Trip Report Turquoise Bay Resort, Subway Water Sports, Bent in Roatan

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scubadada

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What room class is that? Did you have a fridge? Did you experience daily power transfers from island to generator that required AC resets?
We were actually in #4, it is an Ocean View, King, nice balcony overlooking the ocean. We were there in 2017 Trip Report - Turquoise Bay Resort, Subway Water Sports, Bent in Roatan Neither my wife or I remember a refrigerator. Neither of us remember power transfers, if they occurred, they were generally seamless.

@Jayfarmlaw would have up to date info
 

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@Doc It appears Osman is still with Subway Our Staff | Turquoise Bay Dive Resort (turquoisebayresort.com) It looks like his son is there too….

He is an expert naturalist and a deep understanding of behaviors.

He can show you how he finds it and then he can show you what it does.

We have done 150+ dives together,a great many were night dives.

I used to say, “that kid really knows his stuff”. Now I say, “that old man…”
 

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We were actually in #4, it is an Ocean View, King, nice balcony overlooking the ocean. We were there in 2017 Trip Report - Turquoise Bay Resort, Subway Water Sports, Bent in Roatan Neither my wife or I remember a refrigerator. Neither of us remember power transfers, if they occurred, they were generally seamless.

@Jayfarmlaw would have up to date info
Small dorm style refrigerator in the dresser. They provide you will gallon jugs of water.

Jay
 

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How soon after the chamber ride was the doc giving you guys the OK to fly home? Just one hour session in it?
 

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The online entry and exit forms for Honduras are confusing, onerous and appear incomplete, based on my experience back in May. It seems they could get that squared away. I don't have Spanish, but I figure they must get a lot of English-only tourists.

The Roatan FB group has a good guide for these entry/exit forms with translations and explanations of each field. Maybe I'll grab a copy and upload it here.

Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1106207316182308
It's under "files" in the top nav
 

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How soon after the chamber ride was the doc giving you guys the OK to fly home? Just one hour session in it?

Per the original post "He diagnosed skin bends, no chamber ride necessary".
 

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He is an expert naturalist and a deep understanding of behaviors.

He can show you how he finds it and then he can show you what it does.

We have done 150+ dives together,a great many were night dives.

I used to say, “that kid really knows his stuff”. Now I say, “that old man…”


Didn't Osman use to be a dive guide at Cocoview 20 years ago?
 

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When the airport looked like this, long about 1984….

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Didn't Osman use to be a dive guide at Cocoview 20 years ago?
Yes.

I first met him in 1984. He was clinging to his momma’s dress, she was vending frescas out of their home/bodega in First Bight. One of the Roatan OG van drivers, Pelican, he took us by on a “tour”.

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He later became a “yard boy” at CCV, where he did the raking and machete work, and he learned English. Next time I saw him he was the Night DM at CCV and he was looking at our new, high tech black plastic flashlights- he thought they were MagLights and cautioned us that they wouldn’t work for diving.

I have always teased him mercilessly about his English which is of course way better than my Spanish… or better said… his Honduran.

Osman coined any number of SCUBA related phrases in English, here are a few:

“Go slow, Seymour”
One you get the actual reference here from his oft-repeated line, you had to just smile that -something- something actually made it through being lost in translation, no small thing in the realm of language idioms.

He is the consummate DM and Critter Gitter. Much as a Baracuda, he does not seem too move body parts yet he moves through the water. This is no exaggeration. This is likely why he uses 1/2 the air that the best Gringo diver does.

“The dive site six and one half minutes” away…
I am not sure how he came up with this one but it became the standard time measurement for all boat rides. Everything included the 1/2 thing, I guess he realized he had found a tag line that worked.

He then cultivated a conveyor belt of the Gomez Family Dive Masters. They are everywhere on the island, it’s in their DNA. If there ever was a Roatan DM Hall of Fame, he would be in the first inductees, along with Peter Hughes and Doc Radawski.

Osman? We always called him “Donny”. To this day, he still does not know why.
 

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“The dive site six and one half minutes” away…
I am not sure how he came up with this one but it became the standard time measurement for all boat rides. Everything included the 1/2 thing, I guess he realized he had found a tag line that worked.

We had a DM at AKR that played a variation of this, would say "we'll be there in 6 minutes and 19 seconds" or such. Everyone always laughed and it emphasizes just how close most of the dive sites are from the dock.
 
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