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Discussion in 'Basic Scuba' started by Jon_R, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. Jon_R

    Jon_R Contributor

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Palm Bay, Florida
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    The dive was a pretty simple one. In Ft Lauderdale, FL. only about 25 feet salt water. Viz was about 35 feet. Was not a normal anchor the boat was tied off on a permanent buoy. Like I said new diver certified in May only have 14 dives so far (counting it by tank). A pretty easy one was a good start as I knew we would be on our own. Daughter and Girlfriend with me and they tossed me a flag and wished us luck. :) It could have been we where pretty close to the boat but with mostly looking down at the reef and animals we passed right past it.

    I will work on it and thanks for all the information.
     
  2. AfterDark

    AfterDark Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    10,937
    7,902
    Here in New England where vis is low we attach strobe lights to the anchor line helps on the return.
     
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  3. islanddream

    islanddream ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Hobe Sound, Florida
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    564
    I think writing information on your slate or wet notes is important. Things like anchor depth, noteworthy structures, compass reading, etc. I'm new to navigation and it doesn't come natural so I need some "cliff notes" to help me!
     
  4. DennisS

    DennisS Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Sebastian, FL
    4,169
    497
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  5. AfterDark

    AfterDark Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    10,937
    7,902
  6. aprivetera

    aprivetera Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: New Jersey
    73
    12
    Compass and Kick Cycles! It is also easy to get disoriented when you have too much visibility, so always bring a compass even if you do not think you will need it!
     
  7. tracydr

    tracydr Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: North Carolina, 3 miles from South Carolina
    2,730
    743
    Compass is so important. A good compass that doesn't needed to be perfectly level like the Suunto really makes life better.
    I like using cheap chem lights like we used in the Army to mark entry/exits and tanks in poor vis.
     
  8. AfterDark

    AfterDark Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    10,937
    7,902
    Kick cycles are good if one doesn't get so distracted that the count is lost. I use pace beads when I know I'm going to be using kick cycles.

    pace beads.jpg 9 beads.jpg 9 beads det.jpg 4beads  det.jpg 4 beads.jpg
    Each of the lower beads represent 100 feet each of the upper beads represent 1000 feet. Every 100feet pull a small bead down after the ninth bead is pulled one upper bead is pulled. I know I went 1000 feet.
     
  9. NAM001

    NAM001 Contributor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: the moon
    5,002
    1,316
    AS MINTIONED BY OTHERS I HAVE DESERT STAR sport and scout,,,, pluss a strobe for the line or reference point. although the use of them ,,,,both have thier problems, I know that no real diver would stoop to use of such crutches but a t times anything is better than nothing. strobes are so-so for lower vis shore dives and outstanding for anchor dives. the pingers are severly hampered when not used in open water such as boat dives. the confines of lakes or quarrys with echoing sides can render then useless. On a boat dive the pinger will get you to visual range of the strobe. Especially usefull when multiple downlines are present. Lets me enjoy the dive without having to be a dedicated navagator. for those who would not consider using a strobe, i would say that every boat night dive does this in one form or another when lights are dropped over the side. I have on more than one occasion done the recipricle course and missed becaue of poor technique or the unsenced presence of a current.
     
  10. AfterDark

    AfterDark Contributor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Rhode Island, USA
    10,937
    7,902
    We use strobes here day or night routinely. We don't depend on them they are just another tool we use. The most useful tool is between our ears.
     

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