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smk82

Member Since 28 Aug 2013
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In Topic: Dry Suits - How to?

17 October 2014 - 05:25 AM

I never use my wing when diving a drysuit. Two bouyant elements on one dive is asking for chaos in an emergency. If you're properly weighted there shouldn't be too much air in the drysuit: if you have to add air to the BCD it suggests that you are over-weighted or wearing too little insulation, allowing the air to form a bubble instead of distributing evenly around your body. Having my bouyancy distributed evenly, and only worrying about one inflator (I use an APEX adjustable dump valve on my left bicep) helps me to concentrate on my camera. I do find that a little weight on my ankles and trim weights on my wing help, with the balance in pouches: I hate weight-belts!

Personal choice this. I find no issue with keeping a track of my buoyancy using both drysuit and wing. As I said I only use suffcient in the drysuit to take off the squeeze. Main reason is if I loose buoyancy for some reason, it won't be all my buoyancy. I agree that shallow drysuit dives are more awkward than deeper ones. Doing it while just learning makes it more difficult still!. Ankle weights are definitely useful when doing photography!


In Topic: Dry Suits - How to?

13 October 2014 - 01:08 AM

Typically, I use my wing for buoyancy, and just take the squeeze off with the drysuit. I normally open all valves on descent, then when I'm almost at the bottom shut the drysuit constant volume dump valve (autodump), then open 1/2 turn. I put enough air in as I descent to take of the squeeze, but then regulate my depth on the wing. Make sure your zip is well lubricated, and doesn't catch on the undergarments, and don't pull directly on the neck/wrist seals especially if they are latex - my friend was in a hurry to dive once and did just that - result - ripped neck seal and a missed dive for him.

 

It shouldn't take you more than a couple of dives to get used to it, just make sure that you do a weight check with the new suit as it will affect your buoyancy, especially if your wearing a thick undersuit..


In Topic: Dry Suits

13 October 2014 - 01:02 AM

Speaking as a UK diver who dives year around when the warmest it gets in the UK is ~18/19C a drysuit is a must for a comfortable dive if your doing longer dives or multiple dives in the same day. If your doing just one relatively short dive a day, you can probably get away with a suitable wetsuit. For sheer comfort however, a good fitting dry-suit is a must. After 15 years of diving, 14 in a drysuit, i certainly wouldn't dive in a wetsuit in water that cold if I had a choice! Drysuit all the way..


In Topic: Great White Cage Diving @ Guadalupe Island

09 September 2014 - 12:04 AM

what were these taken with if you don't mind me asking?


In Topic: Time for a new rig; MIL?

02 September 2014 - 12:14 AM

I can't speak for some of the technical stuff, however I recently plumped for the EM-10 as an upgrade from my old S-95. Its only done 2 trips with me currently, but impressed so far. Out of your wish list, it includes the Wifi option - I can dump photos straight from my camera to phone and then to facebook if I so wish, plus with the 14-42EZ lens it is fairly pocketable ( with a suitably sized pocket of course). 

 

It does offer live view and the option to switch between the screen/viewfinder - a built in flash also is a nice touch compared to the clip-on flashes of some models. I agree that the lack of weatherproofing is a point, however I went for the Nauticam housing with the vacuum system which certainly helps with improving survivability!. If you just use the housing without tray/strobes its fairly compact compared to the EM-5/EM-1 systems also. Hope this helps.