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    We would love to interact with you all and have you post your experiences, questions, pictures or videos about your Scuba experience in Jamaica and at Couples Resorts.
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    Looking forward to diving at CSA in two weeks! I dove at Negril during our engagement trip last May and it was great. Awesome boat, clear smooth water, and a short ride to the dive sites.

    My fiance took the begining scuba class and really enjoyed it. It helped to get her over here initial fears of being underwater. Since that trip she has gotten her Closed Water certification in town, and will be completing the Open Water Referral at Couples. We're planning to use some of our resort credits to night dive together!

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    Looking forward to diving at CSA in two weeks! I dove at Negril during our engagement trip last May and it was great. Awesome boat, clear smooth water, and a short ride to the dive sites.

    My fiance took the begining scuba class and really enjoyed it. It helped to get her over here initial fears of being underwater. Since that trip she has gotten her Closed Water certification in town, and will be completing the Open Water Referral at Couples. We're planning to use some of our resort credits to night dive together!
    I was diving can early may

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    My husband and I did both our OW and AOW certifications at Couples after trying out the resort dive. We were both immediately hooked!
    Jamie & David
    CN 11/2005 & 10/2008 & 11/2011
    CSS 9/2007, 9/2009, 9/2010, 11/2011, 9/2012, 9/2013
    CTI 9/2013, 11/2015, 11/2017

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    Just wondering if either of you had done any scuba diving before you got certified at Couples?
    My husband and I are really excited to try - how much does it cost? And it's a 4 hour land course thru the resort right?
    Thanks for your help; looking forward to being in paradise in a few sleeps!
    r.

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    I can relate my experience. On my first trip to CSA, I did the "resort" course with the free dive. We started around 8:30 in the morning (I think), did the swim test, the video, and the pool work, and were done before 11:00 (again, to the best of my recollection). We then had a short wait and went out for our dive; I think we were back on the beach by 12:30 or so. (Others who have done this more recently may be able to offer a more accurate time frame.)

    On my next trip, I again planned to do only the resort course with a free dive, but after talking with the Dive Crew at CSA, decided to take the plunge and get certified. So when my "certification" formally began, I had done one resort course dive a year earlier and was just getting ready to do another resort dive. That dive ended up being my first certification dive. I think we then did about two hours in the pool on that day, and two hours in the pool the next day. I can't remember now whether we did a second actual dive on day 1, or whether we did three dives on day 2, but I know that at the end of the second full day, I was certified. In the afternoons both days, I sat on the beach/patio reading the book and taking the various written tests.

    Had I to do it all over again, I would do two things differently. First, I would not wait until late in the trip to make the decision, because I think it would been nicer to spread the certification over three days, rather than two. Second, I would do the book work before getting to CSA, so I didn't feel like I had to do "homework" on the beach. Admittedly, it wasn't all that bad, but it requires a bit of focus, and a steady stream of blended drinks would not have helped, so I watched others having fun drinking away the afternoon while I was studying. (I can't remember exactly how long this took, but it was several [maybe 3-4?] hours each day.)

    I do think it's a bit more expensive to split the work up. Unless prices have changed, I think CSA charged $365 for a full Open Water certification, or $250 if you had done the book work ahead of time. I just checked, and to do the "e-learning" course from PADI (all of which you can do on-line) costs $169. Still, if my numbers are correct, the extra $54 would have been well worth it to me. (And when we went on our next trip the following year, that is exactly what my wife did. She did the PADI on-line course before we got there, and completed the certification at CSA.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by calgontakemeaway View Post
    My husband and I did both our OW and AOW certifications at Couples after trying out the resort dive. We were both immediately hooked!
    how to get it...can you explain me...i need one

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    Well its a long time coming! The interaction with fellow divers is something that has been missed since the losing of the CSA FB dive page. It is a welcome addition and look forward to hearing from all of our divers about their expierences and adventures! Thank you Michelle! Scuba Steve Soon Come Back

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    I was OW certified but ended up getting AOW certified at CN last summer. Could not resist going deep with water that warm and clear. Here is a link to a video I made during that trip.

    Note that it may not play on a mobile device but will on a computer due to copyright rules of the music.


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    A quick 10 minute video of a drift dive with the dive team at Couples Negril in July 2013. That trip was our first real diving after getting certified in the Chicago area before going, and the dive team was very helpful and made us much more comfortable each dive we did.

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    Next Trip ???

