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Unread 06-10-2008, 08:14 PM   #1
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hey so i am in our machine shop at school every day, doing large scale CNC mill and CNC lathe work, the guy who runs the shop who i talk to everyday noticed i was interested in diving, the guy is probably 45 or so, he is ex navy seal, coast guard search and rescure, and did commercial deep sea diving for oil companies on the platforms, his side company makes parts for companies and inviduals to rebuild their regulators and all that so he knows everyone who dives in NC. said he'd help me get certified to as far as i want to go. pretty excited to be honest, any divers out there?

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Unread 06-10-2008, 08:22 PM   #2
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I was certified my senor year in college. I havnt been on a dive since, but a buddy of mine and I want to take a refresher course and go some time soon. It is one of the best experiences I have ever had. Probably the most peaceful. You will enjoy it. If your getting free lessons, get all the knowledge you can from this guy.
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Unread 06-10-2008, 08:22 PM   #3
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Cuba diving? I've never been cuba diving, but I have gone knorklin'. You ever go knorklin'?
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Unread 06-10-2008, 09:03 PM   #4
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Scuba is a lot of fun. I've been certified for a good while, done only 10 or so dives since then so I don't do it often. Good times though. Some of the most beautiful things in the world are underwater. Only one way to see it all.
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Unread 06-10-2008, 09:38 PM   #5
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I've been certified for 15 years. I have dived from one side of the world to the other, but missing that part in the middle, below India. Its fun and it should be something you want to do. It's a relatively cheap hobby to have after you buy the gear and if you shore dive. Of course you could just rent the gear also, but I prefer to know where my regulators have been and how they have been treated. It's actually not too bad when you go on vacation also. Usually around $80 for a 2 tank dive. Try not to be a dive snob that only wants to go where the beautiful dives are. I just like to be underwater. Give it a try.
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Unread 06-10-2008, 11:21 PM   #7
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I have 193 dives so far, when I get home I hope to hit the 200 mark. Right now my daughter is in Texas getting certified for free. It is one of the best experiences in the world. There are several wrecks of the coast of NC than can be reached from the shore, Wreck diving is my favorite, but any diving is great.
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Unread 06-11-2008, 01:07 AM   #8
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Unread 06-11-2008, 01:43 AM   #9
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I've been certified for 15 years. I have dived from one side of the world to the other, but missing that part in the middle, below India. Its fun and it should be something you want to do. It's a relatively cheap hobby to have after you buy the gear and if you shore dive. Of course you could just rent the gear also, but I prefer to know where my regulators have been and how they have been treated. It's actually not too bad when you go on vacation also. Usually around $80 for a 2 tank dive. Try not to be a dive snob that only wants to go where the beautiful dives are. I just like to be underwater. Give it a try.



oh i do wish that were true.

you buy your kit then you need to service it every 12 months- it is life support remember, but I am with you on the get your own as you know how its been treated.

you buy more stuff because you need it as your diving changes, or you see a new reg and think hmmm that would be nice.

its a damn addictive hobby( nearly as addictive as trail driving Jeeps) but i love it, just been out and spent 800 on a new neoprene drysuit as the last membrane one has fell to pieces.


Certified with PADI but crossed over to BS-AC ( British Sub-Aqua Club) within 6 months of qualifying as over here the club environment is more conducive to further training and development.

have dived mainly in the UK as its some of the best diving in the world..


Scapa Flow- orkney isles- google it and include german high seas fleet.

west coast of Scotland

cornwaqll

south coast anywhere especially in the English Channel - some stunning wrecks and real ones not artificial like the Orisskany (sic) .



if you do start be prepared for a fairly sizeable outlay at the beginning.
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Unread 06-11-2008, 02:52 AM   #10
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any divers out there?
Me, me, me!!

Certified in Whittier, Alaska (drysuit) - completing my 4 dives in November 2003. Then I went to Australia, did 50 more in 3 weeks or so (and completed the PADI advanced course in the process). Now I have almost 100 dives in places such as Australia, Egypt, Alaska, Florida and New Mexico. Last fall, we went to Florida and my wife certified and we both completed the Nitrox course.

It's great fun - but can be an expensive hobby. I spent about $5K on my initial gear (mark, fins, snorkel, BC, regulators, dive computer, flash light, strobe, camera housing, etc.). I've since spent another $300 or so on a second BC for warm water and $1000 or so on my drysuit, $300 on a wet suit - along with some other misc. funds on stuff (bags, dive computer cable, dive computer software, etc.). Then of course, there is the dive travel. That gets expensive pretty fast too. Now that I'm married, I got my wife into SCUBA - she certified in Miami on our second wedding anniversary and now has 4 dives. We need to get her out diving - our next vacation will definitely be a diving vacation (:

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Unread 06-11-2008, 04:01 AM   #11
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Another diver here, haven't been in almost a year, but hopefully be diving Anacappa Island in the next week or so
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Unread 06-11-2008, 07:56 AM   #12
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yep. first certified in 1978. I dive mostly caves and deep shipwrecks now. I have more invested in gear than I do in both jeeps, but now the only real cost is getting to a dive site I want to visit.
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Unread 06-11-2008, 08:47 AM   #13
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PADI certified since around 1990. Advanced Open Water & Rescue Diver. Used to be on search and rescue team (we called it a recovery team, since by the time you get divers in the water the victim is DRT). Almost finished Divemaster, but moved before completing that. It is a nice hobby. I dont go as much as I used to. I do still snorkle alot in a nearby clear freshwater river. I need to get the scuba gear out of the storeroom, get it serviced and go diving. I've got four tanks that need hydro, now it is over $50 a tank. My Dacor gear is 1990's era but was top of line then, so it is still good stuff.

Use good gear, it is the differrence between fun and dead. NEVER dive alone.
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Unread 06-11-2008, 10:20 AM   #14
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PADI certified since around 1990. Advanced Open Water & Rescue Diver. Used to be on search and rescue team (we called it a recovery team, since by the time you get divers in the water the victim is DRT). Almost finished Divemaster, but moved before completing that. It is a nice hobby. I dont go as much as I used to. I do still snorkle alot in a nearby clear freshwater river. I need to get the scuba gear out of the storeroom, get it serviced and go diving. I've got four tanks that need hydro, now it is over $50 a tank. My Dacor gear is 1990's era but was top of line then, so it is still good stuff.

Use good gear, it is the differrence between fun and dead. NEVER dive alone.
unless trained and certified to do so.

right about cheap gear though.
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Unread 06-11-2008, 11:03 AM   #15
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I got certified my sophmore year of college through the university. Our qualifying dives were in Lake Tahoe, in the snow. We only had 6mm of wetsuits on. It was absolutely MISERABLE. I've never been that cold in my life hahaha. Water temp at 40 feet indicated (70 feet) (tahoe is wayyyy up in altitude) was about......28 degrees. . . Yes, below freezing.

I haven't been diving since, but that's just because I can't afford all the gear.
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