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    Searaider 2008

    OK guys, the ultimate DOXA diving experience is back!! Searaider 2008, bigger, better and more exciting than before. You've seen the pictures and you've read the reports, you know....it's going to be great!!!

    For 2008, we'll once again descend on Grand Cayman at the Ocean Frontiers/Compass Point Dive Resort. This time we'll be there, November 1st through the 7th. That's right, I've added one more day of diving because once you're there, four days of diving isn't nearly enough.

    All of the exciting features of Searaider 2007, return in '08. Underwater, we'll venture out on a night dive. We'll swim with the stingrays at Stingray City and explore the walls and reefs of Grand Cayman's East End. The turtles, the eels, the lobster and the jacks...will all be awaiting our return.

    Topside, we'll explore the island. We'll venture into George Town and partake in the sights, sounds, food and drink....all that the island has to offer. Some of us may even buy a new DOXA or two.

    We'll also enjoy a farewell BBQ, catered especially for the Searaiders. At the BBQ, in addition to some awesome Cayman Cuisine, we'll view our feature film that KAZ, our team videographer, has compiled for us. He'll accompany us on six of our dives as well as our Stingray City dive, capturing the rally underwater as it unfolds. He'll then grab some topside footage and fully edit and score, our very own Searaider documentary.

    DOXA is also back in '08. Rick and the team, again break out the ol' treasure chest of loot. What will it be, you say? Well, there's only one way to find out.

    Now, to cut to the chase.....here's the itinerary.

    Nov. 1: Arrival in GC and Ocean Frontier's/Compass Point check in. Get groceries, supplies etc. Casual meet and greet and maybe dinner at a near-by restaurant
    Nov. 2: Morning dive w/ afternoon to explore island.(Don't know about you guys, but visiting Landmark Jewelers is going to be very high on my list of priorities. Possibly dinner in George Town
    Nov. 3: Morning dive w/ afternoon open. Night Dive
    Nov. 4: Morning dive w/ afternoon dive trip to Sting Ray City. Dinner somewhere cool like Rum Point
    Nov. 5: Morning dive w/ an afternoon shore dive
    Nov. 6: Morning dive w/ afternoon open. Beach BBQ that evening
    Nov. 7: Check out and departure

    Here's the pricing break-down, straight from Lesley at Ocean Frontiers:

    1st - 7th November 2008 Pricing as follows:

    DOXA Dive Package

    6 nights accommodation at Compass Point Dive Resort
    5 days of two tank dives and one stingray city dive
    Farewell BBQ evening
    Car rental for the entire stay

    Cost is : $1,425.00 Per diver $740.00 per non diver based on double occupancy in a one bedroom and including tax
    Or $1205.00 per diver and $525.00 per non diver based on triple occupancy in a one bedroom and including tax

    Alternatively in a Two Bedroom condominium the rates are as follows:

    $1,350.00 per diver and $670.00 per non diver based on triple occupancy in a two bedroom and including tax
    $1190.00 per diver and $555.00 per non diver based on quad occupancy in a two bedroom and including tax

    Ready for the ultimate in DOXAs and diving? Here's what Leslie will need to get you on your way...

    In order to confirm your reservation I would need the following information:

    Name the room should be booked in: First/Last
    Name of all people in room

    Check in and check out dates

    Room Type

    Name of all divers.

    Date of last dive (Month/year )

    Any equipment requirements you may have. Please could you supply heights and weights for proper sizing.

    Finally I will also need a credit card number, VISA or Master Card, and expiry date. By clicking on the following link you will be able to send your credit card over our secure website:
    www.oceanfrontiers.com the secure link is in the top left corner

    The card will be used to confirm your booking. For early bookings prior to June 1st, a charge of $100 will apply. This early deposit will be very helpful for planning additional events during the rally. 50% of the remaining balance will be charged on June 1st, with the final 50% being taken 45 days prior to arrival. If you are booking with less than 45 days to arrival, full payment will be taken at the time of booking.

    Refund policy: Full refund with more then 14 days notice prior to first day of arrival. No refund with less than 14 days notification.

    If you have any questions regarding the resort or Ocean Frontiers diving. Please do not hesitate to contact me and I will be happy to help.

    Guys, just to reiterate the booking schedule...the earlier we can get commitments, the better we can plan. I have several bonus features that could possibly be added, but I'm going to need to know numbers as soon as possible. Landmark Jewelers, for example, would like to do something special for us one night. However they're going to need more than three of us in order to make that happen. Another reason that we need to know attendance numbers ASAP, is so that Ocean Frontiers can make sure they reserve the right size boat for our group. The early deposit of $100 is definitely not much, but it sure gives us valuable information, when it comes to making plans.

