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by stphnmartin
Fri Sep 05, 2014 8:31 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Tried Kayak diving? Got any tips?
Replies: 14
Views: 1799

Re: Tried Kayak diving? Got any tips?

You can try austin kayak instead of waiting for REI: http://www.austinkayak.com/products/343/Ocean-Kayak-Frenzy-Kayak.html I ordered a Tarpon 140 from them and kayak dived from it for a while. I stopped after my dive buddy, who I also convinced to get a kayak, got tired of the whole operation and bo...
by stphnmartin
Sun Aug 31, 2014 3:42 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 2995
Views: 228177

Re: Viz Reports Thread

8/31 Sunrise beach 15-20'.
by stphnmartin
Wed Aug 27, 2014 8:19 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 2995
Views: 228177

Re: Viz Reports Thread

8/26 super clear 35-40 feet @ redondo. Skates were everywhere. Very cool! At what depth did you find the skates? Get some vid?? -Eric Eric, We found the skates anywhere from 80 to 30 feet (we dropped down to the carousel and then angled north up slope back to the line a bit before the VW). And, by ...
by stphnmartin
Tue Aug 26, 2014 11:16 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 2995
Views: 228177

Re: Viz Reports Thread

8/26 super clear 35-40 feet @ redondo. Skates were everywhere.
by stphnmartin
Wed Aug 20, 2014 1:26 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Blakely Rock 8/17
Replies: 14
Views: 990

Re: Blakely Rock 8/17

I used the DJI Phantom 2 Vision +. I'm still learning how to fly it well. There were seals on the rocks and I considered flying in close (if you look closely you can see some swimming underwater), but figured I'd best learn what rules there are about harassing marine life with a quadcopter first. Pl...
by stphnmartin
Tue Aug 19, 2014 11:21 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Blakely Rock 8/17
Replies: 14
Views: 990

Blakely Rock 8/17

Dived China Wall and Shangri-La off Blakely Rock on Sunday. The viz was a stellar 30 feet with plenty of octos and wolf eels. The fog was dense early and made crossing the ferry and cargo ship routes a bit sketchy. But, thankfully that burned off for a beautiful day. I tried out a quadcopter for the...
by stphnmartin
Sun Aug 10, 2014 1:55 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 2995
Views: 228177

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Alki was 30+ feet this morning before the students got in. A little chunky up top but very nice below 40 feet.
by stphnmartin
Tue Jul 15, 2014 9:29 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: A stranger for a buddy
Replies: 2
Views: 661

A stranger for a buddy

I was recently diving off the NC coast and had a terrible experience. I emailed some friends about it and will share that email below. But, basically, I'd like some advice about what you do when buddying with a stranger for a dive. Do you have any methods for evaluating their abilities? And, perhaps...
by stphnmartin
Tue Jul 15, 2014 3:06 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Traffic
Replies: 23
Views: 1938

Re: Traffic

I used to live in NYC and nothing compares to trying to go crosstown during rush hour in Manhattan. Jimi Hendrix was right. By comparison Seattle has no traffic problems!
by stphnmartin
Sat Jun 14, 2014 5:00 pm
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: You can never be too careful with your housing
Replies: 9
Views: 960

You can never be too careful with your housing

One would think an underwater video camera housing would be very safe sitting on a kitchen counter. However, when you let your guard down, bad things happen. Apparently the cat felt it was not an expensive piece of underwater equipment but rather an emesis bucket. How it managed to get puke inside t...
by stphnmartin
Sun Jun 08, 2014 8:20 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: SJI Jun 7
Replies: 3
Views: 503

Re: SJI Jun 7

Excellent pics yelloweye! Especially since the conditions weren't favorable at all.

