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    Decompression Stop Guidelines - What we have to do if got deco alert?

    Any computer that does not supply the current NDC limits before diving or between dives (on the surface) is something that would be unacceptable to me. I rarely use that feature myself, since I generally have a pretty good feel for the limits, but NOT having it when I wanted it would be a huge...
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    Recreational Pony Bottles, completely unnecessary? Why or why not?

    So a tech dive is any dive that could turn into a tech dive should unforeseen circumstances arise? That's an interesting take on the issue.
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    Recreational Pony Bottles, completely unnecessary? Why or why not?

    That is an important distinction. If you sling your pony, and have the second stage appropriately constrained by a bungi on the pony bottle, then there should be near zero chance that you will confuse a regulator coming from the pony versus one coming from the primary tank. In this scenario...
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    Recreational Pony Bottles, completely unnecessary? Why or why not?

    I'm the opposite. I like a gear solution, especially if we both have ponies. Makes the dive so much more peaceful and relaxed knowing either of us can go up on our own back up. Sorta like diving in 20 feet of water with a competent buddy (versus 100 ft), you just have less to worry about.
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    Recreational Pony Bottles, completely unnecessary? Why or why not?

    yes definitely. The plan might be to stand up, swim like hell, drop lead, look for a buddy or something else, but there definitely should be a plan.
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    Recreational Pony Bottles, completely unnecessary? Why or why not?

    yeah but it will get you to the surface... isn't that the idea?
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    Trip Report There be monsters in Pensacola waters

    How can you tell it is a female? I think it looks more like a male, but hard to tell from the picture. It is easier determine when they get a good bit larger. That size lobster is very good eating. In fact, the "head" and legs and antennae bases all have considerable meat (probably more...
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    What do you look for in students to tell if they are ready for AN/DP?

    Thanks, how do you "keep it up" without hanging from it?
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    What do you look for in students to tell if they are ready for AN/DP?

    I am curious as to why that is the case. I would think that it would be far safer and easier to have a visual and tactile reference such as an smb on a spool/reel etc. under which the drifting diver could "hang". Is it good practice to have the smb for reference? Is the actual use of it for...
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    ... put more women in charge ... to foster collaborative conversations

    Perhaps it has more to do with interest than simply ability or aptitude? To make a broad (and valid) generalization; men are more interested in things, women more interested in people. Of course that has nothing to do with the specific individual, but it can be used as a guide to help...
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    A Pattern Breaking Title To Differentiate My Introduction From Others?

    Yeah, everyone (here) seems to always recommend gear that will be applicable to tech diving, when normally I think the advice makes little sense for the typical person starting out. However, in your case, sounds like you know what you want to do, so pay A LOT of attention to buying the right...
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    HERO 10 Black: WARNING!

    yeah bought and installed the codec that was listed before. No change in performance. Very strange that the videos play PERFECTLY on my computer when viewing them under the two microsoft applications "movies and TV" and also "windows media player". However still can edit the videos or do...
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    HERO 10 Black: WARNING!

    from Device Manufacturer ‪Microsoft Corporation‬ ‪Utilities & tools‬ Play High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) videos in any video app on your Windows 10 device. These extensions are designed to take advantage of hardware capabilities on some newer devices— including those with an Intel 7th...
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    Gas leak from valve handle when tank is low?

    probably takes 2 minutes and a 10 cent oring to fix
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    HERO 10 Black: WARNING!

    downloaded the davinci software. Still have same problem with video playback...
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    Fresh water in one first stage, salt water in another

    yeah, probably better to remove the spg hose first, before doing anything. you are right.
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    Fresh water in one first stage, salt water in another

    If it were me, I would hook each reg to a tank and purge the second stages. Then I would remove all the hoses and again purge for a few seconds. Then I would plan on taking the reg in for service within 1 to 5 years or when I start seeing anything of concern.
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    Saw a new dive charter today.

    How many DM's and captain's are going to readily accept advice about "better ways to do things" while on the water and during the dive trip? I might be a wise-ass and yell out - "hey capt. you missed my name on the roll call"... as he pops it in gear and leaves the site, but tell the crew...
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    Blue Heron Bridge Trolls III

    Sorry, my apologies. I was careless in my reading and confused pipehorse with pbcatfish. I'm not trolling you and it appears we both agree that they are scamps.
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    Save the Goliath Grouper!

    Yes, knocking the GG status down from having some sort of "special status" down to "Acceptable to take" is a huge step because it has SYMBOLIC significance. There is a large contingent of people who feel that this "charismatic" species should NEVER AGAIN be subject to take. It is a simple...
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