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Worth using Nitrox for St. Croix diving?

Discussion in 'Lesser Antilles' started by FettSolo, Mar 31, 2017.

  1. sagesign

    sagesign Registered

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: indiana
    Just returned and my advice would be to definitely rent a car. Trade out a couple boat dives for shore dives and you should be able to pay for the rental. I had about as much fun driving as diving, beautiful winding roads, some through dense forest, some high above the ocean.

    Saw sharks on all but one wall dive. The pier is great, especially night dives, but there are too many other spots that you need to check out.
  2. KeithG

    KeithG Guest

    are the deep dives square profile or multilevel? how deep is the top of the reef?

    many caribbean vacation dives are multilevel so that "max depth 70 foot" dive is really 65 feet for 20 minutes and then 35 feet for 20 minutes. you typically will never get close to NDL. no NEED for nitrox. even when doing 4 or 5 dives a day.

    square profiles are very different as are deeper reef tops where you can not finish your dive in 20 - 30 feet.
    AdivingBel likes this.
  3. FettSolo

    FettSolo Divemaster Candidate

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Lebanon, NH, USA
    Just returned last night from my trip to St. Croix!

    I stuck with not renting a car, just hung out in Frederiksted and dove with N2theBlue. My trip basically went like this:

    2 morning boat dives
    Afternoon pier solo dive
    Guided night pier dive

    Same dive plan as Wednesday

    2 morning boat dives
    Afternoon pier solo dive

    Pier solo dive (2 hours and 20min on one tank... unreal!)

    I did not use Nitrox and am glad I chose not to - there was no need at all. Each boat dive would typically be 65minutes, with my pier dives being 90min each or longer. Frankly, that was plenty and I never felt a desire to have Nitrox.

    Despite spending a combined 9.5 hours diving the pier, I never got bored - that site is a dream for a photographer like myself.

    N2theBlue is a great shop, I would definitely dive with them in the future.

    Thanks again for everybody's feedback!

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