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by pensacoladiver
Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:29 pm
Forum: Diving Education (Recreational)
Topic: Interesting article from John Chatterton
Replies: 70
Views: 12575

Re: Interesting article from John Chatterton

I also feel that a key word has been overlooked in Johns original post... Intentionally or not. That word is "jumps". Ask any man what actions he will take if someone "jumps" him. The only honest answer is "fight or flight". This applies to any environment... Surface or...
by pensacoladiver
Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:21 pm
Forum: Diving Education (Recreational)
Topic: Interesting article from John Chatterton
Replies: 70
Views: 12575

Re: Interesting article from John Chatterton

The dive John was referring to in the blog.... He was on OC.

He may very well be diving CC at times but the decompression dives I have done with him and the recent expeditionary 200-250 foot dives he has been doing are on OC.
by pensacoladiver
Tue Feb 12, 2013 9:25 pm
Forum: Dive Travel - Planning and Adventure
Topic: Oahu in March/April
Replies: 14
Views: 3405

Re: Oahu in March/April

Brendan, when in March will you be here?

I'm on the island and looking for a house. My boat "should" be here by then. Hopefully I will be settled and running by then.
by pensacoladiver
Tue Jan 22, 2013 6:10 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Fun on 18/45
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Re: Fun on 18/45

Much like the PNW, some of the best visibility days here are in the winter. We have been blessed over the last month or so with 3/4 of the dive days having well over 100 foot of vis. Unfortunately, the seas are pretty much a constatnt 2 to 4 feet.
by pensacoladiver
Tue Jan 22, 2013 3:32 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Fun on 18/45
Replies: 2
Views: 255

Fun on 18/45

A few days ago, 4 of us dove the Johnny Morris wreck. She is 220 feet deep and we were all on 18/45. We all had scooters and with over 100 foot of vis and not much current, I wanted to get a shot of 3 scooters passing along side of the wreck. Unfortunately, I did not discuss this with anyone until w...
by pensacoladiver
Sun Jan 06, 2013 4:30 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: If you build it, they will come.
Replies: 1
Views: 409

If you build it, they will come.

If you spend any amount of time in South Florida, you eventually get to meet some of the diving pioneers. My good friend Frank and I started a Meetup group www.meetup.com/stroke for his boat... and sometimes mine. There just wasn't a club like NWDC (down here) where we could get our dives organized ...
by pensacoladiver
Tue Jan 01, 2013 2:29 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Computers (Part 2)
Replies: 24
Views: 1689

Re: Computers (Part 2)

Very interesting point. I have been doing some reading on the subject and it sounds like there is still heavy use of tables even with computers. Maybe I am missing something in all this but why are computers so popular with tech divers if "nobody" uses them? Great question. The answer is ...
by pensacoladiver
Sat Dec 29, 2012 3:13 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Computers (Part 2)
Replies: 24
Views: 1689

Re: Computers (Part 2)

If you like the Shearwater, I am selling my Predator. It has about 50 dives on it, this was my backup for deco dives. Comes with the box, all software and Bluetooth... The same way it comes new. $700 gets it shipped. I have an extra backplate with the bungee mounts installed for $10. ImageUploadedBy...
by pensacoladiver
Wed Dec 26, 2012 5:04 am
Forum: Dive Planning
Topic: WWW - 12/26/2012
Replies: 23
Views: 1024

Re: WWW - 12/26/2012

Can I vouch for rj? Well, maybe I better not. I remember her not being able to load her own spear gun and losing her mask. Hehe
by pensacoladiver
Wed Dec 26, 2012 4:22 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: A tour of the Hydro Atlantic on a 120 foot day of vis
Replies: 4
Views: 523

Re: A tour of the Hydro Atlantic on a 120 foot day of vis

Thanks Chris. No gun with me on that dive. If you are talking about the barracuda, I tried it once, even smoked it, still tasted terrible to me.

It's a taste I won't be acquiring.

Tons of huge lionfish on it though
by pensacoladiver
Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:30 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: A tour of the Hydro Atlantic on a 120 foot day of vis
Replies: 4
Views: 523

A tour of the Hydro Atlantic on a 120 foot day of vis

It does not happen often, but in the winter here in South Florida, if you can find a break in the seas and can stand the cold water (79 degrees) you can be rewarded with some awesome visibility. We have had some recent good sized swells, so getting out of the inlet has been a bit more tense than usu...
by pensacoladiver
Tue Dec 25, 2012 3:14 am
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: vacation in Fort Lauderdale
Replies: 50
Views: 2674

Re: vacation in Fort Lauderdale

rjarnold wrote:
pensacoladiver wrote:I'm still here until the end of January. Feb 1st we transfer to Oahu.

