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by Grateful Diver
Thu Mar 16, 2017 6:57 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Scuba & H2O Adventure Show 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 2339

Re: Scuba & H2O Adventure Show 2017

For those of you planning to go, here's a coupon worth $5 off on admission ...

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... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Mon Mar 13, 2017 6:17 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: o-rings for Diving Concepts glove rings
Replies: 13
Views: 2061

Re: o-rings for Diving Concepts glove rings

Last time I purchased O-rings for my DC rings, I got them at Tacoma Screw, on Commerce Street in Tacoma.

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: looking for a NiMH battery charger for Dive-X Sierra
Replies: 23
Views: 3291

Re: looking for a NiMH battery charger for Dive-X Sierra

The charger was dead ... the red LED wouldn't even come on when I plugged it in. I changed out the fuse, and that clearly wasn't the problem. I purchased a new charger. But in the time it took, my battery discharged sufficiently to no longer register ... even with the new charger. I'm OK with that ....
by Grateful Diver
Fri Mar 10, 2017 2:25 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: San Juans Charter
Replies: 8
Views: 1247

Re: San Juans Charter

There was a death on one of their charters to Race Rocks a couple years ago. I believe the family sued them, and they were pretty much put out of business over it ...

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Thu Mar 09, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: San Juans Charter
Replies: 8
Views: 1247

Re: San Juans Charter

Personally, I haven't done the Gulf Islands in ages. It's a long trip, and there are no more live-aboards up there. Ed from Sun Down Diving in Nanaimo looks like he goes to Gabriolla, and perhaps beyond. He only has a small boat but he's a super nice knowledgable guy, a good guy to hit Nanaimo with...
by Grateful Diver
Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:43 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Spring break dive trip help
Replies: 5
Views: 1332

Re: Spring break dive trip help

That's a good week for morning dives, tides-wise.

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Mon Mar 06, 2017 11:40 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: looking for a NiMH battery charger for Dive-X Sierra
Replies: 23
Views: 3291

Re: looking for a NiMH battery charger for Dive-X Sierra

Well, I guess I waited too long to buy a charger ... now my battery won't charge. Looks like I need a new battery. I don't use the scooter often enough anymore to justify paying $850 for a new battery. Does anyone have any less expensive alternatives for a NiMH battery for the Sierra? Can't complain...
by Grateful Diver
Mon Mar 06, 2017 8:48 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Spring break dive trip help
Replies: 5
Views: 1332

Re: Spring break dive trip help

What are the dates, John? Tidal exchanges will often determine whether or not you should dive at a given site. I have several suggestions, but some of them are current-sensitive (the best ones usually are) ...

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Fri Mar 03, 2017 12:10 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Scuba & H2O Adventure Show 2017
Replies: 11
Views: 2339

Re: Scuba & H2O Adventure Show 2017

I will be giving my gas management seminar this year ... at noon on Saturday ...

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:16 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Flag pole good & bad
Replies: 4
Views: 1208

Re: Flag pole good & bad

I was there today. The state of the cloud sponges is just sad ... it looks like someone probably dropped an anchor on them and then just drove round and round, shearing off sponge parts. There's bits and pieces of cloud sponge laying on the bottom everywhere. Sad. This is the first time ever I've be...
by Grateful Diver
Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:10 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: looking for a NiMH battery charger for Dive-X Sierra
Replies: 23
Views: 3291

looking for a NiMH battery charger for Dive-X Sierra

The charger for my Sierra scooter battery has decided it no longer wants to function. Won't even come on. I checked the switch and fuse, and they seem to be in order. But the thing's about 10 years old, and it's probably past its useful life. Anyway, a replacement charger at Dive-X is $155. I barely...
by Grateful Diver
Mon Jan 30, 2017 9:03 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Keystone Sat 1/28
Replies: 23
Views: 2149

Re: Keystone Sat 1/28

... my contributions ... This pair of widehand hermits were fighting ... I assume the one on the left wanted the larger shell being worn by the one on the right ... https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/16422875_700785453435149_7535762272832307845_o.jpg?oh=48342fb87700bbf4c2b5566ff1bf7c69&oe=5...
by Grateful Diver
Mon Jan 23, 2017 1:46 pm
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: Keystone Sat 1/28
Replies: 30
Views: 3682

Re: Keystone Sat 1/28

Marker Buoys has a dive scheduled for Keystone that day ... I'll be there ...

