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User currently offlineCHRISBA777ER From UK - England, joined Mar 2001, 5964 posts, RR: 62
Posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1310 times:

Been into it a while but just getting round to buying my gear.

Just bought a Scubapro T-Black BCD - its very nice. Bought the Mrs a T-Force at the same time and she's well pleased.

What gear does everyone use?

Any UK divers here?

Anyone recommend any dives in St Maarten or Puerto Rico? Off there for New Year and planning on doing my advanced open water.


What do you mean you dont have any bourbon? Do you know how far it is to Houston? What kind of airline is this???
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User currently offlineVictrola From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 525 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 1305 times:

I've been into Scuba for about 12 years. I just got back from doing some wreck dives off the coast of Recife, Brazil last week.

I have not done St Maarten, however I have done quite a bit of diving on Aruba and Curacao. My favorite place in the Caribbean though, is Roatan. It's a beautiful reef and the place is relatively inexpensive compared to the rest of the Caribbean. That's where I did my open water.


User currently offlineDreadnought From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 8917 posts, RR: 24
Reply 2, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1287 times:



Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Thread starter):
Anyone recommend any dives in St Maarten or Puerto Rico? Off there for New Year and planning on doing my advanced open water.

I've dived around St. Martin in Dec-Jan, and it's not that great. The waters are kinda murky that time of year. But it's certainly better than places like the Florida coast. St. Barts is a couple hours away by boat - I recommend you take the trip and dive there as well.



Veni Vidi Castratavi Illegitimos
User currently offlineIpodguy7 From United States of America, joined Aug 2008, 380 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1279 times:

I Dive, don't have that much gear though. I usually just rent the gear, but ive dove Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, and Key Largo.


AA/DL/NW/CO/UA/US/AC/FI/EI/BD/BA/AF/AZ/DY/SK/QF/JQ
User currently offlineMortyman From Norway, joined Aug 2006, 4055 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 1278 times:



Quoting Victrola (Reply 1):
Aruba and Curacao

You have'nt tried Bonaire ?

Personally i don't have a scuba lisence so it's only snorkling for me.


But I hear Bonaire is very good place.


Also Cozumel


I have been to both of these places and the water is great from a snorkling point of view atleast.


User currently offlineSignol From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2007, 3018 posts, RR: 8
Reply 5, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 1272 times:

I did the PADI Open Water course when I was backpacking in Australia, we did the course in Sydney Harbour (and off Manly). That was in 2002, and the only time I've dived since then was a few months later when we got to the Great Barrier Reef. The main thing preventing me from diving again is cost, unfortunately  



Me somewhere on the Great Barrier Reef!

The only equipment I have is a snorkel and prescription mask.

signol

[Edited 2008-11-28 09:19:51]


Flights booked: none :(
User currently offlineLuv2fly From United States of America, joined May 2003, 12148 posts, RR: 49
Reply 6, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 1264 times:
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I dive and have done AUA, CZM, CUR and PVR. I have my own wet suit and fins, mask and snorkel, the rest I rent. Do not do it enough to buy my own equipment nor can I spend that kind of money on a hobby that I only do once or wtice a year.


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User currently offlineAirKas1 From Netherlands, joined Dec 2003, 4027 posts, RR: 55
Reply 7, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 1249 times:



Quoting Mortyman (Reply 4):
But I hear Bonaire is very good place.

I can definately confirm that. I've had my PADI for 7 years now (first junior and then advanced open water) and Bonaire is the only place I've ever dived so far. I did both my PADI courses there.

Also, having lived there for 4 years, I've seen plenty of the under water world and it's beautiful. I haven't been there for a year now, so I'm not 100% how everything looks after the hurricanes/storms. My dad was there last month though and he said it was ok.

As for my gear, I've always rented it.


User currently offlineAF340 From Canada, joined Jul 2007, 2786 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1245 times:

Yeah, I dive...


Right now I am Advanced O/W with EANx (PADI), and I've dived Cozumel, Kona, Kauai, quite a bit around Ontario, and in Barbados and Belize in the next month.

I only own my snorkel, mask, fins, booties, and 3/2mm wetsuit I use in the warmer areas and in some parts of Ontario.


Great fun, and you are bound to find something new on every dive!


Happy Diving,
Liam spin 


User currently offlineArmitageShanks From UK - England, joined Dec 2003, 3638 posts, RR: 15
Reply 9, posted (5 years 12 months 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 1244 times:

I took my PADI open water course last year.

I love it but I don't get to dive often.


User currently offlineCOrocks From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 1215 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (5 years 12 months 15 hours ago) and read 1172 times:

I love to Scuba Dive. I just have my PADI rec dive certification, but love to get out and do it as much as possible. So far i have been to:

Cozumel
Aruba
St. Maarten
Cabo San Lucas
French Polynesia (Bora Bora and Moorea)
Red Sea (Sharm el Sheikh)
Florida Keys
Hawaii (Kona)
Bahamas
Grand Cayman

By far the best overall diving was at Grand Cayman or Cozumel. The best single dive was the Giant Manta night dive in Kona.

Quoting CHRISBA777ER (Thread starter):
Anyone recommend any dives in St Maarten or Puerto Rico?

I did not care for the diving in St. Maarten at all. I have not dove Puerto Rico, but some friends of mine have told me that it is very nice.


User currently offlineVictrola From United States of America, joined Apr 2008, 525 posts, RR: 1
Reply 11, posted (5 years 11 months 4 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 1128 times:



Quoting Mortyman (Reply 4):
You have'nt tried Bonaire ?

It's definitely on my list. It's just been easier to get to Aruba and Curacao with frequent flyer miles.


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