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Anybody into Scuba Diving?

Just finished my Open Water Diver certs this past weekend.

Working on the Nitrox cert at the moment.

Thinking about the Advanced Open Water certs, then Wreck Diver.

Anybody else like to dive?

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Only in the Caribbean or warm water spots. Got certified a few years ago and love it, but not around here. Best dive was a private dive in Cancun off the touristy locations. Just paid a local diver to take us somewhere cool, and it was awesome.
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Only in the Caribbean or warm water spots. Got certified a few years ago and love it, but not around here. Best dive was a private dive in Cancun off the touristy locations. Just paid a local diver to take us somewhere cool, and it was awesome.
Yeah, I've done several Caribbean locales before getting certified, and we are headed to Cozamel in early December, can't wait.

Although, I hear there is some cool diving in the Midwest. I reserve judgement until I have actually tried some of it.

We did Haigh Quarry this past weekend and it was bit chilly (mid 50's water temp).

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PM NickIF....he's into that and male nursing too if you ask CP.
Yeah, wiping asses or diving, he's your man. I think you would have to like diving in general to appreciate the midwest. I really only like diving to see what's under the water, but diving in general to just breath underwater doesn't really excite me. Next time I go to the Caribbean I want to do a shark dive. That looks awesome.
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I have to admit, I like the actual diving part of it not just what you see under water. I like the gear, the skills, the challenge, etc.

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I have to admit, I like the actual diving part of it not just what you see under water. I like the gear, the skills, the challenge, etc.
Yeah not me. I have a few buddies that are like that. Dive just to dive. They do night dives in cold water, deep water, all sorts of stuff. Achtung on here is a nutty ass diver like that. Air suits and Nitrox blah blah blah. Serious stuff too. One of my older customers has a permanent ringing in his easy now from the bends. It's faint, but it's always there. I think he may go postal one day.
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I'm currently certified as a PADI Master Scuba Diver, and I'm working towards getting my PADI Dive Master cert.

Ron - I would recommend doing the AOWD and Wreck. The AOWD course just gives you that added experience and knowledge that will help you. Doing the Rescue Diver course is another good one, but you need the AOWD first. Rescue Diver is geared towards providing aid to your fellow divers, and towards self rescue... good course.

For diving in the MidWest, I would recommend a dry-suit and the proper training for using one. It's a whole other specialty.

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Um, yeah. welcome to another expensive hobby ;-)

Steve and I both dive, although we haven't tried it together yet. The other expensive hobby is in the way..

I've had my AOWD for a couple of years now. I hope we'll get to go somewhere warm to scuba soon.

I've always wanted to give Lake Michigan a try, but there's never time. Warm water diving FTW!!

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PM incoming to avoid the douchebaggery here lol but yes, I'm full trimix/decompression certified and have done a lot of deeper diving in the lake.
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Um, yeah. welcome to another expensive hobby ;-)

Steve and I both dive, although we haven't tried it together yet. The other expensive hobby is in the way..

I've had my AOWD for a couple of years now. I hope we'll get to go somewhere warm to scuba soon.

I've always wanted to give Lake Michigan a try, but there's never time. Warm water diving FTW!!
With your advanced certificate how many dives do you have total over how much time?
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um, i don't have my log book here (at my parent's house) but if i had to guess, I'd say between 30 and 40, from 2001ish to 2006ish. I think last time i went to scuba dive was 2006.

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Best sport in the world, welcome!...Yes even better than sportbikes. Keep the certs going and get some trips under your belt. There is no better way to see the world than to dive it. Dove 5 continents now and aiming for 6. Going to skip antarticia...There is awesome diving all over the Great Lakes and fasinating history to all the wrecks...

Buy gear once!

I have 16 certs, but here are the main ones:

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I haven't done this hobby yet. But it is on the list. I know Wink used to. James Webster sold his ZX-10 so he could do more diving and get his instructor certs.

Aircraft and wreck diving are better then ever in the Great Lakes due to the Zebra Mussels. I doubt it compares to anything in the Carribean if you're not a WWII buff.

Always wanted to go to the Great Barrier Reef. It's ironic you bring this up. I just inventoried my snorkeling gear yesterday for insurance.

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I've been certified since I was 12. It's an expensive but fun hobby, and well worth the time. I'd recommend buying your own gear. Not because it's cheaper, but because when it's yours, you're familiar with it.
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Best sport in the world, welcome!...Yes even better than sportbikes. Keep the certs going and get some trips under your belt. There is no better way to see the world than to dive it. Dove 5 continents now and aiming for 6. Going to skip antarticia...There is awesome diving all over the Great Lakes and fasinating history to all the wrecks...

Buy gear once!

I have 16 certs, but here are the main ones:

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PADI - Master Diver
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Who did you do your GUE training with? I am Tech 1 through Bob Sherwood.
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There are two types of scuba divers

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I'm currently certified as a PADI Master Scuba Diver, and I'm working towards getting my PADI Dive Master cert.

Ron - I would recommend doing the AOWD and Wreck. The AOWD course just gives you that added experience and knowledge that will help you. Doing the Rescue Diver course is another good one, but you need the AOWD first. Rescue Diver is geared towards providing aid to your fellow divers, and towards self rescue... good course.

For diving in the MidWest, I would recommend a dry-suit and the proper training for using one. It's a whole other specialty.

Welcome to another very expensive hobby
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No offense man but PADI sucks... all their classes are shit. You sound like a typical card collector.
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There are two types of scuba divers

Those who pee in their suit
and those who say they don't
I'd pee in your suit.

Oh wait. Wrong thread.




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James Webster sold his ZX-10 so he could do more diving and get his instructor certs.
Yep, I saw James at Haigh Quarry this past weekend. He was instructing a class.

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