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  1. Chavodel8en

    Maybe plastic isnt a good material for BC construction

    So Ive had my back inflate BC for ~15 years. I bought it super-cheap on closeout, it dived fine, never saw the need to replace through hundreds of dives, local and travel. I especially like that it had 2 tanks straps. So yesterday, after months of no diving due to COVID, I went shore diving...
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    Completely Unscientific Survey of NorCal Critters

    So like many of you, I cant dive, so I find myself think about my past dives. So here is a recounting of my critter encounters (_____ denotes no encounters - yet). Please feel free to copy to add your encounters, and add critters. I mostly shore dive in Monterey/Carmel sites. Most Common...
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    Should I go back to traditional reg set-up? (vs. primary donate)

    For now, this is largely an academic question, as I cant dive for the time being (my county is on lockdown). A few years back I swapped out my regs to a primary donate set-up. I had not done so previously, frankly, out of laziness, but finally decided the small amount of reduced risk was worth...
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    Costa Brava, mid-Sept.

    I will be visiting the Costa Brava, in Catalonia, Sept 16-19, with non-diving friends. Do dive operators go out on weekdays generally? My plan is to sneak away each morning for dives. Also, we're choosing between: Tossa de Mar, Palamos, L'Escala & Roses. Any recommendations for best diving...
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    Helmet diving, Rebreather in "The Terror" (set in 1847~).

    Anyone been watching "The Terror" on AMC? Ok show, although its starting to drag. Based on a true story, but lots of dramatic license, Im sure. Basic plot is 2 British navy ships (the "Erebus" and the "Terror") get ice-bound in far northern Canada searching for the NW Passage. That and there...
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    Questions from Laypeople to Those Who Know Critters

    And don't want to start a new thread. Here's my question : Several years ago, diving the Metridium Fields in Monterey, I came across 2 rockfish (I forget what kind), locked mouth to mouth. They weren't struggling, they were just locked like that, not moving. I swim away, and 15 min. later...
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    2 recent deaths where the snorkelers happened to be wearing full face snorkel masks

    I want to note that this all speculation. I make no conclusions about this, but just wanted to post this article and let folks draw their own conclusions. It may be a coincidence -- I mean its even more of a strange coincidence that there 3 snorkeling deaths in the past 2 weeks in Maui, and...
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    2 recent deaths where snorkelers happened to be using full face masks

    I want to note that this all speculation. I make no conclusions about this, but just wanted to post this article and let folks draw their own conclusions. It may be a coincidence -- I mean its even more of a strange coincidence that there 3 snorkeling deaths in the past 2 weeks in Maui, and...
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    Sea lion bites in SF's Aquatic Park

    So there may be a particularly frisky sea lion in SF's Aquatic Park - 2 bites in 2 days. Second swimmer attacked by sea lion at SF’s Aquatic Park I love harbor seals, but Ive always been a bit wary of sea lions. Their interactions seem a little menacing to me. And they are a-holes for...
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    SPG starts leaking on the surface

    So I guess you can call this a near miss, bc it happened right before I was going to descend. I had even given the descend signal, when my SPG started bubbling pretty strongly. After a bit, had my buddy shut off my air, I kept my SPG high and dry and we swam back (shore dive at Pt Lobos...
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    Found at Lobos: Cressi mask w/ Sea Sports snorkel, also leopard shark

    Found on 11-18-17. The mask was in 30' of water. The leopard shark, about 5' was in 90' of water, chilling Let me know if the mask is yours
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    OOA at very end of safety stop

    So whenever folks report that they went OOA, I always think "how hard is it to monitor your gas, you goof." Well, here is my goof report. Not much to report. Dive in the Carmel CA area. Max depth 71', 46 minute dive. One buddy called 500 psi. I had about 700 psi. So I chased down lead buddy...
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    Humpback Convention at Monastery today

    I saw whales on the drive down, just north of Monterey. I hoped they would be at Monastery. Got to S. Monastery and there was a pod of them. One even breached, of course right when I had turned my head, but the splash was impressive. They were there for the hour + I was waiting and setting...
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    Anyone ever see a sea turtle in CA?

    So I read this article last week "Turtles & jellies returning to Monterey Bay" Where'd the turtles and jellies go? Sea nettles and leatherbacks return to Monterey Bay Ive seen the reports of lots of sea nettles. I dove Lobos l a week ago - I didn't see any nettles, but in the past Ive seen...
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    Lost: Cressi Big Eye Mask; Found: Green Tilos snorkel, Wolf Eel, Whalers Cove, June 18, 2017

    Almost not worth posting but: Lost a Cressi Big Eyes Mask with a blue neoprene mask strap. Luckily as I was swimming in from the last dive. Found: Green Tilos snorkel, towards the right side of the cove. If no one claims or recovers, not a good trade off. Also where I found a big ass Wolf...
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    Short dive report - good diving in Cancun/ Bull Sharks in PdC

    So cheap airfare + free hotel stay in Cancun = my first warm water diving in several years (in early Dec). If we didn't have the free Cancun hotel, I would have likely stayed the whole time in PdC (Wife is a non-diver, so staying in Coz is a no-go), as its a much better vacation destination...
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    SuperMoon - End of World!..

    .. where I dont takes tides into account when dive planning? Nice click-bait, yes So as a Monterey/Carmel dive, I generally dont ever worry about tides (I know that isnt true elsewhere, before all you Pac NW divers jump on my case). Yes, it can make swimming harder, but in my 80 odd dives in...
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    Need Buddy for Oahu Shore Dive (Sharks cove?) - Sept 5 & 7

    Hello all, I will be in Oahu, and have both Wed, Sept 5 and Fri Sept 7 for diving. I would like to do some shore diving on one or both days (the other day I will likely do a boat dive). Is anyone interested in buddying up? Im an very competent, intermediate experience, I will be fine w...
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    Oahu Shore Diving, Sept 5 & 7, Shark's Cove or any site

    Hello all, I will be in Oahu, and have both Wed, Sept 5 and Fri Sept 7 for diving. I would like to do some shore diving on one or both days (the other day I will likely do a boat dive). Is anyone interested in buddying up? Im an very competent, intermediate experience, I will be fine w any...
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    Have Lobos reservations Sunday July 29, need buddy

    My buddy dropped out. If interested, let me know. Im planning a shore dive, open to locations reachable by swimming, even a long swim. Let me know.
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