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Retiring today!

Discussion in 'Ontario' started by mddolson, Mar 29, 2019.

  1. mddolson

    mddolson Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Belleville,Ontario, Canada
    Most of the older divers know me, I've been diving since the early 70's.
    Stu & I certified at the same ITC in Tobermory.
    I taught in Brockville in 80's to 94, then in Peterborough till 2006.
    I moved to Belleville in 2006 where I presently reside, & retired from teaching.
    I'm still actively diving & took up side mount 2 years ago.
    Today is my last day at work. April 12, my wife & I are headed to Hawaii for a long awaited vacation.
    It's our first time to Hawaii. We'll be on Waikiki, Oahu for one week, & then Kaanapoli, Maui for the second week.

    Plan to snorkel & dive at both islands along with hiking & site seeing.


    Mike Dolson
    (NAUI 4780/PADI 202288 Retired)
  2. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: CALIFORNIA: Where recreational diving began!
    Congratulations on your retirement !
    Whatever you do don't fail your retirement !
    You can fail at every thing in your life
    but never ever retirement !

    Sam Miller
    LA Co 11 UICC
    NAUI instructor # A 27
    PADI instructor 241
    etc. etc.
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  3. Compressor

    Compressor ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: NYS
    Congratulations. Keep us posted. Stay active.
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  4. Diesel_Diver

    Diesel_Diver Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Bay of Fundy region
    Happy Retirement!!

    Enjoy the next chapter in your book of life!
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  5. racanichou

    racanichou Manta Ray

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Toronto, Canada
    Congrats and well done!
    Enjoy Hawaii. Some great wrecks on Oahu.
    mddolson likes this.
  6. In2theabyss

    In2theabyss ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Melbourne Bch FL
    Congrats! Keep on diving and staying on the move!
    mddolson likes this.
  7. flyboy08

    flyboy08 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: NYC
    Congrats and happy splashing to you!
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  8. diversteve

    diversteve always tired

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Congratulations on the retirement.

    Hook up with Tim Rollo at Tiny Bubbles Scuba for shore diving near Ka'anapali. They're based in one of the resorts there. Also Black Rock at the Sheraton is worth a dive - shallow but fun.

    For boat dives try Extended Horizons or Lahaina Divers on their west Lanai drift days - those are e-ticket rides. Big schools of fish holding formation in the current show you who the real masters of the ocean are as you go flailing by. Usually some white tips around also. The Cathedrals are the other signature dive there. I think the humbpacks are still there mid-April also - you'll hear/feel them sing more than see them. Except on the ride over.

    And if you want to dive the famous Molokini crater, Lahaina sends one of their boats down a couple times a week - it's about the same time on a boat vs driving down to Kihiei to go over with a south Maui operator - plan on an hour for the drive - the Kihei boats all leave around 6am. I believe Lahaina does a retirement suitable 7:30.

    for a nice dinner one night - Mama's Fish House Restaurant | North Shore Maui Hawaii

    There will be a wait but you can watch the kitesurfers out in the bay while you do. It's in Paia which is across on the north shre.

    We liked the helo rides also - they go up the north side where there's no roads. We hovered once near a waterfall - close enough that the mist was splashing us. I looked over and there was a goat 50' away - not sure who wasa more surprised. They are kind of pricey though.
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  9. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: great white north
    mike long time since you were at tam peterbough and I was at adventure divers .....im not there (retiring ) but im getting close ....enjoy it
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  10. drrich2

    drrich2 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Southwestern Kentucky
    Congratulations. May the chains of wage-slavery be shattered and your health hold up. Live the dream, man, live the dream!
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