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Quick drive down weekend trip ideas?

Discussion in 'Florida' started by Brian Huff, Nov 10, 2019.

  1. divad

    divad Solo Diver

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    Is that a good thing?
     
  2. hilljo88

    hilljo88 Barracuda

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    Call/google dive shops to see what dives they are running. There are several good shops. We like Pura Vida on Singer Island and Rainbow Reef on Key Largo. If budget is no issue you can hire dive guide or even schedule AOW dives with instructor. Note that some shops run their own boats and some just book space on independent boats. Wind can be an issue both in the Keys and up north, so check the weather before heading out. Keys have some reef diving, but feature wrecks. Many of the wrecks are on the deeper side, so be careful if you dive them.
     
  3. divad

    divad Solo Diver

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    I remember The Breakers @West Palm used to have some really nice shallow reefs. The dome one in front of the hotel was like something curated for an aquarium...
     
  4. Steve_C

    Steve_C Divemaster

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    . Ok at the time. 4 hours of diving made it more so. :).
     
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  5. Brian Huff

    Brian Huff Nassau Grouper

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    I've already started AOW with my LDS, is it possible to have another instructor step in while I'm down there? Didn't think that was an option.
     
  6. Brian Huff

    Brian Huff Nassau Grouper

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    Understood, I'm Nitrox certified

    IF I can convince my instructor to head down with me sure... is it an option to use a local instructor? Didn't think it was.

    All of it frankly. I'm less than 30 dives in, so I'm looking for it all. I've done NC Wreck/Deep dives, would be happy with reef and drift.

    Yeah, it's a bit of a drive, but I'm rather addicted to the water. Actually, I'm only driving if my dive buddy or instructor goes with. If I'm solo, I'll fly to Ft. Laud or something.


    Great advice from everyone, thank you. Think I'll try Jupiter first.
     
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  7. PoolsOpen

    PoolsOpen Nassau Grouper

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    FYI.. In Jupiter, Nitrox AL 80 tanks are about $15 ea, but for $20 ea, you can rent steel 100s. $10 extra for 2 bigger tanks is a no brainer in my opinion.
    If you decide to rent steel tanks subtract about 6 lbs of lead from what you normally use when diving an AL 80
     
  8. Brian Huff

    Brian Huff Nassau Grouper

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    Agreed, that is a no-brainer.
     
  9. NothingClever

    NothingClever Barracuda

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    Yes, this seems to be a trend in the industry. I don’t have enough experience to say if it’s a dominant trend or universal across the globe but it appears as a trend in Florida and the Red Sea. Obviously, the ideal scenario is you start with one instructor and maintain continuity of training. However, that’s not always practical and it seems an acceptable option that you complete your eLearning, perhaps complete a CW session or two with your home base instructor, travel somewhere, provide proof of your eLearning to a new instructor (coordinated in advance obviously), go through your knowledge reviews, conduct any remaining dryland training and then conduct the OW sessions. It will probably be imperative you stick with the same certifying agency rather than eLearning with one and OW sessions with another.

    But I’m not an instructor so it’s best to tap into some of the seasoned instructors we have here. You might consider a PM to Kosta.....he goes by wetb4igetinthewater. I don’t know him personally but I find his posts to be very informative, well written, underpinned by experience and very polite.
     
  10. Brian Huff

    Brian Huff Nassau Grouper

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    Thanks, I would not have thought to do that.

    I'll chat with my instructor
     

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