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    We are going to CSS for the first time this summer. We are dreaming about our trip and trying to plan what we can and cannot fit in our schedule. How much time activities take will help determine what we have time for

    What time of day does the basic entry level scuba start and end? How long is the actual open water dive?

    What time of day do the snorkeling trips start and stop.

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    We would like to add on to the previous question. We are going to CSS this summer in June and have been diving for 30 years all over the world. We would like to participate in all dives possible during our stay. What time does the dive boat usually depart and when does it return from dives? Also, which night do they do the night dive? How soon can you sign up for the dives to make sure we are able to go? How much of our gear do we really need to bring?

    Thank you for your responses!

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    Its so beautiful, wish i could come there

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    Tiller,

    Bring that equipment that you're not willing to use a "rental", I say rental but everything minus a wet suit is free. I bring my BCD, fins, mask and my dive computer. This year I will probably bring my regs. I don't use a wet suit in Negril as the water is warm enough for me. I go to the scuba shop as soon as I have a room number at the resort, you need that to sign up. Get there fill out the releases and show your c-card and see if there is any room on the next trip. At CN you can only sign up one day in advance so I always sign up for the next days dive before going out on the morning dives. I won't comment on the times because I haven't been to CSS. Night dives are only done if enough people sign up. Try recruiting people on the boat during the day if you want to do a night dive, they are not included and do have an extra charge. Also if you have facebook there is a Couples Scuba page where the dive shop managers will respond directly with any questions. You'll get great answers at both places but people will post more videos and photos of the dive sites over there. Enjoy!!

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    We just got back from CTI where we just got certified PADI Open Water.

    The cost was $375 per person and involved a first 4 hour session in the pool doing skill training and an open water dive (no skills tested). After that, there were 3 more open water dives to do. The second one was not skill tested, but the third and fourth one were the main OW skill testing ones -- clear mask, remove mask, air exchange, rescue swimmer, fix gear (belt, BCD, my favorite remove BCD), under water navigation compass. In addition to the dives, there was the bookwork - roughly 5 hours to read and answer questions, and one final exam. I was not the easiest of students -- perhaps one of their more challenging, but the dive staff at CTI (and likely all Couples Resorts) were awesome. They eliminated a lot of the nervousness and got my wife and I through it.

    Re: sign up, I can only speak to the CTI side. There were two dives most days (8:30a (2 tanks for certified) & pool session and 10:30a (1 tank)). They had a good idea of who was showing up when, but for the discovery SCUBA, you had to sign up the day before. CTI has a decent size dive boat, so we never had a issue getting to dive. AOW deeper dives were MWF. They used to do afternoon dives, but the choppiness of the sea has stopped it.

    All gear was provided to us - BCD, tanks, regulators, fins, masks. Wetsuits were available if you fit - I did not. I did see people bring full kit, but use their tanks.

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  6. #306

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    I have a PADI OW certification but it's been a while since I dove. Is there a refresher at CN?

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    Kevin and Linda, CN does offer a refresher for $50. Last time we were there I required a refresher, which was scheduled the morning after our arrival, and I was on the dive boat for the afternoon dive. :-)
    CN Apr 2006 (Married)
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    CN Apr 2012
    CN Aug 2014

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    Thank you,

    That's exactly what I wanted to know.

    Kevin

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    I will be at Couples Negril May 23-June 1 celebrating my honeymoon. I was planning on getting my advanced open water this trip...well last Saturday I injured my knee and will be on crutches. My Dr gave me clearance to still scuba as swimming is the only activity I can still do with my knee and he said it would be a great start to my physical therapy. Is there anyone else that will be at Negril at the same time who will be diving as well? I promise not to slow down the group, my husband can't dive because of his ears but I was thinking I would ask first here if that would completely offend someone who will be diving if I'm out there with them and if not is anybody willing to give me an extra hand up onto the boat if I need it?

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    Coming to Negril in a few days - first time diving and plan to get my OW cert. What should I plan to bring to wear? Just swim shorts and water shirt? Should the clothing be tighter or is loose clothing OK?

