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Old 05-06-2013, 10:25 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, 12:03 PM   #16
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I am a certified diver. I used to dive all the time off the coast of So. Cal. It got to be where it wasn't any fun. The waters cold and the vis sucks. Made a few trips to Catalina and up to the Channel Islands. Much better diving and visability.

However my best dives have been in Maui and those are the ones that spoiled me and caused me to quit diving locally.

My biggest regret is I didn't get certified while in the Navy. I could have dove some awsome places. Instead I saw some pretty cool bars.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:09 PM   #17
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I am a certified diver. I used to dive all the time off the coast of So. Cal. It got to be where it wasn't any fun. The waters cold and the vis sucks. Made a few trips to Catalina and up to the Channel Islands. Much better diving and visability.

However my best dives have been in Maui and those are the ones that spoiled me and caused me to quit diving locally.

My biggest regret is I didn't get certified while in the Navy. I could have dove some awsome places. Instead I saw some pretty cool bars.


I hear ya.

I got certified in Huntsville, TX in a sand pit with zero visibility. That way you had to use a compass.

But I don't dive locally. The water around here is like diving in a ditch.

I dive in the Bahamas or somewhere like that.

If you can't see what's the use, it's not like you're commercial diving and getting paid for it.

The Bahamas are amazing. I can't wait for Memorial Day.
I usually get at least 2 dives a day in.
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:10 PM   #18
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I got PADI certified while in Cuba in the 90s, loved it but other than a dozen or so dives I've yet to do it again. Snorkeled in Maui and I bet that would have a plethora of great dive sites. Color me jealous bikemike and scho
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:36 PM   #19
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Depends on the shark.

Most sharks want to be left alone and pretty much keep to themselves.

Bull Sharks are what you need to watch out for. And Hammerheads.

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.
If it's that time of the month the shark can be really bitchy!

Bull sharks are mainly in the Gulf and I won't dive there-those sharks are NASTY MF'ers and just bit a surfer in Florida last week.

I've seen Lemon, Nurse, Black Reef Tip and White Reef Tip sharks while diving, plenty of rays but no manta ray.

I've never seen a whale, seal, or dolphin while scuba diving.

Want to dive in the Galapagos and Baja California next

I saw a 500-600 pound Jewfish Grouper in Caymans and when it opened it's mouth you could see clear into it's body-it could nearly swallow a diver.

Did see many whales during mating season in Maui breaching all over the place and the Jersey Shore in Winter migration.

Seen dolphins too numerous to count at the Jersey Shore and on boats

Never saw any hammerheads or makos or great whites and I'm damn glad for that!
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Old 05-06-2013, 12:39 PM   #20
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I got PADI certified while in Cuba in the 90s, loved it but other than a dozen or so dives I've yet to do it again. Snorkeled in Maui and I bet that would have a plethora of great dive sites. Color me jealous bikemike and scho
I snuck into Cuba in March 2001 from Toronto and stayed two weeks. It was awesome! Didn't dive but did stay at Veradero for 5 days. The sand there was the softest I've ever laid my feet upon-just like baby powder.

I bet we could tell great stories about our time there.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:26 PM   #21
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I did have a couple really interesting dives off of La Jolla Shores one year. The giant squid were spawning and there were millions of them. The tubular egg sacks littered the bottom. This drew in all kinds of other sea creatures to feast. It was the most activity I saw in an area on any dive.

Rays were gracefully swooping around feeding. Sharks, dolphins, sea lions and teams of other fish were darting about. It really was incredible. There is no way I could describe it acurately. The squid were so abundant you could literally swing your octopus around and hit a squid.
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Old 05-06-2013, 01:35 PM   #22
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Kind of a funny story....

When I was in Cancun doing a two dive tour I had just finished the first dive and come back up to the boat. I was feeling pretty shitty from the night of drinking before and ended up yaking on the boat. I felt better after this so I figured I might as well go on the second scheduled dive. Well I jump back in the water and am about to desend when I yak again but this time with the regulator in my mouth. The puke comes blasting out the valves into the water and provided some nice fish food. I don't think anyone saw me so I let the air out of my BCD and headed down.

p.s. It was a rental
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:02 PM   #23
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I did have a couple really interesting dives off of La Jolla Shores one year. The giant squid were spawning and there were millions of them. The tubular egg sacks littered the bottom. This drew in all kinds of other sea creatures to feast. It was the most activity I saw in an area on any dive.

Rays were gracefully swooping around feeding. Sharks, dolphins, sea lions and teams of other fish were darting about. It really was incredible. There is no way I could describe it acurately. The squid were so abundant you could literally swing your octopus around and hit a squid.
That's awesome!

I never dove in CA and not sure why. I lived there for 6 years
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:06 PM   #24
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If you ever go to Cancun skip the scuba diving unless you like seeing dead coral.
Yeah, I went to Cozumel for my honeymoon 20 years ago and the diving was fantastic. We went through there on a cruise last summer and the bottom looked like a moonscape.
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:45 PM   #25
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But I don't dive locally. The water around here is like diving in a ditch.

