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Brand new to scuba - looking for advice

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

  1. mediumone

    mediumone Manta Ray

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    I would also disagree.
    Vehemently.
    Graduate from college.
    Get an entry level managerial job.
    Two months later, you're ready to be the CEO.
     
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  2. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

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    sorry I meant NON scuba proffesionals
     
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  3. Streydog

    Streydog Manta Ray

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    Obviously you are not a millennial
     
  4. Streydog

    Streydog Manta Ray

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    I got my certification on vacation after doing a discovery dive. I went to Roatan with no intention of diving. The hotel I stayed at had a dive shop, did a discovery dive and then continued on for my OW in a total of 4 days. I don't think any safety standards were missed but my buoyancy skills could have used more time.
     
  5. mediumone

    mediumone Manta Ray

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    You're right.
    I am the parent of a couple.
    I wanted to absolutely choke my youngest this evening.
     
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  6. ggunn

    ggunn ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Now there's something that has never held any attraction for me. DSFDF
     
  7. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere Ah-Muzen-Cab ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I did my AOW right after I finished my OW certification. Under no circumstances would I consider myself an advanced diver. Nope, not even close. Anyone who thinks they are advanced anything just because they took a class and got a fancy card is fooling themselves.
     
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  8. kmarks

    kmarks Divemaster

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    I'm not familiar with the intimate details of the PADI program (I'm not a PADI instructor), but my understanding is that "Resort Course" is kind of a colloquial term for DSD done on vacation at a resort that then lets you stretch it out for a bit longer than it is technically supposed to be. I also have never heard of any credit towards OW being awarded for having done a DSD. My shop (SSI) gives you are monetary credit, a discount of $50 off the OW course price, if you do a Try Scuba with us ($75), but you still have to complete the full OW course.

    I'm going to join the bandwagon in recommending against AOW right away. I've met many "advanced" divers who weren't, including one absolute train wreck in Cozumel in 2014 and another in June of last year who each had fewer than 20 dives. The guy last year talked a big game about being advanced, but needed some more practice. When I first started diving, I planned to do PADI AOW after I got about 50 dives so that I could use the knowledge gained in those dives to have a better understanding of what I would be learning in the AOW course. I never ended up doing it, though, because I switched to SSI when one shop closed and another opened. I ended up earning the SSI AOW recognition (which is not the same as PADI AOW) as I collected cards doing full courses on my way to instructing.
     
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  9. rmssetc

    rmssetc Barracuda

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    Absolutely!

    I really like Cozumel -- just got back from my 7th trip there in 4 years.

    I probably* would not recommend that you do your open water certification in Cozumel in November for several reasons:
    1. Drift diving. I don't know how the open water classes are run, but almost all diving in Cozumel is drift diving from small boats. The conditions underwater and on the boat are not ideal for an introductory training environment.
    2. Too little time for any training issues. Your schedule is aggressive, even if you do the pool & paperwork in advance (highly recommended). If you've got trouble clearing your ears one day, need to repeat some exercises, if the conditions (current, el norte, etc) make diving difficult, you don't have enough time to reschedule any of the training dives for another day.
    3. Too little time for fun. While the open water training should be fun, your schedule doesn't leave you any time to enjoy diving -- and even more importantly, to practice new skills -- with a few days of fun dives after you are certified...ideally, with a rest (non-diving) day in between.
    4. CZM will be entering the high season (like every other western-hemisphere warm water resort area) in the next month. That may affect the level of time & attention you are able to get as students and may affect the ability (and desire) for any operator to schedule classes.
    Here's some advice that probably isn't very helpful to anyone considering getting certified, yet it's great advice (that I ignored)...the primary consideration in where you get certified should be the quality of the instructor, not the resort location. I wrote that I probably wouldn't recommend getting certified in CZM, but that suggestion is completely subject to the choice of a good instructor. I'd recommend a few people at Aldora, but I don't know if they're still on-staff.

    I'd suggest going to a place where there's less current, and maybe where the diving isn't considered as "good" or potentially challenging as CZM -- Key Largo is a good choice. I went to Playa Aventuras (south of Cancun) for AOW for just that reason, and I'd recommend that as well. Call several shops in advance to get a sense of how they run classes, ideally speaking to the instructor first.

    Enjoy, and welcome!
     
  10. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere Ah-Muzen-Cab ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Isla Mujeres is about as easy as it gets.
     

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