Rambo's World Adventure

Discussion in 'Social Life, Food & Drink, Travel' started by Rambo, Feb 11, 2012.

  1. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    +1 on what who said.... scuba lessons a hit or miss and its a gamble I don't think you should take if you decide to just walk in some place offering padi-certified courses. I personally know this couple who got certification from god knows where and my other friends who dive are bewildered how the lady got certified judging by how clumsy and careless she is underwater. oh, btw- if you do want to learn to dive and do it here I can definitely hook you up with good instructors and groups.
     


  2. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    Yeah, if the difference is only a couple of hundred bucks (maybe), I'd be more concerned with how I got my c card than how fast and cheap I got my c card.

    It's not hard to get bad equipment, advice, or instructors. I'd just be really weary of a place that promises to get me certified in a few hours. The concepts are very basic and the actual practice is very basic, but much like driving a car if you don't know what you're doing you're really setting yourself or someone else up for some bad shit.
     


  3. Rambo

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    Well, down here its 300 minimum and you have to buy your own gear. I was hoping for an outfit where gear could be rented and everything could be knocked out in 3-4 days for the same price or cheaper (preferably). Can't be lugging around a mask and fucking fins.
     


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    Ceahlau Mountains, Romania
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    Petra, Jordan
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    Victoria Falls, Zambia
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  5. Rambo

    Rambo Senior member

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    Jesus those look gorgeous.

    Got an appointment for vaccines tomorrow. Didn't realize how many fucking shots you need to get. Damn. Hopefully, I'm not to late to get them all.
     


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    This thread gets me in a travelling mood.

    I'm not certain I'd go through the trouble of SCUBA cert unless you're going to do a LOT of diving. I love snorkeling....
     
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  7. acidboy

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    +1 on snorkeling.... jeesh I was drinking with this dive resort guy and our friends last night... all those gears, certification and stuff.... wow!
     


  8. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    I thought you were certified?



    Yeah, if you're abroad at a touristy spot then no question the rentals would all be included as part of the package.

    I think snorkeling would only be cheating yourself, both short term and long. You don't have to dive very often to make it worth your while to be certified.

    The only context I'd see you not trying to get certified would be you'd have no real interest in diving after your trip and/or diving was something you thought you could check out to kill time at prime spots. If it's something like that, then quite a few places would run "Discover SCUBA" programs that basically give you a couple of hours to get used to the equipment before being coddled into the water.

    But to have to do that more than once would make me blow my brains out. I'd just get certified and be done with it.
     
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  9. Rambo

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    I do have an interest in diving, and hitting the Great Barrier Reef is one of my bucket list items. Not to mention that I love the water.

    So how do I pick out a good place from a bad place, even if its touristy?
     


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    me? hell I don't even know how to swim and I think I'm the only one on this island who doesn't.
     


  11. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    Narrow it down by country and then go from there. Hell, if I googled "Costa Rica dive school" I'm sure I'd get plenty of english-written entries with reviews from other travelers. Same can probably be said for the other countries.

    Really, I'd just go by reviews and recommendations from others.
    And I used to think you were cool...
     


  12. Rambo

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    Just got back from immunizations. Down 3 bills with possibly another 2 to go. You guys recommend malaria drugs?
     


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    I nver take malaria drugs. nasty side effects.
     


  14. whodini

    whodini Conan OOOOOOO"BRIEN!

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    Certain anti-malarics can be pretty rough depending on the person. Doxi may not be a good fit if you're planning to spend a lot of time in the sun.

    I take information like that with a grain of salt. You'll see reports of how CR has malaria when really it's localized to a very specific part of the country that happens to be one of the least likely places for tourists to visit. Dengue is more of a problem, and even then it's subject to certain spots and waves.

    I'd take a good look at where you're going, malaria maps are easy enough to find on the net.
     


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    The CDC list Malaria as a "possibility" for just about every damn country.
     


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