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Dive Review of SE Aruba Fly 'n Dive/Marriott's Aruba Surf Club in

May, 2014, an Instant Reader Report by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
501-1000 dives
Where else diving
All over the Caribbean, Caicos, Bahamas, Hawaii (all islands), Palau,
Maldives, Lake Tahoe.
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

sunny, windy  
Water Temp
80   to 82    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
60   to 70    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
No deco; safety stop; none of the dives were past 90 feet (wreck on
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
Whale Sharks
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This is my 7th year diving with this outfit.  See my Oct 2013 review. 
Erwin & his wife Paula have really put in a lot of effort to make this
a top dive operation.  This was a slow period, but on several days, we went
out with only 2 or 3 divers. Did the Jane C wreck 3 out of 9 days per
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By David Cutler in ID, US at May 31, 2014 11:15 EST  
as a long time (800+) dives and apparently a dedicated air hog i get really
tired of reading about the "guy" on the dive that ran low on air
while you may have still had air left. Some of us use more air regardless
of all the things we have tried to to use less. 
I let the dive operation know, and request a larger tank when possible.
By Ms Lynda Durfee in VA, US at Jun 01, 2014 08:18 EST  
This was a diver with less than 20 dives who thought all he needed for AOW
was to get his buddy at home to sign for two dives, then three more dives
in Aruba and he was done!  After the first time, I quietly asked the DM if
they had 100 cm tanks, and they got one for him for the 2nd dive.  At the
time he needed air on the first dive, I had 1800 PSI.  I've been on several
expensive and unique dive trips (Ni'ihau and Molokini backball in Hawaii,
for example), when the dive was ended after 20 minutes because an
inexperienced diver ran into deco.  Most experienced divers who know they
use air faster than usual, like you, use bigger tanks and try to be
efficient in diving through buoyancy control, staying  shallower than the
rest of the group on a wall, for example, and so forth.  This was the case
of a diver who didn't know what he was doing, hadn't even bothered to
review his OW book, skills, etc.
By David Cutler in ID, US at Jun 01, 2014 11:31 EST  
Thanks Lynda,
I am probably just paranoid.
I let the worry about 500 psi coming and first one back in the boat
distract me on too many beautiful dives.
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