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Tue Jan 17, 2017 10:46 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Sund Rock 1/16
Replies: 12
Views: 1415

Re: Sund Rock 1/16

It was an awesome day ... the second in a row for me at Sund Rock, both with good friends, gorgeous weather and outstanding vis. Here's some of my pics from yesterday ... https://scontent.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t31.0-8/15972683_693365334177161_8354645042429363204_o.jpg?oh=a0df0a6f5e435b80b8b604390dd02ef8&am...
by Grateful Diver
Wed Jan 11, 2017 9:26 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: ThThTh 1/12
Replies: 15
Views: 1391

Re: ThThTh 1/12

Eric ... if you need a reg, stop by. I can set you up.

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Fri Dec 23, 2016 7:24 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Bali
Replies: 10
Views: 1482

Re: Bali

Great advice, Jeff ... I'm thinking a one-year trial commitment, and take it from there ... if I make if five years, that would be awesome.

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:35 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Bali
Replies: 10
Views: 1482

Bali

Looking ahead to the end of 2017, when I will be retiring. One possibility at that point will be relocating to Bali ... not sure I will, but it's been a dream of mine for several years. So a couple weeks ago I headed over to take a look at the place from the perspective of possibly living there. It'...
by Grateful Diver
Thu Dec 15, 2016 5:40 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: A good fill in the Seattle area?
Replies: 32
Views: 5256

Re: A good fill in the Seattle area?

... or just do like I do and get bigger tanks ... Funny story from back when Wally was a partner at Tacoma Scuba (my shop of choice for many excellent reasons). Those of you who knew Wally will get the humor. I've had an arrangement with the shop for monthly fills since they were first opened about ...
by Grateful Diver
Wed Dec 14, 2016 7:09 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Redondo 12/10 - Sixgill Sighting
Replies: 11
Views: 2207

Re: Redondo 12/10 - Sixgill Sighting

Judging from the scars on the head and pectoral fin I'm guessing that's the same shark I took the video of in the same general area a couple years ago ...

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Sund Rock - 11/20
Replies: 3
Views: 2073

Sund Rock - 11/20

Took some friends from St. Louis to Sund Rock for their first taste of diving in the Puget Sound region. We did three dives ... first one down to the cloud sponges, second on the south wall, and the third on the north wall and wreck. Sadly, no GPO's ... and that was high on their wish list. Plenty o...
by Grateful Diver
Fri Nov 18, 2016 3:58 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Sweet Smell of Redondo trip report
Replies: 5
Views: 2120

Re: Sweet Smell of Redondo trip report

You guys found way more than me and Michael did. But any dive I can see something I've never seen before is a bonus ... and I have never seen a shrimp like this before. Looks like the flag of Italy ... https://scontent.fsnc1-2.fna.fbcdn.net/t31.0-8/15138304_663159427197752_3751885592866982677_o.jpg ...
by Grateful Diver
Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:17 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: ThThTh 11/17 -- Sweet smell of Redondo
Replies: 18
Views: 4102

Re: ThThTh 11/17 -- Sweet smell of Redondo

Unfortunately I do personal training on Thursdays now and from what I am reading online it is not advisable to exercise within 24hours before diving. SO I am airing on the side of caution and will not be diving. You guys have a great time and hopefully i can get back to diving on Thursdays someday....
by Grateful Diver
Wed Nov 09, 2016 11:29 am
Forum: Underwater Imaging - Photography & Video
Topic: good viz at Sund Rock for Wide Angle
Replies: 8
Views: 1996

Re: good viz at Sund Rock for Wide Angle

Good to know ... I'll be down there on Friday ...

Great pics ...

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:27 pm
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: Local drysuit alteration/repair
Replies: 11
Views: 3122

Re: Local drysuit alteration/repair

Call Kalen at Tacoma Scuba ...

... Bob (Grateful Diver)
by Grateful Diver
Sat Nov 05, 2016 5:33 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Great night dive at Redondo
Replies: 9
Views: 1720

Great night dive at Redondo

After months of dealing with poor to questionable vis, and kicking around wondering where the heck all the critters went, Redondo gave me one of "those" dives last night. It was a lovely evening, so on my way home from work I decided to take advantage of it and go blow some bubbles. Got do...