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    We have logged over 100 dives at Couples, and have enjoyed each and everyone of them! We haven't been home in a few years, but are returning this October. I see that CSA is offering Nitrox, so we were considering using this as our excuse to get our nitrox certs. Has anyone done any nitrox diving at Couples, and if so, is it worth it? As we remember it, all group dives end when the first person gets to 1,000 psi, so the extended bottom time that nitrox affords you would probably never come into play. Also, on our last trip we loved the dive lockers at CSA. It was so great no hauling everything back and forth and our housekeeper had to love it too. I haven't seen any photos of the CTI dive shop since the resort remodel. Do they have dive lockers for rent now too? Thanks and happy bubbles!

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    I have used the Nitrox at CSA a number of times, and you will find that if you use it twice daily, you will feel refreshed and not overly tired at the end of the day. For what little it costs for Nitrox, I would recommend using it. Unfortunately not all divers that go out are Nitrox certified and when the first diver comes up, all come up. I was looking at my log book today and I have almost doubled my length that I can stay at depth. I had a dive in Mexico about 3 weeks ago with another very qualified diver and we had a 61 minute dive at 60'. He ran out before me, I still had 1100 when back on the boat. This was on air and not Nitrox. It was also on a drift dive, so not much kicking required. I am going back to CTI in August and hpoefully they will have Nitrox there, they did not last year.

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    JennieD. I'm just back from 2weeks at CSA where I completed both nitrox and rescue. The great team at CSA works with you regarding the length of the dives. Often they will take 2 dive masters on the dives therefore allowing some of the more experienced divers to stay longer. The dive team and I logged a few 60 minute plus dives. Nice on the bottom! Anthony and his team are awesome and do everything to make sure everyone's has a great experience. Don't hesitate to do any upgrading there! Scuba Steve Soon come back

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    We are loving all the pictures and videos... Please keep sharing
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    Do they have weights and weight belts or do you need to bring your own?
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    Couples has all the gear. If you have some of your own equip. go ahead and bring it. It's always nice to use your own mask and fins. I bring my stuff, but a lot of people don't. Have never heard a complaint on the resorts equip.

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    All Couples Resorts supply everything needed for scuba. Masks, fins, weights and belts, bcd's, regs, and for all their special guests even air! Enjoy. Bring a smile. Wet suits are available for rental if you need one. Water tempature hovers between 78 and 82!

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    "Even air" awesome!

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    Enjoy this awesome video that was shared with us by Repeat guest Grant Parfery from a recent dive at Couples Sans Souci

    Michelle Gordon
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    I miss Franz!! Oh, and Glenroy also. Those guys really had a way of "showing", Swept away. Not sure what the other issues might have been, but those guys were great!

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    We've done over 4 dozen dives at CN, and the guys in the shop have become good friends, a few of which I communicate with on a weekly or monthly basis. On our last trip, I shot tons of GoPro video, and this is one of my faves: Hawksbill Turtle - Night Dive - Hidden Paradise R…: http://youtu.be/eM0MKgDBV0I
    "Brutalize me with music..."

    CN: 11/2007, 11/2010, 11/2011, 11/2013, 11/2015, 11/2016, 11/2017, 11/2018

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    I have dived and logged over 60 dives at both CSA and CTI and have nothing to but good to say about the dive staff at both locations. There was some talk about 6-8 months ago about Couples Resorts having a Lionfish Contest for the divers that would like to Spear and take out this Invasive Species. While they are beautiful to look at and also very good to eat, they are helping to eradicate the native fish and anything else that they can get into their mouths. NO OTHER SPECIES OF FISH ALLOWED TO BE TAKEN. I made a suggestion that the contest take place during a calendar year for all the Couples Resorts, but the winner be determined by the number of fish taken by a guest during any 5 days of their stay. This would make the contest open to all instead of picking dates throughout the year. I would also recommend that only pole spears be used, no spearguns allowed for safety reasons. I would hope that someone from Couples would see this post and follow up on it. I know that not all divers spearfish and that taking Lionfish is a Dangerous sport, but this would be Couples Resorts taking the initiative to help eradicate the Lionfish from their waters. For those of you that have never tried Lionfish, try them at Feathers at CSA, they are wonderful. The fish taken from this contest could be dontated to Couples so that they could be offered on the menu at all the resorts. I go back to CTI for 10 days beginning 8/22 and can't wait to get back into the water to dive and to hunt. On my first trip 5 years ago the lionfish were out in the open and scared of nothing, on my last trip the fish have gotten smarter and you had to really hunt them by looking in the crevices and going deeper where they are now hiding. I know that this will not be popular with all divers and PETA(people eating tasty animals), but if a handle is not gotten on this species, at some point it will be rare to see any other fish that we are accustomed to seeing, other than the lionfish, and that will be a real shame.

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    How was your trip? How was the diving? Heading there in 4 weeks as Couples first timers (certified divers, tho). We're super excited. Your favorite dive spots?

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