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    Please tell me Who was at fault?

    If the dive was "2 buddy teams diving together" (rather than a "4-buddy team"), I agree with your reasoning, except I'm not sure why the flagman ges the biggest slice. Although he eventually abandoned his buddy, at first all he did was stop. And the flagman's buddy, who swam away while his buddy...
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    UTD Recreational Equipment Questions

    I'm intrigued, but uh how? (and where did you get the part(s)?
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    UTD Recreational Equipment Questions

    Is it mostly just the total weight that's the problem, or is there something with the wider distribution? Ya that's exactly what I was referring to actually. And the "really long first dive" can even be advantageous if you're first dive is much deeper than the second (for example, one day I...
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    UTD Recreational Equipment Questions

    Alright, from the few replies sounds like that's my best bet Well if UTD takes off, that will be kind of a neat card to have with the #1 on it :D I'll send you a message once I get back to Seattle though, thanks for the offer. Oh cool, didn't know it was that simple. Only thing is that reg...
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    UTD Recreational Equipment Questions

    Really? I figured the shapes were too diffferent to do this. My regs are Zeagle Flathead 6's, any idea who you'd contact about this? Ya I'll try to set something up once I'm back.
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    UTD Recreational Equipment Questions

    Okay that's good, I guess when I'm ready it can't hurt to send a quick e-mail and ask them about it. There's plenty of drysuit courses around, but if it's possible going with the agency I hope to continue on with may make sense if they're offering it. The thing I like the most UTD and GUE...
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    UTD Recreational Equipment Questions

    Thanks TSandM. Ya that's what I figured, but at least it seems like this is one area DIR isn't too stringent, so it's whatever makes sense I guess. Good to know. Actually those are probably far more useful in any case, I can never access my BC pockets underwater properly (the zipper is hard to...
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    UTD Recreational Equipment Questions

    Thanks, but I'm actually not in Seattle yet (I've been moving back and forth between Ontario and Seattle for a couple years now, this summer I'm expected to move to Seattle semi-permanently (as in 3 years). I've seen Brian's and Jeanna's site, it has some useful information, and I'll definitely...
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    UTD Recreational Equipment Questions

    Thanks for your quick replies! Not bad, the poster following you basically said the same things. And I'll check out direexplorer. Okay, so it's nothing too standardized, wasn't sure if weight belts were "against the rules" or whatever. I've done all my diving in Seattle in a wetsuit...
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    UTD Recreational Equipment Questions

    Note: I'm not sure the best place for this post, but this is for anyone knowledgeable with UTD, not necessarily just their staff. So after various frustrations with the PADI system, I really like what I've read about UTD and the training seems to be much closer to what I think is needed to...
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    Cold water diving?

    Coldest my computer recorded was 43 in Lake Huron. It wasn's so bad though because it was middle of summer in Ontario so nice and warm on the surface. I find it's much worse diving Seattle in the fallor or winter: even though the water is somewhat warmer (55 or so), on a rainy day in November it...
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    Seventeen Years Today Oct 12.

    Really? I mean I'm sure there are more total deaths in rec, but also many more participants. It seems from looking at dive accidents, a large number are deco, cave, and rebreather. There are also a lot of recreational ones, but way more people participating. Do the DAN reports take number of...
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    Does Nitrox make you feel better? (split from Nitrox on OW course)

    Well of course, but that's out of the context of this discussion. I'm not saying Nitrox is useless, but talking about buying it for the sole purpose of "feeling better". That said, in most cases, Nitrox won't extend your actual bottom time (depending on how you dive). Most days I'm doing 2...
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    Split from Catalina Diver died.. Advanced Certification is a joke

    Most of advanced was just a waste of time, not necessarily dangerous. Except the "deep" dive, which I am totally against for a few reasons: 1. AOW is taken way too soon (some people will take it after their 4 OW dives) 2. You are now certified to 100 feet after a single dive 3. PADI's...
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    Does Nitrox make you feel better? (split from Nitrox on OW course)

    No different, I think my tired feeling after diving is just due to physical exertion (it's not that demanding short term, but over 4 hours it adds up). I feel similar to after hiking up a mountain.
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