If you can't see what's the use, it's not like you're commercial diving and getting paid for it.
Local diving is not the reason that most people certify, but there is some real value to local diving. Most lakes and reservoirs will be cooler than the Caribbean and have limited visibility so there are some uncomfortable considerations but lakes and reservoirs are a great place to practice skills you already have and master new skills. Lakes and reservoirs don't typically have current or surge, they have an actual bottom to limit any uncontrolled descent, and they are a great place to practice navigation because you can't cheat. If you can become comfortable diving in lakes and reservoirs, you will have a much easier time in the Caribbean (or other dive destinations).

Local diving also becomes more interesting if you consider the historical importance of your local body of water. For instance, the nearest dive site to Albuquerque is a natural cold-water spring called the Blue Hole of Santa Rosa. On face value, you have a hole in the ground with cold water, about 8 fish and sometimes a few hundred crawfish. If you consider the history, you have a natural phenomenon that is more than 10,000 years old. One cave in a series of underground waterways. A place where dinosaurs came to drink. A place where Native Americans would have come for water; and Spanish conquistadors, and westward settlers and (most likely) even Billy the Kid.
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:47 PM   #26
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Kind of a funny story....

When I was in Cancun doing a two dive tour I had just finished the first dive and come back up to the boat. I was feeling pretty shitty from the night of drinking before and ended up yaking on the boat. I felt better after this so I figured I might as well go on the second scheduled dive. Well I jump back in the water and am about to desend when I yak again but this time with the regulator in my mouth. The puke comes blasting out the valves into the water and provided some nice fish food. I don't think anyone saw me so I let the air out of my BCD and headed down.

p.s. It was a rental
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:51 PM   #27
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p.s. I'm certified through Rescue Diver and I've been to: Bonaire, California (San Diego), Cancún (including the new underwater sculpture park), Cenotes, Costa Rica (Pacific side), Cozumel, Jamaica, New Mexico (Blue Hole, Conchas, Perch Lake, Elephant Butte, Navajo Lake, Rock Lake), Nicaragua (Little Corn). Panamá (Coiba), Saba, St. Kitts.
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There are flooded mines in SE Missouri where you can cave dive. I always thought that sounded interesting but never made it over there to give it a try.
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Old 05-06-2013, 03:46 PM   #29
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I was certified with YMCA/PADI in 1980 because I loved the ocean and wanted to be an oceanographer. Unfortunately you make no money being an oceanographer so I became a union pressman instead.

Best places I dove are in order:
  • The Cayman Islands twice-the amount of large fish you see is incredible and swimming through "Tarpon Alley" at 80 feet with 250 or more 40-50 pound tarpon slowing gliding in place side to side was incredible
  • Maui, Hawaii-saw so many turtles and rays plus variety of beautiful fish
  • Cairns, Australia at the Great Barrier Reef-MASSIVE schools of smaller fish. I was surprised that there were not many large fish but the color and vast size of the reef was impressive
  • Malolai Fiji-tons of sharks and the coolest water color I've ever seen.
  • Bora Bora Tahiti-lots of Angelfish and Octopus where I dove plus a nasty reef tip shark that stalked us for a while
  • Haiti-I have an underwater photo of around 20 lobsters all huddled together under a rock outcropping. Lots of flourescent squid
  • Cozumel, Mexico-super clear water and lots of fish.
  • Jamaica-Tons of VERY LARGE moray eels that the divemaster played with and fed by hand plus a nice assortment of fish
  • Bahamas-Nice assortment of fish and good visibility. Easy to find lobsters for dinner
  • British Virgin Islands-dove the wreck of the Rhone where the filmed the movie "The Deep" but it was low visibility that day.
  • New Jersey shore-dove for lobster several times on wrecks and I've never gotten good weather or visibility or else this would be ranked higher.

Aside from dives, once while snorkeling in the Bahamas I nearly ran straight into two GIANT barricudas that were cruising at the surface while my head was down looking at fish. I came within 2 feet and then I slowly swam backwards for 100 yards to shore while they followed me in. It was the most fear I've had diving.

The deepest I ever logged on my gauge was 138 ft in the Caymans.


Too bad you can't dive in Pearl Harbor.

How strange that would be.
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Old 05-06-2013, 05:14 PM   #30
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I am a certified diver. I used to dive all the time off the coast of So. Cal. It got to be where it wasn't any fun. The waters cold and the vis sucks. Made a few trips to Catalina and up to the Channel Islands. Much better diving and visability.

However my best dives have been in Maui and those are the ones that spoiled me and caused me to quit diving locally.

My biggest regret is I didn't get certified while in the Navy. I could have dove some awsome places. Instead I saw some pretty cool bars.
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').
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