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    Total of 12 dives and already a few lessons and one almost "near miss"

    This part hasn't gotten enough attention. I accidentally deflated my own BC when my reg was out and that experience was startling enough. If someone else did it to me without asking I would be apoplectic. Even with a reg in I wouldn't want someone else changing my buoyancy. Under the water is a...
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    German tanks in US….DOT cert

    Boy, that does sound great! The DIN valve of tanks.
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    Tips on diving Catalina in December

    One more thing, I've been to Catalina (Avalon) four times in the winter and the conditions are wildly variable. One time we had incredible visibility and pool-like conditions. Like, calmer than most lakes. One time we made only 1 of 5 dives (should have skipped that one) and the boat didn't even...
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    Tips on diving Catalina in December

    The Scuba Cat operates from Avalon, they are great! There are just a ton of sights to see.
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    Hello From NE Ohio

    Welcome! I would like to dive up there, have you done much local diving or mainly vacation?
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    Wondering where your stuff from overseas is? Shipaggedon!

    Wow. Those biggest of the big retailers certainly have the means and reason to charter ships. But that they need to shows how out of whack the broader market is. I feel sorry for anyone who's not a whale and is trying to get goods shipped. This week I placed two orders from Germany to the U.S...
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    Monterey conditions. (let's keep it going )

    Bummer. Funny that it's worth a cold shock to save getting geared up and all that rinsing, I would have made the same call.
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    Back Breathing Bubbles in Bodega Bay

    Welcome! Just maybe check conditions this weekend, it was close to the storm threshold last time I checked.
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    Failed my Day 1 PADI Pool Training

    Well, yes, a 3* is basically a PADI DM. Understanding about the experience required to get 3*, I'd probably be more comfortable with them helping me than a PADI DM. Someone with PADI Rescue is not a DM, though, and shouldn't be giving people compressed gases. Just in case anyone is wondering...
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    Failed my Day 1 PADI Pool Training

    The PADI Open Water class is designed to have almost nothing in terms of prerequisites. You are in fact expected to come in cold on your first day. If you can complete the swim, you're good to go. Yes, many people come in with snorkeling or other swimming experience, or have done a Discover...
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    Failed my Day 1 PADI Pool Training

    I did read the whole thing, and my impression is that you have an instructor who isn't even covering the basics of helping you figure out your gear. They are terrible! Weights: It's possible to get in the ballpark by eyeballing someone, but the specific amount (and location) depend a lot on...
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    Urchin cull approved for Monterey reef

    Unofficial updates from the webinar last night! First, the grid is clear (or nearly so)! I haven't gone back for a dive since my training, but many people have. So the next phase is beginning. Rather than a fully marked tape measure for every lane, they will be virtual. You'll drop at the buoy...
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    Underwater Vortex from Hell? Socorro Island

    That looks terrifying. Bubbles like to go up, anything that prevents them from doing so is a powerful force. Thanks for posting. If I saw someone trapped like that, I would say that a basic principle of Rescue is that you wouldn't do anything that was likely to create a second victim. Even...
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    Monterey conditions. (let's keep it going )

    That's what I would guess, about 2-2.5 señoritas in length. :)
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    Monterey conditions. (let's keep it going )

    Cool! How big was the mola mola? Like the juveniles from last year or full size?
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    Monterey conditions. (let's keep it going )

    That is my impression as well, it's mainly people who think they can wade. But at the same time people die there every single year. And it can be hard to exit with the steep slope and "sand" that's closer to gravel. Reminds me of climbing a cinder cone. And you don't want to enter or exit in the...
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    Urchin cull approved for Monterey reef

    I'm sure anyone is welcome tomorrow, it's more to give single divers a chance to buddy up, which is required. I don't know if there's any legal force behind it. You have more info on the legal end than I do, probably. However, anyone can definitely come down and help! The area around the grey...
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    Urchin cull approved for Monterey reef

    Just a reminder that the Trained Diver Meetup is this Sunday at 8 a.m. on Park Street in Monterey. No buddy is needed. I am healing from a cracked rib so I won't be there, but it sounds like fun. The newsletter also indicated that the goal is to begin culling outside the study zone! Pretty...
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    Monterey conditions. (let's keep it going )

    Wow, talk about hitting your window!
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    404 Error on every scubaboard thread from google search results..

    If your web jockeys have a few minutes, they might be able to temporarily rewrite the URLs. Not sure what server is being used but I've done it with Apache and nginx has a similar capability Apache mod_rewrite Introduction - Apache HTTP Server Version 2.4 But I know this is not a full-time...
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