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FLORIDA Dive of the Month: February 24-26, 2006


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#1 nextariel

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 07:36 PM

SD'S FLORIDA DIVE OF THE MONTH - FEBRUARY 2006

FRIDAY 02/24/06 - SUNDAY 02/26/06

MEET AND GREET FRIDAY NIGHT -- HAPPY HOUR ON SATURDAY NIGHT Click here for all the Happy Hour Details!

WHERE:

Crystal River, Rainbow River and Homosassa Springs

WHAT:
Diving/Snorkeling with American Pro Diving Center and lots of SD FUN!

COST:
Premier Members and above = $100 for ALL trips (includes taxes)
Standard Members = $115 for ALL trips (includes taxes)
Premier Members and above = $52 for Sunday ONLY (includes taxes)
Standard Members = $60 for Sunday ONLY (includes taxes)

Rooms will be handled by individuals see below for hotel options.
All Diving Fees are to be paid to SingleDivers.com.

WHO:
1. Jill aka nextariel . . . Fri - Sun (pd)
2. Luann aka finley . . . Fri - Sun (inv & pd)
3. Jim aka jholley309 . . . Fri - Sun (inv & pd)
4. Sandy aka ScubaPunk . . . Fri - Sun (inv & pd)
5. Jerry aka fdnyjery . . . Fri - Sun (pd via paypal)
6. Norm aka normblitch . . . Sat HH and Sun
7. Phil aka OCBeachBum ....Fri-Sun (inv & pd))
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If the trip fills, we will try check to see if there is additional room on the boat.

OVERALL PLAN:
Friday:

Arrive at your leisure in Crystal River Area. Friday night Meet and Greet at Charlies Fish House and Seafood 224 NW US 19 Crystal River. I will make dinner reservations closer to the time when I know how many will be attending.

Saturday:
7:00 AM Check in at American Pro Diving Center, 821 SE Hwy 19 (Suncoast), Crystal River, FL, 34429
Get on their boat adjacent to Dive Shop, go to Crystal River for snorkel with the manatees and then your choice of a dive or snorkel on a DM lead cavern dive return to Dive Shop around 11:15. We will break for lunch and then go back to Dive Shop at 1:00 to watch video and then a drift dive in the Rainbow River. We will return to shop around 5:00 pm. Return to your room and get ready for Saturday night Happy Hour.
HAPPY HOUR/DINNER at Crackers Bar and Grill 502 NW US 19 Crystal River.

Sunday:
6:30 AM meet at American Pro Diving Center and follow DM in a vehicle to Sea grass Resort to board snorkel boat to Homosassa Springs with the manatees. You will place your order for breakfast while at the dock and when we return your HOT breakfast will be ready.

Included: all diving/snorkeling, Park Fee, and Sunday HOT breakfast $100 premier members or $115 all others.
Not Included: room, tanks, fills, transportation to and from dive sites, and gratuity.

All Diving Fees are to be paid to SingleDivers.com.

Please add 3% if paying via paypal or credit card.

If paying via paypal go to www.PayPal.com and send payment to kamala@singledivers.com Be sure to include your address, contact number and screen name in the details section.

If paying via check or money order, please send payment to:

Kamala Shadduck
SingleDivers.com
3957 Gaspar Ste#200
Dallas, TX 75220
214-350-7003
kamala@singledivers.com

If paying via credit card (Visa, MC, Diners) download the SD Credit Card Authorization Form, complete and fax to 214-350-2558. Email trips@singledivers.com for the credit card form.

Non Discounted SD Regular Price for these dive/snorkel trips:
Crystal River snorkel & dive tour $39.50 + tax
Rainbow River - Snorkel or Dive tour $29.50 + tax
Homosassa River Tour am 59.50 + tax
Park Fee - $3
Tax - $7.71
Total = $138.71 compared to $100 or $115 for SD members!*

*Note: On the original pricing I did not include the Park Fee and forgot to add the taxes MY BAD...

Tank Rental regular is $8, we will pay $5, fills $4.

ROOMS:
My suggestion at this point is:
Days Inn 2380 NW Hwy 19; 352-795-2111; north of the dive shop; has rooms with 2 double beds.
There is a Dennys next door.
***Bella Oasis, Best Western, Sea grass (2 bedrooms or larger) and Park Inn are all full for the weekend.***

Dive Sites: http://www.americanp...uided_Tours.asp
Lodging: http://www.americanp...nfo/Lodging.asp
Directions: http://www.americanp.../directions.asp
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Posted 13 January 2006 - 08:11 PM

I bet I can swing this....hope airfaire is reasonable.
who's leading this parade anyway?

