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Where would you go??

Discussion in 'General Travel and Vacation Discussions' started by Coldfish83, Oct 10, 2019.

  1. Coldfish83

    Coldfish83 Garibaldi

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    Hello all!

    Bit of a general question here:

    Soon I’ll be taking a couple of years off from my job to finish my degree online, so I’m pretty location independent (Canadian passport).

    I’d like to anchor down for a while (a few months to a year) someplace that has good diving. I got my OW and advanced in koh tao a couple of years ago and enjoyed it a lot. If I were to find the right scene I think I’d like to progress up through the PADI courses.

    By right scene I mean:

    -A great, friendly, supportive dive school
    -relatively inexpensive
    -country/area that’s reasonably safe and has good internet and fitness facilities. Warm climate would be great too!

    KT would fit all of these but why not go someplace new? I’m 35, and I’ve worked hard for years at a job I hate to be in this position, so I’d really like to enjoy the next two years... finishing school, getting back in shape, meeting great people, and spending a lot of time under water!

    Any recommendations would be much appreciated, a country, region, or specific dive school, and why? If you had a couple of years to globe trot, budget between 50 and 80k, where would you go??

    Also, if there’s another place on this site, or another site, where this post might receive more attention, let me know! I’m a rookie to these types of sites.

    Thanks!!
     
  2. KathyV

    KathyV ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I'm no expert on international immigration rules - but I have heard from others that you can run into issues with visas if you plan to live and study/work in a foreign country for an extended period of time.

    Since you are Canadian, it might help to narrow down your choices by looking for places that are British territories or members of the Commonwealth of Nations.
     
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  3. Coldfish83

    Coldfish83 Garibaldi

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    Thanks Kathy, I think Most countries you can stay up to 90 days, and there are ways to extend that (visa runs to adjacent countries, become a student of some sort, etc).
     
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  4. Trailboss123

    Trailboss123 Divemaster ScubaBoard Supporter

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  5. Coldfish83

    Coldfish83 Garibaldi

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  6. runsongas

    runsongas Great White

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    bali area should also be an option
     
  7. Coldfish83

    Coldfish83 Garibaldi

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    Thanks. Can you recommend a specific dive center?
     
  8. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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