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User currently offlineFlySC From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 136 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 1299 times:

Hey everyone!!! Just finished my open water SCUBA certification this afternoon. Looking to see if anyone knows of any good places to dive in florida or south carolina. Are there any other divers in the forums. Would love to hear any recommendations tips or stories that ya'll have.
Fly Safely,
Jason D.


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User currently offlineEMBQA From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 9364 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1298 times:

Stop by your local dive shop and ask... I started to get my dive certification so I could dive with my then girlfriend but, post 9/11 got laid off and she decided she didn't want an unemployed boyfriend.


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User currently offlineKaiGywer From United States of America, joined Oct 2003, 12213 posts, RR: 35
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 1276 times:
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I did the pool sessions, but it's been so long, I have to retake it all. Contacted a dive center about 3 hrs from here, $299 for 2 people, full certification. All I need is fins, mask, and snorkel. Doing it sometime this spring/early summer.


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User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12090 posts, RR: 49
Reply 3, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1270 times:

Have never done any fresh water dives, have dived the Caribbean and also Mexico. Good luck and always dive with a buddy! Remember plan your dive and dive your plan.....


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User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 1257 times:

I'm a certified Scuba diver as well. I've done a handful of dives here in FL (don't have the time for alot these days)

Some of my favorite:
-Devil's Den near Gainesville...big sinkhole in the middle of a field, about 50' of cave-ish diving
-Crystal River..one of the best, clear water, beautiful fish, and alot of manatees...really clean freshwater
-St Augustine...the Navy dumped alot of A-6's off the coast, you can dive out there and swim around the old airframes, which are now artificial reefs.

Pretty much any wreck dive is going to be awesome. Although it's sad, when they finally do sink the USS Oriskany, it'll be one hell of an interesting dive, near Pensacola. http://www.ussoriskany.com/id18.html

DeltaGuy


User currently offlinePROSA From United States of America, joined Oct 2001, 5628 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 11 hours ago) and read 1255 times:

Scuba diving is wonderful, I wish more people would take it up!

Signed,
The Shark



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User currently offlineTheSorcerer From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2005, 1048 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1245 times:

I've got my PADI open water. I was gonna do Advanced open water but then my good mates on my toes intervened (ingrown toenails), cut your toenails properly because they sure aren't fun when they're ingrown.
I'm gonna do my Advanced this summer instead  Smile
Safe Dives
Dominic



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User currently offlineCorocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1213 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1237 times:

I had bought a book on diving in Florida, but never made it out there. It lists Key Largo as the best place to dive in Florida.

I diving and go as often as I can (which is getting more seldom lately).

I have been in:

French Polynesia
Cozumel
Hawaii (Big Island)
Grand Cayman
Cabo San Lucas
St. Martin


User currently offlinePA110 From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 1995 posts, RR: 24
Reply 8, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1233 times:
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I'm finally getting my c-card next month....brrrrrr..... in the waters off Monterey Bay. Then I'm off to Roatan in May to go diving. Was going to do a referral and finish my test dives in Roatan, but figure I might as well do the whole thing now and get it out of the way. I want to maximize my time diving all the different sites offered at Roatan (walls, wrecks, sharks, dolphins, etc...)

[Edited 2006-02-14 01:41:33]


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User currently offlineFlySC From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 1224 times:

Hey I feel your pain with the cold. The air temp when I went in the water for my checkout dive this weeked was 38f. Later in the day it warmed up to a balmy 42. I don't know that I had ever been that cold. Some people from the local dive shop are going to Roatan pretty soon, that sounds like a really nice place. I dove devils den near gainsville this week and that was pretty kool. Looking forward to doing some ocean dives.
Fly Safely,
Jason D.



I do not fail!!! I succede at finding what does not work!!!
User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 3965 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 10 hours ago) and read 1205 times:

Quoting FlySC (Thread starter):
Are there any other divers in the forums.

 yes 

I've got my Advanced Open Water.
I've only dived on bonaire (Dutch Antilles) though. Haven't gotten the chance to practise this hobby elswhere, especially not in the merky wtaers of Holland  Smile

Anyways, I can really recommend the island. Very nice underwater scenery, a few wrecks (a.o. Hilma Hooker, a former smuggling ship). Also a lot of fish and sweet blue ocean.


