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Wow! Someone has figured out how to market diving!

Discussion in 'Western Canada' started by pauldw, Nov 28, 2019.

  1. MaxBottomtime

    MaxBottomtime Divemaster

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    My only warm water diving has been the Philippines, Cozumel, and Hawaii. I find warm water boring compared to British Columbia.
     
  2. pauldw

    pauldw Solo Diver

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    Now you just make it sound miserable! The catheter doesn't actually go inside of you, it's just a tube that connects to a glorified condom. And that's just for long, long dives; you don't have to use it and therefore deal with trying to get the adhesive off after normal dives. So you can see, it's all perfectly pleasant!

    I was in Cozumel this year and had forgotten to take my dry suit inflator hose off my reg before heading down there, and when the boat crew was setting things up it confused them quit a bit.
     
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  3. davehicks

    davehicks Barracuda

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    Wow, now people hear about the glories of cold water Dry Suit diving and instantly associate it with p-valves and catheters???!!!! I think I can confidently say that 95% of the dry suit divers I seen over 20 years don't use those things. Yes it's creepy and icky, and you really don't need it. Only the really hard core enthusiasts go there.

    Cold water BC diving really is glorious, and if you live in the PNW and dive you'd be crazy not to take advantage. To bag on the cold water because of the equipment needed is sort of like being a lover of skiing but being resentful of the boots, gloves, and jackets required to keep you warm. It just part of the bargain for doing something you love.

    Living in Seattle or the Pacific Northwest It's a pretty fair trade off to be able to drive 10 minutes or an hour to dozens of dive sites any day of the week.
     
  4. Dan

    Dan Orca

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    Hergen Spalink certainly doesn't think it is boring.

     
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  5. pauldw

    pauldw Solo Diver

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    So what actually struck me about those videos, especially the main one, was they they were just so much better than the fuzzy washed out green videos on loop on a VHS machine at a lot of dive shops. It's not Hollywood production values, but it's pretty good. I've wondered for years why promotional videos were decades behind where they should be, and it looks like the Canadians figured it out. Especially given the challenges of local diving there, it's a wise effort.

    Also, the wreck trek passport is a clever way to both actually provide information on local dives, which is nice, in a way calculated to make some business. And, it's nice to see people being good with interacting with the wildlife without shrieking about imagined horrible impacts.
     
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  6. Bigbella

    Bigbella Barracuda

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    Spectacular diving -- far more life than in the stickier parts of the world!

    No, no, no.
    Wonderfully warm with the woolies; Dear God, no "catheter" or p-valve; just plan to hit the head before you hit the water. To paraphrase a line from The Right Stuff, "I have never compromised the integrity of my suit . . ."

    What's more, the anti-freeze caps on a couple of my older regulators, are meant to be filled with a generous shot of vodka -- something to anticipate for later in the day.

    Skol . . .
     

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  7. davehicks

    davehicks Barracuda

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    +1 to that. Count me as a fellow member of the non-micturating Wet or Dry suit divers. Stop drinking an hour before diving and hit the head for a preventative pee.
     
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  8. Dan

    Dan Orca

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    How much to rent a drysuit there then?
     
  9. chillyinCanada

    chillyinCanada Solo Diver Staff Member

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    And as wonderful a video as this is, it just doesn't really express the amazing reality of the place.

    After all, a manta ray isn't going to lay on you whilst diving off the west coast of US or Canada.

    The colours are generally spectacular and this video isn't completely capturing this either.

    Oh geez, I've got to get back to Raja.
     
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  10. Bigbella

    Bigbella Barracuda

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    I honestly wouldn't know; have never attempted it; since rental gear gives me the willies . . .
     

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