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Anthony Wiley's Scuba Locker

1043 W La Cadena Dr
Riverside, CA 92501

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Your Adventure is about to begin...

Diving the Bahamas

2017


Some times a planned vacation seems so distant in the future that it's only a dream and that it will never come true before you wake up. Well this adventure is about to happen. The long wait is nearing its end, and you better start packing.

Soon it will be the telephones and traffic jams that are far away. Soon you will be in the warm crystal blue waters of the Bahamas. As divers, you can pack light this time, forget those quarter inch wet suits, and don €™t even think about the twenty-five pounds of lead you normally have to lug around. Leave it at home! Diving in tropical waters is quite different. Suiting up only takes about two minutes. Once you have everything on, you will hesitate a moment trying to figure out what is missing, it just doesn €™t seem right. Then, as you are just about to jump, you hesitate again for just a moment, preparing yourself for the shocking cold we normally encounter when first entering the water. As you make that first step, your body tightens up expecting that blast of chilled water
over your un-wet suited body.

AHHH! AHHH,! IT WARM!

IT €™S LIKE BATH WATER! YOU OPEN YOUR TIGHTLY CLINCHED EYES TO SEE MORE THAN A HUNDRED FEET IN ALL DIRECTIONS IN

CRYSTAL BLUE WATERS.

At this point you know you have made the right decision for your vacation and your body relaxes as you make your descent.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH.

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Bahamas May 2017

Itinerary

The plan is that we all meet on Nassau Island at the Nassau Harbor club (the hotel next to the boat) on May19th. We have a group of six flying with Tony, and a group of four flying with Joe and Justine will be ariving by herself.

Tonys group:

Depart LAX: AA 1982, May19th 12:30am Arriving: Charlotte NC May 19th 8:28am

Depart: Charlotte NC May 19th 11:25am Arriving: Nassau May 19th 1:35pm


PRE Trip meeting

and get to know your fellow travelers

and Q and A

 

Date and location to be announced soon

 

Your adventure is just around the corner now. We are planning a group get together so you can meet you fellow Caribean travelers. We will also discuss all aspects of your upcomming adventure from getting on the bus at the shop to when you return to the shop. This will be the time to ask any and all questions.

 

Ya Mon, Dis is gonna be FUUUUUN !!

 


Your Passport

 

First things first...

 

Do you have a passport?

 

Do you know where it is?

 

What is the expiration date of your passport ?

 

Your Passport MUST have have an expiration of 17 November 2013 or later.

(Federal Law requires at least six months remaining to travel out side the USA.)

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Yes it is required to have a passport to visit to The Bahamas. And, it must have at least six months befor experation from the biginning of the trip dates.
If you need to get a passport , PLEASE, get it taken care of NOW.

You can pick up a passport form at most post offices

Or

You can it off the web at:

Http://travel.state.gov/passport_services.html

Don'€™t wait till the last minute

Get It NOW...


In case of an EMERGENCY back home

Please leave the following information with someone back home just in case of an emergency.

1 800 327-9600

or

1 954 734-7111

our group:

Wiley's SCUBA Locker

This is an emergency number only.

It is not a direct line to the boat.

The office is in daily contact with the Boat.

 

Personal cell do work on Bahamas, however,
they only work in certain areas near populated islands.
Roaming charges may apply unless you have an International calling plan.

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Gelatinous Monsters of Beauty

Jellyfish and related critters

It amazes me that these critters can be so beautiful and so often misunderstood and feared.

moon-jelly

Right off the bat, lets understand a few important facts about Jellyfish and the other critters that look like jellies. First, they do not attack. They will not search you down and get you. Secondly, I know it is hard to believe, but most jellies and their look-a-likes are harmless. That's right, most of them don €™t sting.

Most of what we will encounter on the trip probably wouldn't even be true jellyfish. The only true jellyfish I have seen on these trips is the Moon Jelly. Moon are found worldwide. They do have the capability of stinging but it is extremely mild to nonexistent. As for me, I have handled Moon Jellies many times while photographing them and I have never been stung by them.

Another type of jelly you may see is the €œUpsidedown Jelly €.

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These jellies are normally found in shallow water in bays and around the mangroves. They kind of look like a pulsating flower laying on the bottom. They can produce a mild sting.

 

 

 

The most common jelly like critter we will encounter are the Comb Jellies
comb-jelly

(Ctenophora, Pronounced :
tee-nof-for-uh).

Comb Jellies are often seen in swarms by the millions near the surface and down to about ten feet in depth. It is often impossible to avoid contact with them. The good news is, is that they lack any capability of stinging. Its just not possible, even though some folks claim the they have been stung after touching one. I think all gelatinous critters are beautiful, but the comb jelly has a special beauty of its own. The comb jelly produces a rainbow light show. They are small; only about three inches in length. To see the light show, you have to get up close and personal. Check it out, you will be amazed.

One more critter I would like to talk about is the €œSalp€, also know as €œPelagic Tunicates €.

salp-string

The Salps in the photo below are €œBudding €, a fancy word for reproducing by dividing. There are several types of salps, to meny to be discussed here. They range in size from almost microscopic to about 12 inches in length. I have seen Budding chains of salps fifteen feet in length. Like the Comb Jellies, Salps are harmless and do not possess stinging cells known as €œnematocyst €.

One last note: I am not an expert in the area of gelatinous creatures. There are jellies that can produce a serious sting. If you do not know exactly what the creature is, don €™t touch it.

It is better not to touch any of these creatures, because they are vary delicate and easily damaged or destroyed.These critters are beautiful when closely observed.

Look but don €™t touch and enjoy one of natures most beautiful and misunderstood life forms.

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Document your Adventure

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We will be diving just about every type of dive you can imagine

(except ice diving, and some of that may be done in the bar in Nassau)

There will be night diving, wall diving, deep diving, wreck diving, shark diving,

drift diving, cavern diving, hunting, and a few other types of diving I can €™t think of at the moment.

Make sure you have your log book and dive tables. You may want to get a

Wiley €™s Scuba Locker log book wallet. It holds your log book, C-card, Dive tables and other

stuff that a self respecting diver would want to keep safe.

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What is it???

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It is a sponge.