Jun

13

How do you know you have the right BCD (Buoyancy Compensation Device) ? And seriously
what could possibly be the difference between one or another you may ask. There
is very little about the BCD in general that many people find attractive or
enjoyable but more a necessity. I understand possibly better than most a BCD’s
function and the reasoning behind it; but the fact remains that the number 1
most disliked piece of gear in many divers kit is the BCD. It’s too restrictive
or clumsy, its too bulky or I just would like tit to have more function than
just holding my tank and helping me trim or float.

These days if your BCD is not bulky; then you feel like you are wearing body armour
underwater or they have so many unnecessary added features that you feel like a
walking Christmas Tree wearing one. The feature of “welds” in the air cell that
causes the unit to “wrap around” you simply gives the manufacturers a method of
adding more crud to the unit and keeps it comfortable. To avoid the cumbersome
feel and bulkiness of a jacket style BCD, you have the option of going with a
back inflation style BCD (my proffered option). Be careful when you go this
route; as you may find that many manufacturers concentrate more on lift than
function;  some BCD’s have enough lift to
raise the Titanic which equates directly with more fabric and more bulk.

To me, the perfect BCD would look like something that you could use easily out of
the water as in, the bladder would perform all that it needs to do (buy a lift
bag if you really want to raise objects other than yourself) it should also
come with just enough strap material to hold the tank on the back and keep it
against my back and connect your essential objects to streamline your dive but
have all that you really need (you really do not need 24 stainless steel D
rings ). Now, I have to admit my Zeagle Stiletto BCD doesn’t quite match that description,
but when compared to many of the units on the market today, it’s pretty darn
close.

It is a very simple, comfortable design that isn’t packed with a lot of needless
“features” and “frills” to make it overly cumbersome. It’s 35lb (16 KG) lift
capacity is still far greater than I need but the folks at Zeagle have figured
out how to make that bladder not quit as obtrusive as most. This for many
divers equates to a piece of gear that is completely functional for most diving
in most waters. I’ll be the first to admit that on warm water dives the padding at the back is quite
comfortable, and welcome, and the 5 stainless steel D-rings are tucked away in
just the right spots to secure an octopus, console/computer, small light or whatever
other trinket you may be taking along on your dive, but never seem to be in the
way or “dangle” excessively.

Zeagle’s integrated weight system is also equally as streamlined and simple. No bulky
pockets at each hip. The finishing touch on this BCD is the fact that it’s a
soft pack design. You can literally roll this thing up into a tiny little wad in your luggage/dive
bag jump up and down on it to compress some space (careful not to step on your
power inflator) and take it out when you reach your destination and it’s ready
to go diving. The bladder has a good pair of access ports for rinsing after
your dives and is overall a simple very functional piece of equipment for many
divers.
All the important information:
Integrated ipcord Weight System – 44 lb capacity (24 lbs Diver releasable – 20 lbs non-diver releasable trim weights for improved weight distribution and
balance)

35-lb (16-KG) lift capacity low profile bladder

Twin tank bands for single tanks included

1000 Denier Material

Two flap utility pockets

Adjustable Cummerbund

5 – stainless D-rings

Adjustable Sternum Strap

SIZES: XSmall through XLarge

So if you are looking for a light weight BCD that has all the features and
functions of a real heavy-weight contender this should be one of the first you
take for a test dive. Zeagle has a list of suppliers on their web page http://zeagle.com/Find-a-Dealer/

Jun

9

This is a segment from our DVD entitled “Diving the Florida Keys: A Video Guide.” It shows divers what it’s like to dive the USS Spiegel Grove off Key Largo. The full length DVD is about 45 minutes and is available for sale at www.hidefpics.com.

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Jun

9

2006-06 ADC Cornwall Trip Scuba Diving organised by Ashford Dive Club. Dived with Porthkerris Diving and Dive Action.
www.ashforddiveclub.com
www.porthkerris.com
http://www.diveaction.co.uk/
Location: around N50’03.93 W005’03.94
Water Temperature: 15C

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May

11

Diving just off shore of Runaway Bay in Jamaica. This is underwater video taken during a SCUBA dive from a resort boat…. includes footage of a vintage cargo plane resting in 70 feet of water.

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May

9

This is video that I took of the Antilla with my Canon A70 and some Pelican Watersports took of me on the Antilla wreck in Aruba. Feb 2005

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May

2

Review of a Popular Wreck Scuba Dive in Oahu Hawaii

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Apr

28

Another sunny day on the ever reliable Woodpecker. Join Lee and Matt as they dive the deep SS Newholm wreck. sorry about the computer beeps, it was set to go off every time Matts drysuit leaked. lots of delicious scallops for dinner.

