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Old 05-06-2013, 09:25 AM  
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Any Certified Scuba Divers Here On CP?

Just wondering if there are any certified divers here on CP?

I'm PADI Open Water certified and am about to make my yearly visit to the Bahamas on Memorial Day weekend to go shark diving.

Where do you guys go diving, any good lakes up where you live.

Here on the Gulf Coast we can get a round trip airfare from Hou/Bahamas for a few hundred bucks on Continental/United.
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Old 05-06-2013, 04:21 PM   #31
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:46 PM   #32
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I did that. Got certified while attending DCA School in RI. Have dove for lobsters in water so murky could not see my outstreched hand.

Coolest dive was the wall off the back beach at GITMO when my ship was in RefTra. The ship's chart said the dropoff was from 60 feet to 2000 fathoms (12'000').
Off the back side of Molokini in Maui there is a drop off like that not sure how deep but the vis was so good you could really see the dramatic chang. You drop in at about 60 feet and follow along the bottom at about 120 feet it just drops away into the Abyss.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:53 PM   #33
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Sky yes, water no.
I used to skydive as well for a very brief time. Never got fully certified. I was just getting out of the Navy and I had made about 10 jumps. I was working my way up to the 60 second freefall. I started looking at parachute colors and designs thinking I would by my own gear once I was certified.

Then I found out my wife was pregant and I had not secured a job out of the Navy. It didn't take long to get the job but then I had to worry if the new insurance would cover the pregnancy being a pre existing condition and all.

For some reason I let the new baby and responsibility stop me from any further jumps. I should take it back up again, There is nothing like freefalling and then flying under canopy.
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:09 PM   #34
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I used to skydive as well for a very brief time. Never got fully certified. I was just getting out of the Navy and I had made about 10 jumps. I was working my way up to the 60 second freefall. I started looking at parachute colors and designs thinking I would by my own gear once I was certified.

Then I found out my wife was pregant and I had not secured a job out of the Navy. It didn't take long to get the job but then I had to worry if the new insurance would cover the pregnancy being a pre existing condition and all.

For some reason I let the new baby and responsibility stop me from any further jumps. I should take it back up again, There is nothing like freefalling and then flying under canopy.
I understand, priorities change. I hope you make it up to jump out of a perfectly good airplane again at some point.
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:10 PM   #35
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Open Water, Advanced Open Water and Special Response Diver here.

Dove Fiji and the Key's, the best two places I've dove.

Recovered over 90 vehicles in Miami one month with the Miami/Dade PD... had a couple big scares with 'gators. Swam with a few sharks in Fiji, but nothing too scary.

Next on my list is the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Can't wait. Hope to hit it in 2014.
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:13 PM   #36
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Open Water, Advanced Open Water and Special Response Diver here.

Dove Fiji and the Key's, the best two places I've dove.

Recovered over 90 vehicles in Miami one month with the Miami/Dade PD... had a couple big scares with 'gators. Swam with a few sharks in Fiji, but nothing too scary.

Next on my list is the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Can't wait. Hope to hit it in 2014.
You have to hit the Blue hole in Belize as well at some point.
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:41 PM   #37
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I used to skydive as well for a very brief time. Never got fully certified. I was just getting out of the Navy and I had made about 10 jumps. I was working my way up to the 60 second freefall. I started looking at parachute colors and designs thinking I would by my own gear once I was certified.

Then I found out my wife was pregant and I had not secured a job out of the Navy. It didn't take long to get the job but then I had to worry if the new insurance would cover the pregnancy being a pre existing condition and all.

For some reason I let the new baby and responsibility stop me from any further jumps. I should take it back up again, There is nothing like freefalling and then flying under canopy.


I had a chance to go skydiving once with a radio DJ friend of mine. The whole jump was free too.

Had it all set up to jump out of a little Cessna type plane but I chickened out at the last minute.

I have no problem diving down 100ft with sharks but I'm scared as shit to jump out of an airplane.

I'm afraid I might piss or shit on myself.

How was your first jump????????
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Old 05-06-2013, 06:53 PM   #38
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Dolphins are a blast to go diving with. Did a Dolphin Dive in the Bahamas too.

They're so ****ing fast it's incredible and soft like skin.
**** that Dolphins are little rape machines! Bet they thought your skin was soft like a little sheep too!

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Old 05-06-2013, 07:50 PM   #39
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I had a chance to go skydiving once with a radio DJ friend of mine. The whole jump was free too.

Had it all set up to jump out of a little Cessna type plane but I chickened out at the last minute.

I have no problem diving down 100ft with sharks but I'm scared as shit to jump out of an airplane.

I'm afraid I might piss or shit on myself.

How was your first jump????????
It was awsome. I started out on the static line. Once you jump out the rip cord is pulled for you so no free fall just flying the canopy down. After doing a couple static line jumps simulating pulling the rip cord, ( I acutally pulled a handle that wasn't attached to anything and I had to have it in hand when I landed.) I progessed through what they call hop and pops (no static line but no delay in pulling the rip cord either) to a few seconds of free fall I actually got up to 10 seconds.

Once you progress up to the 60 second freefall you were then required to do manuevers in the air. I never made it that far before I quit jumping.

My wife recently did a tandem jump that was a gift from her sister. She kept trying to get me to do it as well. I was not really interested in jumping with someone strapped to my back. Also I am the kind of person that when I get involved in things I usually go all out buying equipment and spending all my free time doing the thing until the next thing comes along. So I opted not to get hooked on skydiving.
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