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Discussion in 'Florida' started by dianna912, Sep 23, 2019.

  1. dianna912

    dianna912 Nassau Grouper

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    I have to whine a bit because this long weekend has been such a bust. No dive shop has run for our four possible dive days, so we are trying to make the most of it, but I swear, every tour option around here must cater to the lowest common denominator! We can’t get a snorkel boat to the closer reef. We can’t even rent kayaks in Pennekamp! We are whitewater paddlers for goodness sake, I think we can handle some wind in the mangroves! I’m just beyond frustrated at the fact that everything that we want to do is shut down. Our flipping resort wouldn’t even let us take paddle boards bayside this morning! The winds aren’t even that high today! I’m really missing the anything goes vibe of our third world country dive destinations, ha!
     
  2. certainmisuse

    certainmisuse Nassau Grouper

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    Location: Atlanta GA
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    I can highly sympathize with this. Was in West Palm Beach last week for some snorkeling and diving. Only thing I got to do was swim in the bacteria-filled "water" surrounding Phil Foster Park.
     
  3. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
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    Hi @dianna912

    Sorry your visit did not work out. Sometimes the conditions are good, sometimes not. I had 6 diving days planned from Sept 13-18 and only dived 3. I went from 2 of the best dives ever on the Castor on the 16th, to no dives at the same site the next day due to zero vis and ripping current. I did get in some very nice bikes rides :)

    Better luck next time, Craig
     
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  4. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

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    Today's advisory from NOAA calls for "Small Craft Should Exercise Caution".

    You may find an outfit that will rent you gear (kayak, paddle board, similar) but doesn't surprise me you got nada at Pennekamp State Park, because it is a state park. Try with a private outfit.

    I do feel your frustration, it has been 2 weekends for me without diving. I'm holding my breath for this weekend coming up, looks like tomorrow night and Wednesday will be pretty good but too early to predict the weekend.
     
  5. Goingforsound

    Goingforsound Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Philippines / Burkina Faso
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    "Third world countries" no such things...

    They are the best adventures and people. :)
     
  6. -JD-

    -JD- Eclecticist ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Location: Greater Philadelphia, PA
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    BT-DT When we were in Key Largo in Spring of '18 the water was so rough that it was down to 0-viz in the Pennekamp lagoon when my son and I were trying to do buoyancy checks. For our 3-day diving window everyone was a no-go.

    Lemonade ... When we got down to KW we took the Fast-Ferry to Dry Tortugas. Fort Jefferson was fun to explore (we have a 'thing' for large stone fortifications and the like) and the snorkling was aquarium-like - Tons of fish at the coaling docks!
     
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  7. sportxlh

    sportxlh Solo Diver

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    Location: formerly Palm Beach Gardens, FL: now Atlanta
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    That sucks.... whenever I go to the Keys, I try to have back up plans like favorite museums, restaurants, palm tree to read a book under, etc. I even know where some of the gyms are and which ones charge a minimal fee for day use. But, like you, I hate when I have to use those options since Keys are all about diving for me.
     
  8. dianna912

    dianna912 Nassau Grouper

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    Location: Virginia
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    We ended up snorkeling at Pennekamp, and found a school of Tarpon, which was really fun! I haven’t free-dove in a long time, and I was impressed with how much better I am at it. :)
     
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  9. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
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    I once drove 15 hours to Morehead City NC for a 4-day wreck diving trip. We were blown out all 4 days. Drove back home with dry gear. It is always a risk a divers. Here in South FL it is Mid-September after all. It's the peek of this thing we call Hurricane Season. It can be flat calm and beautiful or not. It all depends

    Glad to see you were able to at least get in some snorkeling. We have some fantastic snorkeling/free diving down here!
     
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  10. Ana

    Ana Solo Diver

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    On that note... It looks like tomorrow will be just right . Not sure about Sunday yet.
    These are the times I wish I had a bigger boat.
     
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