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    Training classes on live aboaard trip?

    The wife and I are doing our first liveaboard on the Sun Dancer II out of Belize. We are only vacation divers and take 2 dive trips a year. We like to take a class each year just to keep learning. We both have aboout 75 dives and are both advanced and Nitrox certified.

    Are their any course you would recommend to take on our trip? We are looking for something that enhances our skills and not really a preference in getting certified in any particular subject. We had a free PADI Peak Performance class in Hondarus but it was pretty lame. We thought about photography but we use a Go-Pro and I feel that is more editing footage after than actual shooting skills with that type camera/video setup.

    Any suggestions? I am beginning to feel like the PAD courses outside of advanced are not really worth the cost. It feels more like a poker run under water to see how many cards or hole punches you can get more so than learining anything.

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    Deep? Wreck? Eco?

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    Deep, Nav, RESCUE!
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    Thanks for the recommendation. What is ECO?

    Quote Originally Posted by navyhmc View Post
    Deep? Wreck? Eco?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PACKRMAN View Post
    Deep, Nav, RESCUE!
    Thanks Pacman. I didn't realize Nav was it's own course. We can both use that.

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    You are going to love the Sun Dancer. I would do that trip again in a heartbeat. If your lucky both Captain Eddie and Captain Megan will be aboard. You will not meet two better people anywhere. I think John is still the dive guide, just remember he only acts grumpy. He has a heart of gold! Watch out for Rosie, if she catches you in the salon with wet shorts she will drop the hammer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkh6070 View Post
    Thanks for the recommendation. What is ECO?
    Aware diver - sorry, I just couldn't think of AWARE when I was typing. Totally agree with Packrman's list

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    Deep, Wreck(if there are wreck to do it on), nav.

    I would talk to the staff/instructors. Get a feel for what kind of diving they enjoy and if you think they would be good instructors. Really your experience will really depend on your instructor so I would talk to them first if possible.

    I would stay away from rescue on a live aboard. Great class but lots of non diving stuff that I wouldn't want to waste time doing while on vacation.

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    Thanks Comet. Not sure about wrecks on Belize Sun Dancer II. They don't really advertise any.

    Quote Originally Posted by comet24 View Post
    Deep, Wreck(if there are wreck to do it on), nav.

    I would talk to the staff/instructors. Get a feel for what kind of diving they enjoy and if you think they would be good instructors. Really your experience will really depend on your instructor so I would talk to them first if possible.

    I would stay away from rescue on a live aboard. Great class but lots of non diving stuff that I wouldn't want to waste time doing while on vacation.

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    Thanks for all the advice everyone. I am ready and excited about this trip. Sorry for the delay in acknowledging. I was traveling and my work laptop blocks scubatoys because it is a shopping site.

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