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    Edit Post - MIA

    I just posted to a thread, and then thought to edit the post. But I'm darned if I can see an edit option! It used to be quite obvious. Maybe I'm mistaken. Am using Firefox 41.0 under Win 8.1. PS. "Edit Post" function appeared once I posted this. Do some forums (I-to-I in this case) not allow...
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    Seattle Shop for Drysuit Rental?

    I have a mother-daughter pair, trained a few years previously with me. They're in Seattle and are asking me to do their drysuit training. If I travel up there I have one rental small suit here in our own shop but I would need another small (at worst, medium) suit. Would anyone care to recommend...
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    Ancient Forest Discovered Underwater off English Coast

    This week's news from England sounds awesome, if it's true . . . Remnants of a 10,000-year-old forest that once spanned thousands of acres and connected Great Britain with continental Europe [aka "Doggerland"] have been discovered by British divers. Underwater Forest Discovered...
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    Oceanic VEO 3.0 - Lockout Cheat

    I led a dive trip (cold water, liveaboard, California's Nothern Channel Islands) last week with five drysuit students. One of them had a Veo 3.0 which was set to nitrox mode. Since she was a certified diver I didn't think to check her computer for her. She said it was working well. In...
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    Anchors in Southern Oregon

    My most recent finds while diving local waters are for sale . . . here on SB first, then Craigslist when the boating season re-starts. Two anchors, a mushroom and a Danforth. $35 each. These are at my shop in Medford, OR (I don't think shipping would be cost-effective). Post here or PM me...
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    Nudibranch - Channel Islands, California

    I've looked at some SoCal slug ID sites but haven't found the one I saw, so here goes. Don't have a photo of it. Spotted a nudi (I think) on a dive last week. I was in Southern California, off West Anacapa Island (in the Channel Islands). The skipper called the site "Three Fingers Cave." The...
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    Good Buddy Skills -- Priceless!

    Last night an open water diver student made a great comment. We had just finished our fifth pool session (our fourth session on scuba). From the very beginning, even just snorkeling, our OWD course has taught and required teamwork (buddy skills) during gear assembly, suit-up, entry, cruising and...
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    Hate the Noise made by the Dive Right In Scuba Banner Ad

    Yes, it's not very loud, but that gunfire effect as the letters appear on the banner ad makes me close the tab. Please, no sound in the ads.
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    Suggestion re. New Posts | All Things SCUBA

    I like the "All Things SCUBA" choice on the "New Posts" drop-down menu (at upper left of the screen just under "Home" while viewing a forum). I would like it better if it included new posts from the Marine Science and Physiology forums, particularly Diving Medicine and Ask Dr. Decompression...
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    Mask for Really Wide Face

    I found a few short SB threads on the subject of masks for very wide faces, none more recent than 2008. I have a new student who is built really big. None of the masks we carry can completely span his eye sockets. Previous threads have recommended these: Atomic Frameless Tusa Visualator...
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    Poll Math

    I admit that sometimes I don't know math from a hole in the ground, but isn't it standard for poll percentages to add up to 100? I think this was addressed a couple of years ago but I searched to no avail. -Bryan
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    Did you honor your training?

    This question is directed at new divers. Did your instructor drill skills and techniques which you discarded after you started to dive, especially when traveling away from your training sites? Did your first forays find you on group dives where the bar for performance in the water was lower or...
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    DiveMaster / Science of Diving

    Is anyone else on SB teaching the Science of Diving course? I'm conducting my first DiveCon course since the major revisions of 2010. We have now progressed from Dive Guide to Dive Master (Science of Diving manual). I would characterize the Section 1 questions on the DiveMaster exam as over the...
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    Caribbean Coral Nursery Efforts

    I had heard about Ken Nedimyer's good work years ago, nurturing coral and transplanting it. Just today I read an article in Nature Conservancy (the Autumn 2010 issue) and I thought it might be of interest to SB readers. Attached is the opening photo from the article, which I highly recommend...
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    Anchor Identification

    Boaters: I found an anchor on a local lake dive today and have never seen its like. (My sailing days were mostly blue-water, and the Bruce design was new back when I was learning the ropes.) This anchor has a rudimentary fluke pair welded to each end of an eighteen-inch-long pipe with another...
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    IST Light - Too Hard to Turn On

    Hi. I have a small IST light, innards modified by Packhorse (another SB member). It's a great light. My usual primary is a hand-mounted cannister light but the IST gives a good tight beam when I don't want to bring the can along. Recently (over the last four months) the thing has become...
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    Upgraded DCSI - Science of Diving, Dive Guide, Dive Master, etc.

    I'm a Dive Control Specialist Instructor with a couple of year's experience teaching at that level. I just passed the exam to upgrade to teaching SSI's new professional level courses (DiveGuide, DiveMaster, revised DiveCon) and the new Science of Diving specialty course (the key component of the...
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    Alcohol-Vinegar Earwash Expiration?

    I've seen one or two posts recently that I read as saying the vinegar in an earwash mix (50-50 Alcohol-Vinegar) is ineffective a month after making up the mix. I'm willing to start refreshing my stash each month, but I'm curious. Is this true and can anyone explain what happens in a small (1...
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    If You Were Hosting a Dive Day . . .

    If you were a dive pro (divemaster, ass't instructor, instructor) and your shop asked you to publicize and host some dive days at your local lake/quarry/river as a way of encouraging certified (recreational) open water divers to dive locally, would you have any questions for divers (recreational...
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    Training Standards - Number of Dives

    A DiveCon candidate has asked me a question about the Training Standards that I couldn't answer, so I'll ask it here. On page 19 of the current Training Standards (effective 1/09), the Open Water Diver Standards item 13 reads: If the entire Open Water course is conducted in open water (no pool...
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