For me the tradition is a problem keeping casts intact, rather than in removing them. I am good at destroying casts.
I have trashed an awful lot of casts in my lifetime, soaking them, altering them to be more comfortable, making DIY long scratchers to get at itches ( which pulled out the cotton padding, resulting in the saw cutting me.)
I had a lot of surgeries on my feet in my youth.
I hope to be in a walking cast in another 2 weeks, which is a full month before Coz, and hopefully into and out of removable brace boot before the trip.
The 6 to 8 weeks of no weight bearing is cutting things close, and the Orthopedic Surgeon never said what was coming after that period. He knows I intend to dive mid June, but he has not been specific about what to expect after that initial 6 to 8 week period.