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Dive plans for 2020?

Discussion in 'General Scuba Diving' started by Zubar, Jan 8, 2020.

  1. Wibble

    Wibble Fish don't talk
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    Can I have a go? Pretty please...
     
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  2. Tribal Chestnut

    Tribal Chestnut Well-Known Member
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    Yeah, that’d be excellent thanks.

    I’ll pop my 660s and spare rings in the post and you can give the fitted gloves back to me whenever I next see you.
     
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  3. NickPicks

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    Underwater fight club?
     
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  4. JohnL

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    Hi all, still pottering about but, after fighting German on Duolingo pre-Christmas for a Vienna trip, I've moved to Spanish for a February Barcelona trip and a holiday in Fuerteventura in May, where I'll be diving. I've also got diving organised in Cape Verde in March and Madeira in June. I really need to take a dip or two in a puddle before I go to Cape Verde, but I'm getting to be a wimp when it comes to the cold - not so much the water, but faffing around on shore before and after!
     
  5. Suffolkmatireland

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    I am off to Gildenburgh Friday for a day, my buddy and myself have just done a twinset course so we are keen to get some practise in, the aim is for Ghost fishing volunteer work
     
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  6. jb2cool

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    Are you coming along to the Ghost Fishing Winter Warmer at NDAC in a few weeks?
     
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    Sadly not, can't afford to have the time off work at the mo which is frustrating
     
  8. John F

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    I would like to get involved when I get some time, how does it work, ? Not having done it before
     
  9. jb2cool

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    Basically you need to do a course with us before you can do real recovery dives. The courses are free but there is a refundable deposit needed to show commitment, upon completion of the course you get your deposit back. Getting onto the course is the tricky bit as there are few spaces, the best way to do this is to attend one of the winter warmer events but submitting reports of gear you see in the course of your own diving gets you on our radar too.
     
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  10. Doomanic

    Doomanic Dinosaur Wrangler
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    Fundies? ;)
     
  11. John F

    John F Active Member

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    Ok thanks. I have done TDI intro but obviously that does not involve any lifting or recovery .
    I am about to start moving my workshop next weekend, and I am expecting that to take about six weeks, so can’t make the winter warmer at NDAC but after I have settled into my new workshop I would like to get involved.
     
  12. StuartM

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    Weymouth in March for a couple of days and then Mexico for a fortnight in April. Hopefully a couple of dives at NDAC or Vobster beforehand.
     
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  13. Wibble

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    Where in Mexico? What kind of diving?
     
  14. Alex Denny

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    Which club?
     
  15. StuartM

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    We're going to a family wedding and staying halfway between Tulum and Playa del Carmen. Looking at a mix of local reef, cenote and Cozumel.
     
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  16. Dave Whitlow

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    Off to Vobster tomorrow to play with scooters... I hope my kit doesn't dissolve in fresh water! :eek:
     
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  17. Graysyid

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    Crook log Bexleyheath in Kent.
     
  18. Graysyid

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    Doing Wraysbury next Sunday, not been there before but itching to submerge.
     
  19. John F

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    Don’t forget your torch, the vis is usually bad
     
  20. Dave Whitlow

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    That is not my experience of Wraysbury and I have done a fair few dives there (121 apparently!).

    When the viz is poor a torch often makes things worse by reflecting particles in the water.
    The best torch for Wraysbury is a close focussed torch and I have found a HID to be better than an LED (less stray light and different colour).

    Wraysbury has a clay bottom and loose clay particles are easily disturbed and enter the water column reducing visibility, sometimes to nothing. It is slow to settle and so is quite unforgiving.
    If you maintain neutral buoyancy, fin with care, and avoid (pointless) arm waving then the silt will remain undisturbed and the viz will normally be reasonable or good.

    The best times to dive Wraysbury are during the week, when there are not trainees and inexperienced divers around to mess up the conditions.
    If you must go at the busier times (weekends) then head over to the far side or towards the ends of the lake where there are less divers messing up the viz.
     
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