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The What Cheered Me Up Today Thread

Discussion in 'Off Gassing' started by Doomanic, Jun 11, 2009.

  1. Dave Whitlow

    Dave Whitlow Well-Known Member

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    As @Vanny says, the dive computer is a useful reference for maintaining constant depth (I have one on each arm for this reason).

    Your buddy should also provide a useful point of reference, so long as they aren't relying on you at the same time :eek:

    Try to avoid getting focussed on the task and keep your buddy and buoyancy under observation. One instructor once said to me 'buddy, buoyancy, task' as the order of priority. The idea here is that task only get the remaining attention after the others have been covered.
     
  2. JohnL

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    Interesting, I was leading the dive when I got into problems and my buddy was behind me. I find that no matter how you try to be side by side, you usually finish one behind the other.
     
  3. Vanny

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    Whenever possible insist on side by side. Your buddy is being lazy and using the comfort of Diving in a position he can easily see you. Great for him/her bad for you. You can manage to look under yourself to see them but much better to get them alongside. Easier for signals , gas checks etc. Just stop and drag them up they’ll soon get the hang of it. Situations where in line is necessary look into torch signalling , can be used side by side as well but very beneficial when you have to be in line.
     
  4. Big Joe

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    Get some spring straps or bungee straps. They are a lot easier to use. I prefer the bungees.
     
  5. JohnL

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    They are the bungee straps - either I pull them too hard or they've got a limited life. The guy in the dive shop showed no surprise. :geek:
     
  6. Dave Whitlow

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    Spring straps have a much longer life. I have had the same ones since 2010 and they have done hundreds of dive and show no sight of failing.
     
  7. JohnL

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    Somebody told me that after the dive - I didn't think to have a discussion with the shop while my buddy was waiting for me to appear to start the dive. :depressed: I'll live with them for a year or so, then get some spring straps before the new ones fail.
     
  8. Graysyid

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    Learnt this the hard way. I had to dive in a trio (not ideal), Two of us managed to stick together, the other one was either at the front and just kept on going without communicating or was at the back and just kept disappearing to look at things
     
  9. NickPicks

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    The other point of reference you can use is the little bits of algae floating in the water - they don't tend to move up/down like your buddy might be.
     
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  10. splinter

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    Had a couple of dives in Cyprus this morning. I'm here with a group of friends and 3 of us are diving. My 2 friends haven't dived for a while so we had a shallow morning with a couple of nice swim throughs. Not a lot of fish in the med compared to the Canaries where I last dived abroad, but it was nice to be in 27 deg C water with just an al80. Very chilled and easy. Looking forwards to diving the zenobia on Wednesday then a couple of local wrecks on Friday. Happy days!

    Sent from my SM-G950F using Tapatalk
     
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  11. Wibble

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    You're definitely not making us jealous. Not at all.

    :watching:
     
  12. splinter

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    You'll not be wanting me to post any pics then, if the guide remembers to email them to me.

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  13. Dave Whitlow

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    Yes, very much agree although I'd excluded them for SMB deployment as they tend to be small. I do find watching lifeforms suited to passing the time on longer deco stops.

    As for moving buddies.... that is a different story and the reason I often dive alone.
     
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  14. nickb

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    You definitely don't want to ever hear about what I've been diving this week.

    Clue: the Royal Navy will be joining us tomorrow...
     
  15. Big Joe

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    If you want jealous, I've just returned from four weeks in Cyprus. 28/29 degrees until Saturday when it dropped all the way down to 27. Ah weel six more weeks and roll on Singapore and Australia.
     
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  16. JohnL

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    In Madeira next week, water temperature about 22? - hope I don't cook in my dry suit.:wtf: I was in Cyprus in February last year when the temperature was 18, again in the dry suit.
     
  17. Doomanic

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    Done properly it's a very good way to dive.
     
  18. Tribal Chestnut

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    Two things, but one for the other day:

    1) Visited Circuit de Reims-Gueux on my way home today. It made for a lovely little detour.

    2) Visited the Emergence du Ressel on Thursday. Was bloody brilliant. Only went down to 40m but the scale of the place blew my mind. Very pleased to have had a few dives in succession binned, so I have a fairly big set of twins at home with the appropriate gas to allow me to have a better look around. Hopefully can get back next month...
     
  19. Dave Whitlow

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    I completed a (sprint) triathlon today and was 7 seconds faster than the person who beat me by 1 second last time :p

    (conditions were really rubbish as we had torrential rain for most of the event)
     
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  20. Wibble

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    What's a sprint triathlon?
     

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