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Newbie Diver from Toronto, Ontario

Discussion in 'Introductions & Greets' started by tofishguy, Jan 7, 2014.

  1. tofishguy

    tofishguy New

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Toronto
    I am a new diver with with 16 dives under my belt, 9 of which include my advanced certification dives.

    So far I have dived in Ontario twice, Negril Jamaica and in Santa Maria Cuba. I am currently contemplating a trip to Santa Lucia Cuba for a diving trip and would appreciate any other suggestions or advice.
  2. Byzantine84

    Byzantine84 Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Vancouver
    Hey Tofishguy. As for suggestions and being that you are based in T.Dot, you should consider getting dry certed and explore the Great Lakes wrecks. Lake Superior and Michigan offer an abundance of wrecks for divers of varying training and experience. Be sure to keep up your diving to keep your skills sharp. Investing in your own kit, getting a designated dive buddy or joining a local club will give you that motivation to get out there. See if your LDS offers weekend "fun-dives" - many do. Shoot me a PM if you have any other Q's.
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  3. cardzard

    cardzard Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: New Port Richey, FL
    Welcome to :sblogo: the place for everything scuba :admingreet:
  4. Insta-Gator

    Insta-Gator Blaaaaagh! ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Venice, Florida
  5. underH2Oman

    underH2Oman Dive Shop

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Kitchener, Ontario
    Welcome to the boa rd.

    If you feel like getting in some Ontario dives feel free to message me. I did about 110 dives in southern Ontario last year and will do about the same in 2014.
  6. iamrushman

    iamrushman Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: ft. lauderdale, florida
    howdy and welcome........i'm unable to go to Cuba due to USA restrictions.....perhaps you can tell us how the diving is there ?
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  7. canuckfish

    canuckfish Registered

    tofishguy - heading to santa clara in April, but can't find any info on diving here! Who did you dive with in Santa Maria??? Thoughts!?!

    CAPTAIN SINBAD Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Woodbridge VA
    Hello and welcome to sb. It is a great place to hang out. Ontario has some great diving and I plan to do a lot of dives in your end of the town this year. Let us stay in touch.

    Cheers -

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  9. rorystevenson

    rorystevenson Registered

  10. scubadiver888

    scubadiver888 Divemaster

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: North America
    Hey tofishguy, the diving in Cuba and Jamaica are nice. There is actually a lot of diving in the Caribbean area. You should also consider places like St. Lucia, Dominica (not Dominion Republic), Curacao, Bonaire, Aruba, Grenada. These are all good for new divers. Chat up people on the dives and get recommendations for other locations as well. The list of dive locations seem endless.

    Diving out by Mallorytown/Brockville in Ontario is pretty cool as well. It gets warm (for Canada) in July/August and there are hundreds of wrecks within recreational dive limits. You can start diving around the wrecks for years of diving. You don't need to get dry suit certified to dive local. I'm still diving wet. It just means the dive season for local diving is April/May to September/October. Check out local shops to see if they have any weekend excursions to the Brockville area.

    There is also charters out of Humber Bay to dive the wrecks near Toronto. They are fun to do every once in a while. Check out http://www.scubaboard.com/forums/ontario/460914-humber-bay-weekly-charter.html. This shop does Humber Bay as well as trips to Brockville and Cuba.

    P.S. if you go to Cuba, bring unopened soap, shampoo, etc. and use it for tips. This stuff costs a lot of money in Cuba. So staff at the hotels will appreciate $20 in toiletries more than a $100 tip.

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