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#0 "Unbelievable" BELIZE Liveaboard Apr 20-27, 2024 - How to use our forums to manage your trip

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Posted 07 May 2023 - 05:29 AM

Forums Menu: Orientation 2021-2025 Trips Topic Listing
Trip Topic Menu: Trip Details Trip FAQ Ask a Question Who's Going??? Book Now   See the PHOTOS!


:welcome:  Here is how you use these forums to learn about this trip or ask questions.  It's really quite simple!!!     :dance:     :dance:


Each trip has its own subforum for the trip to keep everything organized. You open the forum when you click on the name of the trip if in the forums or the Details Link if on the homepage trip table. You will notice a bunch of links at this level.  These links are called topics.  The main topics have numbers and a label that describes what information they contain. Open the relevant topic and either read the information or post your comment at the bottom of the topic.  We have learned over the years that dividing things up over multiple topic and directing where people can post solves lots of problems for everyone.  Here is how each of the main topics work. 


Everything we know about this trip is here.  All the prices, rules, and policies, are listed here. Think of the information here as the agreement you are signing up to if you go on this trip. It is occasionally updated when members ask questions we did not answer up front.  You can find instructions about how to book your trip here also.  Only staff can post here.
#2  TRIP FAQ & Answers to Member Questions
This is a one stop shop for all the answers to the questions in QUESTIONS QUESTIONS QUESTIONS topic. Only staff can post here.
#3 QUESTIONS QUESTIONS QUESTIONS... Ask Away Inside this Topic!
Please ask specific questions not answered in #1 Trip Details here. These questions should have a very specific and well defined answers.  We will monitor this topic but the answers will be given in topic #2. If we don't understand the question then we may ask for clarification here so check back here until the question is acknowledged in topic #2.  Other members may answer your question before we do.  Then we will move their answer to the topic #2 if it is correct but unless you see it in topic #2 don't consider it a correct answer. Contact us at trips@singledivers.com     :helpsmily:  if your question is not acknowledged in topic #2 to topic in a few days.
Good Questions for This Topic:
1) Does the resort provide 110volts?
2) Does the resort provide hair dryers?
3) Does the dive operator provide dive lockers or do we shlep our gear back to the room everyday like miserable, soggy sherpas?
4) Does the boat also have specific forms?
5) How do I upload my itinerary on an iPad?
Bad Questions for This Topic:
1) I can buy a ticket on Liat for $50 less than Seaborne, should I take it?  This question is unique to you and not about the resort, dive operator, or our service.  BTW the answer is NO, Liat is never worth it unless you don't have another choice. 
2) I want to see Caribbean Penguins on this trip.  What part of the island is best for this?  This question is about tours or nondiving activities and not about the resort, dive operator, or our service.  (The answer is THE BAR, and I will be happy join you in your search AFTER the days dives are over!!!     :P  ) 
#4 Who's Going, Who's Doing What, Extras, & Tours
This is a general discussion area for members to coordinate their trip with each other and us.  Anything posted here will be answered here and staff does not necessarily answer these questions. This is where you can meet your fellow divers and plan some awesome adventures. We also tabulate everyone's data here so that you coordinate with each other just a little bit better.
Good Questions for This Topic:
1) I can buy a ticket on Liat for $50 less than Seaborne should I take it?  This question is unique to you and you are asking the group to help you find your answer.  We are nice and friendly here please help your fellow travelers and discuss away.
2) I want to see Caribbean Penguins on this trip.  What part of the island is best for this?  This question is about tours and it would be great for members to help you find the elusive Caribbean Penguin.  You never know, another member may be a bird watcher also.  Make some friends and let your fellow divers know who you in this forum
3) Who arrives Oct 10th, I get in early and I want to see the island?  Again, this is planning and not a question about the resort or the dive operator so it is perfect for this topic.  
You can not post in topics that have locks next to them.  They are read only so the information in them can be easily found by all members without hunting through multiple pages of posts.  
You will notice a bunch of buttons at the top of each topic.  These buttons allow you to navigate between topics, contact us, or even book the trip.  
Occasionally other topics specific to a particular trip may be available as well.  Feel free to post in them if the topic is appropriate to you.
#5 Seeing is Believing
Photos of the resort and diving.
Booking and Documents
You can click the green "Book Now" button in the navigation buttons at the top of each post to book the trip.  This button will direct you to the Booking page. Please note that any discounts offered will have to be applied at the time of booking.  The discounts can be found in the "Trip Details" topic.  After booking, you will directed to "My Trips" area where you can complete your documents.  You can always navigate back to "My Trips" either from the forums by clicking the blue "My Trips" button at the top of the forums 


