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by GearHead
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3052
Views: 248483

Viz Reports Thread

Saltwater State Park on 7/15: horizontal visibility was 25' plus. Vertical visibility was such that shimmering light from the surface was still visible at 50'. Temperature was a balmy 54 degrees at depth.
by GearHead
Mon Jul 16, 2018 11:46 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Anyone going diving 7/15?
Replies: 15
Views: 897

Re: Anyone going diving 7/15?

A couple buddies and I dove at Saltwater State Park yesterday. Conditions were just fine. We got in the water a little after 9:00 am and had a nice 50 minute dive with no noticeable current at depth. There was a slight surface current flowing to the North as we were swimming out, just enough to need...
by GearHead
Mon Jul 09, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Hood Recommendations
Replies: 10
Views: 725

Re: Hood Recommendations

I'm also a big fan of the Waterproof H1. It much warmer than the various 8mm hoods I used to use. I recently got a second one with the higher visibility orange and reflective stripes. The bib can be carefully trimmed with a pair of sharp scissors. I just cut off an inch around the back and seal the ...
by GearHead
Tue Jul 03, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Mulkateo, still divable?
Replies: 7
Views: 1014

Re: Mulkateo, still divable?

The site is somewhat more current sensitive w/o the old oil dock. I pay more attention to the local current marker predictions now. As far as crabbing goes, there is still some structure on the bottom where the dock used to be, and a few crab may be found there. Occasionally crab may also be found s...
by GearHead
Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:25 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Attached Drysuit Boots Cause Floaty Feet?
Replies: 23
Views: 1592

Re: Attached Drysuit Boots Cause Floaty Feet?

Try putting less air in your suit and more in the BC.
by GearHead
Tue Jan 23, 2018 10:56 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Weezle Undergarments
Replies: 7
Views: 658

Re: Weezle Undergarments

While Jess is certainly the one to ask about Weezle undergarments, there are also some more general considerations. First, thick neoprene drysuit a such as the D6 are normally worn with somewhat thinner layers underneath, as they provide insulation on their own. Second, shell suits will also usually...
by GearHead
Tue Jan 16, 2018 5:23 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Keystone & Skyline 1/14/17
Replies: 5
Views: 556

Re: Keystone & Skyline 1/14/17

I wish I could give a better description of where I found the Candy Stripe. I think it was in about 36 feet of water, but not right on the bottom. There weren't too many Orange anemones in the area, and it was definitely in one of those. I literally stumbled upon it while descending after dealing wi...
by GearHead
Tue Jan 16, 2018 11:09 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Keystone & Skyline 1/14/17
Replies: 5
Views: 556

Keystone & Skyline 1/14/17

After many days of rain and drizzle, we finally had a gloriously sunny day on Whidbey Island! I managed to get one of the last spots in the first row of parking after taking the 8:00 am ferry. The few remaining spots were quickly taken, and a second row got started. Seems quite a few divers had read...
by GearHead
Sat Jan 13, 2018 9:48 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: 200th Dive
Replies: 7
Views: 676

Re: 200th Dive

There will also be a group of us from Emerald Sea at Keystone on Sunday morning. We're doing our second dive at Skyline Marina (Skyline Wall) early in the afternoon.
Tides are looking good all weekend. Hoping for calm weather.
by GearHead
Sat Dec 30, 2017 3:09 am
Forum: General Info
Topic: 2018 NW Dive Club T-Shirts Are Here!
Replies: 34
Views: 8641

Re: 2018 NW Dive Club T-Shirts Are Here!

I'd like a Large in Rich Red.
-James


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by GearHead
Sun Dec 24, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Dry Suit Question
Replies: 7
Views: 893

Dry Suit Question

Divers that use the D6 Pro suit usually report that it is quite buoyant even with relatively thin undergarments. You could try using the equivalent of a single layer of medium weight Polartec, or possibly Fourth Element Xerotherm. That would reduce the bulkiness under the suit, and also the amount o...
by GearHead
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:13 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Bubbles and Suds 12/6 - T-DOCK
Replies: 6
Views: 596

Re: Bubbles and Suds 12/6 - T-DOCK

I can't make it this time, but I really appreciate seeing the notice here on NWDC. I still don't do Facebook.


