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    Quote Originally Posted by Divemouse View Post
    I still have a Buddy Commando, Mares Quattro fins and the cheapest Apex regs - why change what works well? Also the first snorkel I bought in 1998, which looks utterly disgusting.
    I used indy twins on a Buddy Commando for years (until I had dire warnings from the orthopaedic consultant about the state of my back and now only dive with a single!). I liked being able to switch easily between single and twins. I'm still using a BCD, bought in 1995, along with an Apeks T50 valve bought at the same time after all my gear was stolen whilst diving up at the Farnes. I only replace gear when it wears out. My Quattro fins had to be replaced after one started to split. Poor quality really - it had only done about 1000 dives!

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    consider a backplate/wing/harness rather than a BCD - that way you can adjust it for size changes and configuration changes (single, indies, manifolded twins)
    Unless you're Vanessa Feltz, what's hard about doing that with Buddy jacket? Rob constantly switches between twin 10 indies, 12 + pony and single 10 or 7 on his.
    Definitely don't doubt Dawn - not if you value your life

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    Quote Originally Posted by Divemouse View Post
    Also the first snorkel I bought in 1998, which looks utterly disgusting.
    My first snorkel went over the side of the inflatable along with the mask it was attached to. I donít attach a snorkel to the mask since it tried to drown me

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nickpicks View Post
    Welcome back!

    One thing you missed off your list is:
    7: If you're replacing your Buddy Commando, consider a backplate/wing/harness rather than a BCD - that way you can adjust it for size changes and configuration changes (single, indies, manifolded twins)
    8a: Lists get messed up really easily.

    I like the look of a backplate and wing. Once back into the swing of things I will try to have a go in one. Also need to think about 2nd stage hose lengths and routings. At present one comes over my right shoulder on a short hose and one over my left shoulder on a short hose. This setup seemed ok 30 years ago but now?

    Probably not a good idea to have made a list

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    Nothing wrong with a Buddy Commando - still do all my diving with one. Singles, Indy twins, side slung. It works for me.

    If you know how to dive with one why task load on your return to the water by trying/buying new kit you haven't used before.

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    Welcome...wetsuit? For UK diving?

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    Quote Originally Posted by M-J-J View Post
    Welcome...wetsuit? For UK diving?
    All of my UK diving (70s & 80s) was done in wetsuits. 4mm to start then a very close fitting 7mm 2 piece so 14mm round the torso. Even managed an ice dive.

    That was a matter of cost and availability. I think there were only 1 or 2 folk in the club with dry suits in those days. Donít think they were actually that dry.

    These days, drysuit all the time.

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    It always amazes me how some new divers think that being close to hypothermia is the norm. I was in a puddle last weekend and there was a guy who got out and was rattling like a leaf, I asked if he was ok and he said he is always like that. I pointed out that an ill fitting 5mm surface sports wetsuit was not appropriate for 8⁰ water and that winter diving there needed a drysuit as a minimum.

    Then his instructor mate started mouthing off about me being soft for having a heated vest along with my undersuit.
    JJ wanker

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulo View Post
    It always amazes me how some new divers think that being close to hypothermia is the norm. I was in a puddle last weekend and there was a guy who got out and was rattling like a leaf, I asked if he was ok and he said he is always like that. I pointed out that an ill fitting 5mm surface sports wetsuit was not appropriate for 8⁰ water and that winter diving there needed a drysuit as a minimum.

    Then his instructor mate started mouthing off about me being soft for having a heated vest along with my undersuit.
    Great you tried but you can’t treat stupid , bloomin twunt.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Paulo View Post
    Then his instructor mate started mouthing off about me being soft for having a heated vest along with my undersuit.
    My Dad has always said "any idiot can be cold and wet" (he doesn't dive, so I'll forgive him the "not wanting to get wet" bit)
    Proud to be a boring health and softy crap following sissie!


 
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