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Your most expensive dive

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Esprise Me, Oct 3, 2020.

  1. Belzelbub

    Belzelbub Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Largo, Florida
    Yeah, I thought that this would be top. But then I read 100Days report. He wins... Or maybe more accurately, loses.
    Esprise Me and RyanT like this.
  2. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
    I was newly certified to be diving normoxic trimix, and I was going to Florida for a vacation. I was hoping to get in a tech dive while there. The course director at my Colorado shop had worked for a shop in Fort Lauderdale in the past, and he knew a tech diver (instructor) there. He thought the guy might want to do a dive with me, and he got me the guy's email address. I wrote to him, telling him the circumstances and asking if he would be willing to do a tech dive with me. He said he would.

    He set everything up--chartered a boat, got me tank rentals, and got us both expensive trimix and deco gas fills. It was not until we were getting on the boat and it was time to pay up that I realized he expected me to pay for everything--my tank rentals, my trimix fills, his trimix fills, my deco tank rentals, both of our deco gases, and the full cost of the boat charter. He was acting as my guide, so I had to pay everything. I checked my email later--there is no hint in there that I was asking for anything other than a dive buddy. In fact, it was pretty damn clear. I found out later that the tanks I rented were all his, so he was charging me for renting his tanks, too. I was too meek and timid to protest, and it is damn lucky that I had a wallet with a bunch of hundreds in it to pay for it all.

    While we were diving the wreck of the Hydro Atlantic, he signaled me to ask how much gas I had. I signaled back, showing that I still had plenty to continue the dive. He immediately thumbed the dive. When I asked later why, he said he did not know me and had no idea what my gas consumption would be, so he had thumbed early. When we got out of the water, I still had more than half of my trimix remaining, and I am sure he had more than that. So I paid many hundreds of dollars for a short tech dive to about 160 feet. My friendly "buddy" got a free dive and went home with hundreds of dollars of gas that I paid for left over for his future diving pleasure.
  3. flymolo

    flymolo DIR Practitioner

    I'll bite- I somehow lost my light monkey primary reel the other week, presumably while standing on the boat ladder and taking off a bailout bottle to hand to a crew member. Sadness!
  4. Bob DBF

    Bob DBF Solo Diver

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: NorCal
    I guess if there was a dive involved, there was talk of a power head in one post so I guess the posting rules are pretty flexible.
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  5. 100days-a-year

    100days-a-year Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: NE Florida
    May want to rethink life if hookers and blow go with diving of any kind.
  6. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Philadelphia and Boynton Beach
    @100days-a-year easily wins this one. I am glad that he is still alive and able to post. My hat is off to you, sir
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  7. Manatee Diver

    Manatee Diver Stop throwing lettuce at me! ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Tampa Bay, FL
    Welcome to Miami, hookers and blow go with everything!
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  8. Doc

    Doc Was RoatanMan

    # of Dives: None - Not Certified
    Location: Chicago & O'Hare heading thru TSA 5x per year
    1980, there on a Russian ship. A Gazillion Rubles, give or take.

    1977, Cichen Itza, Cubic Metric Dollars (not mine)

    And that “free” every Tenth Trip to CocoView.
  9. Bierstadt

    Bierstadt Barracuda

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Erie, PA
    @boulderjohn I may just be a simple Great Lakes denizen, but I am pretty sure that is called "shark diving."
    Marie13 likes this.
  10. azstinger11

    azstinger11 ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: San Diego, CA
    Since I paid for the tanks and the gas, I would have emptied the tanks after **** like that....

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