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Old 05-05-2008, 02:20 PM   #11
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Though it's been awhile, yes. My Dad was a NAUI instructor for 40 years and we used to live on an island - we got our time in! It's the most awesome experience. I'm always the first one in and the last one out. Being the first one in you get to see everything before it's startled and swims off. It's the most serene thing I've ever done....sharks and all. The most dangerous thing I ever encountered on a dive was my ex husband
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Old 05-05-2008, 02:22 PM   #12
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Are you a member of the DC/MD/VA SCUBA Meetup Group? Great group of people...
No, I had no idea there was even a group, having just moved to NOVA.

Had never really though of lake diving, cool. For the first time, in 30 years, I am NOT on/near a beach...I really feel like a fish out of water...not to mention, my "beach bum" lifestyle does NOT seem to fit in around here, lol.

Thanks for the info, I will look into it.
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Old 05-05-2008, 02:34 PM   #13
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TATTRAT, Lake Rawlings is great - visit their website and take a look. They have a nice camping area, and it's definitely close enough for a nice weekend diving trip. There are actually quite a few dive spots around NOVA, and Virginia Beach and the Carolinas are close enough for 3-day weekend diving trips. Don't be discouraged - lots of opportunity here!
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Old 05-05-2008, 02:48 PM   #14
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TATTRAT, Lake Rawlings is great - visit their website and take a look. They have a nice camping area, and it's definitely close enough for a nice weekend diving trip. There are actually quite a few dive spots around NOVA, and Virginia Beach and the Carolinas are close enough for 3-day weekend diving trips. Don't be discouraged - lots of opportunity here!
I didn't know anyone went scuba diving in Va Beach except the Navy SEALs What is there to see down there? It's not tropical.
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I didn't know anyone went scuba diving in Va Beach except the Navy SEALs What is there to see down there? It's not tropical.

Actually, there is a tower, I think like 7 miles out, that you can dive/spearfish on. It isn't too bad so long as there are no storms stirring things up.

I know about the OBX diving too, even some old WWII ships and such I have heard.
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There are a lot of wrecks off the east coast, not so much Virginia Beach (although diving is still decent there), mainly the Carolinas.
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Wow, you opened an old wound.

I started practicing and learning as a kid, and by mid teens started to dive in the open sea, Black Sea, that is. I spent part of the summers with an archeological team for 3 years in the row since I was 16, thank G-d there were no rules and regulations those days. And then when I come back from military for another 3 years, And then I got married (if you could call that marriage). I have not had an opportunity to do it here, I mean in the States, since I moved here. Itís been at least 25 years (wow) since my last dive. But it is like addiction, you may have stopped doing it, whatever it could have been, but for the rest of your life you still want to go back.
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