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  1. bvbellomo

    How to plan for Komodo or Raja

    I know Indonesia has been closed since the start of the pandemic, but I want to start planning a trip, even if I don't go any time soon. This has been my dream destination for years now. Liveaboard seems the only way to do either destination, and boats are booked ahead of time, but flights are...
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    Whale shark trip plans

    I just got back from Cozumel and loved it and am thinking about a summer trip to swim with the whale sharks at Isla Mujeres and had a few questions. 1) Is there a "best" time to go? I know these are June-September, but if there are more whale sharks the first week of August, that's when I'd...
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    Trip Report Trip Report: Tres Pelicanos in Decemeber

    Horrible flight down by Spirit. We took off over an hour late due to a routing problem, then sat a few hours at an unscheduled stop in Tampa as they had neglected maintenance on our water landing kit. They also refused to sell food or water after the first few hours, so I was up at 5am, but...
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    Wetsuit top only

    I have a 3mm, a 5mm and a hooded sleeveless vest. This was intended to give me options: 85F: Swim Trunks 80F: 3mm only 75F: 5mm only 70F: 5mm + hooded vest Obviously these are on the warm side, and I can drop one category if I am only doing 1 or 2 dives instead of being in the water the whole...
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    Hogarthian help

    I want to move on from my BCD to a separate wing/backplate and choose a Hogarthian setup from Piranha. Unfortunately, I won't get a chance to try this before my Cozumel trip. I just assembled the harness and realized they didn't sell me a tank strap, so I have no way to attach a tank. Easily...
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    Is Cozumel cheap?

    Lots of my friends point to Scuba Club Cozumel as a cheaper place to dive. And airfare (about $400 from Cleveland Ohio) is certainly cheaper than the Red Sea or Asia. But Scuba Club is running a special which is $143.75 / per night for double occupancy, which I believe doesn't include the $75...
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    Trip Report Egypt - BD (almost E) - Emperor Elite

    First post – skip reading this to get to the diving: I’ve been planning a Red Sea trip for 2 years, this would be my 2nd dive trip, the first was Blackbeards in the Bahamas. I was a master diver with 50 logged dives. I choose the Tillis, based on price and trip reports and planned to go on my...
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    Lionfish in the Red Sea

    Recently went recreationally diving in Egypt and was told about the invasion of non-native lionfish taking over their reefs because they have no natural predators and are eating all the fish. There were a lot of lionfish present on all dive sites. Before the trip, I expected lionfish and...
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    Choosing a Backplate and Wing

    I have 69 dives, almost all in an Aqualung Axiom. I am tempted to change and considering a Backplate and wing. Some considerations: 1) The weight pocket system has dropped weights on entry, even when I hear and audible 'click'. I believe I figured out the issue, but I'd rather not deal with...
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    Spare batteries

    When I go on a trip, I take a spare battery for my computer, and a few other things like my camera housing. I have yet to actually need to use it, and most of the time there are several batteries in a pack. On the next trip, I may have 2 or 3 batteries I didn't use on my last trip. But...
  11. bvbellomo

    Getting from Hurghada to Cairo

    I booked a flight to Cairo on Lufthansa, which has constantly been cancelling flights and rescheduling me. I do not have the option of flying directly to Hurghada except on a Sunday and my boat leaves on a Saturday. I assume I need an expensive COVID test to leave the states, even if I am only...
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    Camera Rig for Brothers

    I wanted to know anyone's thoughts on the size of a camera rig for this dive. I have a long thread in the photo section discussing different cameras, and everyone says 2 strobes are better than 1, but I wondered if this might make my dive more difficult and thought it more appropriate to post...
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    Not a huge fan of my GoPro

    I'm a amateur photographer but knew nothing about underwater when I booked my first liveaboard. Everyone else going told me GoPro was the way to go, so I bought a GoPro HERO6 Black. I got a few nice videos, but I somewhat regret it, and am wonder if I just need to learn more about it or if I...
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    Part time vs full time instructors

    I am a recreational diver. As I get further along with my certifications (SSI), I am thinking about 'Dive Guide', 'Instructor', etc as it would be fun to lead trips and certify new students. I am not considering this as a career change or a way to make money, and the > $100 annual fee is...
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    Hard socks for Scuba Pro Go Fins

    Relatively new diver - and I love my Scuba Pro Go Travel fins. For those that don't know, these are a strapped fin meant to go over bare feet, although I usually wear a very thin neoprene sock. This was a great solution for the Bahamas, but I just took a Stress and Rescue course that involved...
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    Counting Dives in Marsa Alam towards Brothers?

    I plan to be in Marsa Alam to board the Tillis in November for a BDE trip. I was hoping to get my 50 dives this summer, but many of the smaller trips I hoped to do this summer were cancelled due to COVID. I am at 37 now, and should be above 40 after this weekend. I *could* get 10 quarry dives...
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    Coronavirus and Insurance

    I called and asked Dan for insurance on my entire trip, not just the scuba diving, and said I was especially concerned with the possibility of cancellations or restrictions due to Coronavirus. I was told that the entire trip was automatically covered, including the non-diving portion. However...
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    Snorkel: Required or dangerous?

    Most dives, my snorkel sits unused and unnoticed on the side of my mask. I had one experienced diver yell at me for taking it, saying it was not only unneeded, but dangerous since it could get in my way. I've had others tell me it is an important and required piece of safety equipment. Not...
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    Black and white grouper

    Great footage at 1:05 On our shark feed, we had a large grouper show up with no interest in the chum, but only to eat smaller fish attracted to the chum. I haven't seen any grouper like this, and wondered if anyone know what species this was.
  20. bvbellomo

    Improving my SAC rate

    Is there anything I can do out of water to make my air go farther? Obviously, being slightly in shape is better than completely out of shape helps. But: 1) Fat doesn't use much oxygen. So while dropping 20lbs of pure fat should help (less weight needed, more streamlined shape) is this a big...
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