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#336638 - 05/11/09 11:04 AM Diving  
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Can anyone tell me if the diving around Ambergris Caye is all drift diving, also do the dive masters make you come up as a group or stay down till you get to 500lb i will be diving with Patojo's Scuba Center.

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#336646 - 05/11/09 12:38 PM Re: Diving [Re: JLG]  
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I would try emailing Patojo's and ask that question if your diving with them.
Drift diving off Ambergris isn't necessary because of currents however most operators do drift in order to cover more territory and not return to the boat.

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#336652 - 05/11/09 01:44 PM Re: Diving [Re: elbert]  
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My experience: I have never encountered a strong current on the reefs around AC. Diving is like Elbert described. Divers are kept in a group, the dive boat follows the bubbles, divers ascend in a group. If a diver runs out of air early, that diver and buddy will ascend before the rest of the group. The DM may or may not help with that ascent depending on the divers abilities. We have always used Amigos Del Mar. We have never felt like we came up too soon. On the contrary, at the end of the day our computers are usually very close to the NDL. My wife and I are slow breathers so air is not our limiting factor.

#336654 - 05/11/09 02:36 PM Re: Diving [Re: Dawghed]  
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We do most of our diving in Cozumel were most of the time there is a light current and the boat will follow you. some days the current gets going pretty good and the visibility gets bad, is this common in Ambergris Caye also.

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#336656 - 05/11/09 02:58 PM Re: Diving [Re: JLG]  
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No, Cozumel is close but a different world.

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#336657 - 05/11/09 03:02 PM Re: Diving [Re: JLG]  
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I've been diving with Patojo's this last week, and they're pretty relaxed about dive practices once they know they can trust you. It's common for divers running low on air to surface ahead of the rest of the group, and so long as there are at least two people on the surface it doesn't matter whether they're dive buddies.

Outside the reef we rarely have much current, and never to an extent that would make you allow for it, other than in the direction you dive. Inside Hol Chan it can be very different.

We have had moderately poor visibility and a lot of surge lately, certainly in the past week. The surge was unusual in that it rarely changed with depth. But the diving was still good.

#336670 - 05/11/09 05:21 PM Re: Diving [Re: Peter Jones]  
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We have had the same experiance with Patojo. I can stay longer than my husband and he will go up before me. Usually my daughter will surface with him, if not he or one of the other DM's go up with a solo diver. I feel very safe and comfortable with he and his team and I am a nervous diver.

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#336679 - 05/11/09 06:01 PM Re: Diving [Re: suecate]  
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My wife is a very good diver and is always nervous when we dive with a new company untill she gets to know the DM and crew of the boat. Sounds like we made a good chose everyone seems to like Potojo's.

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#336712 - 05/11/09 10:13 PM Re: Diving [Re: JLG]  
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they have held my hand when i first started.

#336713 - 05/11/09 10:19 PM Re: Diving [Re: suecate]  
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All I know is that the diving around AC is great!

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