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Big Milestone last week

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by ratjn, May 29, 2018.

  1. ratjn

    ratjn Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Landlocked Calgary
    62
    59
    18
    After a little over 8 years of diving I hit my 500th dive.

    Not bad for starting the hobby at the age of 50 and living 15 hours drive from the ocean dive sites.

    500 more to the next milestone.
     
    wKkaY, Marie13, Landau and 10 others like this.
  2. victorzamora

    victorzamora Solo Diver

    3,041
    1,376
    113
    Congratulations!
     
  3. northernone

    northernone Great White Rest in Peace ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Currently: Cozumel, from Canada
    3,792
    3,402
    113
    That takes considerable dedication!

    ...And a drysuit unless I miss my guess.
     
  4. ystrout

    ystrout Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: San Diego
    151
    84
    28
    Very nice. Do you mainly do lake dives or something?
     
  5. txgoose

    txgoose ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Houston
    941
    907
    93
    Nice!!
     
  6. RIHappyDiver

    RIHappyDiver Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Rhode Island
    367
    207
    43
    I applaud the dedication! Here’s to 500 hundred more!!
     
  7. ratjn

    ratjn Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Landlocked Calgary
    62
    59
    18
    Only 14 lake dives. I make the trek to the coast 4-6 times a year and typically get to Cozumel twice a year.

    The local lake diving is frigid with very silty bottoms.
     
  8. drrich2

    drrich2 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
    8,177
    5,600
    113
    That's an impressive run. Wish I could match it, but nowhere close. Glad you've been blessed and hope many happy returns.

    Richard.
     
  9. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    13,151
    3,155
    113
    Whoa...Congratulations, and you're close to my mirror image (not to mention I lived in Fort Mac a short while in 1979, and been in Calgary several times). I got certified age 51 (2005) and reached #500 in a little over 9 years. Am a few months away from halfway to the next (and last for me) big number. I started slow back then (30-50 a year) but got it up to 60-80.
    A little tongue and cheek:
    Remember what everyone on Scubaboard says--"It's not how skillful you are, how many cards you've collected, that you have varied experience in different locales, that your buoyancy is "perfect", etc.....It's how many total dives you have!!!
    Slow and easy like us turtles wins. And remember, above all, it's a race!

    Back to serious-- As you said, Calgary is a long way from the BC coast. With so few lake dives and fly out trips, how did you work it so most of the 500 were via shore trips? I assume that those 4-6 15 hour trips yearly meant staying somewhere and doing a lot of dives over a week or so?
     
    Last edited: May 29, 2018
  10. Saltyhawg

    Saltyhawg Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Conway, Arkansas
    199
    97
    28
    Congratulations! That is awesome.

    I didn't discover diving till 4 years ago at age 58. My wife and only have about 175 logged dives but we haven't taken a single vacation since we were certified that wasn't a dive vacation. Looking forward to hitting the 500 mark...just may take a little longer than it did for you!
     

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