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Member Since 03 Apr 2007
Offline Last Active Jul 20 2014 04:34 PM

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In Topic: Tiger Beach Diver Missing

20 July 2014 - 05:21 AM

KC, some people have hundreds of dives on an OWD ticket.  Some places require certain levels to ensure the diver has been "trained" to dive to a certain depth, but most likely if anything happens, PADI will help defend them if the diver qualifications are met.


Operators sometimes require specific certifications, and presumably have various reasons for doing so... insurance perhaps, or just wanting to be assured of their divers meeting a minimum standard of some sort.


In these parts, "solo diving" is widely practiced (with full redundancy etc.) but I only obtained a solo card as I approached my 5000th logged dive... and it was strictly to meet the requirements of a liveaboard operator. I didn't expect Mrs. Stoo to want to do five dives a day. So "technically", had I had perished, I would have correctly been referred to as a "newly certified Solo Diver", when in fact I had logged 2500 solo dives many of which were multi-stage decompression dives, in freezing cold water.


Certifications often mean "squat". It's the logbook that matters...


Regardless, this is a very sad situation and my condolences go out to his family and friends...

In Topic: Viewfinders: 45 or straight?

11 June 2014 - 01:20 PM


How did you go with the new viewfinder?




Sorry for the tardy reply... But what's a couple of years....


I've come to regard the 45 as one of my most cherished pieces of camera gear. I use it on every dive and it's the best thing since sliced bread. I shoot mostly wrecks locally, then the usual stuff when on vacation, but it works well for both. It does take a few dives to get the hang of it, even after a few weeks out of the water, but I just love the thing!

In Topic: Why are there so few housing / strobe combo with hotshoe connection?

18 January 2014 - 09:16 PM

It's partly that, but in my limited experience TTL just doesn't work very well in the water. I don't know why, but shooting in manual, really isn't very hard and offers much more opportunity to be creative...

In Topic: UW photo gear in carry on - any no-no?

16 January 2014 - 12:13 PM

Like Aquapaul pointed out, my biggest concern has been over weight. I travel with a Pelican case which is of legal carry on size, but it weighs about double what it should.

I was once challenged over the battery pack on an old Ikelite 225 but considering the battery was a collection of little cylinders wired together with a flashing light and wrapped in plastic, I'm not surprised!

I tend to check non-fragile items like strobe arms so no issues there. I think the worst that could happen with batteries is you might need to carry them separated from the strobe itself.

In Topic: Triple strobes

03 December 2013 - 03:43 AM

I agree. Were you not getting the coverage you wanted with the 161s?