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 08:19 PM

I'm in for all events! I've stayed at the Seagrass before; not exactly the lap of luxury, but it's roomy. Didn't go to the pub, but it sure smelled good.

Hey, can we bring non-SDer's? I've got a buddy that might be up for another round with AmPro.

Cheers!

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Posted 14 January 2006 - 12:40 PM

Oh, I wish I had known sooner. I dove with APD on Thursday and was in Crystal Springs. I would have checked things out had I known.

I did the two dives, Crystal and Rainbow and I had a great time. (See Trip Report)

Call ahead if you can and book captain Quinn. Just what the gang would need, a nut at the helm. (But a good guide)

Open water divers in particular will relish in this introduction to caverns, crystal clear waters and the Manatee's. They are such loveable one ton softies.

Have a great time. Sadly due to this past trip and Jamaica on the 21st I will have to pass. LOL

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#5 Starfish Sandy

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Posted 14 January 2006 - 06:17 PM

Jill - could you break it down some for me?? You KNOW my sense of direction...........where would one fly in to? :P
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Posted 14 January 2006 - 09:03 PM

Count me in. Is scuba an option on Sunday or do we have to snorkel?

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Posted 14 January 2006 - 10:28 PM

Count me in. I can swing on down the road.

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Posted 14 January 2006 - 11:34 PM

Count me in. Is scuba an option on Sunday or do we have to snorkel?



ahey Punk...
can we get together on travel arrangements...I don't even know where to fly into....or anything else...it will be my first SD trip...Im so excited :P
who's leading this parade anyway?

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Posted 14 January 2006 - 11:42 PM

Count me in. Is scuba an option on Sunday or do we have to snorkel?



ahey Punk...
can we get together on travel arrangements...I don't even know where to fly into....or anything else...it will be my first SD trip...Im so excited :P


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Posted 15 January 2006 - 02:59 AM

Sounds good. :cool1: A few questions. As asked before, can we bring a non-SD friend? Also can this non-diving friend do snorkeling, if so what cost? Do they have DIN tank or just yoke fittings? Also, do we need to make reservations for the villas directly or through you?

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Posted 16 January 2006 - 05:13 PM

Flying in - Tampa and Orlando are both about 1 1/2 hours from the area. So which ever airport has the best deals would be the one to select. :)

Maybe we can match those of you flying with some of the folks in the area attending.

Since you won't have tanks I can probably take 2 depending on how much luggage you have :birthday: and when you are coming/going.

As for non SD members - best answer have them join. I will leave that one for Kamala to answer, she is currently doing the Jan Florida Dive.

All the sites can be snorkeled for non divers at the same price.

Will get back to you on the DIN tanks - American Pro Diving had all 8 boats full for the holiday weekend, so asked for no calls until Tuesday.

As for rooms - we will get better rates if all rooms are placed through SD. We have not confirmed we will be using Seagrass at this time. We wanted to see how many SD'ers were interested.

I'm very excited to see the number of out of staters coming for this weekend. Good to meet more SD'ers!
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Posted 16 January 2006 - 07:17 PM

Continental into Tampa -from Houston-Leaving Fri afternoon and returning Sunday night-$ 198--Im just not sure of what I will do when I get there :)
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Posted 16 January 2006 - 07:23 PM

Continental into Tampa -from Houston-Leaving Fri afternoon and returning Sunday night-$ 198--Im just not sure of what I will do when I get there :)


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Posted 16 January 2006 - 09:22 PM

Continental into Tampa -from Houston-Leaving Fri afternoon and returning Sunday night-$ 198--Im just not sure of what I will do when I get there :lmao:


I can pick you up on the way through.

works for me I am planning on the early afternoon flight...let me book it and I wil PM you....YOURE THE GREATEST :unsure:
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Posted 17 January 2006 - 12:34 PM

Flying in - Tampa and Orlando are both about 1 1/2 hours from the area. So which ever airport has the best deals would be the one to select. :lmao:

Maybe we can match those of you flying with some of the folks in the area attending.

Since you won't have tanks I can probably take 2 depending on how much luggage you have :lmao: and when you are coming/going.

As for non SD members - best answer have them join. I will leave that one for Kamala to answer, she is currently doing the Jan Florida Dive.

All the sites can be snorkeled for non divers at the same price.

Will get back to you on the DIN tanks - American Pro Diving had all 8 boats full for the holiday weekend, so asked for no calls until Tuesday.

As for rooms - we will get better rates if all rooms are placed through SD. We have not confirmed we will be using Seagrass at this time. We wanted to see how many SD'ers were interested.

I'm very excited to see the number of out of staters coming for this weekend. Good to meet more SD'ers!


I am assuming we can rent tanks and weights...as I am flying (not that I own either anyway but it sounded good)
who's leading this parade anyway?




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