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by GearHead
Wed Dec 06, 2017 5:10 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: NWDC T-Shirts - Help Choose a Color
Replies: 41
Views: 3535

Re: NWDC T-Shirts - Help Choose a Color

Well, it's hard to go wrong with classic black; but for a change of pace, how about Navy or Rich Red?


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by GearHead
Fri Dec 01, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Return To TAHSIS
Replies: 26
Views: 1698

Return To TAHSIS

Looks like a great area for diving! The other places I've seen 80' vis in cold water were at Magnolia Point north of Nanaimo and up around Browning Pass.
by GearHead
Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:38 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: WTB: Small Travel Wing
Replies: 3
Views: 408

Re: WTB: Small Travel Wing

I've tried the DSS 17 lb wing and found it a bit small to keep me comfortable on the surface during rougher conditions. (I'm 6'-1" and 205 lbs.) I currently use a HOG 23 lb wing with a stainless plate for warm water diving. The extra lift comes in handy, and the wing doesn't 'taco' around the t...
by GearHead
Fri Nov 24, 2017 6:26 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3052
Views: 248483

Re: Viz Reports Thread

The north end of Redondo was about 25 ft today, maybe more in places. Others reported being able to see the Black Pearl from the carousel boat.


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by GearHead
Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:35 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Happy Thanksgiving
Replies: 9
Views: 1023

Re: Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving!
We are lucky to have so much good diving in our area, as well as a great community!


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by GearHead
Thu Nov 23, 2017 12:32 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Switched over to drysuit finally!
Replies: 15
Views: 1375

Re: Switched over to drysuit finally!

I disagree with the methods taught by SSI (and PADI) for buoyancy control with a drysuit. I prefer to add just enough air to my suit to eliminate squeeze and stay warm. I use my BC to compensate for depth and the reduced weight of gas in my tank(s). The method taught by the recreational agencies ten...
by GearHead
Wed Nov 22, 2017 6:24 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Switched over to drysuit finally!
Replies: 15
Views: 1375

Re: Switched over to drysuit finally!

A drysuit is a piece of equipment, similar to your BC. In fact it is useful as a redundant means of buoyancy control. You will probably find it helpful to take a drysuit orientation, which will give you some skills and drills to work on. It will take some practice to become familiar with the new con...
by GearHead
Wed Nov 15, 2017 10:41 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: ThThTh 11/16 -- Redondo's been on FIRE!
Replies: 29
Views: 2202

Re: ThThTh 11/16 -- Redondo's been on FIRE!

H20doctor wrote:Wow .. I didnt know that was a dive spot ?

Been living under a rock much?
;-)


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by GearHead
Tue Oct 10, 2017 2:36 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: air consumption curiosity
Replies: 11
Views: 1467

Re: air consumption curiosity

Interesting question... Since I've never dove wet in the sound, I can't make a direct comparison. However, being streamlined in the water greatly reduces effort, and thereby reduces air consumption. Both of my suits are compressed neoprene, and fit me very well. I think the air added to a suit only ...
by GearHead
Fri Oct 06, 2017 6:16 pm
Forum: Find a Buddy
Topic: 10/8 or 10/15 Mukilteo or Edmonds dive
Replies: 2
Views: 612

Re: 10/8 or 10/15 Mukilteo or Edmonds dive

Were there any takers for this Sunday the 8th? Seems like there would be reasonable current at Edmonds in the early afternoon.


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by GearHead
Thu Sep 21, 2017 1:08 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Advice on Regulators
Replies: 10
Views: 1571

Re: Advice on Regulators

In the ScubaPro line, the classic cold water regs would be a Mk17 or Mk25 paired with a G250(v), G260 or A700. As a bonus, these can be found and serviced in most places around the world.


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by GearHead
Wed Sep 20, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Dive Site Listings
Topic: Dalco wall
Replies: 8
Views: 1240

Re: Dalco wall

Dalco Wall is largely a structure dive. The wall is clay and changes over time, but there are usually big slabs that have broken away from the main wall. There may be bore holes from burrowing clams and small critters inhabiting the holes and small overhangs. Sometimes lots of shrimp. It is also qui...
by GearHead
Sun Sep 17, 2017 9:43 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 3052
Views: 248483

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Redondo was easily 30ft horizontal yesterday (9/16). Vertical vis was 40+. We found thee red octos at various places along the deep line, plus a friendly juvenile wolfie. Lots of gunnels and gobies about. The amount of light still available on the bottom was amazing, even at 80 fsw. Sent from my iPh...

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