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by BillZ
Tue Aug 18, 2020 9:06 pm
Forum: Dive Travel - Planning and Adventure
Topic: God's Pocket keeping deposits for COVID cancelled trips
Replies: 11
Views: 658

Re: God's Pocket keeping deposits for COVID cancelled trips

Unfair and bitter criticism. Almost ALL dive ops world wide are handling things this way. As someone with four canceled trips so far, I can attest to that. If we want to keep any of these operations active for the future we should be more accommodating and support them. Plus one++ for what Dave is ...
by BillZ
Mon Jul 20, 2020 10:50 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: In water recompression
Replies: 8
Views: 788

Re: In water recompression

Agency has nothing to do with your question - DAN is the resource to ask for anything health related in diving. IMHO.... It's a bad idea to "drag" your buddy back down after they've corked to the surface. I'd go as far to say it's a bad idea to "drag" your buddy anywhere unless they are incapacitate...
by BillZ
Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:08 pm
Forum: General Tech Diving
Topic: Possession Point - Tech Dive?
Replies: 14
Views: 889

Re: Possession Point - Tech Dive?

Interestingly the bathymetry shows the bottom continuing well past 200 to 300 feet in general, really quite shockingly deep. I am not qualified or interested to venture quite that far down, but I could imagine a tech-equipped dive being appropriate for anything involving much time below 30 metres, ...
by BillZ
Wed Jul 08, 2020 12:08 am
Forum: General Tech Diving
Topic: Possession Point - Tech Dive?
Replies: 14
Views: 889

Re: Possession Point - Tech Dive?

I've dove the fingers many times and it's a great dive. I've done it as a light tech dive (32% and O2 deco) but the wall mostly bottoms out at 110 ft so save your HE for another site. The current can rip but once you drop off the shelf and onto the wall it mostly peters out and is a relaxing dive. I...
by BillZ
Mon Apr 20, 2020 10:49 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Wrist Seal Replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 782

Re: Wrist Seal Replacement

They are actually relatively easy to replace and you can buy what you need from DRIS.
by BillZ
Mon Jan 06, 2020 10:59 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Local Shark Questions
Replies: 11
Views: 2178

Re: Local Shark Questions

The best place for Rat Fish is under the Boeing pier in Mukilteo. They come up from the depths to eat the muscles on the pilings and your almost guaranteed to see a ton of them on every dive. Dogfish are all over the Puget Sound but are skiddish and relatively rare to see on a dive. The only dive th...
by BillZ
Thu Dec 12, 2019 10:34 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Dive Insurance ....
Replies: 12
Views: 1643

Re: Dive Insurance ....

Regardless of what happens with DAN insurance, I would suggest that you keep your DAN membership. The membership provides for $100k of evacuation (not repatriation) insurance as well the DAN hotline. So basically the evacuation insurance will get you from the divesite to the nearest hospital or cham...
by BillZ
Thu Dec 12, 2019 8:18 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Dive Insurance ....
Replies: 12
Views: 1643

Re: Dive Insurance ....

PapaZ wrote:
Wed Dec 11, 2019 8:15 pm
Just checked them out.
They "temporarily" do not have coverage for within the United States.
Dive Assure has never been authorized in Washington State. I look into them every year when my DAN insurance renews and it's never been available in Washington.
by BillZ
Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:31 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: 40cf bare al 02 bottle
Replies: 9
Views: 2532

Re: 40cf bare al 02 bottle

Bump. You know years ago when I was an avid diver an al 40 for 100.00 bucks would have been sold in an hour. Do people not use a back up air source? Do people still dive backplate and wing? 100.00 new price Although the shops seems to be pumping out new C-card holders, people that actually get out ...
by BillZ
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Truth Aquatics Conception Boat Fire Tragedy
Replies: 47
Views: 7205

Re: Truth Aquatics Conception Boat Fire Tragedy

Speaking of lithium battery chargers: I've been reading up on this and found that Drones use a particularly volatile battery type called Lithium Polymer. This is different from the Lithium Ion batteries we find in Lights and Cameras. It seems that they are so volatile that there are Dozens of produ...
by BillZ
Mon Sep 02, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Regulator service
Replies: 8
Views: 1956

Re: Regulator service

Disclaimer - I'm not endorsing this practice.... but I typically dive my regs until they start having problems.
by BillZ
Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:54 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Need New Gear
Replies: 8
Views: 806

Re: Need New Gear

I was mostly looking for a place with a camo wetsuit, XL open cell 5mm, that I could try on before I buy. Around the sound I just want to free dive for crabs and other shellfish and also go spearing a couple times a month out on the ocean shore. Just getting back into it since I moved to Seattle 2 ...
by BillZ
Tue Jul 23, 2019 9:13 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: New Wreck Dive on Hood Canal
Replies: 2
Views: 885

New Wreck Dive on Hood Canal

https://komonews.com/news/local/65-foot ... nal-bridge

Eek - 300 gallons of diesel - I hope it gets contained and doesn't hurt the fragile environment in Hood Canal
by BillZ
Fri Jun 28, 2019 2:20 pm
Forum: Diving Education (Recreational)
Topic: Deep diving PADI certification in Seattle?
Replies: 9
Views: 1895

Re: Deep diving PADI certification in Seattle?