Viz was a bit better today (brown soup was mostly gone), but winds curtailed diving and limited us to 2 dives today.
by stphnmartin
Wed Jun 04, 2014 7:45 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 2995
Views: 228177

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Alki cove 6/3 a murky 25 feet. Lots of particulate and jellies in the water column.
by stphnmartin
Sat May 10, 2014 2:16 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 2995
Views: 228177

Re: Viz Reports Thread

5/10 Saltwater Park. Once below 50 feet depth it was a respectable 20 feet of viz. Actually, much better than I expected.
by stphnmartin
Tue May 06, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Bonaire trip
Replies: 15
Views: 795

Re: Bonaire trip

Thanks tangfish. I use a sony cx550 camera in a light and motion bluefin housing with 2 sola 1200s. I didn't even notice the green moray was going after a fish till I slowed down the video and noticed it escaping!
by stphnmartin
Sun May 04, 2014 1:38 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Bonaire trip
Replies: 15
Views: 795

Bonaire trip

Back in February I made my first trip to Bonaire. In fact, it was my first tropical trip ever and it was awesome to be free of a dry suit and on an island surrounded by dive sites. Coming from the puget sound, I had difficulty doing video having never experienced so much ambient light! It took me th...
by stphnmartin
Sat Apr 12, 2014 8:28 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Stubbies & Worms
Replies: 4
Views: 628

Re: Stubbies & Worms

H20doctor wrote:I'd like to know how you get those still shots.?. I cant get them at all no matter how hard I try


I'd like to say I get the still shots from peak buoyancy control and very steady hands. But, the truth is I use a tripod. It's the only way to capture tiny creatures without the shakes.
by stphnmartin
Fri Apr 11, 2014 9:35 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Stubbies & Worms
Replies: 4
Views: 628

Stubbies & Worms

Horrible viz at Redondo last night, but managed to get 1 minute of video:

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by stphnmartin
Sun Apr 06, 2014 3:52 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 2995
Views: 228177

Re: Viz Reports Thread

Sunrise beach 15-20 ft. Surprisingly clear in the shallows. No muck layer.
by stphnmartin
Sun Mar 23, 2014 6:52 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 2995
Views: 228177

Re: Viz Reports Thread

3/23 Blakely Rock, 15-20 murky feet. Around 95 feet of dept it cleared up a bit to perhaps 25 feet. The sun was out!
by stphnmartin
Mon Mar 17, 2014 4:51 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Viz Reports Thread
Replies: 2995
Views: 228177

Re: Viz Reports Thread

3/16 at West Wall Fox Island 20 murky feet. East wall about 20 as well but less murky.
by stphnmartin
Sun Jan 26, 2014 5:42 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Blakely Rock Buoys?
Replies: 1
Views: 509

Re: Blakely Rock Buoys?

To answer my own question, there isn't a buoy on china wall but there is in the east reef. Was out there today.
by stphnmartin
Wed Jan 22, 2014 4:39 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Blakely Rock Buoys?
Replies: 1
Views: 509

Blakely Rock Buoys?

Has anyone been to Blakely Rock recently and can tell me if buoys are in place for China Wall and the East reef?

Thanks!
by stphnmartin
Mon Jan 06, 2014 6:44 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: BONAIRE - January 2014
Replies: 39
Views: 1896

Re: BONAIRE - January 2014

I'm headed there in February for the first time. I'm keen on hearing your report and tips for a first time visitor.
by stphnmartin
Sat Dec 07, 2013 1:25 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Some lumpies on a frigid night
Replies: 9
Views: 874

Some lumpies on a frigid night

27F degrees before getting in the water at Redondo last night. Usual cast of characters.

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by stphnmartin
Sat Sep 21, 2013 3:21 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Tripod testing at Redondo
Replies: 12
Views: 1117

Re: Tripod testing at Redondo

Thanks all. Keith, yeah, I know what you mean. I got tired of making myself dizzy looking at my own macro video. So, I went large and bought this trip. I considered building one, but once the parts were all assembled the price was pretty high too. http://www.backscatter.com/HostedStore.LassoApp?-Res...

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