    Now for a few more details.... All participants are responsible for their airfare, meals(except BBQ), souvenirs, etc. You'll need to bring dive gear, and proof of certification plus a log book. Nitrox is extra but well worth it, if you're clear to dive it. If you don't have your own gear, Ocean Frontiers has late model, Scubapro gear and would be happy to help with rentals. Just check with Lesley for rates and reservations.

    With eleven months to plan, every desk diver out there, who wants to join the ranks of real ocean divers, should have plenty of time to train somewhere close to home. If not,
    Ocean Frontiers is a PADI "5 Star" training facility and has an excellent staff of instructors. This way, you can get certified while attending Searaider 2008 or if you want to do everything at home except your open-water, Ocean Frontiers can conduct your o/w checkout on the first day of the rally. Now talk about accommodations....

    That's all for now. If you have any questions, I'm just a PM away. If you have any questions for Lesley, she's just a key stroke away. Her email address is [email protected]. When you're ready to make your deposit, just go to the Ocean Frontier's website and follow Lesley's instructions. We booked Searaider 2007 this way and It's easy, convenient and secure....no worries there. Be sure to put in the comments box "Searaider 2008", and you'll be on your way. Like I said before, you've seen the pictures, you've read the reports. You know it's going to be awesome, so what are you waiting for?
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    Subkrawler,

    Once again thanks for doing all the leg work, you're the best.

    Count me in, I'll be making my reservations later today.

    After the great time we had at 2007 I can't wait for next years rally.

    Take care, Randy
    Last edited by whse; December 2nd, 2007 at 21:05.
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    Re: Searaider 2008

    Make that 3.

    What else can I say, other than I wouldn't miss it.

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    Re: Searaider 2008

    OK, just letting you guys know that there may be a bit of confusion regarding the way I worded the $100 deposit for early applicants. My apologies if I wasn't clear, but the $100 is a mini deposit. It's not an additional fee applied to the trip price.

    Let's say you're in for double occupancy in a one bedroom condo. That rate is $1425.00. If you sign up before June 1st, by giving Leslie your credit card number, she only charges $100. This leaves you a balance of $1325.00. On June 1st, Leslie will then charge 50% of the remaining balance, so an additional $662.50 will be charged. Then 45 days prior to the rally, somewhere around Sept 15th, the remaining balance of $662.50 will be charged. After that, you're all set and ready to go.

    We did it this way, so you guys could sign up, but not have to be out a bunch of cash for the majority of the year. It's enough to let us know that you're serious and that we can realistically make plans accordingly, but it's not enough to break the bank.

    If there was some confusion, this should clear it up. If you all got it right the first time, then we're good to go.
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    Re: Searaider 2008

    Quote Originally Posted by whse View Post
    Subkrawler,

    Once again thanks for doing all the leg work, you're the best.

    Count me in, I'll be making my reservations later today.

    After the great time we had at 2007 I can't wait for next years rally.

    Take care, Randy
    Quote Originally Posted by THOR View Post
    Make that 3.

    What else can I say, other than I wouldn't miss it.
    Thanks guys and I'm glad to know that you're both on board for '08.

    Man, I wish we were leaving tomorrow.
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    roger, Roger.

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    Re: Searaider 2008

    What's our vector, Victor? (Think we missed that one last time ).

    Speaking of missing last time, I'm in. I'm not going to miss two of these in a row! Tomorrow, I will contact Leslie with the CC info, and get myself booked. Looking forward to making it this time!!!!
    Regards, T Bone.

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    I thinking in ... but need to see if my better half gets her open water in Jan while in Roatan. If she does I think it will certainly be a go ... So I'll let you all know 1st part of feb. Keeping my fingers crossed on this one .... diving and Doxa buddies .... does it get any better????
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    Quote Originally Posted by jmoors View Post
    I thinking in ... but need to see if my better half gets her open water in Jan while in Roatan. If she does I think it will certainly be a go ... So I'll let you all know 1st part of feb. Keeping my fingers crossed on this one .... diving and Doxa buddies .... does it get any better????
    I'm with John, I hope to know something around the first of Feb. I REALLY WANT TO GO!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by T Bone View Post
    What's our vector, Victor? (Think we missed that one last time ).

    Speaking of missing last time, I'm in. I'm not going to miss two of these in a row! Tomorrow, I will contact Leslie with the CC info, and get myself booked. Looking forward to making it this time!!!!
    Glad you're in, man. I can't tell you how disappointed I was, when I found out you weren't going to make it to this year's rally.

    You did buy the Scubapro X650, right? It would be a shame for that thing to go unused.
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