Friday, July 29, 2011

Early Morning Stubborn Dive

Andrius and Saulius were up early this morning to head out with Sasha for a dive on the Stubborn.They are taking a rather big camera with them . . .

After missing his flight then doing his checks yesterday Chris is now finally heading off to explore the Imperial Eagle, while Chris Stubbins gets his check dives done.

Jason is going to be setting yet more challenges for Geoff and Nigel on the house reef today as part of their Tec 40 course.

New Side Mount Cylinders

New Side mount cylinders have just arrived so we now have 10 sets. Plenty for running side mount courses!

Geoff Nutt is currently doing his Tec 40 course with us. The course got delayed a couple of days so he could do his Deep Speciality, a prerequisite for the course, however he now has a twin set strapped to his back and is heading out for a tough day of training.

Chris is also doing a check dive today to get his gear ready for a good 9 days of diving . . . should have been 10 but he missed the flight!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Leading Recreational Divers? Why not take a Twinset?

It was an early start for Sascha this morning as he was in at 6am getting everything ready for an early dive on the Stubborn. John Kendell has been in the classroom all morning covering various topics of the Tech 1 course . . .

while Jack has been playing with his new squeaky toy . . .

On the odd occasion when Jason and Sascha have to lend a hand leading recreational divers on pleasure dives they always make a point of doing it in their twinset despite not really needing the extra air. They do this because they believe it’s still much safer for them to have the long hose and the additional air should anyone ever need it.

Aaron, one of the recreational instructors who also does tec diving, has decided to adopt this strategy. He has set up a rig that he can use for leading recreational pleasure divers like Jason and Sascha. Could this trend catch on? Maybe more and more recreational dive Instructors trained in technical diving will start to do this because of the added safety benefits for the people they are leading.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) Open Day Today

The Global Underwater Explorers (GUE) open day is finally here. John Kendell arrived yesterday and he and Alan have been in early getting everything organised.

However John is still making some time for a dive on the Stubborn with Rikkard this morning but he will be back in time to talk to people about the GUE courses.

John is expecting some interesting questions . . . why does everyone wear black? . . . Why does everyone use Halcyon gear? . . .

Alan got an odd collection of Balloons for his birthday yesterday.

Jack is not amused by them . . .

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Rebreathers, rebreathers, rebreathers . . .

We’ve had lots of Rebreather try dives the last couple of days so Sascha has spent a lot of time assembling, disassembling and cleaning the rebreathers.

Jack’s had some trouble dealing with the heat. Viv has been keeping him in the office to keep him cool and out of mischief spent yesterday day expressing his jealousy at being left out by eating through the wetsuit hangars . . .

Caesar had such a good time the other day he has come back for more today. W are finding it reall odd that we have a Julius a Caesar and a Mark diving together. We are now just waiting for an Anthony!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Neoprene Pocket Shorts

Have you ever noticed that one of the only down sides to wet suits is that most of them don’t have pockets. Given that not many of us actually live on the coast, and cycling in scuba gear above water is not the most sensible of ideas, it makes sense that most diversz have to drive to the dive site. Which leaves us with one problem, where to put the keys? . . .

Not only are our keys a problem, there are various other pieces of equipment we might want to takes such as a backup mask or wet notes or a torch. If we had them all hanging off our D-rings we would look like Christmas trees.

For all these problems there is potentially one solution . . . The NEOPRENE POCKET SHORTS!

Here they are being modelled by Ed . . .

They are pretty much identical to the types of pockets you get on a dry suit. Make sure you get a pair that fit properly thou, you don’t want them falling down when the pockets are full!

Alan is going be wearing these magic shorts today. He’s taking them down to Polynesian at 65m to really test their durability. We will have to wait for him to report back on this one . . .

Friday, July 1, 2011

Get Ready for some Simulated Ascents

Alex’s gang headed out to the Beaufighter on Wednesday afternoon for a side mount experience of this stunning wreck. For those of you who have never done it the Beaufighter is a plane wreck that crash landed into the ocean during the war. It now sits at 38m upside down. It is only a small wreck but it looks spectacular surrounded by a vast stretch of white sand.Alex took some time out of diving this morning to try and fix up Harriet (the van) . . . after some confusion over some of Harriets quirks he managed to sort the problem. Sascha has returned from a short visit home and is taking Dennis to Zurrieq where he will be continuing his ART course with simulated ascents.