She-P Saga

The day I’ve been dreaming about has finally arrived: someone very clever by the name of Heleen Graauw developed an external female catheter for diving in a dry suit.

The product is called She-P and promises well-hydrated dives for girl divers everywhere!

There’s just one problem. It’s made to fit a Halcyon p-valve. Just my luck that I’m limited to an OMS p-valve.

So I’m still far from nirvana while the seemingly fruitless search for a suitably sized (3/16″) quick disconnect barbed tube connector.

SIGH

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The Big Deal About Deep Diving

Some of us are depth junkies.

We just like the idea of going deep. Not me personally, but I’d say about 10% of those I meet want to go deeper for no other reason than to do it, or perhaps to be able to tell others that they’ve done it.

Not that there’s anything wrong with that, except when you’re not actually prepared to go deep. Continue reading

Discovery Channel Contributes to Shark Misogyny

I happened to catch an episode of I Shouldn’t Be Alive on Discovery Channel last night. This particular episode was about a pair of research divers who survived more than 12 hours adrift in the South Pacific near The Solomon Islands. A whole hour of irresponsible fear mongering. Continue reading

Diving the Red Sea!

Norbert and I have decided that next Christmas, we’ll dive the Red Sea.

I’ve seen so many glorious pictures…and now at last, I’m so glad we made the decision to go. There’ll be a whole year’s worth of fun just learning about this famous diving destination: that in and of itself, is a pleasure!

My New Toy

Vytec DSOne step further in my cross-over to the dark side: the Suunto Vytec DS. (A big thank you to my fiance…guess I have to marry him now!).

We’re running the Vytec simulations against the V Planner tables that we’ll be using as our primary deco schedule. Will report on the details shortly.

Crossing over to the Dark Side

Finally, my plan to cross over to the dark side of diving has come to fruition.

Technical diving is one of the most contentious issues in the scuba diving arena. Many argue about how to define it. Some question why it’s necessary. There are even those who wield it as a holier-than-thou stick with which to beat others.
I just call it going doubles, as in connecting two tanks with a manifold. Mine happens to have an isolation valve to keep the tanks’ contents together or separate as required. Since I’m short (5’1″), I’ve chosen a 5′ hose for my primary reg (MR22 Abyss) instead of the usual 7′ snake. My short torso also necessitated a small, 4-pound stainless steel backplate with which to connect my 45 lb bungeed wing.

So why double up? Well, for one thing, it allows me to have equipment self-sufficiency. For another, it allows me to make single longer dives; being lazy by nature, I would rather make a single long dive than 2 shorter ones – I hate changing tanks! That’s work…I try to avoid that wherever possible.
A valiant attempt last Sunday to test-dive the rig in Humber Bay Park West (Lake Ontario) in west end Toronto ended in a decision never to dive there again! Take 2 was supposed to be at Big Bay Point (Innisfil Beach, Lake Simcoe) but ended up happening at a friend’s swimming pool for reasons best not to dwell on.
After some small adjustments to the harness, the rig sits perfectly on me. Trim is good and boy does the rig feel great on in the water!

Closing out the Season: Tobermory

This past weekend, I lucked into a trip to Tobermory. Last one for this year, and we couldn’t have asked for better weather.

We dove Forest City, the Dufferin Wall, and Arabia – flat calm waters and 80 foot plus visibility. Water temperature at depth was 46F. All in all, pretty comfortable dry suit diving.

Arabia has always been my favourite wreck in Toby. There’s something beautifully evocative about her that’s indescribable (by me anyway). Her bowsprit still pointing proudly skyward after more than a century, while the rest of her continues to crumble into a pile of lumber that’s surprisingly free of zebra mussel encrustation. I never get tired of coming down the mooring line and seeing her come into sight. Now there’s a dive to write home about.

For better pix, click here. See also my photos of Arabia.