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Old 08-31-2012, 08:13 PM   #1
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Smile any scuba divers here?

I just got my open water during my recent vacation/cruise to the Catalina Islands. Had a chance to dive some of the beautiful kelp forests of California.
Just in time for diving in to untangle (read cut) the mooring lines i got entangled with during exiting the mooring.. saved myself a couple bills i guess. Would have preferred not to have run over the lines though.
Lesson learned...
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:22 PM   #2
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I believe KJ is a diver.
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:53 PM   #3
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:08 PM   #4
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does this count?
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:26 PM   #5
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I was a diver for about 3 years around biloxi after I got canned from my first engineering job. I first learned to go spear fishing got my open water and went to Rescue Diver and stopped. Lost the job and then picked it up again. Cleaning hulls, changing props, cleaning wheels and keel coolers.
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:36 PM   #6
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I am a SDI/TDI Divemaster. I haven't been diving for a couple of years now. I was working on my instructor certification until work got in the way.
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:37 PM   #7
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When I was in high school I was a very active scuba and free diver. My first regulator was a Mike Nelson Special, Aqua Lung with two big hoses. Kept a salt water aquarium. Did a lot of spear fishing. When I was finally able to have my boat built, I built it as a dive boat. Huge cockpit and a great dive platform. Unfortunately it seems the only diving I do now is for bottom maintenance.
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:39 PM   #8
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I just got my open water during my recent vacation/cruise to the Catalina Islands. Had a chance to dive some of the beautiful kelp forests of California.
Just in time for diving in to untangle (read cut) the mooring lines i got entangled with during exiting the mooring.. saved myself a couple bills i guess. Would have preferred not to have run over the lines though.
Lesson learned...
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I once hired a diver to remove a mooring line wrapped in my prop. After handing me the receipt the diver told me that if I sent it to my insurance company, they will reimburse me. I did, and sure enough, Boat US sent me a check for the full amount. By the way, the check came around the same time the mooring repair bill from Avalon Mooring Services did.
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:50 PM   #9
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I've been diving since the early 80's. Fla panhandle, also called southern Alabama, from Pensacola to Ft Walton to PC Beach to Carrabelle, The keys, Bahamas, Aruba, bonaire, and several central american countries. Oh, some fresh water lakes, springs and quarries.
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:02 AM   #10
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We've been diving recreationally since '94. Have been to a handful of Caribbean islands, Bonaire our favorite, returning in early Oct for a couple of weeks to assist photographer friends document the coral spawn. We'll carry our gear aboard HJ to facilitate hull maintenance & the better waters around FL. Would love to have a blue water boat capable of exploring the Caribbean like Hobo. We know of one Manatee that routinely goes deep into the islands but the owners have made it a battlewagon.
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:51 AM   #11
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:00 AM   #12
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Per, Did my certification dives at the Blue Grotto at Two Harbors in 1982. I still remember those dives today. We carry our equipment on board all the time. Chuck
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Old 09-01-2012, 11:33 AM   #13
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Be careful who you go with if you spear fish.
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Old 09-01-2012, 02:14 PM   #14
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Yes, sport diver only. Naui certification in 1973, and a PADI Open Water certification probably about 1985.

Haven't been active for a few years. My dry suit has apparently shrunk??

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Old 09-01-2012, 05:39 PM   #15
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Yes my wife and I are both certified divers.
We don't dive regularly any longer, but I have a tank and a regulator with a 50 foot hose aboard for those times when needed.
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Old 09-01-2012, 06:50 PM   #16
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I have a full set of scuba gear on board, but I also have a 1.5hp oil-less compressor and 40ft of Brownie's air-hose. This allows me to scrape the sea life from my hull and running gear (a never-ending job in this part of the world) without endless trips to get my tank refilled.
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Old 09-02-2012, 01:16 PM   #17
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Yep. NAUI adanced open water + nitrox. All gear on the boat. I had always wanted to get certified, and one day I had to swim under the boat to cut a big line off the prop. Went to the scuba shop the next day to get a good serrated dive knife, and the rest is history.
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I got certified by LA County years ago, and they were quite well respected nation wide. Our checkout dives were in the Pacific, not a pool. My wife is certified NAUI (trained in a gravel pit in TX). We have been fortunate to have been diving across 3 continents. Shark Point off Phi Phi Island in Thailand is one of our favorites. We keep fins, masks and snorkels on the boat. No need to bottom clean in the Great Lakes.
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Old 09-02-2012, 09:07 PM   #20
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Congrats on your "Open Water Cert." Welcome to the world "under da sea". It's one thing to see the underwater world on Discovery and Nat'l Geo, and something totally surrealistic about experiencing it for yourself.

One of the reasons it took me so long to find my boat was that I had to have a cockpit design to accommodate my diving. I also wanted extra range (fuel) as I will be going to some remote areas.

Get yourself down to the Caribbean for some spectacular warm water diving (I have a picture of my dive computer taken in Roatan, Honduras, where the depth reads 92ft and the water temp is 85 degrees).

I am curious as to what models of air compressors for tank refills are being used by folks that dive off their own boats.

One piece of advice. When you are ready to buy your own gear, spend as much as you can on the best regulator you can buy. Your life could depend on it.

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