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Bonaire - the questions not asked or thought about?

Discussion in 'Greater Caribbean and Bermuda' started by Ready4Launch, May 7, 2019.

  1. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
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    In 6 visits since 2004, we've never done a check out dive with staff. This includes 3 orientations under Bonaire Dive & Adventure and Andre
     
  2. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver

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    It does seem to be different between shops. Our first trip to Bonaire we used Buddy Dive. They had a set time for orientation, once a day, and it was a sit down somewhat formal session, very informative. The “checkout” dive was a request to check buoyancy and weights before going to the reef.

    Next 8 trips or so it was just an informal “review” of rules and reminder to do a checkout dive at most. But somewhere around our 10th trip we decided to head to the new shop at Delphin’s to do our first dive for that trip. For the first time ever the guy manning the shop wanted to watch us dive. So we kitted up and all walked down to the water. Eric and I float around the little roped section for about 2 minutes then surfaced and asked did he want more. Nope, we were cleared to dive. It was all kind of humorous.
     
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  3. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    So, that was also Dive Friends?
     
  4. Lorenzoid

    Lorenzoid idling in neutral buoyancy Staff Member

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    From what I recall, Dive Friends seem satisfied that they saw us gearing up and were presumably going to do our first dive at their nearby site (in the case of their Hamlet location, The Cliff). As far as I can tell, they don't go out of their way to watch us actually get into the water. But who knows. Maybe if you go through the motions of gearing up in and look like you do a lot of diving, they don't give you a second look.
     
  5. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    9,800
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    How did like Delphin's and their house reef?
     
  6. uncfnp

    uncfnp Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina
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    Yes, its was also DF’s but the resort had not been opened long so I guess he was new at it. Two weeks ago was lucky 13 and at Port Bonaire for the 3rd time. Basically it was welcome back and enjoy your dives!

    We didn’t stay at Delphin’s, just dove there. The reef? We were disappointed. Tried that dive and later a night dive. Haven’t been back.
     
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  7. JoeFriday

    JoeFriday Angel Fish

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    Article 15 section 3 of Stinapa rules:

    Prior to their first dive in the Marine Park, visiting divers must participate in an
    introduction program, which includes an orientation dive, from the location of the
    dive center where they obtain their dive tanks or from a location assigned by the
    Manager
     
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  8. rddvet

    rddvet DIR Practitioner

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    That's what I had read, and I guess I assumed that meant a supervised dive. We planned to do a dive at the house reef the first dive anyway just in case we had a gear or weighting issue.
     
  9. tkaelin

    tkaelin Solo Diver

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    Capt Dons was always an orientation presentation in the morning to a group before diving and a suggestion to do a quick check out dive off their dock to check weights, buoyancy etc. No one came out with you to check on you or do the check out dive with you although I suspect they would if you asked.
     
  10. rddvet

    rddvet DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Florida
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    Sounds like that's the norm. I must have just been misinterpreting what the requirements said. I definitely don't feel like dealing with having a dm watch me dive
     

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