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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 3:19 pm Reply with quote
spence84
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Finally a good bit of weather, finishing off the PADI open water tomorrow. 2 weeks sunday be on the way and can dive without any course to complete. YAY!!! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 3:42 pm Reply with quote
Kev & Jo
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Best of luck tomorrow. UK diving in May, I bet that wakes you up when you get in the water Very Happy

Can honestly say that doing the course in the uk makes your first few dives in the Maldives so much more relaxed and you get to take in the sights more.

We'll be in our second week when you come out so we may see you on the boat. I'll be the one with the octopus hose long enough to save someone on the next island!! You also can't miss my bright orange fins. Neither can my wife, which is good cause we never get separated under water.
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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 4:12 pm Reply with quote
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Extra thought, if you are flying out on a Sunday does that mean Thomson?

If you show your diving certificate (ie your PADI open water cert card) at check in you are entitled to an extra 5kg for kit.

If your card doesn't arrive in time you could take a photocopy of the A4 certificate your dive school gives you.

Might be worth taking a copy to show Ocean-pro if you haven't got your card, though I think they can check your qualifications online with PADI.
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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 5:45 pm Reply with quote
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We are flying on the sunday but with emirates. Its good to know for the future. Ive not got any of my own personal gear yet due to cost etc.

It will defo be a bit on the fresh side tomorrow on the pembrokeshire coast but all good. Smile

Do you have any advise for me as far as kit, diving in general etc

Hopefully see you out there on the boat Smile

Spence

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PostPosted: Fri May 21, 2010 5:51 pm Reply with quote
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Just in time for Meeru!

You're in for a treat diving wise - I only did the intro one as I am not qualified (round a circular reef) and it was incredible

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PostPosted: Sun May 23, 2010 6:41 pm Reply with quote
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Woohoo ive completed the course happy days. Qualified as an open water diver now!! Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 9:29 am Reply with quote
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spence84 wrote:
Woohoo ive completed the course happy days. Qualified as an open water diver now!! Very Happy


Congratulations and well done.

There are a real range of dive sites to go to from Meeru, with a real range of dificulties. Your skill and confidence comes on in leaps and bounds out there.

I double checked Emirates and SCUBA kit comes out of your normal baggage allowance.

Regarding kit there are a number of review sites on the net that cover scuba equipment. My advice for what to get first would be mask, fins and snorkel. Along with regs the mask is a very personal pice of kit, it's your window on the underwater world. A comfortable one and you won't even think about how it is, an uncomfortable one and it bug the hell out of you every dive.

Simply scuba and watersport warehouse are 2 good web shops that I use, but would recomend if you can to get your mask from a shop where you can try them on. Very little to say about snorkel, most people go for the one that matches the mask.

My wife has this mask and the seal is really soft and comfortable
http://www.simplyscuba.com/products/Mares/X-VisionLiquidSkin.aspx

The dilema for fins is full foot or open foot. Full foot you put on your bare foot, open foot you need to wear a boot. We used the following full foot on our first Meeru trip and found them really good.

http://www.simplyscuba.com/products/TUSA/X-PertZoom.aspx

They are cheap and light, but pretty useless for UK diving. Open foot fins are heavier and more expensive but the weight is useually due to better stronger materials. Full foot are also good for snorkelling, but you need to get a good fit whereas open foot boots are sized like shoes and the finstrap adjustable. Personal preference really.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 10:24 am Reply with quote
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Kev & Jo wrote:
spence84 wrote:
Woohoo ive completed the course happy days. Qualified as an open water diver now!! Very Happy


Congratulations and well done.

There are a real range of dive sites to go to from Meeru, with a real range of dificulties. Your skill and confidence comes on in leaps and bounds out there.

I double checked Emirates and SCUBA kit comes out of your normal baggage allowance.

Regarding kit there are a number of review sites on the net that cover scuba equipment. My advice for what to get first would be mask, fins and snorkel. Along with regs the mask is a very personal pice of kit, it's your window on the underwater world. A comfortable one and you won't even think about how it is, an uncomfortable one and it bug the hell out of you every dive.

Simply scuba and watersport warehouse are 2 good web shops that I use, but would recomend if you can to get your mask from a shop where you can try them on. Very little to say about snorkel, most people go for the one that matches the mask.

My wife has this mask and the seal is really soft and comfortable
http://www.simplyscuba.com/products/Mares/X-VisionLiquidSkin.aspx

The dilema for fins is full foot or open foot. Full foot you put on your bare foot, open foot you need to wear a boot. We used the following full foot on our first Meeru trip and found them really good.

http://www.simplyscuba.com/products/TUSA/X-PertZoom.aspx

They are cheap and light, but pretty useless for UK diving. Open foot fins are heavier and more expensive but the weight is useually due to better stronger materials. Full foot are also good for snorkelling, but you need to get a good fit whereas open foot boots are sized like shoes and the finstrap adjustable. Personal preference really.



Thanks for all the information, I have been on those sites before, not yet bought anything from there yet Smile

Do you think it would be better/cheaper to hire the equipment in Meeru? as I cant afford a quarter of the equipment yet and we will be there in 2 weeks?

Im really looking forward in doing a few dives though Very Happy

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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 10:36 am Reply with quote
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The price list on the Meeru site is a bit out of date but you are looking at $17 per dive for all the kit. This is cheaper than the individual hire prices for each peice, so difficult to know if there would be much difference if you had mask, fins and snorkel.

If you buy one thing I would always go for the mask.
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PostPosted: Mon May 24, 2010 10:53 pm Reply with quote
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Another question to anyone. do you have to wear a wetsuit? or is it personal choice?

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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 8:50 am Reply with quote
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spence84 wrote:
Another question to anyone. do you have to wear a wetsuit? or is it personal choice?


You don't have to, depends whether you feel the cold. The instructors/dive guides will all be in 5mm full suit, wheras the hire suits are 3mm shorties.

We last went in August and was 27 degrees at depth and 29-31 on the surface.

What size are you? I have a pair of 3mm shorts that I never use. We arrive before you so can bring them out with me if you would like them.
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PostPosted: Wed May 26, 2010 10:03 am Reply with quote
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I've PM'd you but not sure if its gone though or not.

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