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open water check out dives?

Discussion in 'Mid-West Region' started by Skurzdiver, Dec 30, 2019.

  1. KenGordon

    KenGordon Rebreather Pilot

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    Pay the money to do it in the warm or don’t do it.

    I have a 13 year old and over the years I have taken him snorkelling off Scotland. It is quite hard to gauge how cold they are. Are they whining because they would rather be on an iPad or being all stuff upper lip before grinding to a halt? Small people loose heat disproportionately faster than adults. You might be comfortable while she is having a horrible time. The power relationship is all wrong too. She may try to put up, with it when she should give up, just to please you.

    Even with proper drysuit, gloves, hood etc open water lessons in properly cold water can be unpleasant and potentially dangerous. I have skipped mask clearing for students having done the demo and found it to be like being punched in the face. Carrying on seemed likely to lead to panicked rush to the surface. That was maybe 4C water.
     
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  2. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid

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    Cough up the cash and do the checkout dives in Turks. I’m a cold water weirdo, but most kids aren’t.
     
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  3. Skurzdiver

    Skurzdiver Angel Fish

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    All good points, and thanks for the realization. I don't want to ruin diving for her, so it will be worth paying more while on vacation. Thanks all!
     
  4. tbone1004

    tbone1004 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    you may want to look at that grand vs. a long weekend in Pompano area in Florida. Flights should be pretty cheap, lodging certainly is, and if the cost is comparable, I'd highly recommend doing it stateside to give you that many more dives while in the T&C's. Fly in on a Thursday, dive Fri/Sat, fly out Sun or Mon
     
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  5. Skurzdiver

    Skurzdiver Angel Fish

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    I agree tbone1004, I've started looking at those options too. I've thought about Texas too, as it's usually easy and cheap to get there for me.
     
  6. KathyV

    KathyV Orca

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    I agree with @Marie13 that you should do the checkout dives in the T&Cs since you are traveling in early April. Texas in late winter or early spring will be cold water, Galveston water temps average upper 50s to 60 around that time of year.

    Are you already locked into a place to stay on Provo in the T&Cs? If not, there might be another option, although Spring Break is a busy time and there may be limited availability left.

    I can't believe I am saying this but you might look into the Club Med Turquoise diver certification program, but I don't know how much their certification costs:
    https://www.clubmed.us/articles/club-med-where-and-how-to-get-level-1-diver-certification

    We went to a Club Med many years ago and we didn't like the dive op. It was a cattle boat, the divemasters were martinets, and the boats were loaded with clueless "Club Med C-Card" divers that would travel between the various Club Med resorts to dive without ever becoming certified. The resort food was good, the grounds and beach were beautiful, the hotel room was clean but spartan, the entertainments and activities were sometimes annoying, and we never went back - but mostly that was because we didn't like the dive op.

    However, I understand that things have changed and that their dive ops are now PADI shops and they offer level 1 PADI certification for new divers, but I don't have any recent experience. I don't know how much it costs for a resort vacation and dive package, but Club Meds are usually considered pretty affordable for all-inclusive resorts, and many of their resorts are geared toward family vacations.

    BTW, the water temps in the T&Cs aren't likely to be really warm in early April, not terrible, probably in the upper 70s - maybe close to 80 - and definitely warmer than in the Midwest, but she will probably need a wet suit - others can tell you more about that. Further south into the Caribbean is usually warmer than Florida, the Bahamas, or the T&Cs in the winter and spring.

    ** Edited to add: If you are interested in the CM Turquoise make sure that they are a family-oriented resort and that they offer the level 1 dive certification program there. I would guess that they do, because the T&Cs are a dive destination - but I have never been there and I don't know for sure.
     
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  7. Skurzdiver

    Skurzdiver Angel Fish

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    Thank you for the suggestions...greatly appreciated.
     
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  8. KathyV

    KathyV Orca

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    Good luck and please let us know what you decide to do!
     
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