1 pointI am happy to share my latest video-interview with Max Ammer, the pioneer of diving in Raja Ampat, West Papua in Indonesia. About 30 years ago, Max came to Raja Ampat in a search of World War II relics. This is a story about how Max built the very first dive resort in Raja Ampat - Kri Eco Resort, and later - Sorido Bay Resort, about conservation efforts of Max and his partners, training local people and building the very first electrical boat in Raja Ampat. Video is shot with Sony NX80, and a few clips with Sony 7Rii. ENJOY. https://youtu.be/vcmAxOhLgEM
1 pointI was thinking of casting resin around a snooker ball to make a plastic ball head, then realised I have any number of ball joints in flash arms. I bought a cheap tripod from a charity shop. cut off the pan/tilt head and ground down part of a TLC arm to glue into the tube. I removed the lower leg section and glued rubber feet on. I put a metal hook into the base of the column which I can tension to a rubber lever-suction cup attached to a pool tile with bungee cord. (In the sea you would need weights.) I cut a 6mm aluminium plate and drilled clearance holes for the 1/4" Whitworth machine screw and the 5mm metric screws in the corners of the plate, (for a NA-D800 housing). An 8mm countersunk machine screw and epoxy secured the 1" ball fitting to the plate. Bits of TIG rod silver soldered to the screws allows me to attach the plate without tools.
1 pointI would like to relay an incident I had Christmas Day 2016. I was in Ambergris Caye Belize for a holiday dive trip. It was my 34th dive trip to Belize. I arrived in Belize on 12-22-16. On 12-23 I did two dives on one of the more remote sites there. same thing the next day. On Christmas morning I did a single morning dive with the plan of spending Christmas with my wife. After getting back to the dock i started getting very very tired. I thought I would go back to my room and rest for a while. My condition continued to go down hill. Anyway, We decided to go to dinner and that I would just rest the balance of the evening. Things really went down from there. After arriving at the dinner location I was having problems walking. It was like I was drunk. after that I found that I could not urinate. This could be a big issue after a few beers. I was also having vision issues in my left eye. We blew off the dinner and returned to our room to rest for the night. Around 9:00 PM I used my Sat phone to call Duke University in NC. They manage DAN. I spoke with a tech and then a doctor who told me I was in crisis and required a medical evac. My dive computer data was downloaded and sent to Duke. Wow the day just keeps getting better. Dan said they would get a specially equipped aircraft flown down to get me and medivac me to Miami. When I told them that I was in Belize they were happy as they had just opened a new chamber there a couple of months before my issue. I was told that they were assembling a medical team and they would pick me up at my hotel in 15 min. 10 mins later there was a knock at my door by the med team. They took me to the chamber where i was examined by the doctor. He told me I was suffering Neurological DCS stage 2. very serious. As they were loading me in the chamber the doctor told my wife, You husband is in critical condition and we will do the best we can for him. She freaked out of course. So Christmas night I spent 6 hours in the chamber with a nurse. The following morning I required another 4 1/2 hour treatment. After that the rest of the vaca was just hanging out. stay out of the sun and no beer. The moral of the story is. Buy your Dan insurance. Dan cost me $85.00 a year. They covered all expenses for my injury and medical treatments. They are dedicated to dive medicine and have an outstanding crew backed by state of the art research at Duke. I met a man who also had a DCS issue while in Belize. I was going in to thank the staff for saving my life and for their kindness. The man I met was going in to pay far his 4 hour chamber treatment with staff. He had to put $22000.00 US dollars on his credit card because he did not have the DAN insurance. My bill without the DAN ins would have been over $44000.00 THANK YOU DAN AND DUKE UNIVERSITY. Everyone be safe and use the DAN insurance. This incident has forced me to stop diving. spinal cord injury as a result. I could most likely continue diving but could not place my wife in that situation again. Best wishes to All Bryan