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Re: Another Newbie

Postby ChuckyBob » Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:46 pm

Been to that spot many times in the past and never seen any at all.
Mind you I haven't been there for a couple of years now.

Warrior is a beautiful dive. Let me know if you are up that way between xmas and NYE.
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Re: Another Newbie

Postby Phantom Menace » Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:48 pm

Welcome to the forum.

What was the visibility at Shag like?

I am thinking about a quick swim round Waiheke / Shag / Ponui soon ish - take the family for a picnic, go for a free-dive, maybe tow people round for a water-ski etc. so not a full-on dive day but it WOULD be a full-on day.
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Re: Another Newbie

Postby ScoobaGurl » Wed Nov 23, 2011 5:57 pm

Viz was not good at all ...... 2-3mtrs max ... was a very windy weekend so stuff was real whipped up .....possibly better if there's been a calm spell for a while prior
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Re: Another Newbie

Postby Andy » Tue Dec 06, 2011 11:18 pm

ScoobaGurl wrote:Oh GUTZ!! Dive Centre just cancelled Advanced Course at Poor Knights for this weekend because too many people pulled out! :cry:


Ah, the joys of dive shops where economics always wins.

Now, if only there were some good independent instructors around...... :lol: :lol:
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Re: Another Newbie

Postby ScoobaGurl » Thu Dec 08, 2011 9:34 am

Now, if only there were some good independent instructors around...... :lol: :lol:


I guess that could possibly be you then?? DC have got there sh!t together and we're going up to Poor Knights this weekend ...... Yay!! looking forward to it ....... I see you're a Wreck Penetration specialist ........ :P why does that sound so wrong ...... :lol: :roll: Why are SDI TDI courses so much more expensive than PADI ....... is PADI the candy floss version?
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Re: Another Newbie

Postby binklebonk » Fri Dec 09, 2011 8:35 am

ScoobaGurl wrote:is PADI the candy floss version?


Yes
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Re: Another Newbie

Postby ChrisB » Sat Dec 10, 2011 2:25 pm

binklebonk wrote:
ScoobaGurl wrote:is PADI the candy floss version?


Yes

:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :twisted:
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Re: Another Newbie

Postby ScoobaGurl » Sun Dec 11, 2011 10:46 pm

Okay Okay .... so now I have an extra helping of lollies .... just completed my Advanced PADI tricks (skills) so now I know just a little more than nothing?? :roll: :wink: :lol: :| :?
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Re: Another Newbie

Postby binklebonk » Mon Dec 12, 2011 8:51 pm

Well it would be harsh to say that. If you had a very good instructor then it is possible you have learnt a good skill set that is appropriate for the diving you wish to do. If you had a poor instructor then...

You need to make sure you don't become a course junkie. Do a lot of experiential dives or you will have no chance to consolidate skills before doing yet another course and you may risk becoming a diver who only feels confident in the company of instructors.

Dive with lots of different divers and consider other agencies for further learning.

Andy is a very good instructor in my opinion, there are many here who would agree.
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Re: Another Newbie

Postby Phantom Menace » Mon Dec 12, 2011 11:15 pm

Yeah - I knew a guy who went all the way through to PADI Dive Master having really only done a handful of non-course dives. I wouldn't have wanted him to DM anything.
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Re: Another Newbie

Postby ScoobaGurl » Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:53 pm

binklebonk wrote:You need to make sure you don't become a course junkie.


Thanks BB but wont be and am not a dive course junkie ...... I've been diving a little while, mostly in the tropics but had never certified ..... dumb ..... really dumb ....... cause now I know how kamakazi I was!!. I had specific goals in mind when chosing my courses ....... I have a passion for diving wrecks so needed to do advanced to get deep certified ...... and am still going to do the wreck specialty sometime next year and then will start planning my overseas wreck trips .... Vanuatu is a goal so is PG and Samoa.

I've been fortunate to have had 2 great instructors ... Matt Shortall whom I believe is quite well known in dive circles and Brad Mcconnichie a youngster but very thorough so I'm please with my candy floss for now :D

I'll definately be diving many and varied and as much as I can .... have just acquired a RIB and have my Powerboating Level 1 cert ...... but unfortunately not the confidence to take it out yet (its mans work as far as I'm concerned) :wink: .... oh and dont have a towbar yet either .... Doh! but these things will come.
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Re: Another Newbie

Postby ScoobaGurl » Wed Dec 14, 2011 2:57 pm

new toys .... thanx Santa .... now can I have a man to drive it too please :lol: :lol:
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Re: Another Newbie

Postby ChuckyBob » Wed Dec 14, 2011 5:21 pm

Nice. A little RIB like that will open up a huge amount of great dive sites.
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Re: Another Newbie

Postby Nixie » Thu Dec 15, 2011 9:35 am

Nice RIB, will be very happy to play Big Brother once the weather breaks and we can get something organised. Best I fix my fuel supply problems first though... don't really want to go out there with the spanners in the rain... I love diving, but I hate getting wet!
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Re: Another Newbie

Postby ScoobaGurl » Thu Dec 15, 2011 1:20 pm

Hi Nixie,

Nice meeting you and some of the other mad BBS Divers last night. This shite weather seems se for a while ..... holding thumbs
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