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Where I've Gone Down: 1999

Here's the list of dives from the year 1999. Depending on the year, not all dives from that year are listed. Weeki Wachee in particular saw a lot of me in 2000 and 2001, and it became sort of silly to put every one in the database ... since often there was nothing special to report.
  • Certification Weekend: Certifiable - April 17, 1999 through April 18, 1999 - Williston, Florida
  • May 15, 1999 High Springs, Florida
    This was a dive planned for Saturday May 15th, arranged by my sister through Atlantic Pro Dive. It would have been my first ocean dive, except that the water was too choppy for dive boats. My sister and I then decided to go to Ginnie Springs.
  • May 22, 1999 Jacksonville Beach, Florida
    Seeing as how an earlier dive was scheduled due to choppy water and high seas the week before, I was a little anxious and was praying that the weather and seas would hold up. They did. This was my first ocean dive. Ocean dives can be very different from spring dives; spring dives can be much like pools, and most of the spring dives I did, I never broke 50 feet, and we had seen most of everything in the first 2-5 minutes. Ocean dives, well, you can swim around the same wreck probably five times and see something different every time.
  • June 6, 1999 Epcot, Florida
    Call 1-407-WDW-TOUR and ask for DiveQuest. Cost is about $140. There are two dive tours, one starting at 4:30pm, the other at 5:30pm. The 5:30pm one usually puts you into the water about an hour before feeding time, so the fish are more active and more likely to come close to you. Only problem being is that the park attractions close at 9pm (the fireworks start shortly after that) so if you do the later dive, you're likely to come out right as the fireworks start...which also means you'll have to get dinner either before your dive (and unless you've paid the regular entrance fee, someplace other than at Epcot) or after the dive (again, outside of Epcot).
  • July 4, 1999 Madiera Beach, Florida
    A dive in the Gulf of Mexico for my sister and I. We arranged it through Scuba Quest's Madeira Beach location. It would have sucked to never dive off shore, then become an instructor and be asked what it's like. Dive trips through Scuba Quest are: $50, which includes tanks (+$5 per nitrox tank); $65 and they'll provide all gear you'd need. As usual, book ahead.
  • July 17, 1999 St. Augustine, Florida
    I'm buying my gear (BC, wetsuit, dive skin, regulator, dive computer, some other stuff) on July 16th. My sister has arranged this dive so that under relatively safe circumstances, I can try out my stuff.
  • September 4, 1999 Madiera Beach, Florida
    It had been a while since I had dove, especially since I had been saving money to pay off dive gear. Things at work put me in the financial situation that I could treat myself to a decent birthday present. This is an important trip to note, though, because this is my first dive with no 'planned' buddy. I won't have one until I'm on the boat ...
  • September 18, 1999 Madiera Beach, Florida
    Marshall is a coworker that had learned to dive with a friend, and to a lesser degree than I had gotten the bug. With my sister off doing an expensive trip that I could not afford (due to still paying off that nasty dive gear bill), Marshall and I decided that this would be the best day for us to dive, considering that we were both taking classes and economically disadvantaged (well, compared to other divers ;). At least I know this guy, so I'm not getting a buddy I know nothing about.
  • November 20, 1999 Weeki Wachee, Florida
    Rudy mentioned this to me and I dug into it. I hadn't done a fresh water dive in a while so I suggested that my sister and I do this and Crystal River. She said it was too early for Crystal River; the manatees aren't there until January or February. So we did this dive and the Gulf.
  • November 21, 1999 Madiera Beach, Florida
    This was a slightly rough trip, as we did Weeki Wachee the day before this dive; we rented a hotel room for the night before. With travel the way it is, these places are probably around 1.5 to 2 hours away from each other, so a hotel room close to the shop was welcome.
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