'.
I took every certificaton course there was except instructor. The higher the cert., the more you have to swim. Especially for the rescue and saftey diver certs.
I am on the Water Rescue team for my dept. We are all cert. in both Open Water and Advanced/Dive Rescue. Our certifications are all NAUI and they DO require a swim prior to certification. I guess it's up to your instructor if they are going to make you do it or not. The swim is also trunks only. No fins, BC, or wet suit. Also had to tread water for 5 or 10 minutes. I think I just floated and took a quick nap.

We were told that PADI Open Water used to be quite simple to get. The kind of cert. you get on vacation so the shop can get your $$$ and toss you in the water. Hence the old acronym for PADI, Pay And Dive Instantly. I hear they are quite different as of the past year or so, requiring more instruction time than before.

Being in Ky., we are almost 100% in black water each and every time. I'd love to hit the blue water for a week or so, but around here, the clearest you get is about 30 ft. visibility in a quarry.

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