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    Just went Scuba Diving in Kona on the big Island in Hawaii.
    Try it!!!
    Went with Jack's Diving Locker. I had seen their name advertised on an accessible Kona website as accessible.
    They did seem surprised by the wheelchair and not quite sure what to do... but were super nice and game to give it a try.
    Also came up with solutions for jumping in... putting down a foam pad at the edge of the boat to sit on, etc.

    DEFINITELY would recommend them to someone else in a chair.
    The hardest part? Getting on that wetsuit!

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    Got to try that one of these days!
    Andrew

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    • #3
      Very cool, thanks for the pictures :-)

      I was once in the water with a Manta ray and it scared the hell out of me but it couldn't have cared less about me.

      Haven't been back in the water since I started having trouble and needed to use a chair. I've been curious. I'd like to try a few minutes in a pool first though there is this beautiful beach at a state park with warm water I would really like to swim at. Maybe this summer I will dip my toes in the water and see what happens. :-)

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      • #4
        Great pictures, it looks like fun!
        A dolla makes me holla, honey boo boo! - borrowed from Honey boo boo child

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        • #5
          real nice like the reef ,i was in to reef aquariums before my back problems so i really miss it so this is nice to see.

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          • #6
            How do you keep your feet from floating up? I can't get horizontal when I dive. Have to wear ankle weights and dive vertically, it's an odd thing. Is there current there, so you're drift diving, or are you physically swimming w/ those dive gloves?

            Great pics. I need a vaca. Sigh.
            Blog:
            Does This Wheelchair Make My Ass Look Fat?

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            • #7
              I'm an instructor for the Handicapped Scuba Association
              For floaty feet about the only real option are ankle weights.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by cbdives View Post
                I'm an instructor for the Handicapped Scuba Association
                For floaty feet about the only real option are ankle weights.
                Cbdives, do you happen to know of any instructors in the Seattle/Tacoma area?

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                • #9
                  Hi Tara. When you did your dive were you a certified diver? My husband and I will be doing a dive this afternoon in Maui and have been told that because we are not certified no cameras can be taken including those that are incorporated in the goggles. I was told that even the professionals are not allowed to take cameras because we are not certified. They told us this is a rule set by PADI. I saw your pics so just thought I'd ask.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by cbdives View Post
                    I'm an instructor for the Handicapped Scuba Association
                    For floaty feet about the only real option are ankle weights.
                    I went for a week diving in the Red Sea in March - I found I needed ankle weights to get down but once you got below a certain depth and the neoprene was compressed I needed to move the weights above my knees otherwise I just ended up vertical in the water the whole time. It was a fantastic trip though and I am keen to go again.

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                    • #11
                      I've never heard of the "No Camera" rule though I don't teach for the PADI organization.

                      Depending on conditions I sometimes tell my students to leave their cameras behind on the very 1st dive...but that's only a precaution so they don't loose their cameras.

                      Joe

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                      • #12
                        Without Open Water Diver cert. you're limited to shallower depth and more instructor/dive master control/oversight. The camera thing is probably a precaution so an untrained diver is paying more attention to what's going on without the distraction for the diver or DM.

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                        • #13
                          I can't believe PADI has a specific rule. It is an instructors call. I know my students...Most are really good the water....but if someone is nervous or unsure, I don't want to task overload them. That's the only reason I would restrict a camera opportunity for them.

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