    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkmar1192 View Post
    Coming to Negril in a few days - first time diving and plan to get my OW cert. What should I plan to bring to wear? Just swim shorts and water shirt? Should the clothing be tighter or is loose clothing OK?
    You can rent a wet suit there (cost unknown), but I used my swim shorts and a standard tech fabric shirt as a rash guard. Cotton obviously less desirable, but loose is fine just be aware looser might get caught on items.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daustin View Post
    I will be at Couples Negril May 23-June 1 celebrating my honeymoon. I was planning on getting my advanced open water this trip...well last Saturday I injured my knee and will be on crutches. My Dr gave me clearance to still scuba as swimming is the only activity I can still do with my knee and he said it would be a great start to my physical therapy. Is there anyone else that will be at Negril at the same time who will be diving as well? I promise not to slow down the group, my husband can't dive because of his ears but I was thinking I would ask first here if that would completely offend someone who will be diving if I'm out there with them and if not is anybody willing to give me an extra hand up onto the boat if I need it?
    Maybe your hubby can help you get on the boat before you head off? I doubt that would cause any problems.
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    Does anyone know if the cost is still $375 if you do the book work online? I'm there soon and considering OW cert as the past 2 years I've done discover scuba and I think Suga is going to be mad if I'm back for a third time w/o certifying. I don't have a lot of time at the resort either so I am still on the fence. The online course is $179, so I was wondering if it's that plus $375 at couples.

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    I'm pretty sure that if you do the online course at home then you can pay the difference at Couples to do the open water dive portion and be done that much quicker!

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    We will be arriving on August 24th for ten days. Looking forward to seeing everyone.
    You can't lay on the beach and drink rum all day, if you don't get started in the morning!

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    We're going to CTI for the first time next summer (first time to any Couples resort). I have my PADI certification, but that was about 13 years ago and I have not dived since. My wife went through the PADI course (also about 13 years ago), but never got the certification. What would need to happen for us to be able to go SCUBA diving (and not just in the pool!)?

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    You can take a SCUBA refresher course, within six months of your trip, or you can take it at the resort, and you will be good to go. Your wife can take the resort course, and she can dive the non-certified dives while she is at Couples.
    You can't lay on the beach and drink rum all day, if you don't get started in the morning!

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    We're newbies to Couples but Negril veterans. I'm kinda curious about the scuba equipment at CN. Is it in good shape, fairly newish? Asking because I usually drag my gear along, but now that the airlines are charging for every checked bag, we're looking at eliminating some bulk. Still will bring our masks and flippers, but the thought of leaving BC and regulator at home has some appeal... just hoping I don't regret that decision.

    I'm (Bob), OW certified and Pat is a snorkeling enthusiast, however she's thinking about taking the resort course to get a feel for diving.

    On a related note... just how is the snorkeling from shore there. When we stayed further down the beach, we always had to hire a boat to take us out to the reef. Does CN have a boat for snorkel trips?

    Thanks all!
    Bob and Pat

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobNpat View Post
    We're newbies to Couples but Negril veterans. I'm kinda curious about the scuba equipment at CN. Is it in good shape, fairly newish? Asking because I usually drag my gear along, but now that the airlines are charging for every checked bag, we're looking at eliminating some bulk. Still will bring our masks and flippers, but the thought of leaving BC and regulator at home has some appeal... just hoping I don't regret that decision.

    I'm (Bob), OW certified and Pat is a snorkeling enthusiast, however she's thinking about taking the resort course to get a feel for diving.

    On a related note... just how is the snorkeling from shore there. When we stayed further down the beach, we always had to hire a boat to take us out to the reef. Does CN have a boat for snorkel trips?
    I was just at Couples Negril. (You didn't mention CN vs. Cpl Swept Away, so I am going to provide my experience with CN. CN this year got a new 46' dive boat. It's obviously in good condition, and the BCD, Octopus, and Masks were all in like new condition. I never had a problem on any of my regulators -- I dove 16 times in 10 days and got my AOW. I preferred the ScubaPro BCD to the AquaLung, but the good news they had enough of both types. If I had to comment what others have brought, fins, masks, and dive computers are the most common, which I can believe. The fins are definitely rentals and not as nice as one's own. I have never rented a wet suit, so I can't comment.

