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New Diver Considering Liveaboard Trip

Discussion in 'New Divers and Those Considering Diving' started by C C, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. C C

    C C Angel Fish

    Wow, thank you to everyone for the replies! I wasn't expecting to receive so many and so quickly.

    Based on all the excellent advice, my next step will be to identify which available groups meet my time constraints and then contact the operator to determine if they offer AOW training during the trip. Most trips seemed to be 5 days/4 nights, however, I might try to find one that's 3 days/2 nights if possible (there weren't as many) to limit the potential for fatigue. Would this be too short for an AOW course?

    I'll also look into getting my Nitrox certification at the dive center where I finish my OW certification dives.

    Thanks again!
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  2. C C

    C C Angel Fish

    Hello ZzzKing,

    I won't own any gear other than a mask/snorkel and maybe fins, so I will have to rent their BCD and dive computer. Does that change your advice?

    Also, why would you recommend not taking an underwater camera? On group dives like this do people with camera's usually share all their pictures?

  3. rongoodman

    rongoodman ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Albany, NY
    An old tech instructor used to say that nobody ever got any smarter under water and a camera simply overloads whatever brain cells are left. Leave it at home until you get the diving part figured out.
  4. C C

    C C Angel Fish

    Hello Neilwood,

    I agree with the benefit of doing a lot of diving in a relatively short time to reinforce skills and habits. I live in the Midwest US, so I'll probably get the chance to dive only once a year. I'm afraid if I don't get enough dives in to reinforce what I've learned on this trip, I will forget a lot of the skills by the time I get to go again.

  5. C C

    C C Angel Fish

    Ah, good point!
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  6. Rob9876

    Rob9876 Nassau Grouper

    3 days could be long enough to do your AOW course. You need to be able to do the 5 dives that encompass the areas you are training in (Deep, Night, etc.).

    To me, renting gear is not that big of an issue.

    As for camera, I would not take those on the first few dives, AOW dives or any dives that are a challenge to you (deeper than usual, big currents to deal with, first night dive, etc.). That said, after you start to catch your stride I would think you could take a camera on some easy, more shallow dives (often lots to see in the more shallow areas) so long as it doesn't distract you from watching your buddy and following your group (so you can find the boat) -- that can be a challenge, so be honest with yourself.
  7. Outbound

    Outbound Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Michigan
    Good for you for considering a liveaboard then. But don't overlook whatever opportunities there might be to dive locally as well. Some people simply prefer to dive only in tropical waters as vacation divers, and that's totally fine. But if you want more experience, see if you can hook up with local divers. I definitely prefer the warm Caribbean over the cold local lakes and quarries, but I'll take the crappy visibility and cold water over not diving at all!

    Enjoy whatever trip you end up taking.
  8. ZzzKing

    ZzzKing Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Dallas
    I would leave the camera until you have enough dives to be very good at buoyancy control and task loading. You may get one of the more experienced divers to share pics. Our dive master on an Aggressor trip took photos and we were able to buy a cd from him at the end of the trip. Check out one of the camera forums here on Scubabboard and ask them. Some of those guys are professional photographers and can give you excellent advice on getting started in underwater photography or the likelihood of getting someone to share images.

    As far as gear, I look at live aboards as trips that I already want to be dialed in when I arrive rather than spend valuable vacation time getting used to new stuff. That’s just a personal preference.

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