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  1. We arrived around 2:00PM on saturday Nov. 23rd...

    We arrived around 2:00PM on saturday Nov. 23rd and it took 15 minutes to clear immigration. The maze was full but it moved very quickly.
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    We were at CSA the week of Thanksgiving and...

    We were at CSA the week of Thanksgiving and stopped by the Martini Bar every evening. There were two bartenders there most of the time: Shaun and I can't remember the other fellow's name. Both were...
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    We arrived on Sat Nov 23 at 1:30PM and the "maze"...

    We arrived on Sat Nov 23 at 1:30PM and the "maze" was full. However, it only took 15 mins to clear customs.
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    CSA Review Thanksgiving Week

    My wife and I spent Thanksgiving Week at Couples Swept Away. This was our first time at CSA but we have been to Couples Sans Souci twice. A few thoughts:

    Flights and Airport:
    We used Delta Sky...
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    A quick check of the climatology of Negril shows...

    A quick check of the climatology of Negril shows Oct to be among the wettest months with a dramatic drop off in precipitation as you move into Nov and Dec. If all else is equal, I would be inclined...
  6. In my opinion, the extra cost of Club Mobay is...

    In my opinion, the extra cost of Club Mobay is not worth it. The Couples meeting area is right outside customs and is trivial to find. I have not seen any significant lines at Customs so I don't see...
  7. Thread: Scuba diving?

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    My first dive was a "resort dive" and there...

    My first dive was a "resort dive" and there wasn't a swimming requirement. After I went home, I took the PADI open water course (which did have a pool swim requirement plus tread water for 10 or 15...
  8. Thread: Scuba diving?

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    400 meters freestyle is only about 10-15 minutes...

    400 meters freestyle is only about 10-15 minutes at a leisurely pace. When I got PADI certified, that was approximately the distance requirement, IIRC. I would argue that 400 meters is really a...
  9. They offer the so-called "resort class", where...

    They offer the so-called "resort class", where they teach you the basics in a pool and they you go out for a relatively shallow dive. I have done a "resort" class and then went on to get my PADI dive...
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    We were there April 13-20 and didn't see any...

    We were there April 13-20 and didn't see any jellyfish at all.
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    Review of CSS ( April 13-20)

    My wife and I just returned from CSS (April 13-20). Here are my thoughts:

    Getting there:

    Jacksonville to Miami to Montego Bay on American Airlines. No problems at all with the flights. We...
  12. Is the Cat cruise possible with Trading Places?

    We will be staying at CSS in April and were thinking of doing the Trading Place to CTI. Is it possible to do the Cat cruise at CTI when Trading Places? Thanks
  13. Thread: Scuba info

    by tuccillo
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    I generally think the best approach is to do your...

    I generally think the best approach is to do your classwork and pool exercises at home and then do the required 4 (I think it is still 4, it has been a while since I was certified) open water dives...
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    I am glad to hear that you beat the odds! A 47...

    I am glad to hear that you beat the odds! A 47 min connection is barley "legal". My experience with Delta is they rarely hold a plane for 1 couple - if there are a bunch of people then that might be...
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    CSS or CSA over Thansgiving

    Hi Folks,

    We have been to CSS before and are going again in April. We are thinking about going again over Thanksgiving and are torn between going back to CSS or trying out CSA. To those who have...
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    My recommendation is to make sure you have a...

    My recommendation is to make sure you have a minimum 2 hour layover when connecting through Atlanta. Much shorter layovers are "legal" but I have missed too many connections in Atlanta over the years...
  17. Thread: Airfare

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    That sounds a bit high. We are going to MBJ from...

    That sounds a bit high. We are going to MBJ from Jacksonville, FL next April for about $400 on AA.
  18. Thread: Hobie cats

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    Cats are a loads of fun but not the best boats,...

    Cats are a loads of fun but not the best boats, IMHO, for learning if you have never, ever sailed before. I say this because they have some "interesting" sailing characteristics that you will not...
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    You will be more comfortable in a wetsuite. I...

    You will be more comfortable in a wetsuite. I don't dive in the ocean without one. You can wear whatever you want with a wetsuite. For the first part of the training in the pool you can get by...
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    If you are staying in Block A or B (Beachfront...

    If you are staying in Block A or B (Beachfront Suites) then you can mostly avoid steps except for dinners up on the hill. I think they still run a "shuttle" if you have problems with steps. If you...
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    CSS Rooms with the big balconies

    Hi Folks,

    We are planning a second trip to CSS and have a question about rooms types. We had a beachfront quite the last time and are interested in being up on the hill this time. So, what is the...
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    JumpinJen, It sounds like the classroom...

    JumpinJen,

    It sounds like the classroom portion has changed since I was certified - they lasted for hours and hours with multiple tests. Also, the pool exercises seemed to last forever when I was...
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    Essentially, the PADI course requires that you...

    Essentially, the PADI course requires that you demonstrate you can swim some trivial distance, attend class room lectures and pass the exams from the text book, pass the pool exercises, and do the...
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