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Imagebeckygardener
Mar 4, 2010 1:09 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Stormy - Thanks for that link! I didn't know the story either. But I have dove there many times. Very cool! The statue is breath-taking to see underwater. :-)

Another Day in Paradise!
ImageCarol
Mar 4, 2010 1:58 PM CST
Tidewater Virginia
Stormy, I didn't know about this statue. Thanks for sharing!

Holly, are there any specific questions to ask so I'd know which dive shop would be the best to select?

I also enjoy visiting the Outer Banks and usually stay in Rodanthe. Besides enjoying the ocean I think the sand dunes have a beauty of their own.

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Although the early bird may get the worm the second mouse gets the cheese.
ImageCarol
Mar 4, 2010 2:09 PM CST
Tidewater Virginia
Even sunrise on a cloudy day in Rodanthe has it's beauty.

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Although the early bird may get the worm the second mouse gets the cheese.
Imagestormyla
Mar 5, 2010 12:21 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Holly, I'm trying to catch up from a killer work week and will try to post some sailing stories later.

Becky, I would love to see that statue. Lucky you! I found the info about the plaque very interesting. I wonder what's happened to it since.

Carol, Those are beautiful photos of Rodanthe. I've never heard of Rodanthe. In what part of the outer Banks is it located? Ears perked up!
ImageCarol
Mar 6, 2010 1:03 PM CST
Tidewater Virginia
Stormy, Rodanthe is about 25 miles south of Nags Head. It doesn't have all of the bells and whistles of Kitty Hawk or Kill Devil Hills so it's a somewhat quieter vacation area.
Although the early bird may get the worm the second mouse gets the cheese.
Imagestormyla
Mar 7, 2010 11:31 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Carol, It sounds lovely. There are times when quiet is just the thing! Smiling
Imagebeckygardener
Mar 7, 2010 12:54 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
I agree ... sounds like a nice place to visit to enjoy and relax!
Another Day in Paradise!
Imageeric4home
Mar 7, 2010 3:39 PM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
Carol, I'm not sure specific questions. Things like where the classes are run, were do you do your open water dives. How long has your Diver Master been certified how many dives do they have. But if you check out a couple of places you can get a feel for the different shops. Some shops seem to be more active you will find divers hanging out talking and they have local dive activities. Things going on to get you into the water more often.

Becky might have some suggestions in this area

I love Rodanthe it is a beautiful area, very relaxing. We usually head down that way visit Hatteras and Ocracoke. I love that area where all the kite boarders hand out. Usually spend a little time there watching them. Boy those guys can really get up some speed.
Bodie Island Lighthouse has the nicest little museum, very interesting.

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The Amen of nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thanks to Grandma and the joy flowers brought to her and in turn to me.
Imageeric4home
Mar 7, 2010 3:55 PM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
Becky, Somehow I never did a Night Dive when I got my Advanced Certification. I thought that I should have done one but they didn't require it and the dive shop in the Bahamas didn't have enough interested divers to take out a night boat. I also never really did a shore dive. So here I am in Grand Turk doing my first shore dive and my first night dive feeling a bit wary. There is something about standing on the shore looking out into the ocean just as the sun sets and thinking I going to swim out there. It started out a little rough but OH it was so great Hurray! . A couple of weeks after I came home from the trip I wrote up a little story about the experience. I'm going to break it down into a couple of posts as it is a bit long for just one post.
French Angel Fish Cozumel

