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by ArcticDiver
Fri May 16, 2008 9:12 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: advice on new regs needed
Replies: 32
Views: 952

Re: advice on new regs needed

Not to confuse the matter, but in another thread we were discussing some angst against the big reg companies for their unfair trade practices, and I mentioned DiveRite and Salvo as examples of non-price-fixing, open-market types. What is the consensus on their regulators? Is there any reason we sho...
by ArcticDiver
Fri May 16, 2008 8:57 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Electrical Power Management
Replies: 18
Views: 728

Re: Electrical Power Management

I'm sorry this had to happen to you folks Dave. But, often these kinds of things end up working for the good. If you can keep it up after the hydro comes back you will be the poster child for wise energy use. And, as you said, that is The Challenge. After all, we aren't the only species that gets fa...
by ArcticDiver
Thu May 15, 2008 5:57 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Electrical Power Management
Replies: 18
Views: 728

Re: Electrical Power Management>OUTSTANDING<

I brought this back because while at a convention last week I had conversations with several people from Juneau. As the OP posted this is the place where the hydro electricity supply lines were cut by an avalanche and they are now paying a Whole Bunch More for their electricity. Without exception th...
by ArcticDiver
Fri May 09, 2008 10:57 pm
Forum: Diving Education (Recreational)
Topic: Dressing in the Rain
Replies: 12
Views: 1076

Re: Dressing in the Rain

Thanks for the comments. just knowing others have the same challenge is a help. Maybe some visqueen and clothespins in luggage? Or, just come back to Puget Sound and Bob's wonderful Divemobile? Oh yes, sweating in the suit is The Worst. I'm one of those people who sweat a quart at the drop of a hat....
by ArcticDiver
Wed May 07, 2008 9:39 pm
Forum: Diving Education (Recreational)
Topic: Dressing in the Rain
Replies: 12
Views: 1076

Dressing in the Rain

Please don't snicker too loudly. But, I have an anxiety over getting into my dry suit in the rain. Of course if I'm in a dry suit it is cold water. So, if I dress in the rain I'm getting wet and cold inside only to dive in cold water. So, how do you stay dry while dressing so the dry suit will do it...
by ArcticDiver
Wed May 07, 2008 9:30 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: advice on new regs needed
Replies: 32
Views: 952

Re: advice on new regs needed

Well, I'll give my experience with a pair of Atomic M1 DIN regs. I bought them together with a pair of Atomic DIN>Yoke adaptors. The first set I had trouble with leaks from the regs and the adaptors. AFter a couple repair attempts the dealer sent me a new set of regs in the sealed boxes. They were d...
by ArcticDiver
Sat May 03, 2008 12:31 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What does your username represent?
Replies: 98
Views: 3503

Re: What does your username represent?

[quote="airsix... I say embrace it. They're the crazy ones. 80% of all life is in the ocean and they're just walking down the sidewalk ignoring a treasure that's right under their noses. -Ben[/quote] Good Grief! You mean Washingtonites and Alaskans agree on something?? In my limited experience ...
by ArcticDiver
Fri May 02, 2008 1:05 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: What does your username represent?
Replies: 98
Views: 3503

Re: What does your username represent?

I certified (some say I was already certifiable) in the water of Valdez, AK Thanksgiving weekend in overcast with snowshowers, wind and +27F air temp. Oh yes, in a wetsuit. I stood on the shore and said to myself: "What in the hell am I, or any sane person doing here?" After my first dive ...
by ArcticDiver
Wed Apr 30, 2008 4:12 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Anybody diving a DC Z-tech?
Replies: 13
Views: 439

Re: Anybody diving a DC Z-tech?

Help me please. What is the difference between a Z-Flex, which I have, and a Z-Tech? I know I can go to the DC site. But, experience says that users like y'all are far more reliable than a manufacturer's web site. If I understand correctly a Z-flex is a heavy-duty cordura outer. Z-tech is a lighter...
by ArcticDiver
Wed Apr 30, 2008 11:01 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Anybody diving a DC Z-tech?
Replies: 13
Views: 439

Re: Anybody diving a DC Z-tech?

Help me please. What is the difference between a Z-Flex, which I have, and a Z-Tech? I know I can go to the DC site. But, experience says that users like y'all are far more reliable than a manufacturer's web site. Addition: Just went to the DC web site. No Z suits. So I guess y'all are THE source.
by ArcticDiver
Wed Apr 30, 2008 10:49 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Electrical Power Management
Replies: 18
Views: 728

Re: Electrical Power Management

Yeah, Dave that is the heart of the conflict about energy use in the villages. They say since they were in most cases born and reared in the village being asked to either move or revert to a more primitive lifestyle is unreasonable. Their view is that they didn't choose to live there, it is where th...
by ArcticDiver
Tue Apr 29, 2008 4:14 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Electrical Power Management
Replies: 18
Views: 728

Re: Electrical Power Management

It is interesting that Juneau's plight seems to be helping our remote villages. They have had electricity costs equal to or far in excess of what Juneau is now experiencing. But, they have been unsuccessful in getting the State Government that is primarily housed in Juneau and Anchorage to give them...
by ArcticDiver
Sun Apr 27, 2008 2:13 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Leading/following buddy skills
Replies: 14
Views: 747

Re: Leading/following buddy skills

THE biggest skill a leader has to have is to be able to check their followers frequently. Just because the leader is in front doesn't mean they get to set the pace. Actually, the slowest person in the sets the pace. It has happened to me and I've seen it happen to many others that the most skilled, ...
by ArcticDiver
Sat Apr 26, 2008 4:34 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: What makes a diver a "good" diver?
Replies: 43
Views: 2104

Re: What makes a diver a "good" diver?

