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<font color='#0000FF'>I have noticed over the past few months that a lot of people that dive do not own or have access to transport in carrying thier kit about , and rely on other divers getting to & fro to dive sites .

I think that if i was to take up diving and had my own kit , i would make sure that i passed my driving test and got a little runabout just to go diving . Just like Diggers old Metro.
 

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<font color='#FF0000'>all i can say is it's been hard for 13 and a half half years! been driving for 15 years and i've dived more in the last 1,1/5 years than i could have managed in the other 13.5!!!!
whhy do you need a lift???

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been driving as long as I've been diving...

odd cos I have never been asked to give a lift to a none driving diver....there must be a statistic in there somewhere.

I chose a new vehicle on the basis of Izzy and I diving and weekending a lot to get tot the sites, hence a semi camper converted VW transporter (new shape), insulated (good to minus 25 degrees, we tested it in St Anton) and fitted with al basic essentials...also doubles as a work van, so I can run it through work.

its great, camp in car parks, harbours, camp sites etc.  bestplace is st Abbs....we are always first on the car park as we get there the night before...and theres a toilet.  last up in the morning, always get a parking spot and  usually travel at quiet times. fab.

get a licence, its very liberating.


we spent a great week ROI summer before last diving and wild camping on the beach.  wa one of the best most relaxed trips we ever did.  total peace and quiet with huge sandy beaches to your self in the evening and early morning... the sun sets were incredible.......diving was excellent too.
 

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<font color='#0000FF'>I'm new in the charter boat game , but i have been diving for many years , and like to be treated as i treat others.

I have transport for carrying my dive kit,,,,,,,, i have boat for divers to sleep on overnight , if they are stuck for accom, also have a house with a sofa for anyone passing to bunk down on.


BUT tonight , someone rang my house asking if i was diving out of Dover in the morning ,,,,,, and when i said "YES, but i'm afraid i'm fully booked all weekend ", they then had the frigging balls to tell me that they are diving off someone elses RIB and didn't want to pay bank holiday rates in getting a TAXI to Dover, and as i was going there anyway, that i should give them a lift  


Normally, my good hearted natured would have said fine , i'll meet you where you want , giving the TIME i needed to leave. BUT this chap , was so insistant, that ALL divers should look after each other in all ways.

This chap doesn't have transport , as spending all evening in the PUB spending his wages is better than getting him lessons and learning to drive..........  


Rant over.
 

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<font color='#000080'>See, once you pass 40 mate any tolerance goes out the window and ranting becomes a way of life until you turn into an "Old Git".

He probably still has no idea he was being a prat.
 
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Some people just have a resistance to parting with money if they can possibly avoid doing so. I take it was someone you don't actually know from your post?
 

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<font color='#000080'>Umm... sorry for not having a car. I genuinely cannot afford the insurance, its not small beer for under 25 insurance, even if you drive a shed and it takes a lot of cash for the use I'd get of a car in Oxford where the one way system and lack of parking makes driving a nightmare. Am aware that I'm being cheeky when asking for lifts but usually people are happy to be able to split their petrol costs. I always phrase it as politely and with as little pressure as I can. Hope i haven't offended anyone on here the couple of times I've asked for a lift.
 

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<font color='#000080'>Incidentally Janos is giving me a lift down to Dover tomorrow and I'm very gratefull as the public transport timings just don't work out. Otherwise I'd have had to spend tonight down there which would seriously trouble the budget, especially as hostel fully booked for tonight and would have had to be proper B&B. I still have to get on a bus at 5am to get to London in time so think, it may be frustrating to be asked for a lift but not as frustrating as not having a car. I also think I should go to bed
 

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Quote[/b] (KimH @ April 08 2004,23:12)]See, once you pass 40 mate any tolerance goes out the window and ranting becomes a way of life until you turn into an "Old Git".
kimh,
sadly you dont turn into an "old git" you have to work fu*kin hard at it for many years..............

 
 


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Once knew a German who dived around europe (even reached here several times) on an extremely old Bantam 125. Claimed never to have been pulled in as he snarled/screamed along with a diving tank on his back.  
 
 
 

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<font color='#000080'>I simply cannot afford to drive, although now that i have the new job, that will change once i have paid off the debts.  I didnt need to drive to get to me old club, but since they turned out to be tossers of the highest quality, i cant dive with them anymore.

I just got me student loan statement through (you only get one every six months otherwise it is too depressing) - have topped the £9000 mark as i havent earned enough to make any payments and the interest is still added on.  So now you know why i ask for lifts.
 

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<font color='#FF0000'>I got my little blue two seater sports utillity vehichle.
i can get a whole clubs kit in the back and a nice young lady in the front. Only she said no way was she goin in the van,
but hay what the heck. for the cost of a good holiday you can learn to drive one more and you can run a cheep car.
 

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I'm a bit surprised at some of these posts. On this side of the North Sea we always share transport when going diving. All my friends have their own cars but who wants to drive alone for 50 miles or more when you can have the company of a diving mate and talk about diving all the time and also share petrol costs?
 

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<font color='#F52887'>yes we always share costs but I for one am a bit hacked off at often being invited on a trip just cause I have a car. I would be so nice just for once not to have to drive on a club trip especially when the passenger normally snores at me all the way home.
 

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Quote[/b] (Mary @ April 09 2004,11:25)]yes we always share costs but I for one am a bit hacked off at often being invited on a trip just cause I have a car. I would be so nice just for once not to have to drive on a club trip especially when the passenger normally snores at me all the way home.
That's easily solved!
I let my buddy drive home and snore at him instead  
 

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<font color='#F52887'>Would be great but

a)most of them can't drive and even if they could the cost of sticking them on my insurance would be prohibative, and

b)even if they can drive most don't have cars. It's what you get for learning with a Uni club I guess.
 

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<font color='#000080'>Tend to never do the Dive Shows in my car .... Have you ever walked from the NEC Car Park to the main building ? I find the train far more 'fun'  and if you book in advance, usually a lot cheaper than taking the wheels.

As for current vehicle, I got a  2nd hand SAAB at Christmas and I am smitten with it. A true Q car .... Fast, but unassuming. You'd never know I was driving a turbo charged flying machine, until I leave 3 Series Beamers stading at the lights. Nice boot space in the back for me and the buddy.

Previously, I used a Nova (1st serious car), an Escort, a Sierra, an Orion and a Cav. All of which I've found adequate for diving, either for myself or as a buddy pair.
 
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