Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Who is that Patty girl you keep talking about?

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Who is that Patty girl you keep talking about?

I knew a Patty in 2006, but I haven't seen her since then. Wouldn't that be weird if that was the same girl? I'll try to describe her the best I can...

She was shorter than average. Very black and white thinking. She was always using a checklist to get things done. She came off kind of arrogant sometimes because she thought the world should learn to do things the way she did. She expected everyone to be a master at everything right away. I always thought mastery was a process achieved over years...

For some reason, when I think of her, she seems to remind me of an angry villager chasing Frankenstein's monster through the countryside with torches... She was at the front of the mob handing out torches to everyone whether they wanted one or not... I guess being part of a crazy mob has it's appeal, but I grew out of those experiences as a teenager. I won't jump off the bridge because everyone else is doing it and I definitely don't want anyone I love to jump off either. Why would anyone want their loved ones to get hurt?

I think she hung around a couple of old dudes that were drunk all the time. They drank a lot of cheep whiskey, too... Johnnie Walker, if I remember. One thing I learned early on, if your palate doesn't get a little more refined as you get older, you've either got no taste or others have been telling you what you're supposed to like.

She live in her parents basement but she was known to have a couch in every country. I guess it's cool to have done so much traveling but what kind of vacation is it when you're only in the country for 15 minutes and barely get a chance to get your ears wet. For me, the quality of the trip always was more important than the number of trips... I can recall what every trip was like, who it was with, and what stood out about it.

The worst part was that she was always borrowing money. At first it was just a nickel or dime, but then quarter or two. Eventually she'd suck out a dollar or more. I felt like I was playing that crane game. I'd put another dollar in to try to win that prize but it would keep falling out of the machine's claw. I think that game is fixed or rigged.

Anyway, when you said her name, it just brought up old memories... Shit! Nightmares... Stay away from Patty.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

This is Full Regulator Service on an Aqualung Legend LX Supreme primary ...



Jim, a fellow NAUI Instructor from Discovery Divers Tokyo: https://www.youtube.com/user/DiscoveryDiversTokyo did a video called, "Discovery Divers Tokyo Vlog #14 - 2nd Stage Regulator Basics" at: https://youtu.be/qyUX0HLGQ7E

Please go watch his video and if you like it, please like and subscribe to his channel...

This is Full Regulator Service on an Aqualung Legend LX Supreme primary 2nd Stage.

I serviced regulators at a dive shop for two year so I asked if he would like to collaborate on a video. Once I left the dive shop, I continued servicing my own regs. I actually enjoy it so much, that I've made regulator servicing part of my Divemaster program. Since a Divemaster will own their own equipment, knowing the in's and out's of their equipment is more than just a good idea, it will keep them diving, help out students and other divers in the event of a mechanical issue.

Where a disclaimer would typically go here, I actually encourage people to learn from a technician that has the time to teach them, and will encourage them to keep learning. Try to do a little servicing at your local dive shop near you and put a few bucks in your pocket, too. For years, the automobile industry adamantly opposed car owners doing their own service. As you know, there are a lot of people doing service on their automobiles. While I don't have statistics on fatalities due to doing one's own maintenance, I would venture a guess that it is infinitesimally small!

The equipment manufacturers in conjunction with dive shops have an opportunity to teach people who buy their product how to keep it running for years and years to come. There is nothing wrong with that. The one thing that the manufacturers know is money. As years go by and good service technicians leave the industry, just like experienced instructors, they might not be replaced by technicians that are as good. That doesn't mean that they can't do an annual regulator service, but what it probably means is they ONLY know what they've been taught, and the nuances of that piece of equipment has been lost -- the service was only adequate...

The regulator is not a complicated device. I know that there is a dive shop out there that teaches an "Advanced Equipment Servicing" course to anyone that buys new equipment from them. Not only do they have that diver returning to their shop to take a specialty course, but they come back to buy parts and tools necessary for the job, will tell their friends, and will even be advocates for buying good quality new or used regulators. There is a lot of garbage out there! Knowing what is good and what is not because you know how it's built is far better than reading an article (probably written and  paid for by the manufacturer).

This video is playing back at 6x speed and has some "old-time" banjo music in the background. I'll be doing a narrative of the normal playback and will post that one soon.
Thanks and I hope you enjoy this video!


--carlos

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Inside dive shop secrets; How to get special discounts; Free parts for l...



you need confidence

really

good equipment can make it easier...
and a good instructor will make learning fun

but

the ability is already inside you
i'll help you find it

am i going to have to buy all that equipment?
the regulator, BCD, and tank?
all that stuff...
nope

having a mask that fits your face and fins that fit your feet are nice to own...
but that is totally up to you
my goal is to teach you how to scuba dive

when you get back from your dive trip...
when everyone asks how it was...
the only thing you have to do is smile
everyone will know!

"every dive is a dream come true..."

see you soon

sing summer
written by bearing
sung by kev bennet

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

"Snapshots" from a previous video pulled out as images... Intova X2 Camera



These are "snapshots" from the video below...
https://youtu.be/bG2QExFRdYU

The video camera I used has a feature where it captures 9 frames per second so that one can take images from that video as the camera is not the best suited for underwater photography.

After a little editing, the color and images look pretty good.

The images don't come out in HD...

The video camera is the Intova X2
https://www.intova.net/shop/waterproof-cameras/x2-camera/

The little light on it was all that I used, however I just found a cool light stick that would be a great compliment to it...

Brytor Designs
http://bebrytor.com

Music by Josh Armistead
Josh_Armistead_-_05_-_Wolf_Its_really_rather_rad.mp3

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Open Letter to the Dive Community Concerning Sund Rock Dive Beach

AN OPEN LETTER FROM CINDY SUND ABOUT SUND ROCK, HOODSPORT, WASHINGTON...  #scuba #SundRock #hoodsportWA #PugetSound #PacificNorthwest ht...