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General Chat Thread, SCUBA Diving in General; Originally Posted by RabbieBurns coupla photos from today Nice pics. This is one of my favourites, taken in Tenerife a ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    coupla photos from today
    Nice pics. This is one of my favourites, taken in Tenerife a few years back.

    SCUBA Diving-tenerife07-.jpg

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    decided it was time to get back under the water.. Ive booked myself onto the Advanced PADI course for this weekend... hopefully the weather will clear up a bit this weekend.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozydave View Post
    Been a bsac instructor for 10 years and a Padi assistant instructor for 5 years.
    Done very little warm water diving, prefer to dive in the UK as wreck is my thing.
    This will start something....
    As an instructor of bsac and padi I much prefer to teach bsac. Just think it makes for a more complete well rounded diver when you out on your own.getting your open water in the nice clear warm water then returning to the uk to dive is a recipe for trouble. Not to say padi is bad just horses for courses
    A similar thing happens in aviation. Folks go to Florida\California for a month to complete PPL (Private Pilots Licence) and never have to miss a day's flying due to bad weather, or indeed give the weather much thought. They then come back over here and get the anal half crown/threepenny bit moments when flying into a front or cloud.

    Believe me, them cumulus aint like fluffy cotton wool inside.

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    been a while since my last post... ive since done the padi rescue diver course which was really worthwhile... done a fair few more dives now, including a great week in phuket...

    still a world away from the cold water diving of the UK i imagine...

    HMS Ark Royal could be turned into artificial diving reef | Travel | The Guardian

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    Let's hope to God that if ever this comes to fruition they make it a damn sight safer than that other deathtrap The Scylla.

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    just googled the scylla... whats so dangerous about it?

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    It's full of silt and it is very easy to lose your viz and your bearings and become trapped. I know many experienced divers who won't dive it for that very reason.

    Don't get me wrong, it's a good dive and as it's got older the amount of wildlife has increased dramatically but the dangers are not appreciated by many of the people that dive it. There are a lot of levels way down within the hull that are dark, confined and full of silt.

    Far better to go an dive the James Egan Layne before it breaks up completely ... one of the best dives I have ever done, to be sat on the seabed looking up at the bow with the light filtering through .... Awesome.

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    Just back from another wee trip to phuket.. couple of photos to bring this thread back alive:

    SCUBA Diving-390290_10150479016546003_595356002_9348267_1189307921_n.jpgSCUBA Diving-398529_10150479039501003_595356002_9348414_1950253299_n.jpgSCUBA Diving-390065_10150479035496003_595356002_9348390_1224740688_n.jpgSCUBA Diving-394292_10150479026866003_595356002_9348331_1413686467_n.jpgSCUBA Diving-408995_10150479024881003_595356002_9348321_2129538669_n.jpgSCUBA Diving-398408_10150479019796003_595356002_9348286_118700970_n.jpgSCUBA Diving-406305_10150479018826003_595356002_9348280_449772861_n.jpgSCUBA Diving-393903_10150479014201003_595356002_9348250_1310062872_n.jpg

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    Great photos RabbieBurns, I'm usually made up to see just my hand/buddy whilst diving in my local quarry!

    Did have great time diving 5 days in the Isle of Man last Summer though.

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    Dived this place recently (not my photo)



    Its a swimthrough cave, full of sharks. Was great

    anyway im heading back to the UK soon and gonna get myself some gear, everything is too expensive here. Gonna get a BCD to start with, where is a decent place to order from? Is it better to get one from a real shop so I can try it on first? Found this place which is local - how do its prices compare?

    Aquatron Dive Centre - Online diving equipment store, scuba servicing, scuba diving training and instruction, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

    Looking to spend 200-300UKP whats a good brand? Cheers!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RabbieBurns View Post
    anyway im heading back to the UK soon and gonna get myself some gear, everything is too expensive here. Gonna get a BCD to start with, where is a decent place to order from? Is it better to get one from a real shop so I can try it on first? Found this place which is local - how do its prices compare?

    Aquatron Dive Centre - Online diving equipment store, scuba servicing, scuba diving training and instruction, Glasgow, Scotland, UK

    Looking to spend 200-300UKP whats a good brand? Cheers!
    If I were a terrible person, I'd check the stuff out at ProDive Sydneycity for fit and finish, then buy the same in .UK on the Internet. My BCD is a ~10 year old Mares wing and I've used rented kit from Cressi, ScubaPro and various others. Stick to the brands you're seeing in the dive shops down under for parts availability.

    If you know what you want to buy try: http://www.watersportswarehouse.co.uk
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    ended up just buying a BCD from prodive

    was up diving the HMS Adelaide recently, pretty decent for only 18 months since being scuttled..

    still need the Reg set though, they aint cheap!

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    I started off with a secondhand set of regs - one of the instructors was trying to justify buying new shiny by selling off his existing gear.

    But I knew they'd been well-maintained (though I still swapped all the o-rings), ymmv.

    While I was down there, dive computers qualified for the 40% depreciation that normal computers did on the tax return. Which almost makes up for the "hey, it's Australia, let's jack up the price".
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    I've gt everything bar tank, weights and regs must rectify that soon but want to do drysut course first

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    Anyone got a recommendation for a good fish identification book?

    Ideally all-round-the-world (or at least Med, Asia-Pacific, UK waters) and say A5-ish* size? I've got per-region ones, but $present_recipient could do with a good all-in-one.

    *so it can be carried in luggage.

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