Author: Mort (---.tampabay.res.rr.com)
Date: 08-29-08 09:15
Wirvier, trust me, 30 feet isn't much different than 15, and the visibility will be the same. You'll be able to look up and see the surface and bright sun. There will be light all around you. You'll be surprised.
Jeff's advice about the ears is very good. The trick is to RELAX and take your time. Some people can drop more quickly than others. I, for example, have to drop more slowly than many other divers.... That's just how my ears are.
Again, the key thing to all this is RELAX. The more wound up you are, or the more nervous you are, the more air you use up and the more alien the environment will feel to you.
Millions and millions of people have done what you're about to do. You have nothing to worry about at the depth you're going. Just listen to the instructor and... relax.
As for the golf carts, well... they're golf carts. They don't go very fast and they don't have much power. Scooters are scooters... you probably have been on them before, and you know that they are risky because you're unprotected. Remember that you'll be on public roads. Culebra isn't LeMans, but there are quite a few vehicles around.
I don't think that anyone can give you the ultimate advice about scooters and golf carts. It's a personal preference. If you plan to drive all over the island all the time, or to remote beaches/areas, I'd get a car.
In my last trip of ten days, we didn't rent a vehicle at all, and we were very happy.