Drift diving and slow descenders -

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Posted by jlyle on March 23, 2005 at 06:53:10:

In Reply to: Questions on drift diving, diver skill needed for Cozumel posted by Dick Analog on March 23, 2005 at 04:49:57:

For most divers, drift diving is very, very easy - no long surface swims, no navigation, no effort. But, when a diver takes a long time to descend to the reef, he/she will be pushed further down the reef than the dive group on the bottom. For some people, this is a non-issue - they just wait for the group to catch up to them once they are down on the reef.

If your buddy is nervous and finds it difficult to descend, then you should look into two options:

1. If you aren't already AOW - sign up for a class. Most likely, you will be the only students and you and the DM will go diving together.

2. Hire your own DM to go with you on the boats for at least the first few days - that way you are the group and can do what you like with no pressure.


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