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Member Since 25 Mar 2008
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In Topic: Snorkeling for children

07 January 2017 - 10:46 AM



Not sure where you'll be on vacation but it seems likely there'd be diving involved?


One of our granddaughters started learning snorkeling at Buddy's in Bonaire at age 6. She's now 13 and completed her 100th dive in Fiji last June.


I'd endorse Buddy's program 100%, plus the parents get to dive 1/2 day while the kid(s) are at Buddy Ranger camp.


My perspective... (No compensation - just a pleased grandfather)



In Topic: Improve your film quality with a DIY quatropod

06 January 2017 - 04:49 AM


Nicely done!



In Topic: Buoyancy Floats

30 November 2016 - 05:18 PM

I've used Aircraft Spruce's foam - I think the Divinycell but it could have been another: http://www.aircrafts...us/cm/foam.html


It's a closed cell foam, quite buoyant and not very costly. It doesn't compress at recreational depths and can be easily shaped with simple woodworking tools.


At 3 or 6 lbs/cuft it doesn't take much to make a pretty good float.


Hope this helps,



In Topic: Diving with kids in Caribbean

06 November 2016 - 04:53 AM


Bonaire - Buddy Dive - meets all your requirements.



In Topic: To light, or not to light, that is the question

23 October 2016 - 04:06 PM



I always have the lights attached to my video rig. Except where they are not allowed, as when we snorkel with the manatees.


I do not use them all the time; I try to use them only when I think it will help the video such as in turbid water, night diving and in overhead environments where the light levels are low.


Macro is usually better with lights on, but not always. Positioning the lights is very important too.


I guess what I'm trying to say is there is no set answer - yes/no to your question (sorry!) but depends on this operator's sense of whether they will add color or contrast to the video. A school of sennet or barracuda will pop when properly lighted, where they may appear dull in natural light.


At night I use red filters and low power levels most of the time so as to minimize annoying the critters. Sometimes full white light is needed, but usually at lower power than daytime. BTW, tarpon love hunting near me when they see my lights. I try not to illuminate their prey too often.


Well, I hope you get the idea,