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Stoo

Member Since 03 Apr 2007
Offline Last Active Oct 23 2014 10:02 AM
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In Topic: Dry Suits - How to?

23 October 2014 - 10:04 AM

I tend to use my wing only to fine tune between sets of gear and different underwear. For example, if I am wearing twin HP steel  130s, I don't need a weightbelt. If I am wearing 400 gr underwear, then I need little exra air anywhere for buoyancy.

 

On the other hand, if I am wearing my 200 gr undies, I tend to put some air in my wing, rather than have a lot in my suit.

 

Anyway, it's personal choice to a large extent, with allowances for gear and so on.

 

But do do a buoyancy check before you go anywhere! You will be surprised at how much lead can be required to sink a drysuit in saltwater!

 

And if the thing does get away from you, relax and enjoy the ride... just breath fast on the way up! :)


In Topic: F'n Stop - big rookie mistake

27 September 2014 - 06:01 AM

I can't really relate since I have never made a stupid mistake with my camera... I'm sure I speak for everyone else here too. Nobody has ever left their lens cap on for example, only to realize it at 120'.

 

In all seriousness though, I always figure that if you're going to get sloppy with "something", it's probably better to do it with your camera than your dive gear. Better to get fuzzy pics than say, run out of air because you got so engrossed in taking those shots of that fringe-headed-bicolour-octo-eel in it's juvenile phase that you totally forgot to keet an eye on your SPG...

 

And it's a damn shame that Photoshop has never come up with a "Fix Focus" tool... I really wish they'd get on that!


In Topic: Dry Suits

23 September 2014 - 05:09 AM

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^ This. A drysuit is a big chunk of change, so if you're buying one, then make sure you use it. The water temperatures you mention would be considered "warm" here in the Great Lakes. We maxed out at about 59° F this summer... in the top 5' or so. At depth, it never really got above about 41° and it was often colder than that.

 

My point is that you won't die from the cold if you have to dive wet. Lots of people/fools dive wet here... I just don't know why you would want to!

 

I mentioned in your "how to" thread that I had recently introduced a young friend to the joys of diving dry. Her exact quote following her first dry dive was "My wetsuit is officially dead to me!"... and it's currently up for sale! The water was 39° F on that dive... We were in for about 45 minutes and she was still toasty.

 

As an aside, you can sometimes find decent used drysuits for sale, but it sounds like you've made the committment already. My friend picked up a pristine Bare crushed neoprene/cordura suit with Smurf gloves and Fourth Element undies for $800 CDN...


In Topic: Dry Suits - How to?

23 September 2014 - 03:20 AM

Diving in a dry suit isn't difficult, but it can be "tricky" I just ran a friend through her first dry dives after a 5 minute explanation. The fact that you are doing shallow dives actually makes it a bit more challenging since the changes in pressure are more acute in shallow water.

The key is to get your weight dialled in properly. Too little and you'll be fighting the entire dive. Too much and you'll end up with more air in the suit than you should have which will exasperated things. As a rule you want to have just enough air in the suit to prevent squeezing and to provide insulation. I generally use my suit entirely for buoyancy control although others use a combination of suit and wing. Personal preference I guess.

If you think of the suit as a large bubble that you're wearing it might help you to visualize how the air will move around. Make tiny adjustments in volume as you move up and down... You might be surprised at how easily the suit can get away from you on ascent. If you can, hold onto the anchor line.. if you have one!

Assuming you're a competent diver you'll have the hang of it in a very few dives. Try to stay at one depth as much as possible and as much as I hate to suggest it, consider leaving the camera topside for the first dive or two anyway.

Enjoy! You'll never dive wet again!


In Topic: thoughts on mini domes

11 September 2014 - 08:02 AM

This is the real question of U/W photography when it comes down to brass tacks.

 

And don't forget that the larger dome covers can be used as foul weather gear in a pinch. :)