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11-07-2006, 7:33 PM
I'm doing the PADI Certification Course on our upcoming cruise. There are 2 locations in which we will do 2 open water dives and I was wondering which one should I choose.

Cozumel, Mexico


George Town, Grand Cayman

Am I less likely to see sharks at one over the other??? :confused2:
Does one spot have the better reefs??

Also I need to purchase a snorkel and mask. I have the cheapie walmart snorkel/mask that fills up with water in 10 minutes, so I'm thinking I may need something much better!! Any places local or online I should check out?

Thanks for the help.

11-07-2006, 7:54 PM
Grand Cayman is a whole lot better, and more expensive. As far as gear.... there is a local shop near me that has great prices. I will email you details.

CONGRATS on getting PADI (Put Another Dollar In) Certified.

11-07-2006, 8:22 PM
I hope I can get certified and dive one of these day.

11-07-2006, 8:24 PM
Diving is the most awarding certification that I have ever completed.

11-07-2006, 8:29 PM
It seems so amazing. I don't think I would want to get out of the water.

11-07-2006, 8:33 PM
I never do and can't wait to go back

11-07-2006, 8:39 PM
I can't wait- I'm very excited!!

I've done everything but- helmet diving, bob underwater motor scooter, and snorkeling, so this is the next step for me.

I just hope I can stay calm and I don't freak out.

11-07-2006, 8:43 PM
you won't... it is a lot easier than snorkeling.

11-07-2006, 8:57 PM
I would not buy a mask on-line - you have to check out the fit.
There are some great stores in town - Adventures in Diving, Seaventures, etc.


11-07-2006, 9:05 PM
Thanks Doc,

Kevin told me about a place in Marietta- I never realized there were such big places locally so I won't have to shop online.

11-08-2006, 10:24 AM
I would go with Grand Cayman as well. Cozumel is nice and inexpensive but it has a lot of current which could be very tough for a first time diver to deal with. It's hard enough to remember doing all your skills, watching your gauges, and stuff without having to worry about being swept around by currents. Once you get the hang of diving, currents aren't all that bad, and sometimes they are even fun to dive with - drift dives require little more than relaxing and letting the current take you along the reef like a moving sidewalk. I also second trying the masks out in person.

11-08-2006, 11:01 AM
The #1 dive spot in the world is on Grand Cayman (Stingray City)... > 1,000,000 divers per year dive that spot. May not be the best dive spot in the world, but definately a great experience.

11-08-2006, 11:14 AM
Ok then Grand Cayman it is.

The only problem is that my BIL who was supposed to do this with me has backed out and I'm a little scared to do it without knowing anyone. But it's something I really want to do, so as long as the instructor doesn't mind me squeezing his hand the entire time, then we'll be ok. :D

Thanks for all the advice!!!

11-08-2006, 11:24 AM
I know it sounds kinda silly, but I've been thinkin of takin this diving course thats offered in bamma I believe, granted its in a man made fresh water thingy, but they have sunken busses and other odd crap, but the price looked really dope. Plus they also do Nitrox cert. I'ld have to find the place again.

11-08-2006, 11:45 AM
My son did his open water in Grand Cayman, and it was superb!


11-08-2006, 11:57 AM
If you don't have your other equipment yet (wetsuit, fins, snorkel, etc) you could buy them online at or Of course, there are a lot of diver supply stores in ATL and you can sometimes get just as good of a deal if you buy a package (mask, snorkel, fin, boots, suit). If you can get a good deal locally, then of course you should do so. Where I live, you pretty much hafta buy online.

11-08-2006, 6:16 PM
It seems so amazing. I don't think I would want to get out of the water.
You will want to when you run out of air!!! Just teasing.

Gwen I bought my equipment from the Dive Shop in Marietta. Really nice people.

11-08-2006, 6:18 PM
The Dive Shop has moved to Sandy Plains Rd...

11-08-2006, 6:24 PM
The one I went to was always on Sandy Plains Road....been there for years and years.
They may have had two shops at one time.

11-08-2006, 7:26 PM
Thanks guys...

The ship excursion provides all the equipment except the snorkel and mask.

11-08-2006, 7:31 PM
Once you get hooked, you will end up buying all of your own gear

11-08-2006, 7:48 PM
Gwen, i think i have a better answer. If you are going to both places on a cruise, i would suggest you get certified the first chance you get. Then dive for fun at the next stop. The opportunities to dive in tropical waters don't come along every day.

11-08-2006, 8:38 PM
That's a great idea, however I'm sure the other 5 people on the trip would prolly think I was rude if I left them and went diving *again*!!! lol :tongue2:

They are interested in the snuba excursion....

Here is the Itinerary:
Miami, Florida
At Sea
Cozumel, Mexico 7:00 AM - 4:00 PM Docked
George Town, Grand Cayman 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Montego Bay, Jamaica 7:00 AM 4:00 PM
Labadee, Haiti 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
At Sea
Miami, Florida 7:00 AM Departure :sad:

11-08-2006, 9:35 PM
you will love montego bay!!! I was there for a week, have some friends who have a house there. cant wait to go back.

11-12-2006, 4:19 PM
I dove Stingray City and it was a blast. I shoved a handful of squid down the back of my sisters BC and she had stingrays sucking on her head and neck for 10 minutes trying to get at the food. It was funny at the time but after the tragic Steve Irwin death I guess it was not so smart???