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Global Dive Site Directory

Discussion in 'Research and Development' started by Zalan Meggyesi, Jul 6, 2019.

  1. Zalan Meggyesi

    Zalan Meggyesi Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Budapest
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    The Background
    Today, I had to do my last two dives for my NAUI Master and Nitrox certifications (passed both ), but with the Okinawa rainy season kicking down the door, we had a really hard time finding sites for each. This gave me an idea that I broached to my instructor, and now I'm floating it here, partially to gauge interest, partially to have holes punctured in it.

    Elevator pitch
    An app/website/webapp that allows divers to add conditions (like underwater visibility, currents, waves/surge/surf, underwater temperature, POIs, crowding, etc.) to dive sites from around the world, while pulling in weather and tidal data from specialist services. This would help others in the area look for diveable sites, as well as promote the existence of said site.

    The questions
    What does the greater community think? Is there something like this already working (the instructor talked about divers sharing info in local Facebook groups and word-of-mouth), is it a good idea, bad idea (and why is it good or bad)?
    What features would you like to see in such a service?
     
  2. diversteve

    diversteve mod

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  3. Zalan Meggyesi

    Zalan Meggyesi Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Budapest
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    I checked out the following already:
    1. wannadive.net
    2. divesitedirectory.co.uk
    3. divereport.com
    And these are all fairly general, nothing regarding real-time information on conditions, just what to visit and expect. If even that, because the information is very incomplete. The regional boards here are similar in that regard.

    The ones you bring as examples, particularly Dive Buddy, are also dealing in average conditions, not what's at the site at the moment (a couple of bigger waves came in, for instance, and stirred up sand so visibility has gone to hell).

    For a moment, let me turn the question around/sideways: do you use any of these? How do you plan your trips if you travel to dive? How do you plan where to take your students on a course (if you instruct)?
     
  4. Zalan Meggyesi

    Zalan Meggyesi Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Budapest
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    If anyone is still reading this, I'd appreciate if you could fill out this form I made for more structured research of interest: https://forms.gle/aiPdeALPFYZJRGER9

    Thank you in advance for any contributions!
     

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