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Icon Of Sin
Dec 26, 2008




I remember one of you knew a guy named Justin, who works on one of the Blackbeard boats and that you had been some level of instructor for him.

If thatís you, PM me.

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DeadlyMuffin
Jul 3, 2007




Dr. Bill Bushing, the famous marine biologist, scuba diver, and Catalina resident passed away.

Demon_Corsair
Mar 22, 2004

Goodbye stealing souls, hello stealing booty.

Just did a few dives on the pacific side of Costa Rica and it wasn't spectacular. But it was so nice being back in the water after 2 years.

Visibility was pretty crap for most of the dives. Then to add injury to insult I got stung by a jelly fish on my last day. So now I have a painful hickey on my neck.

I am started to loathe anyone that dives with a camera. Almost all of them will just park in front of anything the dm points out so you can get a look, and they pay even less attention to their surroundings then most divers.

I need to see if there are dive shops that advertise small groups because diving in big groups is just the worst. Nothing like having the ocean feel claustrophobic because there are people everywhere crashing into you.

E:tons of seahorses and reef sharks though which was really awesome.

Trivia
Feb 8, 2006

I'm an obtuse man,
so I'll try to be oblique.


Pay extra for a private guide.

And camera-havers are, in general, the worst.

Kaal
May 22, 2002

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Yeah underwater camera work is so loving difficult that doing it on a group dive sounds absolutely awful. Either the photos will be crap, or it'll be incredibly disruptive to everyone else.

Kesper North
Nov 3, 2011

EMERGENCY POWER TO PARTY

In retrospect my ex's obsession with underwater photography was a signpost on our road to divorce

(her photos were excellent though)

mobby_6kl
Aug 9, 2009



I'm a pretty big photo nerd but just can't be bothered with doing it underwater. I've taken a GoPro a few times though and that was cool to record the awesome turtle you saw and what not. Maybe I was just lucky but I've never had more than like 4-5 people in a group dive so far.

As for site reviews, I only managed a few dives on Malta. Rozi and another wreck IIRC, and it was meh. Like the wrecks are interesting but it takes a while to get there and there's nothing else going on. No complaints about water though, nice temperature and visibility.

Trivia
Feb 8, 2006

I'm an obtuse man,
so I'll try to be oblique.


GoPro users are fine. They do video and it's wide angle so it's not as annoying.

It's the giganto rigs that slow things down.

MrNemo
Aug 26, 2010

"I just love beeting off"



I take my camera down on dives semi-frequently but all my diving is done in buddy pairs and we're pretty comfortable loving off and looking at stuff. I cannot imagine having one or two in a large group with a guide who is just waiting for everyone to have a look at whatever they've pointed out before moving on, that sounds like the most frustrating way of doing a dive one could devise.

Collateral Damage
Jun 13, 2009



mobby_6kl posted:

As for site reviews, I only managed a few dives on Malta. Rozi and another wreck IIRC, and it was meh. Like the wrecks are interesting but it takes a while to get there and there's nothing else going on. No complaints about water though, nice temperature and visibility.
P29 I assume, the patrol boat wreck a short swim away from Rozi.

Good site for a check dive since it's easy to get in and out, but yeah by Maltese standards it's a bit of a trip if you're staying in Valletta.

sharkytm
Oct 9, 2003

Ba

By

Sharkytm doot doo do doot do doo




Fallen Rib

Demon_Corsair posted:

Just did a few dives on the pacific side of Costa Rica and it wasn't spectacular. But it was so nice being back in the water after 2 years.

Visibility was pretty crap for most of the dives. Then to add injury to insult I got stung by a jelly fish on my last day. So now I have a painful hickey on my neck.

I am started to loathe anyone that dives with a camera. Almost all of them will just park in front of anything the dm points out so you can get a look, and they pay even less attention to their surroundings then most divers.

I need to see if there are dive shops that advertise small groups because diving in big groups is just the worst. Nothing like having the ocean feel claustrophobic because there are people everywhere crashing into you.

E:tons of seahorses and reef sharks though which was really awesome.

And when people ask why Bonaire is so nice, I'll point them to this post.

Tiger Crazy
Sep 25, 2006

If you couldn't find any weirdness, maybe we'll just have to make some!


Does anyone have recommendations in the Caribbean to get dive master certified that is cheap to live and cheap (relatively) for certification?