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Apr

28

Super nice diving pictures taken in the red sea…
Music is provided by Die Firma

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Mar

31

Scuba diving the wreck of The Trio Bravo off Florida’s Ft. Lauderdale coast. Featured divers are Scotty Wernette and Scotty Lang. Wreck lies in ~160fsw.

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Feb

24

Diving on the Wiindiate and The Barney shipwrecks off Presque Isle, Michigan in Lake Huron. Depth ~180′ ave. X-Scooters. Scotty Lang and Scotty Wernette are the divers. Filmed by Brandon Schwartz.

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Jan

30

unintended ascent of buddy due to seeing submarine and not controlling buoyancy, listen for beeping of dive computer. did not notice he disappeared and then worried as could not find him. buddy laughing.

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Jan

21

A Diving Holiday

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Jan

11

Four days of fun diving ended today when Kjersti from Norway finished her last dives with me. Kjersti was coming out of Australia and stopped by Hawaii to do some fun dives before going back to the cold, dark waters of Norway.

The first day was just checkout stuff at the Sea tiger. Polo, my wreck student, was working on lines that day so it worked out fine. Louie, our phone slave, came out as well and kept Kjersti company with our 2 x-scooters.

First dive was sweet, these guys looked so happy on the scooters, but more fun to come on the second dive when one of the x-scooters lost it’s prop… great, fortunately it wasn’t mine, but Matt’s, still sucked, but I would have shot myself if it broke.

Second day was just Kjersti and I on the wreck. With no scooters with us today we decided on penetrating the wreck would be most fun, and we sure did. I felt like a roach crawling through the wreck, seldom that I get to see all of the wreck in one dive, but it sure is a nice one. Kjersti said she love it.

Tuesday was YO 257 and the airplane fuselages. Thanks to Sherman who let me use his x-scooter we were back in business again. With fully charged batteries and a will to explore did we dive into the ocean at the YO, to find no currents and great viz.

It is not far to the airplane fuselages, but it sure is nice to have a scooter drag you there instead of having to swim! Didn’t find any sharks out here today, but it is real fun to do loops and barrel rolls around the fish pyramids that Atlantis submarine sunk to attract fish.

On our way back we went inside the San Pedro, the small fishing wreck next to the YO, and found a small 3ft agitated little white tip shark. Poor beastie had a big hook in its mouth, must hurt allot… poor beastie…

Today, Wednesday, we were supposed to dive the barges out in Hawaii kai, but other divers really wanted to see the corsair plane wreck, well well, it is always nice to be on scooters anyway.

It was a good dive too! As soon as we got down there was a 6ft white tip swimming around the plane wreck, and he was not shy at all.) Stayed with us for half the dive, and let us get real close with cameras and scooters as well, thanks buddy for being a sport!

Second dive was a strange one, we decided on leaving Hawaii Loa crater and take the scooters on a straight 89 degree heading towards Anglers Reef, I think we hit the northern parts of it, but it was a while since I was that far north on the ledge so who knows.

As we changed direction and headed towards Koko craters Kjersti’s scooter ran out of power, so it was now tow time on mine. We managed to get another 10 or so minutes on full blast before mine started whimpering as well, not bad dragging 2 divers in doubles around!

Capt Joe came and picked us up about 10 minutes later, didn’t see much but sand and some new ledges, but no treasures or unknown beasties on this one… maybe next time? Who wants to take a scooter class?

Aloha
Jo

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Jan

1

SS Thistlegorm is a British merchant Navy vessel that was sunk at the entrance of Gulf of Suez during the Second World War. It is 130m in length, and lies at a depth from 14 to 30 metres. The Thistlegorm is a world-famous amongst divers for its well-preserved cargo of jeeps, motorbikes, rubber boots, rifles and locomotives. FIlmed by Carlotta Rio.

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Jan

1

Video taken during a dive on the chinese bulkfreighter Fu Shan Hai.

She sank after a collision with the cypriot registred containerhip Gdynia north of Bornholm, Denmark. Only a little external video was usable due to the rough seas blocking ambient light and the size of the wreck made artificial light useless.

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Dec

22

Solus LED Light – The most robust and dependable diving lights on the market. www.OxyCheq.com

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Dec

16

Dive with whale sharks

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