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Your Komodo / Bajo advice & opinions are needed

Discussion in 'Indonesia' started by Namastaras, Jan 9, 2020.

  1. Diving Dubai

    Diving Dubai Instructor, Scuba

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    ‘You’d certainly get good experience in Komodo, especially with divers who think they can do current, then run out of air in 20 mins, on their first dives. And it will be an experience.

    But, most people taking DM in Komodo, are using it as a stepping stone to a full time career - it’s a great choice for that too. DM isn’t a cheap course, then there’s the annual membership and insurance fees.

    However if it works out cheaper than being a guest diver for 2 months, go for it
     
  2. DownUnderwater Dan

    DownUnderwater Dan Angel Fish

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    @Diving Dubai is right in all his advice.

    Last year I dived in komodo & was assigned to a group of "pros", a few American divemasters from Koh Tao, Thailand, one of the group was boasting how he was working there & getting paid to holiday. On one of our dives, the dive was ended in just over 20 minutes. I asked the DM why it ended so quick, & he said that all the guys ran out of air...whilst me & the DM still had a fair amount of air left
    In all fairness, currents & drift diving were probably new to them & it was a strenuous hanging onto rocks type of dive, & equipment wise I had my own, a good regulator and good set of fins, so I was more prepared
    Diving day in & day out, & guiding customers from all corners of the world, with different experience & capabilities, in at times very trying conditions, will test you to your limits
    The experience that you'll get there as a DM, will make you a better diver...that's a certainty

    ...& also you probably already know, it's got some of the best & beautiful diving in the world

    Enjoy
     
  3. DownUnderwater Dan

    DownUnderwater Dan Angel Fish

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    My favourite coffee place/cafe is Gerobuck Coffee. It's an outdoor coffee stall located on the main street of LB that opens at night. They got a whole variety of fresh lokal Indonesian coffee beans. I remember 1 night I must of had 3-4 coffees & stayed up all night there...so good kopi!:coffee::):wink:
     
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  4. Namastaras

    Namastaras Angel Fish

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    Amazing! Sometimes I literally go to be early in hopes of getting to my morning coffee faster! Thx
     
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  5. Namastaras

    Namastaras Angel Fish

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    This sound like SO much fun and a good challenge for me. I have been in one or two ripping Cozumel currents, but they tend to stay one direction. I love the athleticism that can be required in those moments, I am excited to see how I fare!
     
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  6. Diving Dubai

    Diving Dubai Instructor, Scuba

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    The (highly experienced) guide on Current Junkies puts komodao currents into 4 categories

    Mild = Fin
    Medium = Fin hard
    Strong = Fin Hard to remain stationary
    Emotional.....

    For reference = from her time in Coz she puts those currents at a medium

    Biggest failing of people is not being able to calm their breathing down when having to work hard, in even a mild/medium current. Mind over matter.

    Ability to multi task, i.e. sort your breathing out, clearing mask and getting yourself hooked on and sorted is often needed. As a Dm the you're doign the same and checking on guests.

    But its all doable with practice
     
  7. Namastaras

    Namastaras Angel Fish

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    This is so exciting. I have about 150 dives in Cozumel over the last few years and only a few of those I felt like the current was strong, like blowing my hair back strong. Loved it! Didn’t love it for actually looking for fishes and critters, but to feel that kind of power in the water was awesome. I’m a big yogi and love scuba for its connection to the breath. The world can stand still with a relaxed long breath or whip by with anxiety filled short panicking breaths. It’s up to you and your mind!
    Thanks for the references!
     
  8. DownUnderwater Dan

    DownUnderwater Dan Angel Fish

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    Yeah!... I love my morning coffee too!

    :caffine1:
     
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  9. dirtfarmer

    dirtfarmer Regular of the Pub

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    +1 for SJ. I've seen their trainings of DMs over 30 days of diving with them in Komodo. Their goal is to make you a professional, not just a DM. They have made many people professionals in the industry so if your long term plan is to work in the industry, if you excel they might be able to put you to work in one of their many locations.
    Yes SJ is isolated but a friendly place with lots of being gathered round tables enjoying a cool beverage, in the evening. They usually have a few DMTS there going thru their training. The other thing I respect them for is training locals and local women, as DMs. The development of LBJ is rapid and making it more tourist friendly with lots of restaurants and bars, but always more tourists come with the development. It still has its charms if your looking for a dive centered town, with lots of young people passing thru.
     
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  10. Centrals

    Centrals Barangay Pasaway

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    Since when?
     

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