So what is your excuse?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by RIDIVER501, Jun 17, 2005.

  1. RIDIVER501

    RIDIVER501 Manta Ray

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    Once again, it is the beginning of the dive season for most people in the NE. and the question I keep getting asked at the shop is, "how can you dive so much?" Most of the people asking the question only logg around 10 dives a summer if that.
    top 3 excuses given are:
    Nobody to dive with.
    too busy on the weekend.
    too much hassle.

    My counter question is why do you dive to little?
    one of My DM candidates started coming to the fun dives the shop holds once a week and ended up logging 10 dives in a month with little effort.
    people go out on week nights. why not go knock out a wed night, night dive?
    or if you aren't night dive certified or don't like diving at night, the sun isn't setting until late. heck even if it were setting at 7 one still has at least a 2 hour window to make one dive between 5 and 7, close proximity of water permitting of course.

    so if you are an infrequent diver, or some one who doesn't dive as much as you'd like, what is your excuse? maybe this should even be a poll?
     
  2. Mike Veitch

    Mike Veitch Dive Resort

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    Hmmmm, i have no excuse, i dive 14-18 times a week.........
    but then again its always summer here!

    ( so sorry for that comment folks but it was just begging for such an answer!!)
     
  3. RIDIVER501

    RIDIVER501 Manta Ray

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    good on ya.
    But I am looking for the response from those who are barely diving. from a couple times a season to only when they go away on vacation.

    Divers like you and I who dive just becuase or have more access becuase it is part of our jobs...don't have an excuse because we don't need one
     
  4. DORSETBOY

    DORSETBOY Scuba Instructor

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    Ive spoken to a lot of students doing their advanced who've barely dived since their open water course.

    Up in Scotland, a frequently quoted reason Ive heard is that they've learnt overseas and believe the bull ***** when they get back home that if you learnt in warm tropical waters you somehow are unable to dive in the UK.

    Also though a lot of clubs are not elitist and are pretty open, there are too many that aren't and that stops a lot of folk joining clubs and meeting other divers to go diving with.
     
  5. lord1234

    lord1234 Surface Interval Member

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    How about "not certified yet" (this weekend)
     
  6. jonnythan

    jonnythan Knight Scublar ScubaBoard Supporter

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    It's a 3-5 hour drive to anywhere that's worth diving for me, but I still do it as much as I can. Headed up to Ontario tonight to spend all weekend in the St Lawrence.
     
  7. RiverRat

    RiverRat Scuba Instructor

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    Well I started out good. Got in 5 dives in my new drysuit and then got a nasty ear infection. So I'm down for another couple weeks. So there's my excuse :eyebrow:
     
  8. Hoosier

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    I bet "too much hassle." I tried to dive after the work during the weekday, Wednesday or Friday. It is too mcuh hassle to have fun with the dive. It requires at least 6 hrs including the transportation for the simple local trip. So,~~~
     
  9. Mike Veitch

    Mike Veitch Dive Resort

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    Well, this is just a thought from a non UK person but...everyone i have ever spoken to that is BSAC certified is elitist in this way. They all think they are the best divers and are completely anti PADI or anyone else. Therefore a lot of the younger people who go to Thailand, Oz etc and get certified there are probably somewhat intimidated by all the old school BSAC guys who hang out at the shops back home.

    Was going to excuse myself for getting off topic but then again i don't think i am
    Mike
     
  10. String

    String Scuba Instructor

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    However without further training or experience that risk of them hurting or killing themselves is massively increased as a south coast coroner reported last year.

    Cold waters, low vis, rough seas, thick exposure protection IS a big difference from say the red sea and does need extra practice or training with someone experienced. There were several cases last year alone where people were hurt or killed jumping into the sea or inland sites here having only dived abroad and getting into difficulty.

    Regardless of agency some training or guidance is needed to transfer to these waters.
     
  11. RIDIVER501

    RIDIVER501 Manta Ray

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    That would fall on the close proximity to a suitable dive site.

    I know when i was stationed in mississippi. I was right on the gulf coast. but hardly dove there becuase you need a boat to get far out to be deep enough to dive. would have to drive 4+hours to the springs in the pan-handle of FLA or got to p-cola or fort walton beach to catch a charter.
     
  12. RIDIVER501

    RIDIVER501 Manta Ray

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    illness is a valid excuse
     
  13. mossym

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    yeah i well believe this..i learnt in the cold stuff, then on my first warm water trip i was listening to this guy go on about how he had almost 50 dives, in grand cayman, bonaire, hawaii, he sucked down an al80 in 20 mins, was first back on the boat, and watching him have trouble in a little 3mil wetsuit with hardly no weight all i could think was he'd need his hand held for a long time in cold water...

    not saying it can't be done...just need a little help to make the switch
     
  14. jonnythan

    jonnythan Knight Scublar ScubaBoard Supporter

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    3.5 hours east is the MA coast, 3.5 hours south is the NJ coast, 4-5 hours northwest is Ontario.

    That's pretty much that.. it sucks but I deal ;)
     
  15. RIDIVER501

    RIDIVER501 Manta Ray

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    That is a technicality not an excuse.[​IMG]
    one shouldn't be racking up dives (except training dives) if one isn't certified yet.
     
  16. Rick Inman

    Rick Inman Advisor ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Couldn't dive last night - didn't get home until 10pm. Have to do honey-dos tonight.

    I will dive again Saturday, so this week I'll only get 3 dives in.

    Those are my excuses.
     
  17. Giggi

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    Don't own my own gear yet. Only one place close by. Kids at home and an elderly mother to take care of...life in general...lack of funds.
     
  18. RIDIVER501

    RIDIVER501 Manta Ray

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    Yes even though I am a dive instructor I still have to do a bit of tap-dancing to get (Commander- In- Chief) CINC house give me my diving liberty card, for fun dives. except when on vacation. We are there for me to dive like a maniac, so she is happy enough to lounge around in the sun.
     
  19. asmith5

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    I don't own any of the equipment other than my mask, snorkel, and fins, so the cost is a huge factor right now. Once I can afford to buy some equipment and skip the rental fees I will be able to dive a lot more often. We just moved to Florida last week, so I am hoping to get a lot more diving in.

    Andrew
     
  20. RIDIVER501

    RIDIVER501 Manta Ray

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    Not owning your own equipment can be a problem, but ultimately investing in gear can get you diving more for a variety of reasons.
    you have your own gear so you aren't at the mercy of an LDSs hours of operations.
    you want to dive so you didn't just throw your money away buying the gear.
    Over time, the gear you saves you money on rental.
    My favorite is: it is your gear...you know where it has been.
     

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