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#44699 10/11/01 04:10 AM
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Hola,

For the divers among us: What do you think. Is an open water advanced diver certification suitable for diving the blue hole?

Anyway I will visit AC from 27 december till 8 januari. Main goal will be: Diving, diving, diving. But I'm always interested in good ideas.
Bye

GJ


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#44700 10/11/01 09:31 AM
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I did it the week after my certification course. Just listen to your divemaster.
Be careful that on the descent from the shelf at 35ft (10 meters) to the staclimites (sp?) that you don't drop too far. 125 ft (38 meters) is plenty deep to see all that is there.

GREAT DIVE!!!!!!!!1

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#44701 10/11/01 11:16 AM
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Cool, great info [Linked Image]!

I'll be in AC from 10/20 until 10/28 and an overnight to the Blue Hole is in the itinerary for us [Linked Image].

Anybody else going to be in AC during this period?

#44702 10/11/01 05:44 PM
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Hi Diving Dutchman
If anything, you are overqualified! LOL


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#44703 10/15/01 08:52 AM
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This is just one man's opinion, but as a PADI Instructor, I guess I'm entitled to it. I consider the Blue Hole to be an advanced dive.

I consider certification as an Advanced Open Water Diver to be completely sufficent and appropriate for this dive. It is my opinion that this dive is not appropriate for divers holding certification as Open Water Divers.

I'm not telling anyone what to do, but for myself, I think if one is intent on diving the Blue Hole and does not feel able to put forth the effort to become an AOWD, they would do well to stay very close to their Divemaster.

Keep in mind, though, that AOWD is a really fun course. It's mostly about experience. I encourage all divers with a commitment to safe diving to continue their education, for their own benifit and the benifit of those around them.

In Advanced one learns how to become more self-sufficent. In Rescue Diver one learns how to think beyond one's self and be helpfull to others in their time of need.

These are things responsible divers want to do. Diving is as safe as we make it.

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#44704 10/15/01 10:23 AM
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HI Eric,

We are going to be in San Pedro Oct. 21 - 28. Not sure yet if we are going to go to the Blue HOle. Who are you diving with? I think we are going to dive with Barefoot Water Sports the first day and take it from there.

JK


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