Hi everyone! My teenage stepdaughter has OW from PADI. She is an awesome buddy, but we have to stay above 60ft :) Now that she is old enough to obtain a Deep Diver certification I am looking for some place around here that provides good training for a reasonable price (duh) I am going to see about ...
by BillZ
Sat Jun 15, 2019 9:32 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Where to go on my next dive trip???
Replies: 8
Views: 1184

Re: Where to go on my next dive trip???

Red Sea Explorers is the ultimate in dive your own profile luxury. If you're up for an adventure, during the Winter-Spring they take one of their boats to Sudan and dive some amazing sites that are rarely seen. Red Sea liveaboard trips are surprisingly affordable... Yep - I believe the Egyptian gov...
by BillZ
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:11 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Seattle area shore dives some guidance or suggestions
Replies: 8
Views: 1176

Re: Seattle area shore dives some guidance or suggestions

Northwest Shore Dives is the bible for Puget Sound Diving. It's out of print but you can pick up a used copy on Amazon. Day Island Wall is probably the best shore dive in the Puget Sound but I'd suggest that you go with someone that knows how to dive it until you learn how to bracket slack. It's a r...
by BillZ
Mon Jun 03, 2019 3:50 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Where to go on my next dive trip???
Replies: 8
Views: 1184

Re: Where to go on my next dive trip???

Red Sea Explorers is the ultimate in dive your own profile luxury. If you're up for an adventure, during the Winter-Spring they take one of their boats to Sudan and dive some amazing sites that are rarely seen.
by BillZ
Sun May 19, 2019 11:11 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Travel to Roatan
Replies: 8
Views: 1036

Re: Travel to Roatan

Agreed that the travel from the PNW is unacceptable in many ways. Egypt...... still not faster or cheaper travel though! The liveaboards are dirt cheap. Heck much cheaper than a retirement home or an RV park! The Snefro Love has 7 day trips for 900 bucks! Three years ago I flew British out of Vanco...
by BillZ
Sun May 12, 2019 4:18 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Travel to Roatan
Replies: 8
Views: 1036

Re: Travel to Roatan

My wife and I love Roatan - We've done CocoView three times and Anthony Key once. We used to be able to get flights there through Houston or Miami for around $500. Now-a-days the flights to RTB from the PNW have gotten to be too convoluted and too expensive to make it worth our while. For the price ...
by BillZ
Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: God's Pocket is back, and better than ever!
Replies: 15
Views: 1489

Re: God's Pocket is back, and better than ever!

Wow - Chris and Bea are now running Gods Pocket - You couldn't ask for a better couple to run the resort.

I still remember Bea's awesome food from the between-dive sugar shack on the Nanaimo dock - the best surface interval ever!
by BillZ
Tue Apr 16, 2019 7:27 am
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: Cleaning out the closet
Replies: 17
Views: 2092

Re: Cleaning out the closet

Hi Wayne... If the G250's are in good shape I'll take both of them I'll also take both of the 95's PM me with the details.. Sorry Billz, the G250's were gone in about 10 minutes The 95's are yours. I'll need to clean the writing off them as best I can for you. There's a hydro facility I get a nice ...
by BillZ
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:53 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: Cleaning out the closet
Replies: 17
Views: 2092

Re: Cleaning out the closet

Hi Wayne...
If the G250's are in good shape I'll take both of them

I'll also take both of the 95's

PM me with the details..
by BillZ
Mon Apr 15, 2019 9:39 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Anyone got a old DIN they would trade for a old yoke 1st stage?
Replies: 5
Views: 1285

Re: Anyone got a old DIN they would trade for a old yoke 1st stage?

Building a single tank hookah rig for cleaning hulls and maintenance related hull work and I long ago made the switch to DIN from yoke and now all my tanks are DIN and while I thought I had a extra DIN 1st stage in the dive locker to build this rig it turns out it is a yoke and that wont work, I su...
by BillZ
Wed Mar 06, 2019 7:16 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Best options for cold water/warm water hybrid bp&w rig
Replies: 9
Views: 2118

Re: Best options for cold water/warm water hybrid bp&w rig

I would just get a steel and separate ali plates. They are pretty cheap. Actually more expensive but also viable would be to get an ali plate and a weighted sta. Use the cam band slots and the ali plate travelling and the same plate with the ~6lb STA locally. But two plates is actually cheaper. +1 ...