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CoronaVirus Dilemma

Discussion in 'Philippine Paradise Divers' started by DougieG, Feb 15, 2020.

  1. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    9,544
    8,225
    My choice would be number 1.

    Would you prefer to lose $3K or $14K? Get stuck somewhere due to quarantine for weeks on end? How would your employer or the employers of others on the trip handle you being unable to get back to work for weeks or more if you were quarantined? Can you afford to be quarantined?

    I only dive regionally, which means I load my car and go. I don’t do these huge overseas trips so this isn’t something I’m dealing with. But I wouldn’t even have to think about it. Number 1.
     
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  2. gypsyjim

    gypsyjim I have an alibi ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: capital region of New York
    36,323
    33,740
    I'd ask for the extension. Its not likely that there will be a rush of customers to fill your spots if you back out right now, so the op may see it as in their best interest to be flexible.
    Its worth asking.
     
  3. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada ScubaBoard Supporter Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    21,779
    Ask for a long extension, longer than one month. If it's granted great. If not ask for a shorter one and so on, they may surprise you with a yes answer.
     
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  4. Dominik_E

    Dominik_E Contributor

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    I would also imagine given the huge impact on tourism, operators may become quite flexible...
     
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  5. Eric Sedletzky

    Eric Sedletzky Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: California
    4,774
    5,477
    I’m with Marie, number 1.
    Cut your losses and move on. Not worth it. But then I’m not much of a gambler and don’t handle stress well.
    I also dive local and have never been on an all inclusive luxury trip so maybe I’m completely ignorant to just how wonderful and life changing they are. Three thousand is bad enough, but another eleven grand is a lot of money for a ‘maybe’.
     
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  6. gypsyjim

    gypsyjim I have an alibi ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: capital region of New York
    36,323
    33,740
    #3 does not eliminate #1 as a fallback option, but it does give you time to see where this is all heading, if the op is flexible.
     
  7. gypsyjim

    gypsyjim I have an alibi ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: capital region of New York
    36,323
    33,740
    I'm past the point of no return on our Kona Aggressor trip next Sat. Fingers are crossed, and we will roll the dice.

    Both Honolulu and San Francisco airports are potential problem as pots, government control wise, and 12 hours inside a sealed aluminum sardine can with several hundred of our suddenly closest new friends does raise some concern, but I am a gambler. This early in the "crisis", I'm thinking the odds are still with us.
    If I were not willing to weigh odds, and trust my luck, I'd probably not still be riding Harleys on the highways with homicidal idiots in cars after almost 50 years.
     
  8. Centrals

    Centrals Contributor

    # of Dives:
    Location: Hong Kong
    10,534
    3,961
    Make sure you are wearing a surgical mask from the time you step into any airport. Change it every 4 hrs and do not touch either side of it and discard it properly. Wash your hand as many times as possible. Don't touch your eyes and mouth with your bear hand. Sanitation wipe is utter important and swipe everything on the plane around you on the plane.

    Personal hygiene is the key.

    Enjoy the trip. Don't worry and be happy.
     
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  9. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere Divemaster ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: NYC
    2,299
    2,415
    Does anyone else remember that John Travolta movie from the 70's?
     
  10. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    12,115
    10,069
    Why are you recommending a mask when the experts say it has no protective value?
     
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