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New Diving Family

Discussion in 'Introductions and Greets' started by creekland, May 18, 2006.

  1. creekland

    creekland Angel Fish

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    Hello to all - just discovered this board last night as I was surfing checking out diving info. My family and I (hubby, myself, and our 3 boys aged 14, 12, 10) just upgraded our snorkeling addiction to Open Water certification in Feb 2006 in Hawaii and absolutely love it doing 4 dives post certification there - including the Manta Ray Night Dive which was literally AWESOME.

    So, now we're at the beginning... and learning... We actually live in South Central Pennsylvania, so most of our diving will be in local quarries and we're getting fitted for that through our local dive shop. Then, in August we're set up to take a couple of dives in the St Lawrence River at Brockville (I grew up across the river in Ogdensburg).

    Next Feb we want to take a diving trip - but aren't sure where we want to go yet. Mozambique sounds awesome due to the ability to see Whale Sharks. Bonaire's been mentioned to get some more bottom time. We're open to ideas. The main things we need are WARM weather (in Feb) and great diving while staying at that 40' level (or less) that we'll be restricted to until my youngest turns 12. If you know of a great spot - land or liveaboard based - feel free to suggest them.

    As for other things? We live on a farm (raise ponies) in rural PA. Hubby's a self employed Civil Engineer. I work with the ponies and substitute teach math/science at our local high school 2 or 3 days a week. Our boys were in public school, but will be homeschooled starting in the fall to allow for more family travel in the "off" season. Our whole family loves traveling... we'd do it for a living if we could... but, being in "real life" we travel, then return to fill the bank account, then travel again.

    On this board we plan to look at people's success (or failure) with various equipment to better aid us making our buying choices - and reading dive experiences - and vacation suggestions. Who knows what else? Looking forward to all of it!
     
  2. ProfessorAronnax

    ProfessorAronnax Great White

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    Welcome to SB creekland! What a great experience for you and your family!
     
  3. Koreanfrogger

    Koreanfrogger Orca

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  4. Jason Ooi

    Jason Ooi Instructor, Scuba

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    Welcome to Scuba Board
     
  5. Jcsgt

    Jcsgt Photographer

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    Welcome aboard and congrats to your whole family on OW certification!
     
  6. Lake Mead Tony

    Lake Mead Tony Barracuda

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    Welcome to waterworld. Sounds like you have a plan. Hope it all comes true and you have a great diving family life.
     
  7. whatdecostop?

    whatdecostop? Instructor, Scuba

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    Welcome to the SB from Africa.
     
  8. DandyDon

    DandyDon Old men ought to be explorers ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Howdy and welcome to SB!

    Good to have you here. Click here to PM me if I can help you get started in our various forums.

    :zorros: don


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  9. creekland

    creekland Angel Fish

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    Thanks to all for the warm welcome! It's incredibly cool to see so many members from all over the world. I'm looking forward to accessing all your (collective) info to help us as we venture into our new addiction!
     
  10. shark.byte.usa

    shark.byte.usa Divemaster

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    Welcome to the board creekland, my son got certified in Hawaii also last November, it's a great father/son activity for us, finally some common interest my teenager and I can share in, he gets a little angry when I go diving without him now, I just explain he got a 20 year head start on me :D
     

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