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Re: Diving Certification in AC #60457
12/27/02 10:25 AM
12/27/02 10:25 AM
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San Diego CA
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I also would recommend Billy from Hustler's. We went there (Belize) to only snorkel and we felt so comfortable with the whole group there at Hustler's that we went ahead and did the whole diver certification course with Billy. What an experience!!! smile

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Re: Diving Certification in AC #60458
12/28/02 05:17 PM
12/28/02 05:17 PM
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Birdland - 1 mile north
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Boy was I upside down when I wrote "south of town?" eek Thanks for the correction.

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Re: Diving Certification in AC #60459
12/29/02 12:23 PM
12/29/02 12:23 PM
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I'll be staying about 1 mile north of San Pedro. Which of the recommended dive schools is easily accessible from that location?

Re: Diving Certification in AC #60460
12/29/02 12:59 PM
12/29/02 12:59 PM
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San Pedro AC Belize
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If you are one mile north of town you will be near Alonzo Flota and his "custom-diving" service - he can do full certification and is a great diver & guide - is also very safety conscious. His dive operation is called "Under da Sea" and is based at El Pescador Lodge. Contact Alonzo via this e-mail address: <[email protected]>

Re: Diving Certification in AC #60461
12/30/02 08:29 PM
12/30/02 08:29 PM
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I contacted Alonzo and was surprised to find that his certification course is about twice as long as the others - eg Hustler, Blue Hole etc. Any idea why his should take longer? Am I missing anything if I opt for the shorter ones? Interestingly, they all grant the same certification and are all the same price!

Re: Diving Certification in AC #60462
12/31/02 01:00 PM
12/31/02 01:00 PM
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Alonzo's PADI full certification course takes 4 days - 2 days of diving and 2 days of class room work. If you only need a Refferal Course to complete your open water dives - it will just take the 2 days of diving.

Have a Great time!

Re: Diving Certification in AC #60463
12/31/02 07:38 PM
12/31/02 07:38 PM
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here's a note from Alonzo:
Good question. I told David that the course will take 4 days but did not
mention that some time it takes 6 days. I can do an Open Water Course in 3
days if the weather is in great conditions and the person is very good
student and good in the water. I think that 4 days 6 to 8 hours a day is
just enough for a person to learn how to be a great diver and I will help
them acomplish that.


Re: Diving Certification in AC #60464
12/31/02 08:42 PM
12/31/02 08:42 PM
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San Pedro Town
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Could you relay to Alonzo that Lee will only need the 4 Certification Dives.

"Hello: I'll be in AC in February and want to do my open water dives for certification there (will have all of the pool and book stuff done)."

Looks like he's under the impression that Lee needs a full Open Water course from scratch.

Hustler, Blue Hole etc. would take 2 days (which is entirely proper and correct) for the 4 certification dives, weather permitting. I think Alonzo would be able to offer the same time frame.

Re: Diving Certification in AC #60465
12/31/02 09:18 PM
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thanks Chris, just messaged Alonzo...

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