Captain gives you the option: Wall drift dive or Plane wreck dive - which do you choose?

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asked May 23, 2017 in Scuba Diving by hurfish (3,024 points)
edited May 24, 2017 by hurfish
Same skill / depth level.

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answered May 23, 2017 by NinjaShark (3,775 points)
What are the depths for both dives? Will it be the only dive for the day? It will boil down to a few things. 1) what is your comfort level, 2) what type of dive have you experienced most often 3) what are you more interested in seeing

Drift dives are a ton of fun because you flow with the drift and the boat will pick you up when you surface. A wall drift dive could be exciting because there will likely be some nice sea life to view, from various corals to eels and fish (Also depends on your climate, is this an ocean wall or a river?)

Wreck dives can always be a lot of fun too with lots of sea life as well and a plane does sound like it could be a neat wreck dive. I think it is really going to be your preference on what you want to see more, and what you are most comfortable with.

Going back to your actual questions: What would I do? I've done a few drift dives (not along a wall) and it was great, but I haven't done a lot of wreck dives so having a chance to see a plane wreck sounds exciting to me, and i also like sharks and they are often found around wrecks, so if it increases my chance to see one, then it sounds good to me! (So assuming the wreck was with in my depth limits for my advanced open water cert, i'd probably want to do that).
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answered May 25, 2017 by Pablo (1,108 points)
I ask for details on any new site. If it is shallow enough, I'll ask if it could be the second dive. If it a newly discovered site, it could make a difference. But if it is a tourist dive, I'll stick with what I love.
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answered Jun 3, 2017 by Lietzke00 (713 points)
A wall would be my preference between the two, but mostly because I dive more for animal and coral life than for wrecks.

...Unless the wreck is home to a good amount of sea life, like the Willaurie off Nassau. That ship was a purpose-sunk merchant vessel with some shipping cages on the top deck, and the three times I've been there, I've seen any number of fish hanging out in the cages. I even saw a huge barracuda in the cages once, and have a photo of a turtle swimming by on the deck.
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answered May 24, 2017 by hurfish (3,024 points)
We will assume it is of equal skill and within your comfort level. The question is what is your preference?
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answered May 24, 2017 by George1224 (5,147 points)
The drift dive would be my choice without a doubt
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