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    Warmest undergarment available?

    It really never gets iffy at home, at least not in the way a drysuit would help ;) Sometimes we do need a stock of dramamine and a rain jacket, though. That's the strategy for tomorrow. I guess so! I have dived waters these temperatures plenty when I was in Galapagos, and in southern Brazil...
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    Warmest undergarment available?

    sju, are you suggesting Polartec instead of Lavacore? Or in addition? I don't want to add thickness, just warmth. Do the polartec ones have windblock? ---------- Post added October 6th, 2013 at 04:18 AM ---------- The people here seem to think differently. Most of them are diving wet in...
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    Warmest undergarment available?

    Makes sense. Haven't you told me over and over that cold water only starts at 40°? :D We're talking 60° here, so I really didn't expect to be sooooo cold. Anyway, I'll try wearing a vest or something and see if that helps.
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    Mid October in southern Thailand - east or west coast

    Taco, on Koh Lanta, some ops do close until the season starts, but there are many that are still open. You will be able to find dives, no problem. Cost of 'private' dives? I guess it depends on what you mean by 'private.' If you are going to charter a boat just for yourself, be prepared to spend...
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    Warmest undergarment available?

    Are you saying I'm getting chilled because I've been sweating? I guess that's possible. My Lavacore shirt was sort of damp over the upper back. Thanks for the link; I'll take a look at that sort of thing. ---------- Post added October 5th, 2013 at 03:21 PM ---------- Well, indigo posted...
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    Mid October in southern Thailand - east or west coast

    No problem. I was confused by the 'or' and thought it might be a typo for 'of' or 'on'. Sorry not to understand what you meant! How are you traveling? Lanta is very nice, and you would fly into Krabi airport, ideally, to go there. The diving and the snorkeling at Koh Haa is very good. If your...
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    Warmest undergarment available?

    Reading this thread for insights.... I've just bought a DUI 30/30 for diving in not-too-cold water. I'm working hard on getting used to it (feeling like a newbie diver again--this is a MUCH harder task than the skills in my cave course, LOL). I'm wearing LavaCore under it, and the fit/feel are...
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    why are there very few young divers?

    I learned to dive together with my daughter, who is still a university student and has only a part-time job for income. She loves to dive, but doesn't have the time or the money to do it. She takes advantage of my own love of diving to get me to pay for dive trips for the two of us to dive...
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    Mid October in southern Thailand - east or west coast

    Hey Taco--you're talking about tomorrow? October 5? For just one day before you head north? I guess Phuket is your best option since if you go to the Gulf area, you'll spend your whole time available just getting in and out by ferry. To Phuket you can go by road at least, so you're not limited...
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    Where to 'practise' in Thailand?

    You will not be able to do what you want to do on Phuket for THB 10K for ten dives and accommodation. I think the thing about experienced divers preferring the Andaman Sea side is that they often go on multi-day dives to more challenging sites on liveaboards, and also that once you've got more...
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    Outrigger Phi Phi November

    I agree with OTS. Phi Phi is unique in that getting around is difficult as it doesn't have roads. You will find the experience at the resort more peaceful than you would if you were staying in the village, but all the many dive shops you'd be able to choose from are located in the village, and...
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    Diver rescued after drifting 16 hours near Bali

    Nevertheless, Magni, if a boat doesn't have a GPS device, it doesn't matter at all if it receives a transmission on a VHF device. Many of these boats navigate by landmarks and stars, so if they don't have/use a GPS, there's no point in even transmitting the data to them. The technical details of...
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    Groups

    Ben, the T2T forum is parallel to the I2I and B2B forums where people can talk to others about how to solve specific problems that come up in their day-to-day. They're more like workshops in a way. What makes them different from what we had with the groups is that in those three forums everybody...
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    Urgent advice needed for sorting out a work permit ...

    No problem. Enjoy your island life! (And sorry about the travel details mixup. You are one of two people PMing me about the same sort of thing with questions about how I got my WP/set my business up and who handled my paperwork--I mixed up your travel plans with his, LOL, and his Thai...
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    Night dives = AOW?

    alpegmusic, thanks for the reply, but the experience I described was my own, not socaljohn's. I did only five specifically designated dives for a NAUI AOW: deep (42 m.), nav (swim a straight line w/natural nav and a triangle with a compass), search (find a weightbelt right under the boat), night...
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    Night dives = AOW?

    I was told during my IDC that the reason PADI stopped requiring it was that night diving is illegal in some places, and for that reason all dive shops in those areas had to ask for waivers. I offer night diving as part of the AOW whenever possible, but sometimes it's just not possible. This is...
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    Night dives = AOW?

    It may have changed. I just checked my old logs, and yep, my NAUI AOW was five dives. The search was silly. They threw a weight belt in off the back end of the boat and told me to go get it, solo. Deep was too deep--42 meters. Night was okay. Wreck was a little boat (7-m long) at about 10 m...
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    Night dives = AOW?

    socaljohn, my AOW was NAUI, but unless I'm mistaken, I had to do only five dives. The required ones were Deep, Nav, Night. And I also did Search and Wreck. I really don't remember a sixth dive for it....has it changed?
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    Best diving sites in November?

    Thailand is in season in November. It's early in the season, though, so there will normally still be space on the boats for a late booking like this (only a little over one month out). It's not the time of year for large pelagics because the water is typically too clear at this time of year (the...
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    Raja for 5 days? Worth it?

    Liveaboards in Raja Ampat are typically longer than the time you have available--most are 10-12 days, a few are 7-8 days. You could conceivably stay land-based, but most resorts also work on a 7-day cycle and offer transfers from and to Sorong (where the airport is) only once a week. If you can...
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