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#21 yahsemtough

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Posted 20 December 2002 - 06:47 AM

I believe air temps will be much better than 13 degrees.

I am guessing more like the 20 range. As for water temps, let the barbs begin, count on 48 degrees. Sorry the computer is set to read in celcius and I just haven't taken the time to convert.

I will let you know if a spot is open on that Bahamas trip. I know Watt is coming again and Sallmon. Fleetham is a maybe. If my wife opts for not going I will let you know as that would free a spot. That is in the Bahamas, not the USA, so feeding is allowed.

As for the hundred sharks, I would love it. Although the artificial 14ft hammerheads and tigers come around I still find them to be a truly beautiful creature to see. I am hoping we see the Bulls up at Walker's again too.

You should go see Chris and Monique in SA for the flying sharks. They were on our trip in January. I haven't yet but am really hoping to soon. Outstanding people. Apparently they are doing makos and blues also. Not sure if that meets your definition of artificial but...
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Posted 20 December 2002 - 07:07 AM

Wow....less than 10 deg C......thats FC. I may have to bring my ARGON pony to fill up the drysuit!!

Can we get ARGON fills (seriously).

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Posted 20 December 2002 - 08:38 AM

yes, and all the hotchocolate you can drink after dives. Don't forget the hot tub also.
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Posted 20 December 2002 - 11:59 AM

Har Har - I was cleaning the dead frogs and hedgehogs from my neighbours swimming pool in just 4 degrees C wearing only my Typhoon 1-2mm skin. My temples gave in before the insulation!!!

Seriously: If its anything like the east coast we had a thermocline at 12m, above which was 15 degrees C - Below it was just 4 degrees but the viz was awesome.

Don't get breathing that argon stuff again! Baked Beans are a safer alternative

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Posted 20 December 2002 - 12:14 PM

baked beans...you can open that drysuit up after the dives. I prefer the clean crisp air of BC.

You can pretty much set your watch by the water temps in Port Hardy. generally 48 to maybe 50 at the surface. Actually it is not that bad at all. And, as you mention the vis can be great. Don't forget the traditional jump in with your bathing suit on. Ah refreshing!

That said I probably just jinxed the vis to 20ft.

I do have an ID book for that area. Same as the ones on the boat. I believe the purple ringed top snail is a beauty and can be found. Not to mention the anemone and macro life.

Giant Pacific octopus, harbour seals and sea lions. Oh I forgot the wolf eels. There tends to be artificial feeding of the eels on Hunt rock. 13 wolf eels that are used to getting sea urchins.

Now I am getting excited but Roatan first. :)
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Posted 21 December 2002 - 02:57 AM

Wow....baked beans, Argon & Wolf eels. I can hardly wait!!

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Posted 03 January 2003 - 09:19 AM

Todd,

Where about in the pic is the seaventurer moored? http://www.globalair.../All/2001/007/2

It looks like Deb & I will be coming over on the 20th & spending few days bear baiting plus touristy stuff before the dive trip.

We will probably book the Grizzly & Salmon Tour if you are still interested. see link:

http://www.outdoorex...earwatching.htm

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Posted 03 January 2003 - 10:11 AM

Third boat from the left. LOL

The buildings with the green roofs that show two separate docks...usually on the dock closer to the top of the area with the buildings that have the green roofs. Not the dock at the very top of the picture.

Sunny that day, interesting.

I will let you know on the bear thing a bit later, I need to know first what my wife will be planning.
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Posted 04 January 2003 - 06:25 PM

That's not the sun they enhanced it in photoshop and airbrushed the rain out eh!

It looks a little like Port Moresby but 30 degrees C cooler.

The best bear trip would be the Salmon & Bears - beginning on the 25th August. So better after the diving eh! Hope we get better pictures than that eh! (Practicing Canadian - eh!) We could re enact the John West Advert!

Mark: Travelling to Canada is cool for weight - it's restricted to 2 bags per person and no wise cracks intended Deb.

As I am travelling alone who will I be sharing with - Miss Vancouver? :)

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Posted 05 January 2003 - 02:35 AM

Is that right about the baggage Bob? I can take 2 bags regardless of the weight?....Thats Deb &.........? lol

Useful when you have drysuits/ponies/argon bottles etc & all the camera kit

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Posted 05 January 2003 - 07:30 AM

Bunk style probably for you Bob, EH!

If you bring a date you get a room, like Mark and all his "bags" apparently.

Shall I bring a bottle of scotch along, or is that offensive talk to you two.
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Posted 05 January 2003 - 09:35 AM

I'm more of a Guinness man. If you can get a case of this for the boat I'll bring YOU the scotch!!

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Posted 05 January 2003 - 04:07 PM

I usually stop at the liquor store in town prior to boarding for beer. Guiness may be a stretch for the small town but, it may not. I do recall a pretty good selection of some premium beers. I do enjoy a Kilkenny myself.

Just take your mess bag and hang it over the side of the boat and voila instant natural cooling.
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Posted 05 January 2003 - 04:17 PM

I would much prefer Costa Rican Coffee! I should have asked Craig to bring a couple of kilo's back up!

I cannot stand the smell of whiskey or Southern comfort - Long story!

If not Caffreys will do (If it's cold) and after the dives a nice long Campari & Sprite.

Hey I found a great Irish Pub in Singapore - Just 10 minutes walk from Asian Diver Magazine in Tanjong Pagar district.

I thought you were a Stout & Vimpto man Mark?

The first dive here was good this morning - 2mm skin job!

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Posted 05 January 2003 - 04:58 PM

I just finished off the last of my Jamaican Blue Mountain coffee. Amazing stuff but, way too expensive.

I like coffe but, I try to avoid it when diving my drysuit in cold water if you know what I mean.
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Posted 05 January 2003 - 05:22 PM

Yes, Dive Dypers had crossed my mind too - Diaretic and all that physiological business - 1 pint in 2 pints out!

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Posted 06 January 2003 - 12:59 AM

Freshly ground Columbian coffee. Thats my caffeine injection preference.

Stout & Vimto......Crikey when was the last time you visited an offie Bob?

As for the beer.....Nigerian Lager!, as I said.

Dragging the kit over board to keep cool. Now this brings back memories from those mad BSAC days when we had divers tieing their computers to their reel and lowering back into the water after a dive.....to finish the stops!!!......I kid you not.
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Posted 03 February 2003 - 10:43 AM

Here's the proof I can do cold stuff too. Mark's wife Debbie took this with an MX10 under Menorca in 95

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Posted 03 February 2003 - 11:18 AM

Oh I am quite sure Mark and you can cold water dive with the best of them.

Was that mask pink? Matches the nightie?
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Posted 03 February 2003 - 11:47 AM

Yep, that particular mask is on its 1900 odth dive now - Yes it matches quite well with my nightie