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Looking for dive buddies in Orange Beach, Gulf Shores area.

Discussion in 'Deep Dixie Divers' started by martin2013, Jul 16, 2018.

  1. martin2013

    martin2013 New

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Gulf Shores, AL
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    I just moved to Orange Beach recently and would like hook up with a few divers for spearfishing or wreck diving or just diving the reefs.
     
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  2. MaxPat

    MaxPat Registered

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Slidell
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    Martin,
    Not from the area but would like to start getting on the lionfish as well. I don’t have a boat so I’m looking to take a charter in the next month. Shooting for somewhere from Pensacola to Panama City. Anyways I hope you find some folks. If you’re looking to get that boat wet and do some traditional fishing I’d be down.
    Max
     
  3. flyingDiver75

    flyingDiver75 Photographer

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Fort Walton Beach, FL
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    79
    The best regular charter for lionfish / spearing is Niuhi Dive Charters in Pensacola. Let them know when you book that you're interested in lionfish - some trips will be better than others to increase your chances. Realize that the more popular wreck sites usually have slim pickings as are they are dove all the time - so best to go on a trip hitting less common spots (of which there are 1000's).

    Bluewater Escape in Destin is also very good, but they don't run dive trips as often as Niuhi. Their Instructor does run lionfish specialty courses when there is enough interest.

    Expect charters to keep new / unknown spear fishers on a short leash until they see you demonstrate good dive skills in the water.

    - virgil
     
  4. MaxPat

    MaxPat Registered

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Slidell
    13
    10
    I appreciate the heads up on the charters and what to expect. Even a dog on a leash still gets to go for a walk. I’m learning so I don’t mind. Thanks!
     
  5. flyingDiver75

    flyingDiver75 Photographer

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Fort Walton Beach, FL
    125
    79
    Attitude is everything. Niuhi's DM's are accomplished spear fishers and eager to help - problems mostly occur with self-proclaimed 'rockstar' divers with unrealistic assessments of their own dive skill.
     
  6. soonerwink

    soonerwink Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Glenpool, Oklahoma, United States
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    191
    If you are interested I have the Down Under chartered for Sept. 8-9. We are going to do 2 dives on the New Venture wreck on Sat. the 8th, and 2 inshore dives on Sun. the 9th, so that we can get back in time to go dive Morrison or Vortex late afternoon. The price for the New Venture is $140 and the price for the inshore dives are $100. I have 2 spots available at this time. You would be diving with a bunch of divers from my dive club (Oklahoma Aquanauts). There won't be any spear fishing and all dives are no deco.
     
  7. ARod

    ARod New

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Orange Beach, AL
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    I know it’s been a while since this post, but I have a place in OBA and am looking for a dive buddy, as well. I want to log some dives so I can begin my Advanced Open Water Diver certification course. I’ll go any time of year.
     
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  8. Protondecay123

    Protondecay123 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Apex of Moronia
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    363
    I’m looking to be in the area Thursday - Saturday. I’m not sure that we will be able to get on the Gulf this weekend if the forecasts are accurate. Any decent shore dives?
     
  9. Lloyd T.

    Lloyd T. Regular of the Pub

    # of Dives: 25 - 49
    Location: Biloxi, MS
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    I’m from Pascagoula, and also looking to get some more dives in, but I have no one to dive with. I’ll be available this coming weekend if you’d like to get a couple dives in.
     
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  10. Protondecay123

    Protondecay123 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Apex of Moronia
    518
    363
    The weather on the Gulf looks questionable for the weekend. I’ve called just about everyone from Pensacola to Panama City and no one has anything organized except one charter still needing 3 divers for a trip out Sunday. I’m signed up for a charter out of Panama City on Sunday,but not sure if the weather is going to cooperate. Niuhi out of Pensacola said we need at least 4. I’ll be at Vortex Friday and Saturday. But if we could get something on the Gulf Friday I’m game. Saturday I’m got sessions there with my dive Instructor for Navigation dive.
     

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