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Bad attitudes about solo diving are still prevalent

Discussion in 'Solo Divers' started by 2airishuman, Nov 10, 2018.

  1. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA
  2. JamesBon92007

    JamesBon92007 Great White

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Southern California...too far from the ocean
    I use that one too, along with "I was diving here long before you were born." Mainly to lifeguards.
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  3. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA
    I had a fairly new silicone mask strap break during a dive about 25 years ago. I've been using neoprene straps ever since.
  4. Rollin Bonz

    Rollin Bonz *insert catchy phrase here* ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Georgia, the state, not the country ;-)
    Not what I was thinking when you said "neoprene mask strap"... Looks like the meat of the strap is webbing.

    Seen them before, just wasn't aware that's what they were called :wink:
  5. Fastmarc

    Fastmarc Just drifting along...

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Kingston, Jamaica
  6. boulderjohn

    boulderjohn Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Boulder, CO
    Straps of that kind in general are very common. They go on easily. They slide off easily. People with long hair and no hood absolutely should use them. They most commonly have Velcro fasteners, making them much easier to adjust than most standard mask straps. Go into the nearest dive shop and you will see a display of them, most likely with the shop's name on it. Some shops will nearly give them away with a mask purchase so you will carry around that advertisement.
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  7. lermontov

    lermontov Manta Ray

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: christchurch
    how far do you push solo? deco? overhead? cave? 70m+ it seems to me the further you go into what id call 'serious diving' the less a buddy can do for you- iI was doing a dive a couple of weeks ago when a buddy got stuck in front of me and left me trapped behind him with no other exits.
    there seems to a tipping point where the disadvantages outweigh the benefits
  8. tursiops

    tursiops Marine Scientist and Master Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: U.S. East Coast
    Yes, Velcro webbing. I can't wear them, I guess my ears are at the wrong height. The webbing rubs on my ear and it is painful. I've never heard them called a neoprene strap, but rather by their trade name, a Slap Strap. There are other versions that use non-velcro webbing with a buckle system for tightening.
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  9. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

    # of Dives: 2,500 - 4,999
    Location: Torrance, CA
    I use the buckle version, but I always wear a hood so I don't get any rubbing.
  10. SoloMonkey

    SoloMonkey Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Hertfordshire United Kingdom
    In Curacao I found that Blue Bay divers let me solo dive. I arranged with them ahead of time through Bonaire Fun Travel and specifically said "I AM A SOLO DIVER" I dive with a set of AP flexi pylons and 4 straps to make up a twindy set and use a tanspac wing.

    I think in some cases you need to ring ahead and see what the score is rather than turning up and hoping for automatic acceptance. If you have the requirement there is always some other outfit who generally will allow you to do what you want.

    Best regards

    Solo Monkey

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