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Cocos recently?

Discussion in 'Central America' started by justwannadivenow3, Sep 14, 2020.

  1. justwannadivenow3

    justwannadivenow3 Nassau Grouper

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    Location: New Jersey
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    I'll be heading to Cocos on the Okeanos aggressor 2 on Oct 3rd and was wondering if anyone has a recent experience ? Would love to hear conditions / sea life or any tips
     
  2. Rusty Liam Booth

    Rusty Liam Booth DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwark, United Kingdom
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    I haven't been "recently" i went a couple of years ago on the okeanos 1. firstly, it's amazing, the whole place is magical and SUPER SUPER remote, you're 36 hrs from the mainland. I would say treat it with respect if anything happens to you you're a long way from rescue.....
    Having said that, i would take gloves, not much coral there and you need to grab onto the rocks and cram yourself into a spot to watch the hammerheads on the Dirty rock dive. also, some of the dive sites have large swell so move with the swell and that means grabbing onto rocks then releasing like a swing.
    take a raincoat as it rained a lot when i was there but i went in June.
    make sure you're good at putting up your SMB as all diving is panga / panga and if you get lost you don't want to be in the pacific bobbing around having lost your smb. ( they do give you gps which you stuff in a pocket so if you get really lost they can find you.)

    anyway, have fun!
     
  3. justwannadivenow3

    justwannadivenow3 Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: New Jersey
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    very excited

    do i need special gloves for holding onto the rocks?

    appreciate the tips on the raincoat - any other packing tips?
     
  4. Rusty Liam Booth

    Rusty Liam Booth DIR Practitioner

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwark, United Kingdom
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    strong ones, mine got shredded. i would think a pair of tropical gloves or 3mm gloves would be sufficient.

    i think a lot of people take sea sickness tablets as it can rock and roll on the crossing for 36 hrs. I'm in the fortunate camp that when the boat rolls i go lay in bed and fall straight asleep!

    i would say the best thing to take with you is competent diving ability as it's not like the Caribbean, ( captain beto's words not mine).

    but it's a fantastic place and go explore the island as it's well worth it.
     
  5. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I've no experience in this regard, but I've read here on Scubaboard before that some buy a work glove of some sort and then to further strengthen it, dip the gloves in a rubber coating. Something like this:

    Guide to Glove Dips and Coatings

    But for the hassle and the price, maybe just buy the right predipped work gloves at the hardware store in the first place.
     
  6. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Albany, NY
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    The bottom is littered with sea urchins at some of the sites and it's very easy to put your hand or leg on one while being pushed around by the current. Bad idea! Make sure you're up to date on how your computer works, it seems like there's always that guy getting his computer locked up because of user error. I didn't see the need for special gloves, although having a pair is a good idea. (On a couple of dives you have to pull yourself down a line and things grow on them.) Be careful to keep your head/ears covered on the panga rides, it's easy to get burned. It's a wonderful place--I've been out there three times and look forward to going back.
     

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