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Who Are the Rudest Divers?

the slow ones? or those who have to wait for them?

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Back in November 2017, we published some commentary from Michael and Jan Lewis' (Vonore, TN) reader report about Ocean Frontiers in Grand Cayman. They described rude divers who dove for 75 to 80 minutes, leaving other divers waiting at the surface in the boat. And they pointed out that the extended dive times might be unfair to the day boat crews who don't get time for lunch, as it was for some passenger divers who had to miss lunch back at the resort in order to make the afternoon dive.

In response to this, J.D. Haines (Port St. Lucie, FL), a member of the Reef Environmental Education Foundation, observed, "It is those divers who would rather shop or go out to lunch between dives, causing everyone else's dive to be shortened to accommodate them, who are rude. When I spend my limited discretionary income on a dive trip, I am going to dive, not to shop, not to go out to restaurants. If you want to [do those activities], skip the afternoon dive. Don't insist that everyone else shorten what may be a productive photography dive for you....

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