    Snorkeling from shore is pretty bland. Not nearly as interesting as CTI, but you can hunt for Starfish. By and large, the snorkeling trips each day are must do if you aren't diving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bobNpat View Post
    We're newbies to Couples but Negril veterans. I'm kinda curious about the scuba equipment at CN. Is it in good shape, fairly newish? Asking because I usually drag my gear along, but now that the airlines are charging for every checked bag, we're looking at eliminating some bulk. Still will bring our masks and flippers, but the thought of leaving BC and regulator at home has some appeal... just hoping I don't regret that decision.

    I'm (Bob), OW certified and Pat is a snorkeling enthusiast, however she's thinking about taking the resort course to get a feel for diving.

    On a related note... just how is the snorkeling from shore there. When we stayed further down the beach, we always had to hire a boat to take us out to the reef. Does CN have a boat for snorkel trips?

    Thanks all!
    Bob and Pat
    The gear definitely does the trick. We've done over 70 dives at CN and only had a minor issue here and there. The BCs are nice with integrated weight pockets, and the regs are good as well, as long as someone careless didn't drag it through the sand before you. A couple times, I had a reg that got stuck, because there was sand in it, but, overall, we've had very few problems. The guys are really good about taking care of the gear, as they do not want you to have any trouble either. If I was going to bring anything from home, I would bring the reg, but it's not necessary, and no need to drag along the BC.

    You can snorkel from the shore, but it's nothing to write home about. There are fantastic shallow reefs at the end of Rutland Point, which, if you are standing on the beach looking out, is the point to the left. The snorkel boat heads there a couple times per day, which is part of the all-inclusive, and they also do night snorkel trips as well for $35 per person.
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    Thanks for the answers. I've been leaning to bringing my reg, fins.mask. computer and dive skin, leaving the BC and it's bulk at home. I prefer the dive skin in Negril. Even in mid-April, it's too warm for a wet suit.

    Patricia has given the green light on a resort dive course, so hopefully it will whet her appetite for scuba.

    Bob

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    Quote Originally Posted by El Duderino View Post
    Does anyone know if the cost is still $375 if you do the book work online? I'm there soon and considering OW cert as the past 2 years I've done discover scuba and I think Suga is going to be mad if I'm back for a third time w/o certifying. I don't have a lot of time at the resort either so I am still on the fence. The online course is $179, so I was wondering if it's that plus $375 at couples.
    Could someone with experience chim in on this? I'm interested in doing my bookwork at home and finishing up certification at CSA as well... Seeing the temps drop into the 40's make open water dives not much fun.

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    I did my OW at CSA in 2014. I do not remember the cost. I did my AOW this past April at San Souci. I checked before going and the resort was about $150 cheaper than getting certification at home. I would recommend just doing the entire course CSA. The book work does not take up much of your time. At both resorts (Anthony did my OW at CSA) the dive instructor will actually go over most of what the book says while you dive, so the studying portion is more of a review. I was impressed with how well both resorts taught to the book.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kraut7903 View Post
    Could someone with experience chim in on this? I'm interested in doing my bookwork at home and finishing up certification at CSA as well... Seeing the temps drop into the 40's make open water dives not much fun.
    I went through this with Karl at CN last year. I wanted to do my online work for Rescue Diver, and then just knock out the dives themselves at the resort. They won't do this, and they still charge you for the whole course. However, the case with Open Water cert is a bit different. If you complete both your book work AND your pool work for Open Water at home, they will do the Open Water (Referral) dives for $250pp. That will save you $115 off of the normal $365 that they charge for the full Open Water cert. Either way, you are better off just doing the full OW cert course at the resort, because it will be much cheaper and much less time-consuming than it will be to do some at home and some at the resort. Trust me, it does not take up that much of your valuable vacation time, and it is sort of like an at-resort excursion (an "incursion", if you will ). I've been certified for over 20 years, but, if I had to do it again, I would just knock out the whole thing at the resort without even thinking about it.
    "Brutalize me with music..."

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    We are returning to CN in a few weeks, got OW certified last year. Can anyone confirm what we need to bring this time around, just our log books and PADI ID?

    Also, we got two other couples to join us. They all did their book and pool work at home - what do they need to bring with them to complete the OW certification?

    Thanks!

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