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#38065 - 04/26/01 12:29 AM Scuba diving
jrobgray Offline
My girlfreind and I are coming to AC and everywhere else for almost a month. Do you absolutely need a certification to dive? I heard you can, but a dive master has to be with you. Any info would help, on a budget, wondering the best way to get the most out of this trip as far as diving. Or should we just get certified. (Expensive..)

Thanks.

Jeff
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#38066 - 04/26/01 01:19 AM Re: Scuba diving
ScubaLdy Offline
Get certified. Best investment you can make in brining joy into your life. Best bet is to do the class room and pool work at a shop near your home. Then have them give you a referral and all you have to do is the 5 required open water dives. You will be enjoying every minute of the dives too. You won't waste any time sitting in a class room or studying at night while you are in paradise.
What you are referring to is called "Resort Certification." Yes, it is expensive and I've seen too many people panic and have a bad experience. Then they think "I've tried it, I didn't like it" and it is ruined them from ever diving.
Please don't ever consider diving with anyone who would take you without one of the above. Remember, your life could be at stake. Would you fly an airplane without taking lessons and passing an exam?
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#38067 - 04/26/01 02:58 PM Re: Scuba diving
Sandshaker Offline
I second that! Diving is a very fun and relaxing sport, but also very serious.

Expensive?....not really considering the cost of a potential funeral in the event something goes seriously wrong.

If you dont follow the rules of safety you can end up in a fatal situation. That is not a good way to make vacation memories!

It's one thing for things to go awry on land where you are breathing fresh air....and a totally different thing to be underwater and have something go wrong.

The reason Dive Shops require certifications is to prevent any liability for diver caused accidents. Not sure you would find one that will assume that risk.

Better to be safe than sorry!



[This message has been edited by Sandshaker (edited 04-26-2001).]

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#38068 - 04/26/01 08:03 PM Re: Scuba diving
seashell Offline
I don't have anything to add that hasn't already been said. I'm only posting to show support for getting certified. Scubaldy has set out the right plan for you. Get your classroom and pool portion out of the way at home and then get a referral to do OW in Belize.
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#38069 - 04/26/01 09:01 PM Re: Scuba diving
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Actually I will add that if you are worried about the cost of certification, you should do the whole thing at home. It costs a little bit more to do a referral for your open water. A more significant reason to do your open water at home is because if you learn to dive in conditions that are more adverse than the Caribbean sea you will really, really enjoy your dives and your skills should be that much better. While diving is a reasonably safe sport, it is only safe if you are properly trained. Resort courses cannot provide you with enough training for that safety net. This is your life we are talking about. You could seriously damage yourself (not to mention lose your life) if an egregious error is made. I'm not trying to scare you off of diving, it is a wonderful sport but it should be taken seriously. You will love it, if you take the time and make the effort to get properly trained.
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