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Rich Keller
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Jun 26, 2021
Feb 20, 2011
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Long Island NY

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Rich Keller

Contributor, Male, from Long Island NY

Rich Keller was last seen:
Jun 26, 2021
    1. Arne Fjälling
      Arne Fjälling
      Hi Rich!
      Found your name on a thread on performance of SonarBell. Did you get any info on this matter?

      I am a fisheries scientist at a Swedish University looking into mitigation methods for ghost fishing.

      Do you have any personal experience on the matter? I had some scary moments a long time ago when I was still diving....

    2. wdearn
      I was also at Silent World last week. I recommend Conch Republic divers in Tavenier. They went out with only 2 of us. They also offered steel 100 tanks with nitrox for only $10 a tank.
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  • About

    Long Island NY
    Certification Agencies:
    NASDS and Commercial Diving Institute
    Dive History:
    I do a lot of local beach and kayak diving.
    Certification History:
    Open water scuba and commercial.
    Certification Level:
    Commercial diver
    # of Logged Dives:
    5,000 - ∞
    Dive Classification:
    Commercial Diver
    Years Certified:
    Ten Or More Years
    Dive Equipment:
    I use mainly Scubapro and prefer the older regulators like the R108, R109, Mark3 and Mark5.
    I have been a diver since 1970 when my cousin and I bought a tank and regulator along with a book on how to use them. I did most of my diving at that time in the Huntington and Northport bay areas of Long Island New York. When I went to college four years later I took a course and got certified. Six years after that I took a commercial diving course and spent the next ten years working as a commercial diver.
    Most of my time as a commercial diver was spent working for Xplo a company that specialized in underwater demolition and bridge reconstruction. Other companies I worked for had me doing pipe line work, pipe penetration, power plants and saturation diving. The most hours I spent under water in a single year was 1,237 and my deepest dive was to 686'.
    About fifteen years ago I got into kayak diving. On Long Island beach access is limited so this got me to places easily that could only be reached by boat and did not require me to trailer a boat and find a boat ramp in the area. I set up a small umbilical to run off a scuba tank so I could leave the tank in the kayak as I towed it behind me. Due to the size of the kayak I had to keep the size of the umbilical to 50', so diving with it limits me to about 35-40'. This works very well for me when I am going for lobster in the shallow and very rocky waters of the north shore.


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