Re: On Bonaire -- a vacation spoiler?
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2009, 15:22:49 UTC/GMT »
Quote from: marine9 on May 12, 2009, 00:25:48 UTC/GMTMy wife and I had planned on going to Bonaire next
winter, but "The Deep Blue" in their e-mails to her
totally turned her off to the whole island...
She's only recently started to dive, after years of
my trying to get her to do so.
And now, "The Deep Blue" has made her second
guess her ability to dive.
Thanks "Deep Blue"...
What did they say exactly? Bonaire is one of the easiest places to dive. That's why my wife and I chose it as our first dive trip after being certified. I highly recommend the book Bonaire Diving Made Easy (http://www.bsdme.info/). It lists the dive sites in order of difficulty, and it's been an invaluable resource on our first trip (we still use it).
My wife only recently agreed to start diving, just got her open water.
We had planned on going to Bonaire, and she was looking forward to
go for her Advanced.
22 years ago they found that she had cancer, she fought it - and
seems to have won. But had radiation big time. Only recently has it
come back at her, in that she has some "weakness" in her right leg.
This is from the heavy radiation.
When she told "Deep Blue" on Bonaire, she was told that they would
not allow her to train as an Advance diver, as "you have physical challenges."
Her being an Advanced diver "might create unsafe situations when doing
somewhat more challenging dives". And that she'd be a risk to other
She is not handicapped by any sense of the word, she has some
weakness in the leg, and at times (with a tank and BC) has a hard
time climbing a boat ladder.
Now, not only does she no longer wish to go to Bonaire, but no
longer wants to go for her Advanced, and is questioning herself
and her ability to be a good diver.