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Casa Grande, Arizona
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Barracuda, from Casa Grande, Arizona

AZTinman was last seen:
Oct 27, 2020 at 10:33 PM
    1. hezishohat
      do you use the Nikkor 16-85mm underwater?
      I just check of getting the Sigma 17-70 but not sure about it
      1. AZTinman
        Yes, I use a Nikkor 16-85mm underwater. It works well in situations where I need more reach than my Nikkor 10-24mm will provide. The 16-85mm doesn't focus as fast as the 10-24mm. I've never used Sigma lenses. I do have a Tokina 10-17mm FE, but don't like it much. I only use the Tokina when shooting large animals like mantas close-up.
        Jan 18, 2018
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    Casa Grande, Arizona
    School Administrator
    Certification Agencies:
    Dive History:
    Became certified in 1990 while working with a Rural Fire Protection District in Colorado. As the district's training officer and an assistant chief, I was charged with developing the district's underwater search & rescue (recovery) unit. I spent a lot of time in low visibility fresh water lakes.

    My wife is from Northern California and had family living in the Sacramento area. I combined a lot of trips to visit family with diving in the Monterrey area. Diving Monterrey beat anything freshwater diving could offer.

    I sold my original dive gear a few years ago to a former National Park Service partner who scored a job with a university that was doing survey work on the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. I'm sure my gear had a great time.
    Certification History:
    I certified in 1990 with the following quals:
    Open Water Diver
    Advanced Open Water Diver
    Search & Rescue Diver
    Certification Level:
    Advanced Open Water Diver
    Dive Classification:
    Experienced Diver
    Years Certified:
    Ten Or More Years
    Dive Equipment:
    Current gear includes:
    Oceanic FDX 10 1st Stage
    Oceanic Neo 2nd Stage
    Oceanic Alpha 9 Octo
    Oceanic Console Gauges
    Sherwood Avid BC
    Aqualung SOLAFX Semi-dry Suit
    Atomic Splitfins
    Rebreather Experience:
    After living in the cold and snow of the Colorado Rockies for thirty years, my wife and retired from our work as school administrators and moved to Arizona. Retirement lasted about a month as we got bored. We returned to working in schools.

    Arizona's been a nice change. Our location puts diving in Southern California and Mexico within easy reach.