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Your most expensive dive

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by Esprise Me, Oct 3, 2020.

  1. OceanEyes

    OceanEyes ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Sponsor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
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    Maybe you purchased old or discounted helium. You paid the 2002 price, but didn't Hurricane Wilma pay her visit in 2005? I can't recall the price difference between those two years, but felt like nit-picking. In any event, a bummer of a story that grows only marginally more amusing as the years pass. In any case, your tale and 100 days a year's rank any of mine as far as finance goes. I have however lost a pair of friends and they are priceless.
     
  2. Wookie

    Wookie Secret Field Agent ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

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    Good call on the year. I guess I could have looked at that expensive card, but the story was the thing. But you are 100%, it was 2005, the Cozumel part happened in 2006.
     
  3. Belzelbub

    Belzelbub Barracuda

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Largo, Florida
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    My most expensive dive ended up being over $10K. While the majority of the costs were incurred after the dive, they were all related to the dive.

    It started as a relatively mild couple of spearfishing dives off of my boat. The dives were problem free, and fairly shallow. I came back with a few fish for dinner. Nothing spectacular, but enough for dinner.

    Returning to the ramp was the first trouble. I was within a couple hundred yards of the ramp when my starboard engine died. No worries, I just continued to the ramp with one engine. At home, I still couldn’t get the engine started, so it went to the mechanic. Turns out, it was a broken piston and damaged cylinder. Needed a new power head. That was about $5K.

    After cleaning the boat, my wife was filleting the fish. Flies were starting to come in. I shooed one away with my hand. At the same time, my wife also shooed the same fly, though I think she wanted to make sure it never came back as she used the filet knife. That knife was kept razor sharp. I am confident it would have bisected the fly had my hand not been in the way. A millimeter away from cutting my tendon, but it did get an artery. Insurance covered most of it, but the total bill was over $5K.
     
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  4. Doc Harry

    Doc Harry Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Appalachia
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    10-day luxury liveaboard on the Great Barrier Reef (USD $5,500), plus airfare, hotels, dining, etc.

    $9,000 total expenses for 25 dives = $360 per dive
     
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  5. Jay Adams

    Jay Adams Nassau Grouper

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Charlestown, New Hampshire
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    Lost dive weights on a dive, a gopro on another... that was costly. Diving is expensive so is gear.
     
  6. RyanT

    RyanT ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Maryland
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    @Belzelbub, yikes! Lots of people subscribe to the mantra that "a bad day diving is better than a good day at the office." I think you can firmly put that myth to rest!
     
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  7. emoreira

    emoreira Dive Resort

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: ARGENTINA
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    I've flooded an INTOVA Sport HD camera in a deep wreck dive. I'm not sure why it flooded as I closed it with the o-ring correctly installed, but the sea water fried it instantly. Also that dive was expensive, not only because I lost that camera, but also because it was a wonderful dive and the dive guide (we were diving only the guide and I) was busy taking photos, many of me, so I decided to buy the whole set of pics, which was also expensive, but it deserved the expense !
     
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  8. BoundForElsewhere

    BoundForElsewhere Waiting for the zombies ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: NYC
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    Did you get the license plate number, at least?
     
  9. David Novo

    David Novo REEF Volunteer

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Porto, Portugal, Europe
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    Princess Alice Bank (45 nautical miles from the nearest island in the Azores), this Summer: 275 euros for one dive (after which i got terribly sea sick as the sea was rough, so skipped the second), plus a flooded Olympus TG-5. North of 600 USD in total.

    At least there was a Whale Shark, as well as several chilean devil rays, schools of barracuda, grey triggerfish and great amberjack.
     
  10. GameChanger

    GameChanger ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Frisco, TX USA
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    If it involves cocaine and hookers, does it count??
     
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