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nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 25, 2013 - 10:38pm PT
I know there are a few divers on this forum. cozmeek, phil b....

I'm in the middle of my DCS cert through SSI.

It's time to upgrade some equipment - computer, BC, second stage

For computer I use Dive Log DT on my mac which syncs nicely with my iphone/ipad. I'm kinda curious how iGills works but probably won't by the hardware to find out. So I'm looking for something that easily syncs with dive log dt.

next up is a new second stage. My basic Oceanic just isn't designed for hard work.

BC - probably leaning towards integrated weights.

so what's the latest and greatest these days. or maybe the cozmeeks of the group still wear metal diving helmets and need not respond ;-P
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Jan 25, 2013 - 10:44pm PT
DCS?
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2013 - 10:47pm PT
yeah, they certify us for DeCompression Sickness.

Dive Control Specialist. Basically it's divemaster plus you can teach some basic courses and assist in teaching OW, etc.
zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:01pm PT
got it.
Anastasia

climber
InLOVEwithAris.
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:03pm PT
The gear has changed so radically since I instructed with PADI... First though... What are you using? Regular Air, Nitrox, Trimix? How deep are you being certified for, your intentions? Are you thinking about a re-breather?

All I know is the basics. Have a back up for everything, don't EVER dive without a partner and... Don't be stupid and leave your partner's side which is equivalent of diving alone. I know two deaths of experienced divers that were because the person was diving alone and four death of a person dying because they wandered away from their partner.

Best person to ask is your instructor. They usually are testing gear for their shop, and have seen everything on their students. I haven't dove professionally in YEARS... I am sure to be out of the LOOP.

I personally love Suunto Computers, mine is over a decade old of hard use and it's still awesome. I also love Zeagle BCD's. Though I prefer back inflations than a full jacket so keep that in mind. Anyway... Carry on...


Ooh, you are working with students! That makes sense... Get your gear sleak, not have things floating around since it will tangle with your students and complicate things. Back ups are awesome. This includes having a spare air. A dive watch will help immensely!!!

zip

Trad climber
pacific beach, ca
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:06pm PT
"don't EVER dive without a partner"

Ha Ha Ha
Anastasia

climber
InLOVEwithAris.
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:11pm PT
Yes, I mean that even while being an instructor. You should still be partnered up. I have a very close friend die because of that. Part of the year of hell that included the car accident. I Did Not Enjoy That, would love never hearing that kind of news again.

Remember gear failure happens and only way to survive that is being in reach of a partner. You must keep your gear up to date. I am planning on diving soon so guess what, my computer, BCD is getting tuned up at the shop. New gear is a great idea if you use it hard.

Luckily all instructors get pro-deals. Use it, sell your old and trade up!



this just in

climber
north fork
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:14pm PT
I have a Zeagle BCD and the Integrated weight system is the way to go. It's been a few years since my last dive, so don't know anything about the apps you are talking about, but I bet it's pretty cool way to track your dives. Way better than dive logs. Diving is a great thing and really makes you feel small as a human. As climbers, the feeling of weightlessness is a great feeling to experience. I'm thinking I need to get back under, thanks for the stoke.

Edit: Oh sh#t, I'm thinking a taco dive sushi fest.
rurprider

Trad climber
Mt. Rubidoux
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:19pm PT
Nature....try LeisurePro, ScubaToys, Diver'sSupply, JoeDiverAmerica....all very knowledgeable and helpful, with lots of gear at discounts. Also, contact DAN (Diver's Alert Network) at (800)446-2671 is a topnotch resource, or contact your local diver center.
Anastasia

climber
InLOVEwithAris.
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:20pm PT
I want a Zeagle...
My shop didn't carry the line and so I pro dealed a scubapro. It doesn't fit me well so dreaming of selling it and switching to a better fitting BCD. I really need to start diving regularly again before I can justify spending that kind of money and... Well, being a mommy I don't foresee that as being soon.
Ah well, kiddo is worth it.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2013 - 11:23pm PT
That's two votes for Zeagles so ill check those out.

I'm a fan of Suunto but in this case I'm looking for specific model recommendations that'll interface with my apps.

Same goes for secondary. The technology certainly is changing. In class last night we took regs apart and also bench tested them. Mine somehow didn't free flow at 10bars but still isn't designed for real work.

Another line item is strobes for my digi rig. I'm going light with a canon s100 and canon housing. Looking for strobe recommendations.

Rurp - I like leisure pro but there is a lot to choose from. So I'm looking for input. My dive shop is SSI which has the biz model of coupling adventure with retail. They
promote hard what they sell.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:29pm PT
Nature;
I'm still old school.
I don't use a dive computer
I use the old fashioned but still accurate U.S. Navy dive tables,
and plan my dive and dive my plan

as for the BC, a lot of people buy tank packs with the BC built in,
I prefer a separate BC so if I have ever the need to drop my tanks the bc stays with me.

And No, I'm not that old school that I use a single stage regulator.

:)
Ghost

climber
A long way from where I started
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:33pm PT
Doug, it's time for a reality check.

You live in Boulder.

There is no diving in Boulder.

There is no diving within a thousand miles of boulder.

Transfer your equipment fetish back to knives and climbing gear.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2013 - 11:33pm PT
Dive tables penalize you. I'm sure you know that. Might as well climb in EBs ;-)

No single stage. There's a secondary on your metal dive helmut?

David. I'll be in the Florida keys next month. Costa Rica in march. Diving with whale sharks in July.

Besides... I have knives and more than enough climbing gear.

And there's a pool at the dive shop.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:42pm PT
They may penalize you, but they are safe.
If you follow them you won't have to use a Decomp chamber.

:)
I alway did enjoy nitrogen narcosis though.

;-P
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 25, 2013 - 11:47pm PT
Goldline is safe too.
SteveW

Trad climber
The state of confusion
Jan 25, 2013 - 11:53pm PT

Yer gunna die!
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 26, 2013 - 12:03am PT
I retired my goldline a couple of year ago.

I won der what kind of tables the astronauts use to prevent decomp sickness
before they do their space walks?

I know they go on a special mix for a period
of time before the space walk.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 26, 2013 - 12:10am PT
Tables? Astronauts? I'll bet they use computers :-)

And by the way.. I would never dispute the safety of conservative dive tables. But they were devised initially through trial and error. We know so much more know about partial pressure gas absorption and the variations within different body tissues. Only computers can more accurately crunch those numbers.
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 26, 2013 - 12:16am PT
LOLOLOL
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