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Dive Review of octopus reef in
Hawaii/kihei, maui

September, 2003, an Instant Reader Report by pat delaplane, c, usa
Report Number 711
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Reporter and Travel
Dive Experience
251-500 dives
Where else diving
Cozumel, Turks and Caicos, Anaman Sea, Belize, Hondural, Venezuela, Cayman,
Palau, Indonesia,
Closest Airport
Getting There


Dive Conditions

Water Temp
79   to 80    Fahrenheit  
Wetsuit Thickness
Water Visibility
40   to 60    Feet  
Dive Policy
Dive own profile
Enforced diving restrictions  
Nitrox Available?
What I saw
1 or 2 
1 or 2 
Whale Sharks
> 2 
Ratings 1 (worst)- 5 (best):
  3 stars
Tropical Fish
4 stars  
Small Critters
  3 stars
Large Fish
3 stars  
Large Pelagics
  3 stars
Underwater Photography  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
Subject Matter
Boat Facilities
Overall rating for UWP's  
Shore Facilities  
Ratings and Overall Comments  1 (worst)- 5 (best):
3 stars
3 stars
Service and Attitude
3 stars
Environmental Sensitivity  
Dive Operation
3 stars  
Shore Diving  
3 stars  

Overall Rating

Value for $$
3 stars   
3 stars    
I got solo certified by  
Rene Umberger
Octopus Reef - Dive Training & Tours
(808) 875-0183

I was diving on a liveboard last fall and the Captain mentioned something
about diving with a buddy unless you were "Solo Certified."  This
really got my attention and I started asking questions and pursuing this
advanced traiing.   What I learned is that only SSI offers it and Rene of
Octopus Reef is the only person in Hawaii who offers it.   The only other
place in the USA I found was an operation in Orlando Florida.  I did this
Solo Certification for several reason.  The main one being that it gives me
credibility for what I have been doing all along for several years. Now my
mother and friends dont have to worry about me and any a dive boat captain
doesnt need to worry if I am down there alone finishing a roll of film
after my buddy surfaces.

Rene is an excellent instructor.   The course included 2 mornings of
discussion and diving and reading a book on Solo Diving, before we got
together.  We discussed the pros and cons of Solo Diving, safety, alternate
air sources, review of the basic skills, liability.   The in water skills
included grabbing and using the alternate air source along with navigaion
and other basic skills like getting out of and into your gear in the water
and out of air ascent.  

Rene was a great source of lots of information.   She had an outline of all
the areas she wanted to cover which included many articles written on Solo
Diving in the Publications.   Rene is very up to date on diving and I would
recommend her for any level of instruction.
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