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Old 04-12-2019, 10:20 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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If you find one like that, please let us know! That would be an awesome trip!

I don't know what I'm gonna find but I will continue looking! I've had an interest in marine life since I was in high school that went a bit dormant for many years, I just read a book titled The Soul of an Octopus that reawakened it in a big way. There truly are some incredible creatures below the surface.
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:23 AM
 
Location: By the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea
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Though we used to scuba, we can't do it anymore, but have found that snorkeling is almost as good. No effort involved there, except hauling yourself back into the boat, LOL. Since light disappears after 15 feet or so, you can see most reefs and fish just by snorkeling.

When I was in Kona, HI, they were offering submarine rides but I had to leave. Wish I'd done it.

I've never tried SCUBA but from what I've read recently it seems like it would be too taxing for someone like me in their late 60s. I played with a snorkel in a lake once or twice but never seriously. I'm curious what you find makes snorkeling easier?
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:59 AM
 
Location: North State (California)
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Old 04-12-2019, 11:59 AM
 
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Thanks! There are more options than I thought, I guess I should've searched for submarines rather than submersibles.
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Old 04-12-2019, 07:57 PM
 
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burdell, check out snuba. I believe it's a fairly new thing. They keep you attached to the boat and you can get certified within about an hour, I think.

I had lifelong hopes to scuba when I retired. I had my trip to Cozumel all planned and was investigating the closest place to get certified just before 9/11. So I was hesitant to travel until I found out what it would all mean. By the time I got back around to it I was hesitant about my ability to handle the currents.

But since then I have traveled to Akumal, MX to snorkel with the sea turtles. It was an experience of a lifetime. If they had told me that we'd be swimming for several miles I wouldn't have gone so it's a good thing I didn't know! I must have been the oldest person in the water but I managed just fine. (Just a little slower than everyone else. LOL)
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Old 04-13-2019, 08:26 AM
 
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burdell, check out snuba. I believe it's a fairly new thing. They keep you attached to the boat and you can get certified within about an hour, I think.

I had lifelong hopes to scuba when I retired. I had my trip to Cozumel all planned and was investigating the closest place to get certified just before 9/11. So I was hesitant to travel until I found out what it would all mean. By the time I got back around to it I was hesitant about my ability to handle the currents.

But since then I have traveled to Akumal, MX to snorkel with the sea turtles. It was an experience of a lifetime. If they had told me that we'd be swimming for several miles I wouldn't have gone so it's a good thing I didn't know! I must have been the oldest person in the water but I managed just fine. (Just a little slower than everyone else. LOL)

Thanks, I'd never heard of that! I live 5 minutes from a beach that has nesting sea turtles virtually every year, it's neat to be walking on the beach in the AM and see the 'bulldozer tracks' which tell you a turtle had nested overnight, it must be quite an experience to swim with them.

I'd be lying though if I said I didn't see the attraction of sitting in a (hopefully) comfortable seat and letting someone else do the underwater driving. I definitely have some research to do, I'm probably looking at late summer/early fall as the time to take a trip, the big question will be where to?
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Old Today, 08:07 AM
 
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Have you looked into submersible tanks? they have them at a lot of aquariums, its a fun easy way of seeing aquatic life without scuba diving.
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Old Today, 10:49 AM
 
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Have you looked into submersible tanks? they have them at a lot of aquariums, its a fun easy way of seeing aquatic life without scuba diving.

Thanks! I live 10 minutes fro an NC State aquarium but don't believe they have anything like that. And there is a certain attraction to taking a trip somewhere and seeing everything in the wild.
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Old Today, 12:15 PM
 
Location: SE Florida
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burdell, check out snuba. I believe it's a fairly new thing. They keep you attached to the boat and you can get certified within about an hour, I think.

I had lifelong hopes to scuba when I retired. I had my trip to Cozumel all planned and was investigating the closest place to get certified just before 9/11. So I was hesitant to travel until I found out what it would all mean. By the time I got back around to it I was hesitant about my ability to handle the currents.

But since then I have traveled to Akumal, MX to snorkel with the sea turtles. It was an experience of a lifetime. If they had told me that we'd be swimming for several miles I wouldn't have gone so it's a good thing I didn't know! I must have been the oldest person in the water but I managed just fine. (Just a little slower than everyone else. LOL)
Diving the Santa Rosa wall in Cozumel is a drift dive. Meaning that you go with the current and the boat picks you up when the dive is over. No swimming against the current. Most of my career has involved diving, commercial and recreational.
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