Ropes4u
May 2, 2009



Tiger Crazy posted:

Does anyone have recommendations in the Caribbean to get dive master certified that is cheap to live and cheap (relatively) for certification?

I would be interested to hear about what you learn. I would like to play dive master for a few months a year once I retire.

DeadlyMuffin
Jul 3, 2007




MrNemo posted:

I take my camera down on dives semi-frequently but all my diving is done in buddy pairs and we're pretty comfortable loving off and looking at stuff. I cannot imagine having one or two in a large group with a guide who is just waiting for everyone to have a look at whatever they've pointed out before moving on, that sounds like the most frustrating way of doing a dive one could devise.

Yeah, I'm in this boat too. I cringe a bit at the "all camera havers are bad", but I certainly see the assholes.

Large groups in general are awful. The vast majority of my diving has been unguided, so having a DM leading me around is obnoxious most of the time. It's the difference between going on a nice hike with a friend and going on a field trip in elementary school.

If we're bitching about diver stereotypes: the pokey sticks people carry around in the tropics should be banned since they're almost exclusively used for poking wildlife, and the use of a tank banger or, God help you a horn, in a non-emergency situation should result in a stern talking to.

And you shouldn't be carrying around a camera underwater if you don't have everything else dialed in already.

I'm grumpy this holiday season...

DeadlyMuffin fucked around with this message at 00:05 on Dec 24, 2021

let it mellow
Jun 1, 2000



Dinosaur Gum

Tiger Crazy posted:

Does anyone have recommendations in the Caribbean to get dive master certified that is cheap to live and cheap (relatively) for certification?

Utila. I did rescue there and itís cheap. Good diving, food can be sketchy - the best place we found was the Fu King Wok but that was years ago so who knows.

EugeneDebsWasCool
Nov 9, 2017


Buglord

DeadlyMuffin posted:

Dr. Bill Bushing, the famous marine biologist, scuba diver, and Catalina resident passed away.

Man that's a bummer he was a really nice guy. I meet him a few years back Diving at Casino Point and he was a wealth of information and was more than happy to share what he knew.

DeadlyMuffin
Jul 3, 2007




EugeneDebsWasCool posted:

Man that's a bummer he was a really nice guy. I meet him a few years back Diving at Casino Point and he was a wealth of information and was more than happy to share what he knew.

There's a push to name the dive park after him, I hope it happens.

Hashtag Banterzone
Dec 8, 2005


Lifetime Winner of the willkill4food Honorary Bad Posting Award in PWM

Tiger Crazy posted:

Does anyone have recommendations in the Caribbean to get dive master certified that is cheap to live and cheap (relatively) for certification?

How cheap are you talking? And what type of place are you looking for?

Someone already mentioned Utila, which I know is cheap. Same with Roatan next door. Riviera Maya is probably near the same price point, if you are cool being off resort. I think the DR is also pretty reasonable. After that I think you have Jamaica, Baja, Belize and Puerto Rico. And then Bahamas, Caymans, Virgin Islands and all the lesser antilles.

Electoral Surgery
Mar 19, 2010


Went for a dive this afternoon. Winter diving around here is normally quite cold but itís been close to or just below freezing for the last week, which is very unusual. Bottom temp was ~20 degrees above the air temp at the surface.

Vis was pretty bad and there wasnít much to see, but we did find two giant pacific octopus
:cthulhu:

Red_Fred
Oct 21, 2010




Fallen Rib

First proper dive since early 2018 yesterday. Wasnít amazing but great to be back in the water. Forgotten how drat tiring diving can be though, was shattered last night.

Anyway the gear obsession rears it head again. Whatís everyoneís favourite bag situation? I need one that has a dry section that I can put gear Iím not using. Itís annoying to have to wash everything because it was all in the same bag even if I didnít use it.

This doesnít need to be a flying bag, I assume Iíll get one for that when/if travel comes back.

Electoral Surgery
Mar 19, 2010


I dump the gear I use regularly into a rubbermaid tub and keep anything that doesn't come out on every dive in a separate bag.

Trivia
Feb 8, 2006

I'm an obtuse man,
so I'll try to be oblique.


Get a bag with a rectangular shaped opening, not just a straight zip. Makes it waaaaay easier to pack your poo poo.

Make sure all zips are either plastic or brass/stainless steel.

