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Dr.Sprock

Boulder climber
I'm James Brown, Bi-atch!
Jan 26, 2013 - 09:46pm PT
computer is just the dive shop squeezing money from people who put the gear in their closet for 20 years, which is 90 percent of the class.

hard to get into trouble with a 80 cu ft tank unless you do a bounce dive to 300 ft at monestary beach and get narced out.

i like scubapro jet fins and dacor big barrel snorkels,

regular back-pac

had a 400 dollar zeagle but someone stole it,

too much prep to dive with that thing,

like old school bac pac and may west with standardf weight belt,

shot belts are a pain, so skip those. they rust.


charlie brown was the instructor from divers dock sunnyvale.

ken down in mt view was the comp with the indoor pool.

charlie hid behind a rock while free diving and stuck a ling cod with his knife as it passed his view.

also drank coors underwater. great example for safety.

we used to take shrooms and lay on the bottom at carmel river beach.

just watch the fish swim overhead and the kelp weaver back and forth with the tide, tank lasts way long when you don't move,

we drove to cannery row in our wetsuits in a GTO convertible to get free refills, with the top down of course, people were gawkin, we were lit up,


Phil_B

Social climber
Hercules, CA
Jan 26, 2013 - 10:31pm PT
Ha,

Looks like there are lots of folks out there who dive more technical than me. I'm just a guy who started diving again because we were in SE Asia. Hell, if you don't dive in the Philippines, you're missing a great opportunity.
You see the coolest animals in the tropics! &lt;ribbon eel&gt;
You see the coolest animals in the tropics! <ribbon eel>
Credit: Phil_B

I'm only a Nitrox Advanced diver. Would like to get a cert that allows me to pierce wrecks in places other than the Philippines.
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Jan 27, 2013 - 02:20am PT
+ 1 to Philippines. Lots of wildlife, lots of wrecks. Even a Spanish-American War vintage US Battleship. The USS NEW YORK.

I particularly like the wrecks of vintage 1860 - 1880. It's early mechanical, the old guys were still sorting out how to do arrange engines and propulsion machinery. Really incredible. I saw one, the engine was forward, the shaft was nearly the length of the ship.

Though my best wreck was a German WWII destroyer North of Scotland. That was amazing.

Here's part of one I lensed off Bermuda. The MARIE CELESTE sunk around 1864. A Paddle Wheel Blockade Runner.

Standing Paddle Wheel
Standing Paddle Wheel
Credit: John Duffield
couchmaster

climber
pdx
Jan 27, 2013 - 08:32am PT
Holy crap, that's an amazing contribution Sierra Ledge Rat, thanks for sharing it.

I've been nibbling on the idea of gearing up for some shallow, short dives, off the Oregon Coast, but am torn on doing it, as I'd probably be doing it solo. Any thoughts?
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 27, 2013 - 08:42am PT
" I'd probably be doing it solo. Any thoughts?"



Yeah.
NEVER Dive without a PARTNER!!!
Sierra Ledge Rat

Mountain climber
Old and Broken Down in Appalachia
Jan 27, 2013 - 08:50am PT
Hell, if you don't dive in the Philippines, you're missing a great opportunity.

And Philippino chicks are awesome..... for other opportunities as well... (:

...as I'd probably be doing it solo. Any thoughts?

Most of my rec/tech dives are solo.

Soloing is not something that you want to get into right away. You've got to have a firm grasp on your solo strategy first. You can have redundant everything except for your brain.

You've also got to be well-versed in managing all of your emergencies solo. Emergency procedures need to be second-nature if you are going below the waves alone.

I have a checklist of emergency drills, and I start every solo dive with a run through my drills. If the drills go poorly, then I just stay at 20 feet and drill. If the drills go well, then I proceed with my dive.

Drills:

1. Flooded mask - remove, replace, clear

2. Lost mask - find and don replacement mask

3. Lost regulator - sweep recovery and neck-touch recovery

4. Valve drills - if I am in doubles then I go through a full valve drill (left/right/isolator). If I am using only a single only my back, then I go through the drill with my stage cylinder, including turning on the valve, deployment of the regulator, then shutting down the stage and stowing the reg. I also make sure that I can reach the valve on my back.

5. Stuck drysuit inflator - quick disconnect of the inflator, and roll recovery (for too much air in the feet)

6. Stuck BC inflator - quick disconnect and dump

If I were to solo in Oregon's cold water, here is what I would do:

-Assume shore diving with a bit of walk to the water, so I would use a single steel cylinder on my back and carry an AL40 stage for back-up, rigged with a redundant 1st and 2nd stage regulator (as opposed to carrying twin steel cylinders on my back)

-Dry suit, which also gives me redundant buoyancy

-Carry a spare mask in my pocket

-Two computer or depth gauges

-Two bottom timers

-Two compasses

-Two cutting devices

-When I am soloing I also use a carbon monoxide meter to check my breathing gas for CO before I go head wet


moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 27, 2013 - 08:59am PT
And Philippino chicks are awesome..... (:

Why did you say that. Now my wife will never let me go ;)

My dream trip is Galapagos. She agreed on it too. I just need to come up with the money. hahaha
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Jan 27, 2013 - 09:08am PT
Your first Galapagos trip should prolly be snorkeling and hiking. More general. But it is amazing. Aren't many places you can swim with penguins.