I wish I could get out there sometime soon, but gotta get settled into Hawaii first.
When y'all comin to Hawaii?


After you're settled in - i.e., you've figured out where and what to spear ;)



Hopefully it won't take me long!
by pensacoladiver
Mon Dec 24, 2012 5:54 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: vacation in Fort Lauderdale
Replies: 50
Views: 2674

Re: vacation in Fort Lauderdale

I'm still here until the end of January. Feb 1st we transfer to Oahu.

I wish I could get out there sometime soon, but gotta get settled into Hawaii first.
When y'all comin to Hawaii?
by pensacoladiver
Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:40 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Gas Analyzers
Replies: 9
Views: 743

Re: Gas Analyzers

It all depends on which commercial unit you are talking about. You can make the DIY unit as small as you want with whatever size "project box" you buy. Other then that, it's just several wires, a knob, a switch and a pcb in the box with a battery. Pretty damn rugged design. The whole thing...
by pensacoladiver
Thu Dec 13, 2012 3:32 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Gas Analyzers
Replies: 9
Views: 743

Re: Gas Analyzers

As far as the home built analyzers, they are every bit as good as any you can buy. I ordered one of the el cheapos from oxycheq and then I built one of my own from scratch ordering parts online. Both work perfectly and I built the second one for less than 100 bucks. The heart of any analyzer is the ...
by pensacoladiver
Thu Nov 22, 2012 3:05 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: any BMW mechanics on the board?
Replies: 5
Views: 816

Re: any BMW mechanics on the board?

What is the issue/symptoms?
by pensacoladiver
Fri Nov 16, 2012 6:29 pm
Forum: Diving Education (Recreational)
Topic: Nitrox training
Replies: 24
Views: 4398

Re: Nitrox training

I didn't get that impression either. Seems to me that there are probably some good instructors out there that may ask something along the lines of "let's talk about ppo2" and the student nails it with a well rounded answer that covers all the curriculum bases... You would move on pretty qu...
by pensacoladiver
Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:49 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Tire Gas and Bottle Hunting Are Killing Me
Replies: 79
Views: 4223

Re: Tire Gas and Bottle Hunting Are Killing Me

And a good boy you were. Worked like a real man, instead of a .....

Your avatar seems awful blue. Would that be from one of those 120 foot dives you did in the waters here???

Your narc had always seemed to be the worst when you are on the surface!
by pensacoladiver
Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:05 pm
Forum: Diving Education (Recreational)
Topic: Nitrox training
Replies: 24
Views: 4398

Re: Nitrox training

I would suggest finding an independent instructor who is willing to forgo the day of teaching if you can demonstrate appropriate knowledge of the principles. I don't remember as its been a while since my nitrox cert, but I seem to recall dives not even being necessary. Maybe offer to fill their tank...
by pensacoladiver
Thu Nov 15, 2012 4:47 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Outboard engine Mechanic/Trade for boat diving/fishing???
Replies: 7
Views: 1986

Re: Outboard engine Mechanic/Trade for boat diving/fishing??

I'll do it Cory. Bring it to Florida... Bit leave the mercs behind. Haha.
by pensacoladiver
Wed Nov 14, 2012 5:48 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: What training do we need next
Replies: 65
Views: 2936

Re: What training do we need next

Ok. After the second post, Ross is either messing with my mind or I need to review the oxy hacker book and the dictionary.
by pensacoladiver
Tue Nov 13, 2012 7:30 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: What training do we need next
Replies: 65
Views: 2936

Re: What training do we need next

Josh. I'm glad you said something. I was biting my tongue.
by pensacoladiver
Tue Nov 13, 2012 4:34 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: What training do we need next
Replies: 65
Views: 2936

Re: What training do we need next

If your buoyancy sucks at any depth, you don't need to be doing the AN/DP class yet.

On the bright side, knowing and admitting it is half way to the solution.

IMO, rock solid buoyancy at any depth then you can start training for soft or hard overhead environments.
by pensacoladiver
Tue Nov 13, 2012 12:57 pm
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: What training do we need next
Replies: 65
Views: 2936

Re: What training do we need next

To me, the logical sequence of events to get to the depths I have seen you describe is nitrox class, then advanced nitrox/decompression procedures. I will add a caveat that nitrox class can happen anytime. However advanced nitrox and deco procedures should not happen until you are absolutely comfort...
by pensacoladiver
Tue Nov 13, 2012 5:35 am
Forum: Gear Central (Recreational)
Topic: IP adjustment on Hog regs
Replies: 5
Views: 493

Re: IP adjustment on Hog regs

Trying to break 300 dives this year. Got about 35 to go. We will see.

It's my primary doubles reg so it doesn't see as much use as my single, but its got close to 100 dives on it in the last year.