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    Vanuatu...ccr friendly shop suggestions

    Finally I have a meg, so i feel its worth hitting some of the 'must-do' wreck diving locations, the first on the list is Vanuatu (coolidge).

    can anyone sugget some decent operators who are ccr friendly, and supply boosted 02, tmx, sorb?

    thanks!
    Shannon

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    Re: Vanuatu...ccr friendly shop suggestions

    Hi Shannon,

    You might be looking at a bit of an uphill battle here, I am afraid! You will be lucky to even get O2 let alone a CCR friendly place. I had a mate that just came back from there and they had to ship all their own O2 there. They were diving O/C. I guess if you shipped all your own O2, Sorb and tanks there, you would be fine.

    Sorry to be Mr. Gringe.......


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    Re: Vanuatu...ccr friendly shop suggestions

    Hi Shannon,
    Mr Gringe may be right but if I were you I still would try :)
    Indeed, I planed to go there in June but I had to cancel :)
    Anyway, when I contacted Tec Diving in Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu in January, they told me they had sorb, small tanks and O2 (not 200 bar though!).
    The problem is that during the last six months they went through a typhoon and two earthquakes...
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    Shannon,
    I was there in January and found it much easier to dive OC. Aquamarine has 02 and may be able to get sorb, but be very careful with them. I found they do not always deliver on what they say. The other problem you may encounter is the requirement to dive with a guide. Your not likely to find a guide capable of doing bottom times sufficient to justify CCR. I wasn't able to find He anywhere so it was all deep air.

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    thanks for the advice everyone

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    I think - to paraphrase - If you have your heart set on diving the Coolidge go with no expectations, leave the breather at home, and make the most of what you have got.
    If you really want to dive the breather then you simply have to ship everything that you need, rely on noone, and yeah - take a mate on another breather. They will soon suss you out that you wont kill yourself and will leave you to do your own thing (with a little luck!).

    Personally I think the Coolidge has had its best days about 5-8 years ago but then again I have dived it on 5 separate trips. Havent been there in years but its still a great dive.

    Just do it!!!!!


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    Re: Vanuatu...ccr friendly shop suggestions

    yes Aquamarine in Santo is your best bet

    I know the owner and he dives an Inspo Classic.

    that said, facilities are VERY basic

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    Quote Originally Posted by packeteer  View Original Post
    yes Aquamarine in Santo is your best bet

    I know the owner and he dives an Inspo Classic.

    that said, facilities are VERY basic
    If you know Rehan, tell him to answer his e-mails - I left with him owing me (mistake) and now he won't answer anything or follow through on previous agreement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dab  View Original Post
    If you know Rehan, tell him to answer his e-mails - I left with him owing me (mistake) and now he won't answer anything or follow through on previous agreement.
    Probably good enough reason by itself to stay away from them then, wouldn't you say?

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    Re: Vanuatu...ccr friendly shop suggestions

    Quote Originally Posted by dab  View Original Post
    If you know Rehan, tell him to answer his e-mails - I left with him owing me (mistake) and now he won't answer anything or follow through on previous agreement.

    can you give more details on this? i hate diving with un-honest operators! they still havent replied to my email from a week or so ago asking about CCR facilties.

    I really dont want to go back to OC if i dont have to

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