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#125560 - 02/28/08 11:39 AM Re: Scuba gear? [Re: Stokie]
Kris Offline

Registered: 04/13/07
Posts: 623
Loc: A Canadian in the UK
Sorry, when i said a dual tank dive, i meant renting out two tanks, using one, come back swap out, then finish with the new tank. Very typical here of how to dive. Most places on island, its 1/4 mile or less (usually less) to the wall (goes from 40-60' to 4000'+). I love hanging around at the wall on the south part of the island, or go to a couple fav spots and hang out at swim throughs for as long as i can.

One dive here, if your nuts (i've tried it a few times), is to go up to the north wall, thats oppisite north south. This is where the sting rays come in to feed off the stuff that tourist gives them. Around 5am or so, its when the hammer heads come into the sound. I've never saw this happening, but apparently its a wicked dive. Just go over the wall, hover around 75', back a ways from one of the big cracks and just wait.

Right now, I'm not into the pony rigs, but was thinking of going that way in the very near future. I was thinking of going for my tech certs and interested in the deep stuff with the 4 tanks.

I hope I hit the deadlines too!
"One should not increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything"
William of Ockham (1285-1349)

#125564 - 02/28/08 12:59 PM Re: Scuba gear? [Re: Kris]
Stokie Offline

Registered: 02/05/04
Posts: 175
Loc: Paris, France
When I did my deep dive to 300ft, I had a set-up of about 6 tanks, all 12ltrs. A double rig on the back and two doubles either side of me. So it was a simple matter of changing different air mixs to get to the wreck and the same when coming back and doing decompression stops. Sometimes if you judge it a bit wrong and need a little more time for decompression and you used more air than you planned (a little panic at 300ft can draw a hell of a lot of air), then the pony at 30ft allowed me to just chill out for ten minutes no worries.

How do you cope going over the wall? I did a dive off Madagascar, swam out over the wall, had a huge sense of vertige. I'm swimming along clear blue water, sand bottom below at 30-35m then nothing down to 2000m+ and inky blackness. I was stable just hanging there, weird feeling, couldn't wait to get back over that sand. Maybe I should do it a few more times eh?

#125569 - 02/28/08 01:21 PM Re: Scuba gear? [Re: Stokie]
Kris Offline

Registered: 04/13/07
Posts: 623
Loc: A Canadian in the UK
No vertigo for me... Love stuff like that, just hovering and looking down to nothing but black. But when you dive it all the time, you just get use to it. There's a dive that thats 12 miles off the coast of the island... little banks in the ocean thats about 65-80' at its highest point. awesome dive, but can only go at certian times of the year or the current will take ya. A buddy of mine did that dive once with his wife and came very friendly with two white tip hammerheads. Lucky nothing happened, just the typical circling routine, but freak the wife out enough that she won't dive again.

"One should not increase, beyond what is necessary, the number of entities required to explain anything"
William of Ockham (1285-1349)

#125902 - 03/01/08 09:02 PM Re: Scuba gear? [Re: Kris]
gulliamo Offline

Registered: 09/11/02
Posts: 174
Loc: Denver, CO, USA
Wow. All great stories. Guess I'll look into a Mares reg and try the suit on when I get down there.

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