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    Established TDF Member Tel's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by matt View Post
    What would you need to do to be OK for the May dive?
    Knock back the depth by 50% and do a couple of work-up dives at least would be a good start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tel View Post
    Knock back the depth by 50% and do a couple of work-up dives at least would be a good start.
    I'd do 2 check dives, no stop to 35m and one 70m pond dive myself.

    I do the 2 check dives before all trips, regardless of depth.

    If I went much longer then I would add 4 or 6 dives to the check dives before the deeper pond dive.

    After a 12 month layoff a few years ago I did 9 check dives followed by 10 sea dives before going to 70m.

    Matt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Clark View Post
    I do notice my sea ascent skills getting rubbish after only diving quarries and caves for a while.)
    It is surprising how quickly skills degrade and routine actions again require a little thought.

    Yesterday the weather gods were kind and I jumped on a shuttle and dived a couple of wrecks in Portland Harbour and then Lulworth Banks.

    Trivial dives but kitting up was less automatic than normal and even the simple act of deploying an SMB took a little longer.

    As another boat bagged the Countess of Erne, our challenging dive was to descend the buoy to the SS Cragside, follow the harbour wall to the 'Spaniard' (more correctly called SS Enecuri) and ascend to the buoy fixed to the bow. There was no buoy. After considering the lazy option of following the wall to the surface, I sent up my SMB and did a vertical ascent from the massive depth of 15m. Whilst it all went smoothly it wasn't as quick, or automatic, as the last time I deployed an SMB from a wreck, which I gather was at the end of October.

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    How was the vis? I really must get the kit wet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chrisch View Post
    How was the vis? I really must get the kit wet.
    Bright 3-4m in the harbour and less outside, but enough to put fresh scallops on the menu.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dwhitlow View Post
    Bright 3-4m in the harbour and less outside, but enough to put fresh scallops on the menu.
    Thanks.

    The missus would be scoffing them raw in the van


 
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