OR from the home page by clicking the "My Trips" link under the "Trips" menu item but you must be logged in to the booking system to see it


The Trip PM (please read)
We use a device called a PM, or private message, to disseminate information about the trip that we feel is too sensitive to post in the public domain or is irrelevant to members not on the trip.  This may include travel details, hotel bookings, or even last minute changes to docks and such.  Shortly after you book the trip you will be added to the "Trip PM" and will be welcomed to the trip by email confirmation of your addition to the "Trip PM." 
Each post we make to the "Trip PM" will generate an email to each person on the trip so we ask that you PLEASE DO NOT REPLY TO THIS PM DIRECTLY VIA THE LINK IN THE EMAIL (I know it says to do it but when you do you SPAM EVERYONE so just reply to the EMAIL and it will remain private).  When everyone replies to the "Trip PM" it becomes quite annoying and people stop monitoring the PM's.  Just remember, if you are stranded at the airport then it may be because you did not read the PM. You will know its an OFFICIAL REPLY when it says... WreckWench has replied to a personal conversation. (It may also say dive_sail_etc, Cajun Diver, mom2hrw or other admin so please just open them all but especially any from WRECKWENCH.
You can check your PM's by logging into the SD forums here and looking in the upper right for an envelope next to your name.  it will look something like this


If the envelope has a red number on it then you have an unread PM. Click the icon to go to your PM manager.  You can also PM staff or even other Premier Members if you wish to talk with them privately.  NOTE: All responses inside the group Trip PM will generate an email to everyone on the PM list.  This is similar to Facebook messages.
A Note About Privacy
We take privacy seriously here and do not wish to alert the world that you will not be home when you go on one of our trips.  To this end, we use screen names to refer to people on the public side of the site.  We may divulge first names but never last names.  If you would prefer that we not list you as not going at all then just let us know in the comment section at signup and we will be glad to oblige your request.
That is about it.  Feel free to post here with any questions about how to navigate these forums and we hope to see you on this trip.
  •  TRIP PM:


The "trip pm" is the private message dedicated to the trip that we use to keep all updates about the trip conveniently located in one place that date and timestamps all replies regardless of who makes them. Because every reply ALSO sends a courtesy email to every participant in the message ie. everyone on the trip... we ask that you NOT reply directly to the message and inadvertently spam everyone but rather use the link provided to give us feedback when requested OR simply email trips@singledivers.com or you can use our #3 topic which is dedicated to "questions on the trip".


The PM's and the TRIP PM are located in our forums. To access the forums please follow the steps below entitled HOW TO ACCESS THE SINGLEDIVERS.COM FORUMS and PM SYSTEM

Once you are in our forums and you log in...you then enter the private messaging or PM system. Other platforms call this DM's or Emails or Messages.  The directions below show you how to enter the PM system and see your inbox and then access the specific PM for this trip aka THE TRIP PM.

I hope that makes sense. I'm going to set up a simple FAQ about terminology and different things you need to do to more easily manage your trip. I hope this helped! Please feel free to advise other aspects I should add. I know its different if you've never used forums but 20 years ago that was the only technology available and they still exist today but it seems more and more people do not know how to use them or do not know the easier in's and outs. Thank you again and let me know if anything else is confusing. Kamala



  1. singledivers.com
  2. forums
  3. take me to the surface interval forums
  4. NOW LOG INTO THE FORUMS in the upper right corner
  5. after logging in you'll see a letter or envelop icon which will be either grey or will have a number in it.  (The number means the number of unread pm's in your inbox)
  6. click on the envelope/letter icon to be taken to your PM inbox
  7. then click on the PM named OFFICIAL FEB CZM COZUMEL TRIP
  8. scroll thru the messages (called posts) using the big red headlines to help you know what material is where.

