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  1. John_B

    BP/W - Crotch Strap - Slide Release or just the loop???

    If you’re doing this specifically for DIR reasons, such as taking a Fundies class (?), it’s probably best to read the book, or ask in a DIR forum so you can start with the right gear. Equipment choices are all part of a well thought out system, one that may not be obvious at first glance. Many...
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    Doc Radawski slideshow tribute

    Thanks so much for posting this, Ann!
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    So... Is the Roatan Aggressor

    ... an overhauled Bay Island Aggressor or a new boat? Inquiring minds want to know!
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    Congrats GOScuba...

    ... on celebrating their 10th Anniversary tonight! Special thanks to ScubaGal, her hubby, and the rest for their efforts in keeping this thing kicking and gliding!
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    TSandM -- Lynne Flaherty

    I don't know what to say. I don't come to SB often these days (really ever, anymore). For some reason I thought I might stop in to the forums tonight, on the anniversary of the Edmund Fitzgerald, and saw a reference to this. Just. Wow. Reading through some of the early posts, where...
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    Scubapro MK25 'EVO' vs MK25

    SCUBAPRO - MK25 EVO/S600 Looks like Scubapro has made changes to the MK25 first stage, supposed to have something called XTIS (Extended Thermal Insulating System): "with mechanism fully insulated from the environment, improves cold water/ freezing resistance without compromising piston...
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    Halcyon Infinity good choice BP ?

    I think socks don't go with sandals. :eyebrow:
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    Halcyon Infinity good choice BP ?

    Bling? Following that line of thinking (if one is good, two have to be better!), why not four? :rofl3: This is just more of the same, marketing to novice divers who don't know what they want (and what they don't).
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    Draft code of practice for Belize.

    In my case, my PADI AOW and OW manuals, respectively.
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    Why is a Jacket BC better than a BP/W?

    It's been a few years since I was the only BP/W diver on a trip, whether liveaboard or dive resort. I don't see them being as rare as some of you guys are making them out to be. There were four on my last Aggressor trip, and half a dozen at CCV this Spring.
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    What length "Long Hose" for Single Tank w/ Pony setup?

    Assuming the OOA diver has their wits about them, which can be a pretty big "if". That's what the modified S-drill is designed to sort out, at the beginning of every dive. Hopefully the OP would learn that as part of how to route the long hose.
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    Petrel v. Vyper :)

    I disagree, I don't think it's an invalid test at all. There are a lot of recreational divers who do 4+ Nitrox dives per day for a week on a liveaboard, etc. and those are exactly the people who would be "penalized" by the Suunto model for repetitive dives. If anything, I'd like to see what...
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    Why is a Jacket BC better than a BP/W?

    Sometimes you just need a hug. ;)
  14. John_B

    What length "Long Hose" for Single Tank w/ Pony setup?

    I switched from the 7' long hose to a 5' when I ditched the can light, mostly because it was easier to not have to tuck the extra two feet without a battery canister to hold the excess. Before that for quite a while I used a 40" hose w/ 90° elbow. For recreational dives I could probably go...
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    Waiting on the GoPro4?

    Yeah, it's a shame you can't switch the mode to record in HD or downres the 4K video to HD... ;) I can remember guys saying > 1 MP digital cameras were overkill since the 1024x768 monitors of the day couldn't display the full image...
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    Freaking sharks, is there anything they won't chew?

    Hey, selling web ads is serious business! :no:
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    Hoseless computer alone or with backup

    Her AI computer wouldn't work without being connected to the HP hose? So people can leave their reg set in a dive locker but take their dive computer back to their room (to download dives, keep their expensive dive computer from walking away, etc.)
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    Necrothread alert! :rofl3: The 360° swivels just aren't of a robust design, IMO. I don't think that's changed much over time. If you dive with a 40" hose routed under your right arm, one of the 90° elbows what I'd recommend. If you are diving the long hose and want some strain relief as...
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    interesting equipment failure

    What does DIR have to do with any of this? It wasn't a DIR diver. It wasn't a DIR dive. When was it ever DIR to not have your equipment in good working order?
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    what happened

    Someone stole my login while I was out diving. ;)
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