I am new to double hose diving and relatively new to diving in general. However, I am not new to the world! That being said...I grew up on a large fresh water lake with Lloyd Bridges and Sea Hunt dreaming of the day when I could dive. I finally realized that dream several years ago and my better looking and friendlier half has joined me. However, I have always wanted to drive double hose, although my other dive buddies and my LDS where I rebuild regs think I am suffering from an early onset of dementia or maybe terminal narcosis. In any event, I am sure I will be pestering y'all and putting in my 2 cents from time to time. I sincerely hope all have a safe, prosperous, and Happy New Year!
Ahoy mate! Welcome to our humble commode, er-ah, humble abode, yeah, that's it! I didn't start watching Sea Hunt 'till a few years ago, as I'm not old enough to see its first run, and none of the stations near me showed it, but, I did grow up watching Jacques Cousteau. Until a few months ago I didn't realize the real person behind the curtain, as it were, was Albert Falco, dang--total stud!!!!
I like things different and out of the main-stream, or just over looked, so I'm always playing with stuff because they don't make the parts any more. Case in point: I'm working on a mold to make diaphragms for my Healthways single hose regs. I work on it for a while, throw it on the shelf for a bit, then when I've thunked enough 'bout a problem, I try to implement it.
I hope you like to write, and post, as most people lurk, so it's just dead around here
Last Edit: Dec 29, 2012 10:31:13 GMT -8 by nikeajax
Immadman, good to have you aboard. I think you'll enjoy the people here, and the discussions. Please feel free to ask any questions you wish.
Now, concerning your "terminal narcosis" you might ask those around you if they really like the noise of the bubbles passing by their ears, or the obstruction of the bubbles in front of your face mask?
John C. Ratliff Diving since 1959, at age 13. Haven't stopped, and still enjoy getting wet.
Thanks for the hale and hearty welcome aboard, me hearties! Well, I have just received my first DH a USD RAM with the elongated yoke ard banjo circa 1971. Hoses, mouthpiece, bands, and cans are almost pristine. It was a one owner reg. the guy is pretty excited that I am going to overhaul it and dive with it. He wants pics of it back in action! My biggest decision right now is whether or not to put a Phoenix nozzle on it since I have not decided hoe " vintage" I am going to go. I will probably start out with the reg and a BP/wing ( I currently use an OMS BP/wing for tec stuff and a ScubaPro back inflate Knight Hawk for play... I can't stand a poodle jacket ;-) and later on move to a more vintage style. I imagine buoyancy for me will be challenging sans BC as I have been blessed with more than my share of bioprene as I have matured. ;- p.
Anyway, I am really looking forward to a great time of fun and fellowship. Maybe I can get up that way in the future. I have a friend, who is like a daughter, who lives in Portland and dives. I have been threatening to come up and see her!
Welcome to the club, Lott. It's only a bit "dead" around here now because of the off season. It usually gets this way during the Winter, but picks up when the weather warms.
Anyway, by the time the weather does warm, we should have you well on your way to properly trying out your new reg. Pick our brains and you'll be all set. Don't worry about your "bioprene" (LOL), as it is not compressable and will not affect your buoyancy swing in the least. That said, there's nothing wrong with a good, old horsecollar. Many of us use them and they fit all but the earliest double hose period. I go without a BC during river dives, but use a HC in the ocean.
Glad to have you aboard.
Silly humans, fins are for fish. Mammals use flippers.