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Weekend [Oct. 2nd, 2005|07:37 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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daveman692, scsi, and I are now "advanced divers" after this weekend of:

-- 6 dives
-- all in dry duits
-- 1 at night w/ lights
-- 3 off the boat (Sunday)
-- lots of compass navigation work (lines, squares, triangles, measuring distance, etc)

Dry suits are pretty cool. By getting our advanced cards, now we can rent them. $45/weekend is cheaper than $2,000 ... hopefully I find one to consistently rent with a comfortable neck seal, though. When you buy them, you just cut the latex to fit nice, but you can't really do that with a rental.

Exhausted... need a nap.
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[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2005-10-03 04:56 pm (UTC)
My night dive scared the living shit out of me. I have problems getting horrible images out of my head in the first place - and I don't like the dark. Being in the water, pitch black, unable to really hear anything, with a torch that only lights up a very thing beam _exactly_ where it's pointing was unpleasant.

There could have been a shark four inches from me, just outside of the light cone.

And in my head, there was.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-10-03 05:02 pm (UTC)
I found it kinda peaceful. I turned off my light once, just to float in the dark, but one of the instructor's friends that came along for fun rushed over and turned on my light, thinking I'd forgot to turn it on or something.
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[User Picture]From: andrewducker
2005-10-03 05:05 pm (UTC)
We are obviously living in different movies.

I suspect you can even wander to the toilet in the middle of the night without turning on all the lights and then screaming when the cat walks over your foot.

I did _love_ wreck diving. Dropping down onto the prow of a cargo ship and then getting to clamber all over it (not going inside, obviously) was amazingly good fun.
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From: divelog
2005-10-03 05:05 pm (UTC)
Congrats, I'm still 10 dives away from my advanced.
What BC and regulator did you end up getting?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-10-03 05:11 pm (UTC)
I can't remember which regulator, but BC is Scubapro Nighthawk w/ Air-2. The inflator hose is also my secondary air, so no octopus, and my Suunto D9 saves me a higher pressure hose, so I only have my regulator hose, BC hose (out of the way).

And dry suit hose, if I'm diving dry, but that's even more out of the way than the BC hose, really short and tucking under my left arm.
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From: divelog
2005-10-03 05:30 pm (UTC)
Ahh was this rental gear? I thought you'd mentioned in a previous post you'd purchased all your gear. I only ask because I'm about to spring for a BC regs, and computer.

I personally hate the integrated inflators if only because the dump button is on the side instead of the end, which I find somewhat difficult to press with gloves on.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-10-03 05:34 pm (UTC)
I don't own a dry suit, tanks, or weights, but I have everything else. Tanks/weights I should buy soon.
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[User Picture]From: daveman692
2005-10-03 07:05 pm (UTC)
I don't have a problem with where the buttons are on the Knighthawk's Air-2. First dive with it I had to think a little, but after that it was second nature. I really like the BC a lot.

Then again, when dumping air I don't hold the inflator hose up and push the dump button. Rather just pull on the hose or use the dump valve on the right shoulder. Found holding the hose up and trying that way never gets as much air out as I want when I want.
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[User Picture]From: daveman692
2005-10-03 07:02 pm (UTC)
You have the Aqualung Legend LX and then Whitaker and I have the Legend.
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[User Picture]From: jackbrinks
2005-10-03 08:46 pm (UTC)
I had problems with my drysuit neck seal but on the advice of a friend I started putting a little bit of silicon grease along my neck where I'd get the red line from the neck seal and it's been fine since.

Dry suits rock when you get one that fits you and doesn't have all of that extra material turning you into a big bag of loose nylon fabric.

You can do better than $2,000 on a drysuit. I had to get mine custom made (extra tall, add-on pockets) and it still came in under $1800. (Diving Concepts Ultraflex Pro).

If you fit into stock sizes, you could get something like a DUI TLSSE for ~$1300

I dive with a guy that likes his Ocean Vendors suit and said that the price was reasonable $1000 I think.

Just don't get neoprene. Tri-lamanate is the way to go.
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-10-03 09:03 pm (UTC)
Just don't get neoprene. Tri-lamanate is the way to go.

There are people religious about both. I think it comes down to preference.
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[User Picture]From: daveman692
2005-10-04 05:39 am (UTC)
After having the experience in both, even though the tri-lamanate sucked balls, the neoprene was a bitch to work with since it was heavier especially since it held water. Also takes much longer to dry and if it gets wet inside you're fucked for a few days until it dries. A tri-lamanate you can just towell off.
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From: divelog
2005-10-04 07:03 pm (UTC)
Yup, everybody I dive with says neoprene is the way to go, stay away from trilams.
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