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Responsible Scuba Diving [Apr. 10th, 2007|11:20 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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Stolen from Frank's underwater photos, I hearby present...
Responsible Scuba Diving!
Normally one dives with a wetsuit, BC, mask, air, etc...

Figure 1: Properly dressed, responsible divers...

Luxuries, I say!

I'm not a big fan of wetsuits. Once I'm already feeling so free, let's see if I can lose more stuff...

Figure 2: Hi, fishy! Don't mind me... just removing some gear.

Figure 3: Much better! But still got that pesky BC on.

Figure 4: Who needs a BC? I'm only slightly positive. I can still kick downwards to stay at 60 feet.

Figure 5: Turning the irresponsibility up a notch, aka celebrating whitaker's 50th dive.

Not pictured: us removing our fins and doing underwater kung-fu in slow-motion, throwing each other around by the feet, etc.

Good times.

[User Picture]From: whitaker
2007-04-11 04:42 pm (UTC)
Volo "Quick Release" Straps == teh suck, I just adjust em every time. I should see if they make any spring straps yet.

Backplate-style BCs == Rad. I don't understand why people complain so much about face-planting with them.
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[User Picture]From: jackbrinks
2007-04-11 05:12 pm (UTC)
There's no problem that the QR straps are solving by coming apart so easily when you don't need them to. Rubber straps are too fragile and need to be replaced too often. It looks like someone took notice and made spring straps that fit on Volos:


I've never seen anyone faceplant with a backplate. I love mine. Totally comfortable/adjustable and helps distribute the weight better so that I'm not wearing a 30+lb belt in cold water with a drysuit on.

When I dove with it in Belize, I didn't wear a weight belt with an AL tank and no wetsuit. I had no problem holding a 15' stop at the end of each dive with the tank at 500psi.

Durable too. After 70 dives in it the only sign of wear is the straps looking a tad dull instead of shiny black. The plate itself is indestructible.
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[User Picture]From: whitaker
2007-04-11 10:12 pm (UTC)
I like my Volos but need to get some of the spring straps. They're beginning to wear a bit at the ends of the flippers, but nothing major as long as it doesn't continue to rip at the plastic/rubber seam.

For BC, I've got the same as Brad... ScubaPro Knighthawk w/ Air2 and integrated weight. Totally a fan, never had problems. Comfortable, durable, out of the way. : )
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