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Old 02-16-2011, 02:00 PM
 
Location: Lakewood NJ/Murrells Inlet SC/ N. Naples FL/Swainton NJ
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If you wait till May to snorkel the keys, you won't need a wet suit. Surface water temp will be around 86+. You'll find better deals on snorkel trips as well and less people on the reef. Water is generally clearer too.

I do recommend wearing a t shirt. Helps with sunburn on your back and the occasional jellyfish. There are little places to snorkel all over the keys besides the parks.

Beth

Good advise, thanks. However in May I will be back in Murrells Inlet, SC.
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Old 02-18-2011, 08:52 AM
 
Location: Lakewood NJ/Murrells Inlet SC/ N. Naples FL/Swainton NJ
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tmozer,
I rec'd going to a local SCUBA joint and getting certified. Your interest in snorkeling will be magnified/expanded by an enormous factor when you can dive, imo. While diving is sketchy locally, having that C Card and some good diving experience opens up a whole new world.

Snorkeling is fun, but snorkeling to SCUBA is like a tricycle to a motorcyle...

Not Jacques Cousteau here, but after ~400+ dives, it remains one of most magical things I do, and it is not age restricted for us serious adult aged people.

Not selling anything, but something to consider, as you read like you have those kinds of interests that SCUBA would be aligned with, imo.
My 50Cts...
GL, mD
I am going to search myself, but perhaps what I need is a diviing vacation package where you can learn, get certified and dive in some nice locations. I'm sure something like that is offered......
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Old 02-18-2011, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Mtns of Waynesville,NC & Nokomis, FL
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I am going to search myself, but perhaps what I need is a diviing vacation package where you can learn, get certified and dive in some nice locations. I'm sure something like that is offered......
tmozer...yes, you will find pages of choices, either here in S FL or, back in SC.

We did ours on Grand Cayman, back in '86, when GC was still reasonable, and it was a week vacay. It was PADI and we dove the 1st day and every day, all week. Very good immersion course, (no pun), vs learning in a pool, imo. Learning to dive in ocean, even in ~35 feet of calm, is very different than in a pool and better real prep, imo.

For the real edgy vacay/learn to dive, most week long live aboard dive trips also offer certification, from our experience. Check out Live Aboard Dive Boats on net...

Like any semi-risk activity or learning to drive, a few lessons does not make one very competent, and many divers hang it up a few dozen dives after getting cert'd. But, for us RetiredBums, with the time and some spendable dough, it is a fabulous hobby, imo.
GL, mD
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Old 02-18-2011, 01:38 PM
 
Location: Lakewood NJ/Murrells Inlet SC/ N. Naples FL/Swainton NJ
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tmozer...yes, you will find pages of choices, either here in S FL or, back in SC.

We did ours on Grand Cayman, back in '86, when GC was still reasonable, and it was a week vacay. It was PADI and we dove the 1st day and every day, all week. Very good immersion course, (no pun), vs learning in a pool, imo. Learning to dive in ocean, even in ~35 feet of calm, is very different than in a pool and better real prep, imo.

For the real edgy vacay/learn to dive, most week long live aboard dive trips also offer certification, from our experience. Check out Live Aboard Dive Boats on net...

Like any semi-risk activity or learning to drive, a few lessons does not make one very competent, and many divers hang it up a few dozen dives after getting cert'd. But, for us RetiredBums, with the time and some spendable dough, it is a fabulous hobby, imo.
GL, mD
Cool. Hope to join the club soon......
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