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Hardhat diving; Mark V kit in Key Largo

Discussion in 'Vintage Equipment Diving' started by DangerousDan64, Aug 22, 2018.

  1. DangerousDan64

    DangerousDan64 Angel Fish

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    I was at the history of diving museum a year ago in Key Largo on my way out of town and I picked up a card for some guys who own a Mark V suit there and who will let people try it out for a fee. I found two reviews on Trip Advisor from last year but no other information. I get VM when I call the number (left one) but I thought I would reach out and ask if anyone knows if these guys are still doing this.

    My Brother and I going there the last week of September and I REALLY want to do this. (see my avatar)
     
  2. BillP

    BillP Senior Member

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    It doesn't really help you, but nearly 20 years ago Dick Rutkowsi at Hyperbarics International in Key Largo let me do a dive in his Mark V suit. It was just in the canal with little to see, but it was still great fun. It was one of those "do it so I can say I did" experiences. I'm sure that you'd enjoy it if you can arrange a similar experience.
     
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  3. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    In 2005, I was able to dive the Mark V at the end of the hyperbaric course put on by Dick Rutkowski in Key Largo. It was a great experience, I will not forget it.
     
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  4. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    Construction workers wear Hard Hats
    Divers wear helmets...

    SDM
     
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  5. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

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    we have one here a Korean copy of a mark V (TOA) a lot of my students want to try it (its on a stand in the cottage at our facility )...I was thinking of getting it rebuilt and dive ready to dive ....but I only have 1 suit (Korean) so I would have to buy another one , and might be pricey , what could I charge to offset the cost and what would the interest be .Right now we just take pictures in it .....
     
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  6. Sam Miller III

    Sam Miller III Scuba Legend Scuba Legend

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    My son and I both own Mark Vs-- Now used only as décor

    In SoCal we had a very active origination called the Classic Equipment Divers- I was member number 18 .

    We met once a month in SoCal and took turn dressing out members and in turn diving various member's helmets.

    It was fun while it lasted -- but insurance costs became prohibitive and the origination was disbanded

    There is a beginning and middle and an end to every thing good or bad

    Sam Miller, III
     
  7. iamrushman

    iamrushman Great White

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    very cool....i also did it at the hyperbarics international with Dick Rutkowski's class in Key Largo....an extreme experience.
     
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  8. abnfrog

    abnfrog Tech Instructor

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    doesn't historic diving society still have try dives with a helmet?
     
  9. GJC

    GJC Solo Diver

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    Northeast Diving Equipment Group allows divers to try out MK5 dress and do a dive every Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends at Dutch Springs.
     
  10. deepseamurse

    deepseamurse Angel Fish

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    Divers institute of Technology used to have a standard dress dive, but I don't think they do anymore. Plus, you would have to pay the 50,000 tuition just to attend lol
     

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