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John C. Ratliff's Recent Activity

  1. John C. Ratliff attached a file to the thread Solo with no BCD?.

    A couple of points here. First, the BSAC was writing for the equipment being used at the time. At that time (pre-1970) the dry suits...

    Clear Lake with Aquala002.jpg Jul 31, 2021 at 10:32 PM
  2. John C. Ratliff replied to the thread Solo with no BCD?.

    I have a 1970s BSAC Diving Manual upstairs. It was a great resource. SeaRat

    Jul 29, 2021 at 2:03 AM
  3. John C. Ratliff liked Wibble's post in the thread Solo with no BCD?.

    I'm a bit young for this :wink: I remember reading my dad's BSAC scuba manual when we lived in Singapore in 1968/9. Alas and...

    Jul 29, 2021 at 2:02 AM
  4. John C. Ratliff liked Pressurehead's post in the thread Solo with no BCD?.

    We did this diving twin 63s, no BC < 18m, Fenzy [horse collar BC with it's own small cylinder] > 18m up till about 1987 or so. Making...

    Jul 28, 2021 at 12:24 AM
  5. John C. Ratliff replied to the thread Solo with no BCD?.

    Okay, I'm going to quote a part of my article in NAUI News, July 1973: This was published some 15 years before NSS Cavern Diving...

    Jul 27, 2021 at 10:07 PM
  6. John C. Ratliff liked SlugMug's post in the thread Solo with no BCD?.

    Agreed, a lot of things can be overcome with skills, training, and/or redundancy. I certainly understand being adamant that new divers...

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:44 PM
  7. John C. Ratliff liked rx7diver's post in the thread Solo with no BCD?.

    @John C. Ratliff and @Doc Harry, I first learned about drop weights when I took my cavern and basic cave course in 1988. Several Pb...

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:43 PM
  8. John C. Ratliff liked Doc Harry's post in the thread Solo with no BCD?.

    Brilliant!

    Jul 27, 2021 at 9:43 PM
  9. John C. Ratliff replied to the thread Solo with no BCD?.

    Well, I’d have to disagree. In the 1970s I dove Clear Lake, Oregon (39 degrees F & 150 foot visibility), down to about 40 feet, made a...

    Jul 26, 2021 at 2:16 PM
  10. John C. Ratliff liked Doc Harry's post in the thread Solo with no BCD?.

    Sometimes skills just don't cut it, and you need a BC. I've done some solo diving internationally, as side trips, when I did not have...

    Jul 26, 2021 at 2:12 PM