Scootering at Old Garden Beach

It’s been a while since I’ve been in the salt water (ok I just realized that’s a lie..it’s been a while since my rebreather has seen salt water) and had a few things I needed to test.  Most importantly, my aqualung/tear aid repair job on my exhale counterlung.  I also wanted to test my repaired battery on my Suex Xjoy2 scooter, my new Light Monkey bailout system, and lastly I wanted to get some more dives on my Deep Six Fins.  What better place than Old Garden Beach in Rockport,…

Fall first-stage rebuilds that are O2 “clean enough”

I discovered that my car battery was dead Thursday morning before work so I figured I would work-from-home and use that opportunity to do something truly productive. I figured I would catch up on a little scuba gear maintenance and rebuild some regulators, specifically first-stage rebuilds. All in all, it was a very productive day. I rebuilt a bunch of my regs that were well overdue.  I have a bunch more that I’ll save for a rainy/snowy day sometime this winter. Why Rebuild Regulators? My philosophy for most regulator rebuilds…

Cave diving and drysuit testing at Esperanza

Esperanza Quarry

I made a last minute trip up to Esperanza / True Blue quarry this weekend to dive with my friend Tom H. from Rhode Island.  Tom had already booked a hotel up in West Rutland, VT and was planning on diving rain or shine so I figured he could use the company.  I drove up Friday night and we did two dives Saturday morning.  I was originally supposed to go out with the Daybreaker on Sunday to dive the wreck of the Coyote but strong winds forced pretty much all…

Replacement ladder in the airshaft at Esperanza Quarry

I drove up to the quarry on Tuesday morning to help install the new ladder that Matt H. designed for the airshaft in Esperanza.  Myself, Matt/Lea and Brie were up there the previous weekend and did two dives on Saturday and Sunday mostly on lobster line jumping to shark and moonscape.  I really like the moonscape line.  It was a great weekend and the last one that old rickety ladder would see. We also ran into Heather, Dave, and Scott up there on Sunday. Dave was teaching a Prism2 class…

Rebreather surgery completed, kitten even tried helping..

Because my rEvodream (secondary redundant ppO2 monitor) had died on me during my last dive I decided I would do the right thing and install a new one.  When I was in Florida in March I actually bought a brand new “used” rEvodream from AddHelium because I knew my current rEvodream was acting up.  It was basically brand new because someone had removed it to install a Shearwater NERD on their rEvo. It didn’t take very long to install. Hardest part was fishing cables through. Maybe 1 hour or hour…

Gear Review: KUBI dry gloves system

It’s been a year since I purchased a set of KUBI dry gloves.  I figure a year is plenty of time to run them through their paces and give an honest review.  From what I gather it’s a pretty popular system in UK/Europe but not so much in the United States.  Anyway, that seems to be changing fast..  I can’t say for sure how many dives I have with them since I switch back and forth between wet and dry gloves depending on the water temperature but I would conservatively…

How they “fix” split fins in Mexico

I was looking through some old photos from a few years ago in Cozumel and stumbled across these gems.  One of the instructors I met, actually he might have been a DM, I don’t really remember..  Anyway, he wasn’t very happy with his split fins so he simply went to a local cobbler and had them sew a piece of rubber onto his fins to “unsplit” his split fins. I simply title this masterpiece “How they fix split fins in Mexico” or “Fixing split fins.”      Just another great…

Adding more video lights to your GoPro tray

I’ve been using a Snake River Prototyping Tray with my GoPro tray setup for the last few years and it has worked pretty well however I found myself wanting more light coverage without necessarily spending the money on more expensive lights. Their boomerang tray is beautifully constructed and the bundle they sell comes with two loc-line 1/2″ arms and light mounts.   So far I’ve found that this setup has worked well enough in warm water with good visibility. I’ve even had acceptable to good results diving in New England…