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Checkout Dives: Why They’re Important

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We received an e-mail from reader Dana Muir (Ann Arbor, MI) with a complaint about CoCo View's stringent checkout dive requirements. "I understand requiring a checkout dive. I don't understand inflexibility in making arrangements. Why won't CoCo View ensure that people arriving on a noonish plane can do their checkouts on the same day?"

Some past CoCo View visitors wrote to defend the resort's requirement, like Danny Drew (Round Rock, TX), who said there's two reasons for it. "Not knowing how long a diver's flight will be, and the level of possible fatigue and dehydration from the plane's dry air, they feel it is better to allow a few hours for new people to rest, hydrate, unpack, attend to administrative paperwork and get used to island time. Also, the resort staff is very busy, and Saturday is the changeover day for one set of guests to the next. This allows for the one day off per week that most of the divemasters get. However, they do have a divemaster internship program, and if prior arrangements are made -- plus a fee -- then a Saturday checkout is easy to arrange."...

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