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Solo skills to practice?

Discussion in 'Solo Divers' started by gr8jab, Dec 10, 2018.

  1. gert7to3

    gert7to3 Solo Diver

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    RE: #4
    I regularly switch over to breathing off my octo/dual air inflator during dives. This gives me practice with removing my 2nd stage, then transferring to another regulator. Also a good check on how your back up reg breathes, it is different. The reg on my pony is the same model reg I dive with. I have put the same mouthpieces on my primary, pony and my octo/dual air regs.
     
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  2. John C. Ratliff

    John C. Ratliff Instructor, Scuba

    # of Dives: I'm a Fish!
    Location: Beaverton, Oregon
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    That's why I dive a J-valve a lot. When I get that feeling, I still have some psi ((300 psig in a steel 72, 500 psig in one tank in my doubles) to work with. My dive site is less than 25 feet deep.

    I try to not breath a tank to zero, as all my tanks are now steel, and at zero pressure there is the potential for condensation/introduction of sea water and corrosion.

    SeaRat
     
  3. aquacat8

    aquacat8 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Savannah, GA
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    Your post made me think... those are some pretty intense scenarios. I am not sure what exactly to do in water overnite, or if the boat sank, so I’d love to hear more about what you or others recommend?
     
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  4. Johnoly

    Johnoly Solo Diver

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    Most will agree that not one solution will work for all types of emergencies. For me if the boat sank I always carry an underwater marine radio to hear someone calling me back, a mini GPS to tell them where I'm at exactly, and a green laser to shine at aircraft or ships passing. The debate of PLB's vs radio's is pages & hours long on SB and no single correct answer. If in the gulf's middle ground (90 miles from anything) and the boat sinks, hopefully the boat's epirb is jettisoned and activates, but my radio and laser have an excellent chance of a quicker picker upper. This is what I dive with every week, every time.

    But even something so simple and cheap as a 55 gallon yellow trash bag stashed in a pocket. You can blow it up and tie closed with a string while also attached to a D-ring is extremely effective at being seen 5 - 10 miles away and at night with a light glowing inside.
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    . I have a couple of extra sealed bags. If you want one, PM me a mailing address (work,home,po box,etc) and I'll send it to you free. If it adds just one additional layer of safety, & confidence it's worth it to bring on dives.


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  5. aquacat8

    aquacat8 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Savannah, GA
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    Wow! How about I just bring YOU LOL... oh wait this is the solo forum!
     
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  6. aquacat8

    aquacat8 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Savannah, GA
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    The laser is a great idea! The radio doesn’t work underwater does it? Or does it? Sorry I’m not very knowledgeable about them. Does all that have to stay dry in the aluminum can?
     
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  7. Fastmarc

    Fastmarc Just drifting along... ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Location: Kingston, Jamaica
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    Interestingly, I just saw on youtube over the weekend a new products list that included a laser pointer made for diving. There was also a version which is dive flashlight/laser pointer. Might be a good thing to have a spare flashlight.
     
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  8. aquacat8

    aquacat8 Solo Diver

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Savannah, GA
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    Plus you could tease catfish! Sorry couldn’t resist...
     
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  9. Fastmarc

    Fastmarc Just drifting along... ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 200 - 499
    Location: Kingston, Jamaica
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    You owe a round...
     
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  10. Johnoly

    Johnoly Solo Diver

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    The Laser, GPS, & Radio all fit inside the double oring McMurdo aluminum dive canister and they all only work on the surface. Like I said, not everyone will use these if a boat sinks. The 55 gallon trash bag came from a Blue Wild tradeshow discussion years ago with a couple of Coast Guard search and rescue guys. After doing so many rescues of boaters in the water overnight they couldn't understand why passengers wouldn't put a yellow trash bag in their pocket. Their computer controlled long range cameras detect both shapes and colors that are opposite of water to find you. The plane mounted systems can see the yellow trash bag over 50 miles an any direction.

    I've made up bunches of them and vacuum packed them sealed to hand out at my local dive club meetings. It's pennies and so easy to put in a pocket, yet so effective. Hence my above offer to send one to you. In Florida it seems like once a month there is a story of a boater sinking overnite. And when I'm driving our dive boat, I hear it on the marine radio almost every other trip that the coast guard issues an alert of a vessel in distress.
     
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