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#248569 - 09/06/07 09:20 AM Drift diving?  
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Is there a current at AC, like Cozumel--drift diving? For any of you locals out there, what is the forecast for next week? We will be there for our first time. We are stayin at the Auquamarina Suites. Any opinions on that resort?

#248572 - 09/06/07 09:51 AM Re: Drift diving? [Re: dvgdv]  
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Here's your best source for local weather: and

I'm not much of a diver but there are drift dives out at Half Moon Caye.

#248586 - 09/06/07 11:38 AM Re: Drift diving? [Re: dvgdv]  
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We Drift dive ,but not because of currents just lazy and don't have to swim back to the boat.

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#248614 - 09/06/07 02:43 PM Re: Drift diving? [Re: elbert]  
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Most dives are drift dives as we can free up the mooring buoy and the boat can follow the divers. This makes for a more enjoyable dive as you can see more. There is very little current nothing like Cozumel.

#248628 - 09/06/07 05:13 PM Re: Drift diving? [Re: ecodiver]  
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You have given me a good chuckle. I dove in Cozumel and that is DRIFT diving.
What is called drift diving here is that the BOAT drifts along behind the divers. LOL
All the dive sites here have buoys, like in Bonaire, there is no dropping anchor. So boats may tie up to a buoy and the dive master takes the group in a big circle, coming back to the mooring line.
Sometimes the DM will say, ďThis is going to be a drift dive.Ē That simply means we usually go out in a straight line and the boat follows us. My nature was (at first) to correct them, but now I just understand.
Bottom line Ė there is very little current Ė sometimes some surge.

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#248632 - 09/06/07 05:56 PM Re: Drift diving? [Re: dvgdv]  
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Thanks for the info! You understood exactly what I was asking. Grand Cayman is like that--very little current, stay with the DM, or use navigational skills to get back to the boat. We go to CZM so often (easy to get to out of Dallas) that we've been spoiled by the "fat man diving" as we call the current.

#248640 - 09/06/07 06:35 PM Re: Drift diving? [Re: dvgdv]  

Quasi-drift diving (which is what we do in SP) is fine when the divers clearly indicate their position before surfacing, using a DSMB (a "safety sausage" deployed from depth and held on a line). Otherwise the boat captain needs to follow the divers' bubbles, which not only wastes fuel but also creates a lot of noise pollution for the divers. I don't like diving with the almost constant noise of an engine somewhere nearby. Sadly very few dive guides here use DSMBs.

If you do this sort of dive you can certainly cover more territory, but whether you actually see more is debatable. Often the best dives are when you cover very little ground, but do it thoroughly.

#248661 - 09/06/07 10:19 PM Re: Drift diving? [Re: ]  
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Peter Ė Iím with you. I have a problem with a lot of the DMíS here as they want to keep everyone together and moving. Being a photographer I want to take my time when I find an interesting subject.

For instance I found a pair of Rock Beauties along with a juvenile who still had his blue ring around the black blotch; they were guarding a nest. The largest, Iím guessing male, kept coming at me making motions with his lovely bright blue lips. I spent five minutes getting video of them. WOW When I was finished my group was nowhere to be seen.

Another great experience here was finding, at 80 feet a pair of Queen Angelfish! They are shy and stay close to the undercuts of the reef. I learned the secret of filming them and was again able to spend five to ten minutes with them. Had anyone been with me Iím sure they would have been spooked.

Fortunately I was well trained (in the COLD COLD waters of Northern California filled with giant Kelp) to be a solo diver. There they said you may THINK you have a buddy but donít count on it. Actually all my photography friends prefer to solo dive. That does not mean you go off by yourself. We never had dive masters in the water with us Ė they stayed on the boat for safety purposes.

I wish there was an operation here that specialized in photo diving. I understand that it takes so many people to make a boat pay for itself Ė but I can dream Ė canít I?

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#248672 - 09/06/07 11:45 PM Re: Drift diving? [Re: ScubaLdy]  
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I prefer to dive sans buddy. As was said before, in many instances, a person may think they have a buddy but if the chips are down, 'same ocean buddy' is pretty much the same as 'no buddy'. I've also found that assigned buddies can potentially be more dangerous than being on your own.

Regardless, I'm well aware that the ideal situation is to have a buddy that you dive with all the time, understand each other, stay together and meet eyes on regular basis. At this time, I don't have that ideal buddy and so, as I said I prefer to dive sans buddy.

I have friends that are disapproving and/or horrified at my preference. As one good friend pointed out a few years ago . . someday that "sans buddy" business is going to bite me in the ass.

On a trip in the last couple of years (Roatan), I'd been diving with the same shop, same DM, same captain, 2-4 dives a day for more than a week. The second week, my dive buddy arrived on the island. Still on one of our dives together, my buddy exited the water well before me and as usual, I enjoyed my final moments alone at depth, as all others re-boarded the boat. As I was ascending, I saw the ladder being pulled. I assumed that this was supposed to be a joke on me for daudling. I assumed wrong.

My buddy watched them take out the ladder and sat in confused silence for a moment until she saw they were going to start up the boat. She said "Uh . . I think you guys still have a diver in the water."

Frankly, my feelings were hurt. I couldn't believe the DM and captain wouldn't have noticed that my big personality wasn't on the boat. But hey, just goes to show ya . .even when you think it couldn't happen to you . . .

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#248706 - 09/07/07 09:43 AM Re: Drift diving? [Re: seashell]  

My operation was criticised once for not having a clipboard and checking off divers into and back from the water. And for not doing a count of bodies on the boat before and after. My response was that if you're into cattle boat diving this may well be the only control you have, but if you're diving with small groups you can get to know each individual as a person, which obviates the clipboard. We still do the count, mind. I haven't heard of any operator in San Pedro who's ever "lost" a diver, unlike some of our friends down-under.

In the Eqyptian Red Sea, where boats customarily have 30-40 divers on board and they all go off in one group (usually with one guide), it's common for people to surface at the wrong boat, especially after night dives. What's worrying is that when the crew of that boat have established which boat they should have joined (you'd be surprised how many people don't know the name of the boat or even the operator they've been diving with) it often turns out that their boat has already left. No checks there. But all boats return to the same large dock and people meet up there again - I've not heard of anyone really being left in the water.

Solo diving is great if you're properly trained for it and are carrying the necessary redundant equipment. No-one with a conventional setup of a single tank and regulator is equipped for solo diving. I think everybody should learn it even if they don't intend to practice it, because it teaches real self-sufficiency and confidence.

One thing I was told when I became a DM was that as a DM and even more as an instructor you're always solo diving, because just having people in the water around you doesn't mean they'll be able to help you if you have an emergency.

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