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#575613 - 01/26/22 01:29 PM Vacation 2022  
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Hey Folks,
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In the past I have used the input from the group to plan two vacations that I can recall. One was renting an RV in Seattle, Washington and traveling to Salt Lake City while seeing the great NW and all that. Great trip.
The other was a suggestion to hit the Orange Beach area of FloraBama. That was an amazing trip as well.

Well, I come to ya'll again to ask my friends for advice and wisdom.

I plan on going to Florida this year. I may be solo, I may be with my Admiral. (No issues, just she doesn't care for the Sun and Sand like I do)

I would like to find places to RV camp and also scuba dive. I have my Nitrox certification but have yet to use it.
Hopefully there are some other diving enthusiasts on the board that can direct me to places they enjoy. If possible I would love to meet up with some of you and visit.

I am looking at the time frame of mid May to late June.


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#575614 - 01/26/22 01:37 PM Re: Vacation 2022 [Re: Parrott_head]  
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#575622 - 01/27/22 02:21 PM Re: Vacation 2022 [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Sounds like a fun trip. We spend time in the Fort Myers area every year & always have a great time. Don't have any idea if it is a good area for diving on not. I do know the gulf side is shallow. Not sure how that helps or not.


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#575628 - 01/27/22 04:08 PM Re: Vacation 2022 [Re: Parrott_head]  
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No personal experience, but I have been told Looe Key diving is nice. I looked it up and found this. https://www.boatsafe.com/best-scuba-diving-in-florida/

It says 30 - 40 feet up to 100 feet for Looe Key area.

I hadn't heard of the one just above it....Tenneco Towers Dive Sites...some old oil rigs. Looks interesting with lot of marine life now...60 to 130 feet.


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#575718 - 04/17/22 12:11 AM Re: Vacation 2022 [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Well, I guess I should do an update.

I have reserved a camping spot near Jupiter, Fl for a couple of week. I will be diving the Blue Heron Bridge for a couple of days at first to get myself sorted out.

I signed up for Advanced Open Water, Deep Diver and Delayed Surface Marker Buoy classes at a local dive shop and completed the courses at Blue Hole, New Mexico. Blue Hole is a 60 foot wide by 80 foot deep artesian spring. Water is a constant 62 degree.
Over the winter I purchased a new BC, wetsuit, fins, mask and some other items. I also have two Nitrox tanks now and Nitrox certification.
I plan on doing a bit more diving near home before I go so that I can dial my weights in and to practice using the DSMB which is required at some dive sites to mark your position.

Wife and I will drive making it three 7 hour driving days. I don't care to do marathon driving if it really isn't needed.

So late May.....Florida here I come....

Wish me luck and toss out any advice you may have...


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#575719 - 04/17/22 08:29 AM Re: Vacation 2022 [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Good luck.
Best advice I can give is Have fun.
Living vicariously through you. We're probably not going to have enough water here to even get to snorkel in the bathtub this year.


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#575720 - 04/18/22 02:13 PM Re: Vacation 2022 [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Can't wait to here more about how it all turns out.


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#575723 - 04/20/22 01:21 PM Re: Vacation 2022 [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Good luck and definitely give us a post-trip update. I'm looking into getting certified with my daughter this summer...just the basics...nothing like what you are up to!


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#575727 - 04/23/22 12:20 PM Re: Vacation 2022 [Re: athiker]  
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Originally Posted by athiker
Good luck and definitely give us a post-trip update. I'm looking into getting certified with my daughter this summer...just the basics...nothing like what you are up to!


When I first certified 34 years ago there were not a lot of "specialty" certs. You got your open water certification. I did do a Scuba Life Saving and Accident management (SLAM) cert back then.

I hate to sound like one of those old codgers that claim the new kids have it so easy, but with the advent of resort dive classes, the internet and people pressed for time the classes I took recently are certainly stripped down.


I forget what my first cert was like but I seem to recall two nights a week for three weeks. Seems the classes were three hours long, have class room, half pool.

We had to be able take all our gear off under water, put it on the bottom of the pool, come up and take a breather than go back down and gear up underwater.

The instructors would come by and knock your mask off your face, tug the regulator out of your mouth. This was done so when it happens in real life you react without thinking.

None of that is done today.

I think all the different certs they offer are just a way of generating revenue for the dive shops.
My first certification allowed me to dive to 130 feet. Now to go past 70 you are supposed to get a deep diver cert, some dive operators will not take you on dives beyond 60 or so if you do not have this cert, is my understanding.

I really encourage and your daughter to get certified. Diving is a blast! My son and I really enjoy each others company when we dive.


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#575736 - 05/11/22 02:40 AM Re: Vacation 2022 [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Well I've got my camping reservations made.
First night we will be just south of Memphis, TN near Coldwater, Mississippi.
The next night we are Unidilla, Georgia.
Finally we get into Port St. Lucia campgrounds the next night.

I plan on diving Blue Heron Bridge and then doing some charter dives.
We will do a couple of nights in Venice, Florida where I will do some diving where they find shark teeth.


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#575743 - 05/13/22 05:55 PM Re: Vacation 2022 [Re: Parrott_head]  
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Well I bought a discount dive package, buy 5 get the sixth for free, from Pure Vida Dive Shop.

Here is my dive plan...

On the evening of May 29th, I would like to go to Blue Heron Park and snorkel. I will use this time to plan my dive for this park the following day. I want to go watch others to see how they rig and any gear they use.

Monday, May 30. Dive Blue Heron. Time depends upon the tide, will enter about an hour before high tide. Use this dive to dial in weights and such. Practice with safety sausage.

Tuesday, May 31: 10:00 am charter dive with Pure Vida. 50-60’ reefs.
Wednesday, June 1: 10:00 am charter dive with Pure Vida. 50-60’ reefs.
Thursday , June 2: 10:00 am charter die with PV. Sea Turtles.
Friday, June 3: Blue Heron, time depends upon the tide.
Saturday, June 4: 1:30 charter with PV, wreck and reef. 70-90’.
Sunday, June 5: 1:30 charter with PV, Shakapalooza. 70-90'.
Monday, June 6: Blue Heron, time depends upon the tide
Tuesday, June 7: 10:00 am charter die with PV. Sea Turtles.

I'm scheduling all my charter dives at the first of my vacation so if there is a rain postponement I can reschedule.


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