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In Topic: Gratuity charges, optional or mandatory in the US

16 March 2014 - 09:25 PM

Some of the Americans are spoiling the tipping culture when travelling abroad. I visited a remote but very special diving site in a former Eastern block country. A bit earlier an American group had tipped the dive site personnel formidably. The personnel got drunken and refused to work anymore because the tenfold tips made themselves feel underpaid. There was a riot that lasted couple of days and the police got involved. Consequently the plans of the following dive groups got screwed.

In Topic: Wanted Aquatica Focus gear, Neopren cover, Rear cap

09 March 2014 - 01:40 PM

The last two items we have in stock now. And the focus gear 18700.1 will arrive in our next shipment from Canada by end of week.


Check http://www.cerella.fi

The web site is fairly new and we are continuously adding items and information;-)


Best Regards

Richard Eller

In Topic: remote video underwater

09 March 2014 - 01:26 PM

GoPro App underwater?

In Topic: remote video underwater

25 February 2014 - 09:44 PM

The answer is an underwater pole cam. For example, Aquatica and Gates have proper solutions for this:

  • Aquatica Polecam
  • Amphibico POV Flexcam
  • Gates HMR10 / HCK10 (Point of View)

If your budget is none-existent, try a Gopro attached to a monopod which in turn is tied tightly to a sufficiently long DIY pole of any stiff material, e.g. a pipe. However, with a GoPro you will not be able to monitor in real-time.

In Topic: Any ideas on flooding insurance for a non-US resident/non-homeowner??

05 February 2014 - 03:14 AM

I once asked from an insurance company director about how they insure their own fleet of cars. The answer was simple: no insurance.


On the long run, self-insurance is likely to be more economical especially for all none-essential stuff, i.e. your living does not depend on it.


The only exception to this is if you think you are atleast 25-30% more risky than the average insurance customer of that policy. If you can get a "normal" insurance or home insurance to cover your photographic and diving equipment, it might be worth it. But if you select a more specialized insurance, it is more likely to match the increased risk via higher insurance payments.


If you think you cannot afford to self-insure due to high replacement costs, consider that the insurance payments as "down-payments" of your future replacement camera IF the accident actually happens. However, it is far more likely that no accident will happen, and, those "downpayments" are lost forever and you cannot use that money to finance your next new camera.


N.B. self-insurance is not suitable for home insurance or anything where you might be liable to third parties.