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The Amen of nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thanks to Grandma and the joy flowers brought to her and in turn to me.
Imagestormyla
Mar 8, 2010 10:17 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Wow, That's a beautiful photo, Holly! It's very interesting how people can get certified with different skill sets. Practicality issues do take precedence. There is nothing like good training. In situations of duress, the training almost always seems to take over.Thank heavens Big Grin
Imageeric4home
Mar 8, 2010 6:08 PM CST
Name: Ric
Dover, Pa
There is a set list of which dives you have to take to get advanced. I always thought that Deep Dive, Navigation and Night Dive were required and then you could pick electives dives like UW Photo, Naturalist, Wreck and several others to finish your Advanced Certification. But when I took mine they only required Deep Dive and Navigation and told me to pick the rest my self. I had picked Night Dive but they would only take me out on that if they had enough divers to take out a boat. Honestly I wasn't impressed with the training I got. I think the local dive shop would have given me a better course.
Thanks Stormy that is one of the pics I took on the trip to Cozumel. Those blurry spots come from the light reflecting off specks in the water. If I had a camera with the flash on an arm away from the lens that wouldn't happen. But those cameras are both bulkier and more expensive than the old one I have.
The Amen of nature is always a flower.
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Thanks to Grandma and the joy flowers brought to her and in turn to me.
ImageHollyAnnS
Mar 8, 2010 6:24 PM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Here is my Night Diving Story
The Wonders of Night Diving
As a newbie to the group they were all very welcoming and supportive. Jim took me under his wing or “fin’s” for my first night dive also my first shore dive. I had a rough start but with a little encouragement from Jim I returned from this encounter with a thirst for more.
The plan: Meet at 5:30 gear up, swim out to the marker buoy then submerge and head out to the wall. Earlier Jim, Kathy & I went over the basic dive plan. Length of dive, direction, & depth, proper method for giving hand signs at night and night dive etiquette. “Don’t shine your dive light in anyone’s face, don’t totally blind the sea creatures with your light and let parrot fish in their bubble nests alone”
The problems: 5:30 being feasting time for the mosquitoes made gearing up something you didn’t want to linger over. The first 2 tanks I grabbed had bad O-rings. By the time I finally hooked up for the 3rd time and got all my gear in place everyone was on their way to the buoy. Except for Jim who was patiently waiting by the shoreline. Feeling slightly stressed I headed out into the growing darkness. I seemed to be exerting myself more than I expected and taking in water through my snorkel. It took me a minute to realize that I had a leak in my snorkel and if you want to swim on top of the water it helps if you remember to put some air in your BC. With some calm encouragement from Jim I finally got my act together and made it out to the Buoy. The other divers were grouping up and catching their breath after the swim out.
The dive: I have been planning to try night diving for a while but wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I’m use to diving in the Bahamas with good visibility and wasn’t sure if I’d like not being able to see very far in the dark. All doubts were gone the instant we submerged. As our lights spread out across the sandy ocean floor I got a look at a new version of a familiar landscape. A sense of peace descended over me and I was ready for a new adventure. First we had to pass the guardians of the deep. Standing like a one-armed sentinel and turning to face us with his one good arm raised was a large crab. Then just as we hit the cleft in the wall where we would drop over the edge. A slowly & silently moving shark glided in from out of the deep. Paying us no attention at all he went about his nightly business. Getting my first look at the wall I realized that night diving isn’t really about the dark it’s about the colors. The orange, yellows, reds & purple of the coral wall and the fish tucked into the crevices just stunned me. There were lots of parrot fish tucked into their nest for the night, a very large hog fish, an ocean triggerfish, a couple of spotted moray eels & some spotted drum. We found 3 octopuses that evening and even though I know they change colors to camouflage themselves actually seeing them go from a beautiful pearly blue to a multi hued brown in seconds was a surprise. We happened upon a napping turtle that moved on to quieter quarters. There was so much to see that I can hardly remember everything. It was certainly not a dark and empty place. As we headed back into shallower waters we started turning off our dive lights. The light of a full moon shining down reflected through the water and I was surprised at how much you could see without light. Little sparks of Bio luminescence trailed from the fins of my dive partner. I turned over on my back looking up as my bubbles rose sparkling in the reflections from the moon. As we all came out of the water and on to the beach I asked, ”Can we do that again tomorrow”?

Life is Great! Holly
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Imagebeckygardener
Mar 8, 2010 8:31 PM CST
Name: Becky
Florida Zone 9b/10a
Carol - I agree with Ric about the dive lessons. Check around at the local dive shops. Check the credentials of the dive instructors. And see who is friendly and patient.

I honestly thought night diving was part of the certification for advanced diver. Ha!

Ahhh Holly ... brings back fond memories to read your night diving story. I LOVE night dives. (Except for fresh water diving! lol) Nothing else compares to doing an ocean night dive! Thumbs up
Another Day in Paradise!
Imagestormyla
Mar 8, 2010 8:50 PM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Very nice tale & description Holly. It reminded me of the wonderful serenity and beauty of night sailing under a full moon. It's great that you had a good partner to calm your fears.
ImageWild_Rose
Mar 8, 2010 10:42 PM CST
Name: Karen Allen
Fredericksburg, VA
Nice thread... I've enjoyed every one's stories!
Makes me anxious for warmer weather and the smell of salt water!
Instead of running after perfection, why not simply walk in faith?
ImageJan
Mar 9, 2010 11:08 AM CST
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey
What enchantment!!! I was swimming right alongside of you and seeing what you saw. Thanks.
ImageHollyAnnS
Mar 10, 2010 8:38 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Jim and Kathy are the organizers of the dive trips I take they are both really great people. Kathy is a Dive Master and is excellent if you would want to take classes or expand your skills and you couldn't find a nicer person than Jim.
Stormy they have bought a sail boat to retire on and have it in the BVI.
Thanks everyone I have really been enjoying this and your stories as well.
This is where I will be going next fall. Hoping to see a whale shark while we are there.
http://utila.com/

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Life is Great! Holly
Please visit me and learn more about My Life on the Water a Personal Journey Thread in the MidAtlanticMusings Cubit.
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ImageJan
Mar 10, 2010 9:26 AM CST
Name: Jan Jackson
south Jersey
That looks like an amazing place. Hope you DO get to see a whale shark.
Imagegitagal
Mar 29, 2010 8:02 AM CST
Name: Gita
Baltimore, MD
Holly---
I am totally speechless!!!! WOW!

It is like I have known a person (YOU) as it relates to all things gardening---and now I have sat here 3 different times just so i could read all your stories and see you as the amazing, adventurous persons you and Ric are.
I had NO idea in the World that you both did all this.........I am blown away! Truly!

Nice writing and stories. Wonderful travelogue! Amazing--that you had never mentioned this on DG!

Even though i am a Pisces (supposedly water people), I am NOT comfortable being IN water all that much and NEVER want my face under water. I think it is the fear of not being able to breathe.

I seldom come to Cubits--kind of stuck in the same-old....same-old....of my watched Posts on DG
What an adventure this all is!
You have totally flabbergasted me!!!! Gita


ImageHollyAnnS
Mar 30, 2010 10:00 AM CST
Name: Holly
South Central Pa
Thanks Gita so glad you have enjoyed my stories. I have a few more to post when I get around to thinking more about it. Ric doesn't dive the comments made with his avatar are really mine I just forgot which computer I was working at. Big Grin Here we are still confusing everyone. :blushing:
Life is Great! Holly
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