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In Praise of Liveaboards

why itís more than just the diving that makes them better

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It's difficult to explain the social aspects of a liveaboard dive boat to those who have never journeyed on one. After all, the vessel puts out to sea and often doesn't touch land again until the end of the trip. Divers who are accustomed to walking a resort's grounds, swimming in the pool and meeting strangers at the bar may view with incredulity and skepticism that a liveaboard diver only dives, eats, looks over images taken by fellow divers, and sleeps.

Of course, those of us who thrive on the liveaboard life know they provide access to dive sites unavailable to those who return to shore each evening. Stan Waterman, the iconic underwater filmmaker (five Emmys for his underwater work), is famous for saying that when you get to his age, liveaboard diving is the only way to go because it is far less arduous than day boats. In many cases, your floating hotel moors over the dive site and you merely have to totter to the stern, then plop into the water. Stan, at the age of 90, made his last dive in Grand Cayman in 2013....

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