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Hey guys I got my scuba cert about a month ago and have 10 dives loged. I have my boat and i am interested in going to the local reefs in miami. Do you think it is to soon for me to move away from charters and go on my own with some buddies? thanks in advance.
Charter member of the NAABELF!
(North American Association of Bigots for the Elimination of Lion Fish.)
I am partial to Coasties and P.J's, because they carry band-aids and are like 911 for Seals, Rangers, Recon, and Pilots.
It's all about fun folks!
The boating in Dade County thing is more dangerous than the diving in Dade County thing. I highly recommend that someone be on the boat at ALL times.
There's some very nice and very easy reef dives just outside Fowey Light with ledges that go from 40-60'. Catch it on the incoming tide for the best viz otherwise all of Biscayne Bay is washing out past that reef.
Having someone stay with the boat is probably a universally good idea. If something happens while you are down, you will want someone on board ready to respond (with that in mind picking up some pure oxygen and a rescue diver course might be a good idea). Probably don't want someone "borrowing" your boat while you are down and certainly don't want to surface to find your anchor broken loose and the boat out of sight.
Yep the boat is more worrysome than the diving. Be inviting to other divers!! I am ALWAYS , ALWAYS, ALWAYS looking for a ride to the Rankin, Halsey, or Amazone. Your boat cost you loads of money and friends are willing to help with the fuel cost.
I dove all over Hollywood beach as a teenager with a "basic scuba" certification solo and am still here to talk about it. --
You have a edge though owning your own boat.. many VERY poor, Very experienced divers on here do not and would love to go out on a private boat...
"...to the last I grapple with thee; from hell’s heart I stab at thee; for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee. Sink all coffins and all hearses to one common pool! and since neither can be mine, let me then tow to pieces, while still chasing thee, though tied to thee, thou damned LIONFISH! Thus, I give up the spear!"
Honest... I ran out of gas. I... I had a flat tire. I didn't have enough money for cab fare. My tux didn't come back from the cleaners. An old friend came in from out of town. Someone stole my car. There was an earthquake. A terrible flood. Locusts! IT WASN'T MY FAULT, I SWEAR TO GOD!
Do you have emergency oxygen onboard? can you handle a medical and/or diving emergency? can you handle a mchanical failure of the boat without endangering your buddies? Are you confident that you can handle all the responsibilities and dangers of boat operation and diving activities from your own boat without needed reassurance from others?
I recommend that you dive from another private vessel operated by an expereinced diver and pay attentiona and ask why things are done certain ways and not others. You will probably learn much faster and safer.