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Discuss: gas analyzer before second Shearwater?

Discussion in 'Technical Diving Specialties' started by Marie13, Nov 28, 2019.

  1. Marie13

    Marie13 Great Lakes Mermaid ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Great Lakes
    1. There’s no guarantee I’d want to dive with said people again. In any case, instructor said the other students he definitely has for next year aren’t from the Midwest.
    2. I have a number of people to practice with. Only one is local. The others are in Michigan and Ohio. So I drive the 10 hours round trip to Gilboa. Big deal.
  2. divad

    divad Solo Diver

    What is the benefit of redundant computers if your gas analysis is off?
  3. Jack Hammer

    Jack Hammer Solo Diver

    I know recreational divers with their own O2 and/or CO2 analyzers (I was one before I got into tech). I dont know any recreational divers who dont plan on using helium at some point who own a trimix analyzer.
  4. wedivebc

    wedivebc CCR Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    Coincidentally the first time I ever heard the phrase normalization of deviance was Bruce Partridge (Shearwater) giving a lecture at RF3 in Orlando.
  5. jgttrey

    jgttrey ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Houston
    I bought an O2 analyzer pretty early on, before doing my TMX training anyway.

    Like everything, it depends on the kind of diving you do, whether you have access to a good analyzer belonging to someone else, etc., but I sure would rather use mine that whatever might or might not be on the boat.

    A couple of years ago I was on an island in Fiji with an operator that didn't normally pump nitrox, but had a mixing stick and would make arrangements to get some O2 and blend 32 if folks wanted it. Our whole group was on nitrox.

    Then the only analyzer the operator had other than the one hard-plumbed into the fill station crapped out. So, no ability to analyze the cylinders themselves. I had my little Palm O2 and I think we ended up using it on 250+ fills that week. So, it comes in handy. Now I have a Divesoft for TMX, but still just use the Palm O2 if I'm on a recreational trip because it's so easy to travel with and use if I'm not having to worry about He.
    rjack321 and NothingClever like this.

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