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1204 times:

I only practice this great sport at BZE. It's quite amazing!

User currently offlineErikwilliam From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 2152 posts, RR: 12
Reply 12, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1202 times:

Dude, great for you, it´s a lovely thing.

The best dive I had was at the Rainbow Warrior in Bay of Islands, NZ. It was nice, but the water isn´t so clear.
Great barrier of Reef is just F***ing great.

Have done in a few places here in Brasil also, wish I go to Fernando de Noronha here, they say is just the best.

Enjoy were you can.

My last dive was about 1year ago. I´m a Padi Dive MAster (wich is the lowest, but still fun)



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User currently offlineFutureUALpilot From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2602 posts, RR: 8
Reply 13, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1199 times:

I have been certified for 6 years now, and have been diving in the Grand Cayman (The Wall), very cool, the dive itself was fantastic, and had it not been 9-11-01, the whole day would have been the same. I have also been to Cozumel, and thought it was decent...San Diego pretty much sucked, and Hawaii, Cathedral #1 was probably the best dive Ive been on. I havent been in SC/FL yet but Id like to someday.


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User currently offlineCurtisMan From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1002 posts, RR: 50
Reply 14, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 1196 times:

I have my open water certification through PADI as well as some extra training on the US Marines Diving Program. Would love to chat about it with you. Feel free to contact me anytime!

I have gone diving on the Great Barrier Reef - Australia, West Coast Vancouver Island - Canada, Maui - Hawaii and somewhere in the Carribbean.


Cheers!
Len



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User currently offlineMacc From Austria, joined Nov 2004, 1031 posts, RR: 3
Reply 15, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 1171 times:

Me too diving...

Rescue level, started in Indonesia, been underwater in Malaysia, Philippines, Red Sea, Venezuela, Bonaire and recently and unvoluntarily kissed a white shark in South Africa.

And after I have killed my boss and signed my own holiday application, Belize and Honduras are waiting for me.



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User currently offlineBHMBAGLOCK From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2698 posts, RR: 5
Reply 16, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 11 hours ago) and read 1155 times:

Pennekamp - Key Largo is good

There's also some great wrecks and odd stuff in the gulf - mostly out of Destin or Panama City.

Lower Keys are pretty good as well. Dry Tortugas used to be a a great snorkel from the shore but I don't think they allow this anymore. Pretty sure that you can still dive it from offshore though. They're 1-2 hours west of Key West.

I haven't been in years, but you used to be able to do pretty good grabbing lobster from Hollywood Beach.



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User currently offlineAfconcorde1 From France, joined Jan 2006, 139 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 1144 times:

Quoting FlySC (Thread starter):
Just finished my open water SCUBA certification this afternoon.

Congratulations!  Smile

I also recommend that you check out the Dominican Republic as well. I hope that you dive well wherever you go. Also, be sure to take pictures and post them whenever you get a chance.

Cheers!



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User currently offlineTEBguy From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 255 posts, RR: 1
Reply 18, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1144 times:

welcome to the club! i've been an avid SCUBA diver for a few years now. Anywhoo, for florida, definatily hit Key West, and if you do, use Southpoint Divers & tell 'em one of the "Divin' Dooley's" sent you. There by far the best dive shop on the island.

[Edited 2006-02-17 04:32:36]


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User currently offlineFlySC From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 136 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 1144 times:

Hey thanks for all of the advice everyone. Just finished up my nitrox class about an hour ago. Now I can stay down longer. Now I just have to make my way to one of these dive locations so that I can enjoy this great sport.
Fly Safely,
Jason D.



I do not fail!!! I succede at finding what does not work!!!
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 5 months 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 1134 times:

Have you ever tried Utila, Guanaja and Roatán in Honduras ?

User currently offlineDeltaGuy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 5 months 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 1122 times:

Quoting PA110 (Reply 8):
I'm finally getting my c-card next month....brrrrrr..... in the waters off Monterey Bay.

Brrrr is right, but I'll bet it's gorgeous, all that kelp and sealife. Lived there for 3 yrs, always wanted to dive it though.

Quoting FlySC (Reply 9):
I dove devils den near gainsville this week and that was pretty kool.

Interesting dive huh? I'd imagine it's a little bit cold right now, it was when we went in October.

DeltaGuy


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