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Yet another BPW question

Discussion in 'Basic Scuba Discussions' started by cainslie, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. kelvinbatista

    kelvinbatista Angel Fish

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    Personally, I would use a AL bp with steel tanks and a wetsuit. In addition, It’s easier to travel with, Ideal with any future steel doubles training and you can use weight pockets you can drop or p weight. Proper weighting is very personal and something you have to work on but I believe from your post, an AL bp is more flexible in terms of options and your future plans. (Just my opinion)
     
  2. cainslie

    cainslie Angel Fish

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    Location: Ballito, South Africa
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    Thanks for the replies all, this has certainly been very helpful. SS it is then. (And a few replies below too).

    Steel - always negative, even at the end of a dive.

    Thanks. Sizing the wing is an interesting procedure in itself - especially without the ability to try a few options first.

    100%. That's definitely the plan.

    Definitely not overhead - I'm too claustrophobic to do caves or wreck penetrations - as much as I would absolutely love to, I know my limits. The 330ft dives I want to do are down to some wrecks and the coelacanths at Sodwana Bay. That's all a long way and a lot of training away though.

    Interesting comment. As it is, I struggle to descend the first 10ft; I feel slightly under weighted. Once I'm past 10ft, my weight is perfect with just a tiny (1/3 second) burst of air in the BC.

    Yeah, I bought the 15l when I was still an air hog, now I just like it because the majority of my diving is around 27m so it's nice to have a little extra nitrox... I'm dead keen to move to 12l doubles and this move to BP/W is exactly why I'm starting down this road. (I will be the only doubles diver in our [quite large] club though).

    What would the internet be without at least one spanner thrown into the works... Hahaha :) :) :)

    Thanks!
     
  3. Six Feet Under

    Six Feet Under Nassau Grouper

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    Whatever you pick, make sure you can swim it up with a simulated ruptured wing. I tried one day with my double Worthington X7-100's (the HP 100 steels) and an SS backplate, in a 3mm wetsuit.... no dice.

    That was a long time ago though.
     
  4. ajduplessis

    ajduplessis Solo Diver

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    Either will do just fine, that said I prefer SS (less lead). You already have a 15, why double 12's?
     
  5. cainslie

    cainslie Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Ballito, South Africa
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    Good point, thank you.

    Well, this is all part of my learning.
    Step 1: Move to BP/W with my regular single (15L)
    Step 2: Learn to dive doubles (I have two 12L matched already so I will just need a manifold, new wing & some training)
    Step 3: Tec Rec. Start with new gas mixes etc.
    Step 4: Stage & Deco
    Step 5: DEEP! :)

    I'm trying to approach my progression to tec/deep in an iterative fashion where I slowly add gear/complexity over time so that I can learn, but keep it safe.
     
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  6. EireDiver606

    EireDiver606 DIR Practitioner

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    What sort of question is this? D12s are much more enjoyable to dive with, carry much more gas, need no lead to descend, and they are redundant.
     
  7. ajduplessis

    ajduplessis Solo Diver

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    Its a basic question, not sure what you are on about.

    in any cas double 15’s carry more gas than d12s and is just as enjoyable to dive. That”s why I asked, I prefer 15”s because of the extra capacity. He already had a 15....
     
  8. EireDiver606

    EireDiver606 DIR Practitioner

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    D12s are much nicer to dive than a single 15 L.

    If you’re referring to diving D15s it wasn’t obvious from your post.
     
  9. ajduplessis

    ajduplessis Solo Diver

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    If you already have matched 12”s, stick to your plan, all good.
     
  10. FishNBarrel

    FishNBarrel Angel Fish

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    If you are worried about the cost of a backplate for eventually getting to 100m dives, I don't think you understand what it costs to do 100m dives.
     
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