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Offline Wander

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Scuba anyone?
« on: November 30, 2018, 05:05:40 am »
Once the holidays are over, Jan/Feb is pretty hard on us Minnesotans and many take vacation refuge down south Mexico, Caribbean. Our group of boys have a have been going on annual scuba trips during the months.
Last years trip:
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« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2018, 05:07:52 am »
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« Reply #2 on: November 30, 2018, 05:08:33 am »
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Re: Scuba anyone?
« Reply #3 on: November 30, 2018, 01:15:43 pm »
Wow, amazing @Wander, @Giles and I are off to the Soccoro Islands end of March, really excited about it.  We both love scuba diving (thanks to @Alex who wanted to dive from a very young age, and got us both hooked too), but I will definitely never, ever venture into an underwater cave...  ???

Fantastic photos - what an adventure!
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« Reply #4 on: November 30, 2018, 01:48:54 pm »
@Wander great thread! I worked as a Divemaster in the Bahamas as a summer job over the course of four years, and then became a commercial diver back in England before joining IH!

I'll try and dig out some photos from both jobs, they were slightly different!

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« Reply #5 on: November 30, 2018, 02:31:54 pm »
A few quick ones I found of the later part of my dive career

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Re: Scuba anyone?
« Reply #6 on: November 30, 2018, 02:43:54 pm »
@Alex, @Madame Buttonfly
How wonderful! Scuba diving really is a privilege. I’ve been diving/destination diving for about 10 years now and am a PADI master diver myself. We have a pretty good group of friends with military, police, medical backgrounds and highly technical and skilled dive profiles. Absolutely, would love to share the experiences and explore new sites!

I am not Cave dive certified (wife will not allow it). But as a master diver you can dive the cenotes. (I warn you, try once and you get the bug!) Some of the pics I posted here are from the cenotes we did in Mexico, we are going back in March 2019 and explore some new cenotes and just chill in Cozumel, lost count of how many times I’ve been diving in Cozumel  (you must go dive Cozumel if you haven’t already- we have our go to guy there if you need help)

@Alex, the Caribbean is great, we had one of our best experiences in Turks and Caicos few years ago! We have booked a catamaran for 2020 in Belize.

Would love to hear more from you all!

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« Reply #7 on: November 30, 2018, 02:46:05 pm »
@Alex , that looks marine grade!
Sweet!
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« Reply #8 on: November 30, 2018, 02:54:27 pm »
You will certainly be hearing more from us!

We consider diving a true privilege too, venturing into a world so close yet so alien and getting to see so much beauty and wonder, it's been a revelation to me.

Giles, Alex and I did a blue hole dive about 15 years back which involved going through a short cave tunnel and coming out into a large cave before reaching the deep part of the blue hole (which then became open water).  I absolutely HATED it, and the experience nearly spoiled diving for me for ever.  So whilst I'm sure Giles and Alex would have fun in the cenotes sadly it's not something I'll ever attempt - I'm a scaredy-cat, fairweather diver, and am happy to stick within my limitations!

Do post more photos when you have time  :)
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« Reply #9 on: November 30, 2018, 02:59:10 pm »
@Madame Buttonfly
Totally understand! Most of our wives dive too and almost all of them are fair weather divers!
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« Reply #10 on: November 30, 2018, 03:09:18 pm »
@Wander we definitely want to dive in Cozumel, will be in touch for your advice and recommendations when I start planning...

We've mainly dived in Bahamas and Maldives, really want to start exploring the Caribbean seas - this new thread you've started has got me totally distracted, can't concentrate on work, just want to go diving again!

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« Reply #11 on: November 30, 2018, 03:38:12 pm »
@Madame Buttonfly, please feel free to ask/share. Amongst us, there’s a lot of resource re: people and places but still there’s so much to see/explore.

Come to Belize 2020.

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« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2018, 04:13:32 pm »
Belize 2020 sounds extremely tempting...  ;)
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Re: Scuba anyone?
« Reply #13 on: December 01, 2018, 01:07:44 am »
... I will definitely never, ever venture into an underwater cave...  ???

There are denotes where you can snorkel. Most have an opening above and are therefore not considered true cave diving. You can dive the basic denotes with a basic OW cert (but as I said, you can also choose some that are open to snorkelers.)

I've been diving for >30 years. When I started, we had no BCDs or computers, and the tanks had those horrible mechanical reserves. Good times!  :-\

I don't dive very often. I went to Bonaire 2 years ago; it was great. Probably the best bang-for-bucks if you are in the US and not looking for big stuff.

My favorite dive vacation was spending a week on a live aboard in the Red Sea, back in 2014. Here are a few pics:













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Re: Scuba anyone?
« Reply #14 on: December 12, 2018, 07:47:41 pm »
Excellent opportunity for Divers in Austin
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