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How to dive the non-Japanese way?

Discussion in 'Japan' started by moose_grunt, May 14, 2009.

  1. jagfish

    jagfish The man behind the fish ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Kanagawa and Florida
    We don't know where you are posting from...but the diving situation sounds bleak...Too bad you can't make it to Izu...It's not quite like the Orwellian 1984 you are dealing with...more like a kinder, gentler 1984....dive safe...
  2. Baracuda Smile

    Baracuda Smile Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives:
    Location: Chatan Cho, Okinawa, Japan
    I have not compiled a comprehensive list for mainland but I have for all of the Ryukus, or Southern Japan, this includes English speaking dive centers, and the locations to decompression chambers. So I invite divers on mainland to plot their information.

    Oh by the way the Kadena decompression chamber will be shut down for a year until 5 Jun 2010. American SOFA status will have to use the decompression chamber at Camp Schwab near Henko.

    All of these locations to inclue dives sites, dive shops, and decompression chambers are potted with LAT LONG coordinates on the entry/exit points for shore dive and boat mooring points for boat dives. All of these locations can be found on www.hotdive.com
    Hotdive is multilingual and is offered in Polish, English, French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Italian, and Russian
  3. jedi_diver

    jedi_diver Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Chatan, Okinawa, Japan
    Just an idea, but if you went with a local shop in Japan a few times and got to know the crews they might cut you some slack. I think that if they have seen you around and have dove with you they will accept you and rent to you.
    I never had this issue so this is just a guess.
  4. moose_grunt

    moose_grunt NAUI Instructor

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Saipan
    Yeah, I've tried that, as well. Been diving with the same shop 10 times--they still give me the same story about the fishermen getting angry. My DM application is getting processed even as we speak, so I've asked if I showed them the card, if things would change, but that doesn't seem to matter either. So, unfortunately, here (in Shimane, to answer a previous question), there is no avoiding the Japanese way of diving..... 泣
  5. asimpkinsjr

    asimpkinsjr Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Niantic, CT
    Hi, new diver here but I regularly travel to france for business...Im curious, what are the issues with diving there?

  6. sea nmf

    sea nmf Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Honolulu, HI
    OP, you have cleared up a strange thing I saw at a local shore dive spot last year. There was one diver standing up wading out, pulling the other two divers (who were in full gear, including fins) out. I thought that was strange; why weren't the other divers kicking their own way out?

    Someone said they were visitors from Japan and the guy pulling them out was the instructor/DM and that is the way they do it in Japan.
  7. Indian Valley Scuba

    Indian Valley Scuba Dive Shop

    # of Dives:
    Location: Harleysville, Pennsylvania, United States
    We just returned from a trip from Japan, including diving in Okinawa, and had no problems at all, doing self guided dives and renting tanks. I suppose it depends on who you ask, and how you approach them.

    CARHILL Contributor

    I live on Saipan lots of Japanise shops and they do the same here. They even put the fins on and off for their Japinese customers. it looks strange to the Western customers
  9. jagfish

    jagfish The man behind the fish ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Kanagawa and Florida
    This is the way "trial dives" are done here, called taiken diving in Japanese. The students are not permitted to touch their BC and the instructor must keep contact with the students at all times, generally by the tank valve.

    These are not certified divers...
  10. jagfish

    jagfish The man behind the fish ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Kanagawa and Florida
    Okinawa is a totally different animal...it's much more like the states there in terms of diving access and prices...

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