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Dive Review of SE Aruba Fly 'n Dive/Marriott's Aruba Surf Club in
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SE Aruba Fly 'n Dive/Marriott's Aruba Surf Club, May, 2014,

by Ms Lynda Durfee, VA, US (Top Contributor Top Contributor 40 reports with 3 Helpful votes). Report 7610 has 1 Helpful vote.

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

Weather sunny, windy Seas choppy
Water Temp 80 to 82 Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 3
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 bottom).
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? yes

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins None Whale Sharks None
Turtles > 2 Whales None
Corals 2 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

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Snorkeling N/A
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Beginners 5 stars
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Comments 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 request of oth ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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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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