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Natural Springs Resort – New Paris, OH

This past weekend myself and a few other people went up to Natural Springs Resort in New Paris, OH to do some Scuba diving.  New Paris, OH is located just north off of I70 right along the Indiana / Ohio border which is about an hour to an hour and a half drive from the Cincinnati area. I was a bit nervous about the site, as I was not sure what the conditions would be like.  Our last experience diving in Ohio at Stonelick Lake had not turned out too well. Natural Springs was fantastic though! The Read more [...]

Scuba Open Water Certification Trip

What a trip! So much fun going down to West Palm Beach, Florida with Melissa and completing our Scuba certification with Bill Crumbaugh from Pura Vida Divers. Day 1 (4/16/2009): CVG to PBI Everything went as expected with regards to travel until we were in West Palm Beach ready to pick up our Toyota Yaris rental car from Budget. I had been told over the phone that if I used a debit card, I would not be charged an underage ($27.00 / day) fee. However, if I used a credit card, I would be charged Read more [...]

Ready to Scuba!

We are now one week away from leaving for West Palm Beach, Florida where Melissa and I will dive with The Scuba Club to finish up our open water scuba certification.  We are very excited! I have been looking at the weather forecast for now and in the days we will be there, and as long as the long term forecast is somewhat accurate, I think we will have perfect days.  Nice and sunny, with highs in the mid 80's, lows in the mid 60's.  I am a little concerned, however, about a storm coming in Read more [...]

SCUBA Lesson #4

Last scuba lesson, woot! Today was the big day for the classroom and pool part of scuba lessons.  Melissa and I went in for our 50 question, written exam and a few last techniques in the pool. When we first got to the dive shop, we both had decided to purchase a few more items with the ScubaPro December special.  This special included a BCD, first and second stage regulator, Air2 (octo that attaches to the BCD), and gauges (submersible pressure gauge), and a free wrist computer. From the Read more [...]

SCUBA Lesson #3

Over half way done with scuba lessons.  I really look forward to getting down to Scuba Shack each week and taking a dive in the pool, so much fun.  I can not wait to dive shipwrecks and plane wrecks though.  The fish will be great, but I want to see the wreck sites.  I hear there are some good ones up in Lake Eerie. So lesson 3 was good.  Back to our Sunday time with our Sunday instructor.  We spent the first bit of time going over the chapter questions for the last two chapters in our book, Read more [...]