Red_Fred
Oct 21, 2010




Fallen Rib

Electoral Surgery posted:

I dump the gear I use regularly into a rubbermaid tub and keep anything that doesn't come out on every dive in a separate bag.

This isnít a bad idea when I think about it. Does this get annoying on those odd times you need to carry stuff a distance?

I was thinking a bag with a dry compartment and main wet compartment with a bung so I can use it to rinse in a pinch. Wheels might be a bonus, although it might be getting annoyingly big then. Donít wanna be the ďguy with the huge bag on the boatĒ when Iím already often the only dry suit guy.

Definitely on board with the plastic zips. My reg bag had some cheap one which rusted and fell off after 6 months, so dumb. Now I need to buy a new one of those when I fly for diving.

SlicerDicer
Oct 31, 2010

PAILOLO CHANNEL

East gales to 35 kt. Wind waves 17 ft. Scattered showers.

Its time to DIVE


Loving Africa Chaps posted:

Crazy that they still work so well after 32 years! Super jealous.

drat, its now 42!

Time flies, also whats up divers.

let it mellow
Jun 1, 2000



Dinosaur Gum

Red_Fred posted:

First proper dive since early 2018 yesterday. Wasnít amazing but great to be back in the water. Forgotten how drat tiring diving can be though, was shattered last night.

Anyway the gear obsession rears it head again. Whatís everyoneís favourite bag situation? I need one that has a dry section that I can put gear Iím not using. Itís annoying to have to wash everything because it was all in the same bag even if I didnít use it.

This doesnít need to be a flying bag, I assume Iíll get one for that when/if travel comes back.

You want a mesh bag with both backpack and shoulder straps. Most of those have a ďdryĒ pocket but itís really not that dry, if you care about whatever youíre putting in there use a ziplock too.

E: the point Trivia makes is right too. That bag should have a top opening. And a side zipper.

Trivia
Feb 8, 2006

I'm an obtuse man,
so I'll try to be oblique.


If you don't want straps or don't get them, consider a collapsible hand cart.

Objurium
Aug 8, 2009



Not sure if this is the thread to share our own scuba stuff or not (it's the only one that came up after a cursory search), but I just finished a week of cavern diving in the cenotes of the Yucatan and figured I'd share some alien landscapes :)

https://i.imgur.com/zfYYaA4.mp4

https://i.imgur.com/XEJJ7zZ.mp4

Kesper North
Nov 3, 2011

EMERGENCY POWER TO PARTY

Objurium posted:

Not sure if this is the thread to share our own scuba stuff or not (it's the only one that came up after a cursory search), but I just finished a week of cavern diving in the cenotes of the Yucatan and figured I'd share some alien landscapes :)

https://i.imgur.com/zfYYaA4.mp4

https://i.imgur.com/XEJJ7zZ.mp4

Breathtaking. Thanks for sharing.

Welcome back from literally space.

DeadlyMuffin
Jul 3, 2007




Objurium posted:

Not sure if this is the thread to share our own scuba stuff or not (it's the only one that came up after a cursory search), but I just finished a week of cavern diving in the cenotes of the Yucatan and figured I'd share some alien landscapes :)

https://i.imgur.com/zfYYaA4.mp4

https://i.imgur.com/XEJJ7zZ.mp4

These are awesome.

I've dialed things back because I'm not diving as much due to the pandemic, and people were making GBS threads on divers with cameras a bit :-\

Kaal
May 22, 2002

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Kesper North posted:

Breathtaking. Thanks for sharing.

Welcome back from literally space.

Yeah that turned out really well! Very cool dive.

Electoral Surgery
Mar 19, 2010


those caves look very cool and also terrifying

Electoral Surgery
Mar 19, 2010


Iím doing tech training today and tomorrow, and halfway into our second dive a sixgill shark came up to check us out. Totally derailed the skill practice, even the instructor was flipping out.

Trivia
Feb 8, 2006

I'm an obtuse man,
so I'll try to be oblique.


Well, it finally happened. My second stage, bought used and saddled with at least 800 dives, has finally fallen apart. It was a Micra ADJ and my god I loved it. It had an excellent flow rate knob as well as a venturi. Unfortunately the model was discontinued in 2006 and I can't find parts online. Does anyone have any recommendations for second stages? I plan to continue using my 1st stage. I would love to have something similar to the ADJ if possible (small profile, flow rate knob, venturi).

