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Brand new to scuba - looking for advice

Discussion in 'Cozumel' started by Felisin, Oct 22, 2019.

  1. ChuckP

    ChuckP Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Cozumel
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    PADI has a class called discover scuba diving, it allows you to see if scuba diving is for you - if you’re unsure or have any doubts, definitely more cost effective route cause if you don’t like it, you’re out only that minimal cost. Discover scuba training can carry over to PADI open water training, doesn’t really save you much time at all as the bare minimum is covered in discover.
     
  2. ReefHound

    ReefHound PADI Pro

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Houston, TX
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    I agree with your premise that pool and classroom should be done prior but I'm pretty sure the max 3 training dives per day applies only to open water dives. Pool work is not considered a dive and is not logged as one even in training.
     
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  3. ChuckP

    ChuckP Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Cozumel
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    It logged as a confined water dive and doesn’t count toward the max three.

    You can do it all in two days - you gotta be great, and you’re gonna be whooped, not the way I’d suggest spending a vacation.
     
  4. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas High Plains
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    After three days, you're going to wish you'd booked a week long trip.

    Still, I agree with Gordy: Do the AOW on another trip after enough dives to feel comfortable.

    Do you each own your own mask, snorkel, fins, and safety sausage? Are you covered by DAN dive insurance yet?
     
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  5. GameChanger

    GameChanger Professional Photographer

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Frisco, TX USA
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    Just get the basic certification for now. A lot of the rest of them are money grabbing marketing ploys by the dive industry associations. After getting 25-50 quality dives under your belt, then consider the more advanced levels if you like. I gotta admit, I have been shown more advanced dive techniques by some of the awesome DM's I have dove with in the Caribbean and other spots.
    JMHO/YMMV
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  6. deepsea21

    deepsea21 Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Virginia Beach, VA USA
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    Yeah, I have 400 or 500+ dives (I don't know as I stopped logging dives years ago) and have been diving for how long? Let me check... I was certified in April of 2002 so that is 17 years ago and I've never sought an additional certification beyond my OW cert nor has holding just the OW cert ever impacted my ability to dive anywhere. Times are changing though and some report without these advanced certs you may be limited by dive ops but I'd say get the OW cert and consider advanced levels after that if you have the need and find yourself limited by the basic OW cert. One becomes a better and safer diver over time by diving with and listening/learning from those who have more experience you are diving with, not taking more money grabbing BS courses that can lead to a false sense of security and a false level of confidence both of which can lead to dire consequences. 16 year olds are handed drivers licenses every day.... Do ya want to get in a car with a 16 year licensed driver at the wheel and let him/her drive ya around anywhere? Not me. Just my opinion.
     
  7. wetb4igetinthewater

    wetb4igetinthewater Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Seattle
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  8. soldsoul4foos

    soldsoul4foos ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Portland, ME
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    Spend a few more days, and do it in Key Largo and do the whole thing. No current either. :)
     
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  9. Hogfxstxc

    Hogfxstxc Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Louisville, KY
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    Take your time and do this while at home. Becoming a certified diver should be a fun experience and doing it while rushed on vacation will make it not so enjoyable.
     
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  10. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: One kilometer high on the Texas High Plains
    48,650
    4,396
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    Well, that depends on the dive site. A newbie should not dive the Key Largo area wrecks with currents, but I got insta-buddied with a few on those. Then I bought my pony that has been on dozens of trips with me.
     

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