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Sidemounters, where do you store your wet notes?

Discussion in 'Sidemount Diving' started by 73diver, Sep 28, 2015.

  1. 73diver

    73diver Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
    A very old habit from backmount days: I record my tank pressures before I descend the anchor line and then again when I reach the surface and later calculate SAC rate for each dive (it amuses me). In sidemount configuration, it takes me an uncomfortably long time to retrieve the wet notes from a leg pocket, make the notatation and return them. I'd like this activity to be as effortless as a wrist slate but with the permanence that wet notes offer. I may be a bit fussy, but I dislike just clipping the wet notes to a D ring and letting them drift all over the place during the dive. Any suggestions for an effective method of storing and retrieving the wet notes? Regards
  2. WarrenZ

    WarrenZ The Ultimate Bad Example ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Las Cruces NM
    Maybe use a pouch attached to the tank camband? Or use a grease pencil to write on the tank itself.
  3. decompression

    decompression Instructor...seriously...

    # of Dives: 5,000 - ∞
    Location: Victoria, BC, Canada

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  4. tbone1004

    tbone1004 Technical Instructor ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Greenville, South Carolina, United States
    what deco said.... I put them on the inside of the top panel. Alternatively you can use something like the new Dive Rite thigh pocket and slide the pocket to the front for wet notes
  5. Dive Right In Scuba 2

    Dive Right In Scuba 2 ScubaBoard Business Sponsor ScubaBoard Business Sponsor

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Illinois
    Thigh pocket for me. A spare mask also goes in there.
  6. BigTex1836

    BigTex1836 Angel Fish

    # of Dives:
    Location: TX
    What deco said, but with your computer mounted to the first page. Saves arm space but still gives you somewhere to write.

    pic stolen from Zach :shocked2:

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  7. Patoux01

    Patoux01 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Geneva

    Same here, but I'm no expert though... I did ditch the stupid velcro for 2 pieces of bungee, as well as removing the bungee from the pencil, but that's a matter of taste, I guess.
  8. WarrenZ

    WarrenZ The Ultimate Bad Example ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Las Cruces NM
    How did you mount that to the first page.
  9. ROB61

    ROB61 Solo Diver

    I´m also interested how you mount that to the first page. Screws or just bungee on one end?
  10. Bobby

    Bobby Dive Equipment Manufacturer

    # of Dives: I just don't log dives
    Location: Charleston, SC
    X and I both use the DR thigh pockets. I have been using this configuration for years. I found DS leg pockets when they had things in them not only made it difficult to retrieve items, they also flared the cylinders out away from me and it was uncomfortable. We have our thigh pockets attached to our rigs waist belt. They are rather low on our legs, the bottom of the pocket just above the knee. This allows us to slide the pocket to the back out our legs so they are out of the way and don't catch or drag when going through low spots. If we need to get something deep in the pocket they can be spun around to the front of the thigh making it much easier to get into them. Most of the time I can get my most common things, like a spool, out without moving them from the back of my leg. For really small no-mount restrictions I've had to pop the clips loose to make it easier getting my legs through, easy to do and easy to put them back in place after the restriction is negotiated.

    I'm considering using the wrist slate again, as others have mentioned, with one of my Petrels mounted to it for quick and easy notes. X and I speak in sign language so we rarely need to write notes, however when diving with others I've had times that a quick note to communicate would be nice compared to pulling out wet notes and writing it down permanently.

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