PRO TIP: The oldest posts are first and the newest posts last in reverse date order. There are small little numbers to represent the page number so you can more easily navigate to the end or back to the beginning.




Hey gang... first off congrats on doing such a great job of figuring out old and new technology and precisely how we tried to marry it up at SingleDivers.com!!!  For our new members... we started out as Forums which were originally message boards well before MySpace and Facebook ever existed. Then we added the full blown homepage and booking system on top of the forums. The homepage functions as you would expect any homepage to function and the booking system aka shopping cart is the ONLY booking system for dive trips in the world. Sure a few allow you to pay for a deposit or maybe the whole trip but none give you the option for progress payments, nor let you do your forms online nor give you a discount for paying with a check/cash. Our legacy forums allow us to have public discussions and replies keeping each subject inside of its own digital filing cabinet such as trip related topics and diving related and training related etc. Then inside of each main category we can keep topics organized by specific trips or all of last year's trips etc. The forums also allow us to send and receive private messages aka PM's that can not be seen by others UNLESS they are part of the PM's unique conversation. In other words we add everyone to the TRIP PM so you see all the replies that I and other make but you don't see the dozens of pm's I send and receive everyday from others.


So just a little reminder...when you reply to the official trip pm as we call it and label it for each trip we run...your reply will be visible to EVERY person on the list of recipients that you will see in the upper left corner when LOGGED Into the SingleDivers.com forums and in your PM INBOX.  You will ALSO get a courtesy copy of each new message contents (stripped of any attachments) in your email inbox. Some email clients also strip out all the formatting making them hard to read. BUT you can log into the forums and read them with all the formatting AND with a timeline of when every message was sent all grouped together so you can be sure you've read them all.




If you are new to the club :welcome: and like any group or organization we realize we use some slang and jargon. So much so that we created our own GLOSSARY of terms HERE. Let us know if we missed any we need to define via trips@singledivers.com  :thankyou:




Then feel free to check out our FAQ for commonly asked questions HERE and/or how to address common issues. This is still fairly new so we know we need more info in here so please feel free to ask away if you see something missing! :thankyou:  (Especially our existing members who know the ropes!) :respect:  Simply email trips@singledivers.com and we'll develop FAQ's for the subjects you request.


Q. How does the email show up in my inbox?

A.  If you have a good email onfile with SingleDivers.com via your member profile everytime someone posts in a PM addressed to you, you will get an email entitled WreckWench has replied toa personal conversation. Or dive_sail_etc has relied to a personal conversation. Sadly we can not control what the title is but if its from WreckWench or dive_sail_etc then you NEED TO READ IT. If it is from another member on the trip then its optional if you choose to read it.


Q. How do I prevent my replies from going to everyone on the trip? I only want to communicate to the SD staff or team members?

A.  This is easy...do not reply to the trip PM directly VIA THE EMBEDDED LINK AT THE BOTTOM OF EVERY MESSAGE YOU GET VIA EMAIL AS IT POSTS INTO THE ORIGINAL TOPIC AKA THE TRIP PM as this sends your reply to everyone on the trip. Instead email trips@singledivers.com or kamala@singledivers.com. 


Q.  Can't I just hit 'reply' to the email that arrives in my inbox?

A.  Yes.  We now have directed this email to trips@singledivers.com and a copy goes to kamala@singledivers.com where our trip helpers will get your reply directly and reply back directly and timely to you. BUT PLEASE CHANGE THE TOPIC SO WE DO NOT GET THE SAME EMAIL TOPIC 20 times!


Q.  How do I know when to use trips@singledivers.com or kamala@singledivers.com or even admin@singledivers.com?

A.  When your info or question is general, or you are sending info to us ie. forms etc. then use trips@singledivers.com. If it is personal or a unique question then send to kamala@singledivers.com and if it is technical in nature or related to problems with the site...then use admin@singledivers.com.

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