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#21 sharkbaitdiver

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Posted 11 February 2013 - 05:59 AM

please, please, please be careful with those... They can be a great tool but are often used for all the wrong reasons.

If used for positioning, maybe this diver could follow a technical dive course to learn new finning techniques. Finning backwards and helicopter turns are a good alternative to poking the bottom and damaging corals or lifeforms hiding in the sand.
If used for banging on your tank, consider this: divers who are interested in what you show them will look if you merely point. Making noise makes the fish flee and (di)stresses other divers.
If used to reposition fish, then you should really consider not diving since you have 0 respect for the wildlife underwater.

Some sticks can be used to measure fish and objects underwater, which is useful and causes no damage.

100% agree with this.
We used steel rods in Lembeh
We call them balance rods, If you've dived Lembeh straits before you know that no part of you should touch the "soft sandy sloping bottom".
There are some very dangerous little critters about.
Gently resting your fin tips on the bottom and then gently placing your balance rod into the sand as something to steady you whilst you watch/wait for the critters or take photo/video is a safe option, it keeps you off the bottom, and minimises the chance of stirring up muck.
A good technique for lift off is to inhale slightly more than usual until you are clear of the bottom.
Having said that if you are in danger of bumping into the reef you're balance stick can stop you from doing more damage, next time don't get so close.
Just some friendly advice :-)

Edited by sharkbaitdiver, 11 February 2013 - 06:02 AM.


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Posted 11 February 2013 - 07:15 AM

I have removed the commercial post:)

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#23 Ronyx

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:29 PM

I have a trip planned on Carib Dancer in March.  Does anyone know the etiquette/acceptance of using a muck stick in that location?



#24 seafan

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:09 PM

I use them all over the caribbean, and everywhere else I dive, without any problems.


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#25 AllisonFinch

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 07:47 PM

I have a trip planned on Carib Dancer in March.  Does anyone know the etiquette/acceptance of using a muck stick in that location?

The same care and etiquette you would use anywhere......

 

Don't use it on any living structure

 

Don't use it to pose or move or otherwise harrass creatures

 

Don't forget your basic diving skills and rely on totally it in all conditions

 

Don't jab it into any sand but carefully push it in slowly.

 

DO use it to stab your annoying buddy!!  (just kidding folks!)



#26 Karl

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Posted 02 April 2013 - 09:19 PM

I just use a 40cm Philips head screw driver I bought from a local auto shop for $4 AUD - one of the best things I have ever purchased and never diver without it anymore.

 

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#27 ScubaSteve541

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 03:25 PM

I make sand spikes out of fiberglass. They are virtually unbendable/unbreakable. They are also ultralight for travel. Metal rods are just too heavy and the knitting needles bend too easily. I've tried them both.

I ship within the USA.

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They sell for 20.00 each with 5.00 shipping and handling. You can put quite a few in one mailing tube and it will still be 5.00

 

Hello!  Not being an expert with the forum, I've yet to figure out how to send a private message.  That being said, I would like to purchase a few of your Sand Spikes for use on my next dive trip.  It appears as though you have perfected a diving tool that is commonly found less refined.

 

Eric


Edited by ScubaSteve541, 14 October 2013 - 03:27 PM.


#28 AllisonFinch

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Posted 28 October 2013 - 09:09 AM

Let me know if you are still interested. I just got back from an extended trip to Indonesia. 



#29 AllisonFinch

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Posted 04 November 2013 - 02:29 PM

ScubaSteve, your spikes are in the mail. Happy diving!!