SuitcasePimp
Feb 26, 2005



Trivia posted:

Well, it finally happened. My second stage, bought used and saddled with at least 800 dives, has finally fallen apart. It was a Micra ADJ and my god I loved it. It had an excellent flow rate knob as well as a venturi. Unfortunately the model was discontinued in 2006 and I can't find parts online. Does anyone have any recommendations for second stages? I plan to continue using my 1st stage. I would love to have something similar to the ADJ if possible (small profile, flow rate knob, venturi).

I love the ScubaPro S600, my wife and I both use it with ~1000 dives and they're both still going strong. It uses a REALLY common SP service kit and is pretty easy to service if you have the tools. If mine died I would get another one without hesitation.

DeadlyMuffin
Jul 3, 2007




SuitcasePimp posted:

I love the ScubaPro S600, my wife and I both use it with ~1000 dives and they're both still going strong. It uses a REALLY common SP service kit and is pretty easy to service if you have the tools. If mine died I would get another one without hesitation.

That's my recommendation too. I use them on my doubles rig and have had no issues in many hundred dives.

EugeneDebsWasCool
Nov 9, 2017


Buglord

Trivia posted:

Well, it finally happened. My second stage, bought used and saddled with at least 800 dives, has finally fallen apart. It was a Micra ADJ and my god I loved it. It had an excellent flow rate knob as well as a venturi. Unfortunately the model was discontinued in 2006 and I can't find parts online. Does anyone have any recommendations for second stages? I plan to continue using my 1st stage. I would love to have something similar to the ADJ if possible (small profile, flow rate knob, venturi).

What parts are you looking for? The service kits are pretty readily available and I've done quite a few of them myself.

https://aquasportscuba.com/products/aqua-lung-micra-second-stage-service-kit
This is the parts kit for the Micra

https://www.manualslib.com/manual/826700/Aqua-Lung-Micra-Adj.html
And this is the service manual.

If it's something you can't do yourself any Aqualung dealer should be able to get it back up and running. If you don't have a regular service tech Kevin Clifford at the Louisville Dive Center is a wizard at bringing old dead regulators back to life.

If you are just jonesing for something new the Scubapro C300 series is very similar to the Micra in size. It also has the lever that drops below the air barrel which allows for that smaller size. The S600 is a fantastic reg but it is quite a bit bigger than the C370 (or whatever they are up to) but not all that heavy compared to similarly performing regs (like my beloved G250s/G260s)

EugeneDebsWasCool fucked around with this message at 20:05 on Feb 5, 2022

EugeneDebsWasCool
Nov 9, 2017


Buglord

Icon Of Sin posted:

I remember one of you knew a guy named Justin, who works on one of the Blackbeard boats and that you had been some level of instructor for him.

If thatís you, PM me.

Month late on this one but that's me. I taught him how to dive and did quite a bit of his instructor training.

EugeneDebsWasCool fucked around with this message at 06:27 on Feb 6, 2022

Trivia
Feb 8, 2006

I'm an obtuse man,
so I'll try to be oblique.


I live in Thailand so getting a service kit isn't easy. I also need a replacement purge cover and vent cover as well.

I'd be happy to service things myself but I have none of the tools, nor the money to purchase them (turns out covid really fucks with tourism).

I'll look into those websites though. If I could keep this one going that'd make me really happy.

EugeneDebsWasCool
Nov 9, 2017


Buglord

Trivia posted:

I live in Thailand so getting a service kit isn't easy. I also need a replacement purge cover and vent cover as well.

I'd be happy to service things myself but I have none of the tools, nor the money to purchase them (turns out covid really fucks with tourism).

I'll look into those websites though. If I could keep this one going that'd make me really happy.

You might have an easier time getting them than you might think. Shops in Europe will sell parts to people in Europe and Asia that they wonít in the USA. Check the schematic in the back of that service manual. It will have the parts number you need. With that reg thereís not really any special tools needed and it should be fairly easy since youíre not servicing the first stage.

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Trivia
Feb 8, 2006

I'm an obtuse man,
so I'll try to be oblique.


The first stage was successfully serviced when I sent everything to Phuket (I guess all equip is sent there for servicing). They sent back my package with my second stage disconnected saying "no parts, don't bother." Obviously a ploy by them to have me buy a new second stage, but I cannot argue the thing is beat up.

I'll continue to look around a bit.

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