Credit: John Duffield
moosedrool

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Jan 27, 2013 - 09:12am PT
Jelous. Seriously.
nature

climber
Boulder, CO
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 27, 2013 - 12:48pm PT
Maybe the comps have gotten better

Ya think?
Cosmiccragsman

Trad climber
AKA Dwain, from Apple Valley, Ca. and Vegas!
Jan 27, 2013 - 03:33pm PT



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AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Feb 22, 2013 - 01:19am PT
Am in North Sulawesi right now. Did 14 dives at Bunaken last week. F**ing awesome but could have used a magnifying glass for the small stuff.
Hope to get off to Lembeh Island in a few days for some muck diving.
If you ever want to dive Indonesia is the place to be. Already dreaming of a trip to Raja Ampat next year.
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Feb 22, 2013 - 01:54am PT
Most of my diving has been in the Pacific - Hawaii, Okinawa, Philippines, Thailand, Australia, and Indonesia. Diving from shore sites like those in North Sulawesi are great, but there's still a lot of dynamiting and other destructive activities going on (or at least there was when I was there). If I were to get back into it I'd only be doing it at really remote sites on live aboards or with uncommon travel arrangements to shore sites where there just isn't a lot of human activity.
healyje

Trad climber
Portland, Oregon
Feb 23, 2013 - 04:42pm PT
2 scuba divers die off Calif.'s Monterey Co. coast
RJNelson

climber
A few different places
Feb 23, 2013 - 06:56pm PT
I'm an avid climber and diver. If your looking for advice on equipment, definitely go for a weight intergrated BC. The convenience of having the weights in the BC is that it balances out your setup, and makes putting on/off much easier. Also more aerodynamic in the water so it's easier kicking, not to mention safer to drop in an emergency. As far as regulator goes. Upgrade 1st and 2nd at the same time. Sounds like your gear is old? Go with a balanced 1st and matching 2nd. They breath easier at any depth or PSI. I use the Atomic B2, kinda pricy, but balanced is well worth it. PM me if you have any other questions
mdavid

Big Wall climber
High Springs, FL
Feb 23, 2013 - 07:20pm PT
I'd second going with a Halcyon back plate and wing. I'm cave diving three times a week and find their gear is awesome.
TomCochrane

Trad climber
Santa Cruz Mountains and Monterey Bay
Feb 24, 2013 - 08:34pm PT
Commercial diving Loch Lomond Reservoir last summer  to repair aerator...
Commercial diving Loch Lomond Reservoir last summer to repair aerators
Credit: TomCochrane

Sony HDV EX-1 in Underwater Camera Housing
Sony HDV EX-1 in Underwater Camera Housing
Credit: TomCochrane

Credit: TomCochrane

Credit: TomCochrane

TomC as safety diver/videographer
TomC as safety diver/videographer
Credit: TomCochrane
AP

Trad climber
Calgary
Feb 25, 2013 - 12:58am PT
Am diving in Lembeh Straight Sulawesi right now.
Really industrial as we are near the port of Bintung. Lots of trash like paint cans, tires, on the bottom but some neat stuff lives in them and on the coral patches. This is the home of weird and wonderful macro stuff with new discoveries still being made. Some of the fish are even uglier than the garbage. True muck diving but like an awesome treasure hunt.
Truly a unique experience
John Duffield

Mountain climber
New York
Feb 25, 2013 - 07:09am PT
I was reading about making cave diving photos this w/e.

Seems - to get any photo depth in zero light - you need a sensor, on your companions gear, that fires their Strobe at the same time as yours.

Said sensor needs to be at the top of his tank so it can see your strobe.

The author remarked, that at the bottom of popular cave routes, there are a ton of plastic knobs. Guess that must be from the first stage banging on the roof. Can't imagine hitting the overhead that hard but that's what he says. He mentioned that, cuz if your friend scrapes off your strobe sensor, it gets to be a really expensive sport.

Seems a bunch of my Scuba friends are getting into Cave Diving. Though, IIRC my fav dive buddy flunked her course.

For myself, I dunno. Looks like one of those things you get into all the way or leave it alone.
locker

Social climber
FukUville
Feb 25, 2013 - 07:11am PT


"My dream trip is Galapagos. She agreed on it too. I just need to come up with the money."...


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