Well that's a good point ArcticDiver. Someone once told me that the thumbs up isn't a question, it's an ORDER and it's not open for discussion. ... Yep, that is standard. But, I've learned that not everyone follows that. As for the rest of your post: This is a recurring subject on several scuba for...
by ArcticDiver
Fri Apr 25, 2008 12:27 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: What makes a diver a "good" diver?
Replies: 43
Views: 2104

Re: What makes a diver a "good" diver?

As a person who will probably never have the high skill levels of you folks who have the luxury of being able to dive almost at will I appreciate this thread. Interestingly the only two people I'd never dive with again both broke the dive plan by separation. One though created a problem by refusing ...
by ArcticDiver
Sat Apr 05, 2008 6:08 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: WTB (maybe) single BP/Wing
Replies: 72
Views: 2305

Re: WTB (maybe) single BP/Wing

As has been pointed out exactly what you buy is really a very personal decision. For example: My body type gives me a different center of gravity than that of a small, slender person. So, where I put buoyancy and lift will be a bit different than someone else. My body shape also makes it hard for me...
by ArcticDiver
Sun Mar 30, 2008 3:45 pm
Forum: No Bubble Zone
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 47
Views: 1400

Re: Where to start?

Hmmm, that event sure does look inviting. But (there is always a "but" isn't there) that is a long and expensive way from Interior Alaska. Still, I've been wanting to make another trip down to your country for some diving. Last time, among other things, I was having some trouble with some ...
by ArcticDiver
Sun Mar 30, 2008 10:34 am
Forum: No Bubble Zone
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 47
Views: 1400

Re: Where to start?

Back after a few days well off the road system. It sure is NOISY here in town. Anyway, from what has been posted a CCR is useful for just about any kind of serious diving; it is manageable by anyone who has, or is willing to adopt, a detailed operational methodology; and who is willing to spend the ...
by ArcticDiver
Tue Mar 25, 2008 4:28 pm
Forum: No Bubble Zone
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 47
Views: 1400

Re: Where to start?

This has been some really good info. But, what about the "batch diver"? A guy like me who will dive 20 or so dives one month; not dive for a couple months and do another batch again? Is it really practical, or even possible, to keep an acceptable level of proficiency under those circumsta...
by ArcticDiver
Tue Mar 25, 2008 11:24 am
Forum: No Bubble Zone
Topic: Where to start?
Replies: 47
Views: 1400

Re: Where to start?

This has been some really good info. But, what about the "batch diver"? A guy like me who will dive 20 or so dives one month; not dive for a couple months and do another batch again? Is it really practical, or even possible, to keep an acceptable level of proficiency under those circumstan...
by ArcticDiver
Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:51 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Doubles with a Transpac?
Replies: 15
Views: 538

Re: Doubles with a Transpac?

I have a TransPac which I like very much. It is just the ticket for some kinds of diving. For me, doubles isn't one of them. For doubles a person needs something a lot more stiff and supportive than anything that is totally fabric.
by ArcticDiver
Thu Mar 20, 2008 10:46 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: What to take to warm water?
Replies: 12
Views: 541

Re: What to take to warm water?

And make sure your DAN insurance is current I would DEFINITELY encourage you to do this as well! Even one trip in a chamber can break the bank if you haven't covered yourself adequately. I know whereof I speak...... - John Doesn't even take a diving problem to make DAN Insurance worthwhile. The ins...
by ArcticDiver
Wed Mar 05, 2008 8:47 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: I Took The Plunge
Replies: 34
Views: 1753

Re: I Took The Plunge

I missed the question about valves and such. I haven't had any problems at all. The inflate button is right in the center of my chest and easy to reach; the dump valve is high up on my left arm. I set it about 3/4 open before I put the rest of my gear on and the rest is automatic. I tend to wear my...
by ArcticDiver
Tue Mar 04, 2008 11:05 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: I Took The Plunge
Replies: 34
Views: 1753

Re: I Took The Plunge

Interesting, Interesting. How much additional weight do you folks need to carry to offset the additional suit air? Any? Other than bubble control any other changes? Like reaching valves, etc? In terms of weighting from using your BCD for buoyancy to your drysuit there was no change at all. Some div...
by ArcticDiver
Mon Mar 03, 2008 9:39 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: I Took The Plunge
Replies: 34
Views: 1753

Re: I Took The Plunge

Interesting, Interesting. How much additional weight do you folks need to carry to offset the additional suit air? Any?

Other than bubble control any other changes? Like reaching valves, etc?