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Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by 360GUY, Feb 8, 2021.

  1. TuckerIdaho

    TuckerIdaho Contributor

    You get what you pay for. You're also comparing apples to oranges with regulations and labor cost. Let's be fair about Mexico, you can buy your regulations. What's the insurance coverage that the $95 dive trip operator has? How comprehensive is it? It doesn't work that way in New Zealand.

    In this case, for what OP paid, he gets rushed around because time is money. Our kiwi friend here paying a little more has a very leisurely enjoyable trip.
  2. lowwall

    lowwall Contributor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Chicago
    I understand local costs are higher in NZ and I'm sure that those trips are a great day out. But ”You get what you pay for" does not necessarily follow.

    I used Aldora because they offer a premium service for their location. I've dived with them and never felt rushed and that price includes big steel tanks, so dives stretch well past an hour. I'll take the poster's word for it that their local diving is awesome, but Cozumel is pretty nice by anyone's standard.

    BTW, insurance and regulatory costs aren't the full answer. The last op I used in the US, Starfish Scuba in Boynton Beach, charges $91 for a 2 tank boat trip.
  3. Chavodel8en

    Chavodel8en Contributor

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Oakland, CA
    To the OP:

    I will restate what other folks suggest as a great solution - Find some buddies and go shore diving, at your own schedule. Im sure there are scuba groups, facebook scuba pages, Meetup.com in the LA area (all means that I use to buddy up & shore dive in Monterey/Carmel area).

    And maybe mention that you like a leisurely pace. Some divers may be on a schedule. I will admit that Im usually trying to get 2 dives in before lunch, and before traffic picks up, so I am probably a bit like these commercial boats you're describing - LETS GO, NO DILLY-DALLYING!! Save the leisurely pace for underwater!!

    But I know from experience, most of my shore-diving buddies dont share my rush, so you should be able to easily find some chill buddies.
    DiveClimbRide likes this.
  4. TMHeimer

    TMHeimer Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Dartmouth,NS,Canada(Eastern Passage-Atlantic)
    Good point. A side benefit for solo diving is that you don't even have to worry about finding buddies who don't like to rush, or even worrying about holding THEM up.
    Ontwreckdiver likes this.
  5. TerryC

    TerryC Master Instructor

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: St Kitts, West Indies
    Nope, no tides where we are.
    I used to dive the UK, there all dives are governed by the tides.
  6. Wibble

    Wibble Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: UK
    At the moment the only thing related to going diving is being able to read these forums.

    Where you are might be my current fantasy location for a while :) Am really, definitely, honestly, will do... a decent multi-week trip to that part of the world. Must see what warm, clear, blue water diving's all about. One sees the videos and it just doesn't compare with the reality of northern European diving! But we've lots of wrecks :)

    ScubaBoard: providing help and support to divers in prison lockdown since 2020...

    Just clicked on some of your links in your sig: lovely. Just lovely. Here it's cold and miserable and we're all stuck at home. (OK, we've got our health and shelter, which is more than a lot of people have. But it's lockdown..)

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