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  1. Abdullah

    Few questions regarding scuba diving in UAE

    You're not going to get that cave experience here. If you want caves, you need to get on a plane to cave country. Disappointing for you, but the reality of the locale. Probably the closest cave diving will be an 8 hour flight to Europe (take your drysuit). I'm in Abu Dhabi as well and...
  2. Abdullah

    Few questions regarding scuba diving in UAE

    Diving in the gulf is normally pretty bad visibility. Shore diving here tends to be a waste of time, except for the macro-photography guys who don't need much visibility. If you aren't getting the right experience on the cattle boats, try BSAC out of Abu Dhabi for some club diving. For tech...
  3. Abdullah

    Ras al jinz turtle resort

    The shore diving near Ras al Haad is very good. There is a small cove west of the turtle resort that is a good shore entry. Rocky ledges, but very manageable. There is an unimproved road from the back of the turtle resort to the cove that is saloon car friendly. Nudibranchs are plentiful and...
  4. Abdullah

    UAE East Coast Temperatures

    It was blowing 18 on shore in Khor Fakkan at 0615 this morning, swell 1.3m, and wind expected to increase to 25. Chance of thunderstorms... coast guard being cautious I guess
  5. Abdullah

    UAE East Coast Temperatures

    Was it a new battery on your Petrel? I have both the 1 and the 2. I was getting about 30 hours on an alkaline AA on the 1. I'm getting about 35 on the 2.
  6. Abdullah

    UAE East Coast Temperatures

    The 10-24 is long. It only has about 1 cm clearance on the 8 inch dome at full extension. It may work with a 4 inch dome and an extension, but if you're going to be using the Tokina, the 8 inch maybe the better all around port.
  7. Abdullah

    UAE East Coast Temperatures

    It's the best crop sensor WA lens, I think. I used it before for landscapes and it does very cool things with linear architectural features. I don't think I've seen it anywhere as a kit lens, or as part of a package (it's about $800, as much as the camera body). I've had the D7000 for 3...
  8. Abdullah

    UAE East Coast Temperatures

    Nikon 10-24
  9. Abdullah

    UAE East Coast Temperatures

    My Olympus was beginning to wear, so it has been replaced with my D7000. Nauticam is discontinuing the housing, and I found a good price on a housing.
  10. Abdullah

    Inquest into the death of Philip Andrew Gray - Death 9 February 2013

    According to the official report (I really don't care about the blogs or vidoes as they aren't evidence in the coroners report), he intentionally dove out of spec devices, and he failed to comply with process controls intended to identify equipment problems that could cause a fatality. If he...
  11. Abdullah

    Inquest into the death of Philip Andrew Gray - Death 9 February 2013

    I'm not sure stretching the sensors two years past their service life is complacency. It's more like uninformed arrogance - believing he would somehow detect an impending failure before it became a hazard. No human reliably has that capability, which is why manufacturers of devices with a...
  12. Abdullah

    UAE East Coast Temperatures

    Yes. Will try to shore dive Sheikh Sifah or CAYC after work.
  13. Abdullah

    Hunting abalone

    A question - Does the collector know how big the abalone is when he pries it off the rock? I've seen fishermen keep everything they catch, then sort the catch at the end of the day back down to the limit, keeping only the best. I'm curious if some abalone divers are over collecting, then...
  14. Abdullah

    Death v # of Divers and Scuba Oversight

    Your observations of bureaucrats dealing with the health care industry is irrelevant to sport diving. There is a public mandate in the health care industry because too often it's customers feel they have been abused, don't get satisfactory recourse with their provider, and need congress to help...
  15. Abdullah

    Death v # of Divers and Scuba Oversight

    In context of the fact that the US doesn't regulate recreational diving at all, your assertions are absurd. The US regulates tanks, and it regulates workers, but we hobby divers are completely unhindered by regulation. If you have your own boat, compressor, and dive gear, you aren't even...
  16. Abdullah

    Death v # of Divers and Scuba Oversight

    Where is that written?
  17. Abdullah

    Shannon Lewis - The True Story

    OT... you sued over two bicycles colliding?
  18. Abdullah

    UAE East Coast Temperatures

    Wish I could make that next week, but travelling to Muscat for work.
  19. Abdullah

    UAE East Coast Temperatures

    It was Inch 1. How is Inch 10 compared to Inch 2? 2 has been trashed lately.
  20. Abdullah

    Incident due to battery change on dive computer

    I got V-Planner down to 4 minutes at 3 m after his SS. But all of the tables and software in the world are useless if you won't comply anyway. The lesson here is to believe your indications. The method the OP chose to manage his dive was a PDC. The PDC was indicating that his NDL time...
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