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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-29-2005, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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Any Divers out there?

Just curiuos are there any SCUBA divers on this board if so.

What level?
Best Dive?
Do you dive around here?

Who will be the first one to say they are a Muff Diver?

My bet is on Mopar.
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I am a muff diver.

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I am a muff diver.


that was the first thing i thought!!!
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Got open water certified in Cozumel last year. Absolutely frekkin awesome!!

Did some night dives and got to see an octopus.
Best dive was along the reef wall. We saw Devil Rays, sea turtles, and reef sharks, all on one dive. Very cool.

There is some amazing s#$t down there.

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Open Water & Nitrox certified.

I'm w/ Sean. Coz is as good as it gets in the Caribbean, although the reef may have some damage from recent hurricanes.

My best dives are easily the wall dives off Coz like Palancar Reef, Grande Palancar Garden, & Tormentos. Wall dives with a slow current are so nice!!
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I have had dives in the midwest, but they suck.

Carribean, Mediterranean, Australia, Honduras, Bermuda, Keys, Hawaii, Red Sea, etc... have been diving all over for 30 years.

Most relaxed I ever get is when I dive.. I love it!

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Wink, when I grow up I want to be just like you. I mean that as a compliment. I have my Rescue Diver and have been diving for nine years. I have been diving in the Sonotos of Mexico (those are the under ground rivers), Shark dives in the Bahamas, Jamaica, Cancun, Cozumel, and the Florida Keys. I have had alot of great dives. I have never been in Lake Michigan, it's to cold for me.
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Rescue Diver!! Woo hoo!

The ultimate diver!

Congrats!

You'll get a kick out of this one. I booked two weeks of shark dives in Australia with my wife (she dives too) and prepaid the whole thing. 6 days before we go, I crash my VMAX going 40mph in a straight line... (another story), anyhow, I am an idiot, and had gloves and helmet on, thick jeans... and yes.. no jacket (90 degrees at 8am that day). Anyhow, I lost all skin on both arms and half of my back.

Needless to say, since I had prepaid the trip, I went to Australia anyway. Guess, what?! They wouldn't let me dive, said I was the biggest CHUM (chump too) that they had seen.

Anyhow, wife got to dive, I got to sit there pissed off I didnt wear my jacket.

Favorite dive spot of all time for me... Anthony's Key of the coast of Roatan which is off the coast of Honduras. Second largest reef in the world, least dove major reef in the world. You do the math. Oh yeah, largest dolphin capture site in teh world.





And NO, this was not a "swim with the dolphins experience", this was in the wild not 100 feet from our bungalow. Although they have added dolphin dives since we were there. INfo at http://www.anthonyskey.com/

Anyhow, diving ranks just behind sex for me.

Shutting up now, got me all excited.

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I would really like to learn. My stepdad getting his liscence to teach diving sometime this summer. He dove at Bonaire a few years ago and said that it was the most amazing thing that he had ever seen. I hope to go on the honeymoon in a few years but be certified by then...kinda like skydiving...another thing to add to the list.

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Advanced and Nitox. I have been diving for 9 years. Best place I have been is Bonaire. I thought it blew away coz. You can dive anywhere any time. Woke up one night and went diving at 1 am.

I've dove in the lake. The wrecks are pretty cool. You're diving on 200 year old wrecks and you can still find all sorts of stuff. Found a dinner plate and some silverware.

I'm not short. I'm aerodynamically efficient.

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can't wait to go back

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post #13 of 24 (permalink) Old 12-30-2005, 10:14 PM
 
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Almost was certified. So close. Did the written exam, but was not allowed to participate in the open water exam due to some medication I was on at the time. Hell Duke Univ. called me to explain to me why I couldn't. Guess I could feel as if I was drunk underwater. After that I just kind of forgot about it. But this makes me want to get back into it again. I did do a hotel cert in the Grand Caymans. Amazing. It truely is a whole different world under there.
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Maui... one time dive with instructor.

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I've been diving for about 5 years. Picked up my rescue and nitrox certifications in college. I'd have to say the best places I've dove are the Cayman Islands and El Salvador. The wildlife in the Caymans is amazing. If you're a diver and you've nevere been there, put it on the list.
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Snorkeled (sp?) at the Keys some 10 years ago, put scuba certification on the list of things to do.... and it's still there not checked off... damn priorities
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Have been diving for about 3 years now I'm currently on the Kenosha County Underwater Rescue Team.

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I've been diving in the local lakes/quarries, Lake Superior (wreck diving), and the Florida Keys, but the best diving I have ever seen was in the Cayman Islands off of Cayman Brac this past Spring. The Bloody Bay Wall is a sight to behold.


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PADI Open Water certified x 2 years. Have only dove in Cozumel and Florida. Planning on another trip this year either to Roatan or San Pedro, Belize.

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Just got my basic open water and advanced open water. I did the classroom here and then did 12 dives in 4 days in Ft Lauderdale to get both certifications. Looking forward to some diving this summer...maybe a few of us can take a trip to Lake Michigan or one of the quarrys.

I got all my gear already. A few wetsuits (bare), zeagle ranger bcd, mares abyss reg, sherwood shadow inline octo, suunto vytec air integrated wireless wrist computer, a couple of catalina AL80s, and all the little stuff so I am set.
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Almost was certified. So close. Did the written exam
Me too but I didn't have the extra money for the open dives needed to be certified plus when I took the class it was winter and I couldn't take many days off the classes even I had the $$.

But at least I'll know what I'm doing if I ever get to try it on vacation.
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Oh, Open water diver, advanced diver, rescue diver, nitrox, divemaster. The rest was burning kerosene...

But since I'm new from California, I have never been on a dive here - what's it like here?

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Anything in Lake Michigan you don't need a dry-suit but it is preferred to 7mm wetsuit. Hague quarry is the local dive spot where people go to get certified and such. Dive shop on site there one hole there is a 100+ ft. By the end of summer you can get away with a 3/2 wet suit but only if real warm summer.

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PADI AOW Certified. I am currently working towards Rescue Diver.

Best Dives: All of our diving has been in Cozumel to date, so it would be there but would be hard to call one the best. We have a trip to the Turks and Caicos Agressor for later this year.

Here is a link to some of my underwater photos.

Looking forward to diving locally here this summer - though the cold and poor visibility sounds so appealing.
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