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Elugino from Fayetteville NC | Scuba Diver
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I am Gino, diving since 1987. I am about five years away from retirirng from the military (ARMY) , The Army just sent me to Fayetteville NC ( Fort Bragg) . I was born and raised in Puerto Rico (PR), love my island and I ’ve dove there many times. I am from the West Side of PR so I know many diving areas, dive shops ect. there. If there is anyone interested on Puerto Rico diving please dont hesitate to ask me any questions about Scuba Diving in Puerto Rico. If I do not know the awser be sure I can get to someone that knows it...

Remember US Citizens do not need a Passport to Travel to PR - We are a US Territory....

Thanks!

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ginovega - 10/02/2017 1:45 PM
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ginovega - 9/21/2017 12:19 PM
Please!!! Please!!! Pray for my beautiful Puerto Rico!!! It is destroyed!!! Have zero comms w my family in the West side of the island since Wed AM....

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Frankenfish - 5/27/2017 1:07 PM
Looking to book my first dive trip and I’m thinking PR would be a great place. Any advice you can pass on would be welcome.

Thanks
Thomas

SSgt Green Retired USMC
ginovega - 5/27/2017 1:21 PM
Send me an email to ginovega@yahoo.com and I will provide you lots of info about Diving in Puerto Rico, by the way I am heading there Jun 29...
ginovega - 10/03/2013 5:09 AM
To All my Dive Buddy friends out there, I am very please
to announce that I have been selected for promotion to Lieutenant
Colonel in The US ARMY ..Thanks to my wife Migue, My Children Bilito,
Xavier, Emanuel and Carina, My Dad (Elugino Sr.) and my sisters ( Nelida Vega
y Maria) and all the Officers, NCO’s , Soldiers and friends that have
contributed in the achievement of the great goal in my 14+ years in the
US Army...
tardmaster - 10/03/2013 6:49 AM
Congraqts to you and also thank you for serving our country !!!!!
badintexas - 10/03/2013 9:00 AM
That’s super! Congrats Gino! Thank you for all that you do!
ginovega - 10/03/2013 9:05 AM
Thank you!!!
Greg - 10/03/2013 10:01 AM
Congratulations!
junito - 5/02/2013 4:47 PM
I grew up in the north part of Puerto Rico In a town called Vega Baja we have a marina there but no dive shops near by i always wonder and think of hunting for dive spots in the area to later on move back and start a dive charter there, i know for facts people dive in my town but mostly beach dives no dive shops close by so tanks had to be rented elsewere, maybe this will become a reality in due time....
ginovega - 3/17/2013 4:39 PM
The diving in PR is in its infants stages...you could survive if you can put all pieces toguether... a pkace to stay, boat, location and the worst dealing w the buoucracy there. If you are serious about it, i can set up a time and give u a call w my perspective. Currently I am trying to promote diving in PR and get to that full time when I retired from the military in 7 years...
Greg - 3/17/2013 3:09 PM
Thank you for helping with questions about PR. My wife and I have joked about wanting to move there, but the more we joke about it, the more actually want to do it. Think a husband and wife team can survive there with a diver hostel and scuba charter? Or are there too many people doing that already?
ScubaDreaminn - 3/18/2013 6:44 AM
I will agree with Gino on the infant stage of diving in PR. While we were there out diving, we didnt see another dive boat as far as the eyes could see. The wife and I are actively researching and looking at moving there. However I will say that soley relying on a Dive operation to sustain your family and lway of life will be challenging. Unlike WPB where the locals help sustain local dive charters, PR is more soley based on destination and tourism diving as a source of income. Knowing spanish is muy importante for ease of transition..:)
ginovega - 3/19/2013 6:01 AM
Greg, what I meant was that PR is in the infant stages in regard to Diving Tourism...There are many operators around the island, as I’ve posted in my replies, however most of them are tailor for local divers and go out on weekends only or when they have enough divers to go out. There is no Diving Resorts in PR and the PR Department of Tourism does a poor job promoting and assisting diving operators in the Island.
ginovega - 3/19/2013 6:02 AM
I am trying to change that and I have already contacted the rep from the PR Dept of Tourism here in Georgia for support and she is willing to help, however, is matter of navigating thru their Government bureaucracy that delays everything...I have been talking w several operators in the island and most of them are willing to assist the effort. Will see where this takes us...PR is virgin territory in Diving Tourism if we compare it w USVI, BVI, Bonaire, Cozumel and Rotan etc however the potential is there and the diving sites are there also, is matter of taking the people there. Mike is one of the first I’ve assisted and he and his wife are hooked...we need more divers to go to PR and see w their own eyes what’s available there. Let me know if you are interested on taking a trip down there and I can provide you contacts, suggestions and guidance. Thanks.. Gino
ScubaDreaminn - 3/19/2013 7:57 AM
You are doing a great Job Gino...:) From my perspective, PR has all the diving technology they need for any kind of diving, they have the dive sites and they have the shops/charters. However what is lacking is Gino to tie it all together for those tourists that don’t want to or don’t have the means to figure it all out for themselves. My wife and I like to take the road that is less traveled and see where that takes us, however some people are not as adventurous and need a package deal of sorts. Such as, you will be staying here, diving here, eating here etc.. not saying that is wrong, but many people find comfort in the KNOWN. I suppose it boils down to the dive community in PR with good communication and working together as a whole to support industry in PR. How cool would it be to have a menu of drop down boxes of places that you want to dive with all the related necessities for that particular area. For Example, I click on I want to dive Aquadilla then all the other fields become updated with the Diver Friendly business, such as, dive shops, charters, dive sites, accommodations, restaurants etc.. Just a thought...:)
ginovega - 3/22/2013 11:11 AM
Mike you are absoulute right and that is the final goal...hopefully we can everything toguether. My goal is to have this prior my retirement from the Army. Hope we can doing toguther. We can start here in Dive Buddy and make it the premier information source for diving in PR and have a goal to star twith one location ie. Playa Santa, Guanica and post all that information etc. What do you think Gregg? Is that doable?
Greg - 3/22/2013 11:40 AM
Its absolutely doable. We have the divesite section already. And dive shops, charters and resorts can create free profiles. Our Scuba Earth page was developed with the same idea to group everything together so info is easy to find. Its now only a matter of dive shops, resorts and charters to join DiveBuddy for free and so they show up on Scuba Earth.
LatitudeAdjustment - 7/09/2013 12:26 PM
" PR Department of Tourism does a poor job promoting and assisting diving operators in the Island." They were at BTS promoting tourisum but most of the staff are not divers. I liked the swagg they gave out, a passport holder! Almost as cool as Aruba’s ice scraper :)
ginovega - 7/09/2013 12:46 PM
LatitudeAdjustment: You are absolutly right!!! I wont called poor!!!! I will called it embarassing!!!! I am trying to change that!!! I am partnering with the local Atlanta PR Tourism Rep to assist them in the Charlotte Show in Oct ’13..and also for the DEMA Show in Orlando in Nov ’13... Hope to see you all there!!!!
ginovega - 2/04/2013 11:39 AM
I made a 100% on the following quiz:
Scuba Diving Quiz - Just the Basics Part 1