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diving as a seasonal activity
Gaucho223 - 9/02/2014 4:46 AM
Category: New Diver Q&A
Replies: 13

Is diving considered a seasonal activity? I’ve never considered a dive opportunity to be seasonal but I guess it depends on if your prepared, equipment, etc. But in general do you approach diving as a seasonal activity?
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LatitudeAdjustment - 9/02/2014 6:35 AM
That would depend on where you live and if you are a traveling diver as well. I dive local during the summer and into the fall, I did an ice dive once and once was cold enough!

Most of my diving is on travel and most people don’t go the Caribbean during the summer (hurricane season) except for special stuff like the whalesharks off Holbox, Mx. or Goliaths off WPB

Fall thru spring I want to get away from the cold here and travel to the Caribbean or Pacific so yes most of my diving is seasonal.

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Gaucho223 - 9/02/2014 7:05 AM
Thanks for the insight. I appreciate the approach you’ve taken with diving. You’ve figure how to incorporate it into your life-style and is a real plus!

Come to think of it, I’ve never seen a Goliath up close and personal. Maybe that’s an encounter for another day and time....maybe less so on the face to face, up close and personal part of the encounter.

Thanks again.
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Eric_R - 9/02/2014 9:27 AM
My diving is seasonal because I have kids in school and because I also enjoy other sports as well. Hunting becomes my primary focus in the fall. Winter gives me a chance to ice fish and snowmobile. I also use the winter to brew some beers and make jerky, salami and other tasty venison based treats. My local dive shop has seminars during the winter to keep divers coming together and to further their knowledge.
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FtMyersTom - 9/02/2014 10:59 AM
It’s always diving season for me, I live in SW Florida. The gulf does get too cold, I don’t like cold water or
cold weather. 72 deg water is about as low as I will go. Then I have 2 options, head south to the keys or
head to RSW (South West Florida International) that’s 15 mins from my home. Then it’s on to the Bahamas, Caribbean or where ever the water is 80 or above :)
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Gaucho223 - 9/02/2014 11:09 AM
I like where this thread is going. My sense is that divers who continue and explore new aspects of diving have found system to make it part of their life style and/or attach to local efforts during times when other activities take precedence. Also I see how balancing diving with other efforts keeps the enjoyment going during say the winter time. I will incorporate your guidance into my instructor regime.
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FtMyersTom - 9/02/2014 11:59 AM
From Gaucho223: My sense is that divers who continue and explore new aspects of diving have found system to make it part of their life style

I moved to SW Florida from Ohio for a variety of reasons. Foremost is no snow!

But a close 2nd is I am retired and moved to where I could dive year round without
much travel. I can be in Key Largo in 3hrs or like I said RSW in 15mins. Plane fare
is much cheaper from here than Ohio to my favorite islands for diving. All aspects
of my life now has diving incorporated. This was all part of the relocation plan.

One thing is for sure, you wouldn’t see me cut a hole in the ice on an Ohio lake and jump in!
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HillCountryDiver - 9/23/2014 12:41 PM
Diving is a year round activity for me. All that changes is the thickness of the wetsuit and the type of backplate I’m using. I particularly like diving during the winter because the boats and jet skiers are are much more scarce. I
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HillCountryDiver - 9/23/2014 12:43 PM
Diving is a year round activity for me. All that changes is the thickness of the wetsuit and the type of backplate I’m using. I particularly like diving during the winter because the boats and jet skiers are are much more scarce.
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MDW - 11/12/2014 6:51 PM
Yes, it is a seasonal activity. Here in PA, that season goes from April to February in the quarry and about April to December in the ocean. Then ther’s the travel dive season that covers the other couple months.
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Mako13 - 12/29/2014 12:26 PM
It’s year round here in the Pacific northwest, vis is defiantly better in the winter months. but my buddies and I dive whenever we can
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MDW - 1/24/2015 8:44 PM
Yes, it is seasonal. There’s Summer dive season that goes from April to November, and Winter dive season that goes from December through March. Sometimes the Winter dive season runsl long, causing the Summer dive season to start late.
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Juslokkinrnd - 5/08/2015 6:27 PM
I’m fairly new to the sport, but have found diving the springs can be enjoyable. So when the gulf gets to cold
I will be adding a layer and headed to Gennie Springs.