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    Can’t find the 'new' O-three front opening...

    Can’t find the 'new' O-three front opening membrane drysuit on their website.

    What’s it called?
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    Firefox, chrome, safari, Ghostery...

    Firefox, chrome, safari, Ghostery...
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    (BTW it’s really useful for the wider community...

    (BTW it’s really useful for the wider community to know of these problems and their possible causes — not everyone is experienced with compressors and procedures)

    Related question: how much water...
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    Once in the water it’s much like backmount. Some...

    Once in the water it’s much like backmount. Some sidemount instructors advocate special techniques to clean it all up, such as more bungee to hold the regs on the neck and marking the MOD on the...
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    Kitting up with two either side is hard but...

    Kitting up with two either side is hard but doable — not much different to putting two left on backmount. The third (or fourth) would be better added in the water. So maybe jump in with a leash -...
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    Is the Solo Diver course different to all other...

    Is the Solo Diver course different to all other diving courses? For example, does the the instructor face greater consequences when signing off a marginal Solo Diver candidate than with other diving...
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    What size cylinder is that and can you walk with...

    What size cylinder is that and can you walk with the cylinder attached?
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    Following on from the last few dives, my RH...

    Following on from the last few dives, my RH chest D-ring's been exceedingly busy with the added camera bolt-snap. When the RH stage is added, this D-ring flattens and becomes very difficult to...
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    Thanks Jon. I’d missed those posts. The 6 v 3...

    Thanks Jon. I’d missed those posts. The 6 v 3 discussion is very helpful
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    Very helpful of you to explain that so clearly...

    Very helpful of you to explain that so clearly and add to the discussion.
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    I’m obviously failing to make the point that the...

    I’m obviously failing to make the point that the Solo Diver course does not teach you any new skills per se, instead reinforcing and organising ones thoughts and experiences. So more like a workshop...
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    I’m not saying one course is better than the...

    I’m not saying one course is better than the other. I’m saying that they have different objectives and audiences. One being aimed at teaching new skills and kit configurations, the other...
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    Thanks for all the excellent comments. For my...

    Thanks for all the excellent comments.

    For my next extended dive — 50m next week, with bottom stage to push bottom times — I’ll try dropping the GF high to use 50:70 instead of 50:80. May well...
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    From my first dive in the UK I had a rude...

    From my first dive in the UK I had a rude awakening to the massive differences between diving in Mediterranean Spain's warm, clear shallow tideless waters and the UK's dark, deep, tidal, ...
  15. Thread: Drysuit inflate

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    If it's a DIR-style config, keep it connected...

    If it's a DIR-style config, keep it connected and put a couple of wraps of Gaffa tape on it to the SMB hose; then you've an inflator for your SMB. (This is what I do when using a suit inflate...
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    I quoted your post - no mention of redundant kit....

    I quoted your post - no mention of redundant kit.

    Anyway, the SDI course is actually for Solo Diving, the PADI course is to reinforce your self-reliance but not for solo diving - nor is it...
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    No mention of redundant kit? It’s a classic...

    No mention of redundant kit?

    It’s a classic PADI speciality.
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    What factor most affects post post-dive fatigue, ...

    What factor most affects post post-dive fatigue, depth or decompression duration?
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    Thanks for that. I'll do that on the next dive...

    Thanks for that. I'll do that on the next dive and see how it goes. After all it's only another 5 or 10 mins on a dive lasting 2+ hours.

    Do others find the same?
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    A little stressing about solo diving to bang the...

    A little stressing about solo diving to bang the point home to anyone reading this and contemplating solo dives...

    The dive boats are mostly pretty happy to welcome solo divers. However they...
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    :-) I've often heard people talking about...

    :-)

    I've often heard people talking about doing the last 6 metre ascent as 1 min per metre. Is there any evidence of that working? What about doing, say, 5 mins at 3 metres?
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    This summer I've been doing a fair few 35m to 55m...

    This summer I've been doing a fair few 35m to 55m open circuit dives on various gasses, generally maxing out bottom time and accelerating the deco using 80% or 50%+80% if deeper.

    This weekend I...
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    Mine was with Mark Powell. Very happy to...

    Mine was with Mark Powell. Very happy to recommend him for that. Was done at NDAC (who, ironically, are solo hostile!)

    I've needed to show the card in a couple of lakes in order to dive alone....
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    Tiredness after diving

    Found I'm often quite tired after diving, especially deeper and longer dives. Frequently takes a day or two to get over it and often need a kip when driving home!

    Are there any references to...
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    Personally, I think I'd prefer to have a couple...

    Personally, I think I'd prefer to have a couple of D-rings close together. The top one (on the RHS) would be used for stashing all the crap (torches, camera, regulator, double ender...), but the...
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