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Whats normal on a dive boat?

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Frosty, Jun 13, 2019.

  1. Frosty

    Frosty Divemaster

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    I recently did some diving on Australia's GBR. First time ever on a dive boat setup for 50 divers or more. Definitely not my style of diving. Max bottom time 40 minutes. Dive 1-2 surface interval only 10 minutes.
    It seems ive been well spoiled diving in the pacific with max numbers 14 per boat.
    So what is the normal scenario around the world ?
     
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  2. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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    Location: Torrance, CA
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    I've been on boats with nearly forty divers but I've never been on a dive boat where we didn't have at least an hour surface interval. Were these students on the boat?
     
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  3. rabe

    rabe Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Brisbane
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    Trust me, that's not the normal in Australia.
    I did what you did once (as a transition from land to the liveaboard) and that dive was a nightmare...
    But it's for tourists...

    Boat down here are normally for 10-15 people, very relaxed and not frantic as you have seen, with a 60 minutes dive and 60 minutes of SI...
     
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  4. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
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    North Gulf of Mexico in winter--usually 4-6 on a boat. Maybe 8.
     
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  5. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    10 minute surface interval? Def something wrong there.
     
  6. Divectionist

    Divectionist Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
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    GBR boats have to drive out for a long time, so they are naturally big boats taking lots of divers resulting in the ****** diving experience you had. The right way to dive the GBR with a couple of overnight stays on a smaller boat.

    The more local Aussie dive operators in other locations where the site is not that far from land take 6-14 or so divers out on a RHIB with two 50-60min dives and a 60min SI.
     
  7. chris kippax

    chris kippax Divemaster

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    Unfortunately you got cattle boated and treated like an asian tourist/backpacker. Some organisations have almost zero repeat customers and can get away with such poor service/practices.
     
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  8. Dan

    Dan ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    That's definitely not normal. I've been to about 20 liveaboards (Komodo, Raja Ampat, Socorro, Cocos, Galapagos, GBR, Palau, Red Sea, Maldives, Gulf of Mexico). Maximum divers is about 20, average about 16. 3-5 dives / day with surface interval about 2 hours.
     
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  9. -Moe

    -Moe ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    How did they even get everyone's tanks switched over in 10 minutes?
     
  10. Uno1

    Uno1 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Australia
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    I have been on a number of day boats out of Cairns and I have never experienced a SI of 10 min. An hour was the norm.
     
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