I am gaining an interest in vintage scuba, enjoy the history and finding new/old scuba gear. Since I have been dropping by to read the forums, thought I would say hello and thanks for all the info here.
My long term go to regulator has been Scubapro MK10 paired with 156, not quite vintage. Same can be said for my age, born in 1975. Been fortunate to travel and dive a few places, including 5 years spent in the Philippines. Currently diving quarries and lakes accessible on day trips from my home in western NC.
I enjoy working on new to me regulators and then taking them out for a dive, and searching for older equipment that performs well. Been looking to purchase a double hose one day and appreciate the threads here that further my knowledge of double hose equipment.
Thanks nikeajax, thats a film I would watch. And very nice regulator display.
Indeed, a royal aquamaster or perhaps DA aquamaster has been what I have been looking at as for entry into the world of double hose. Been watching ebay prices for some time, and hoping to stumble on a good deal at estate sale or craigs list. A bit slim pickings locally, a bit too far from the coast, but not in a big hurry.
Thanks tomcatpc. My wife is from Philippines, and an solid diver as well. Unfortunately, she does not share my love for old scuba gear, but I keep trying to win her over by showing her each box of old regulators that arrives in the mail.
My first Girlfriend was a California Girl...her parents were from Cavite. Really miss Pancit and Lumpia!!! My Wife...I have hard enough time to get her in the water in the first place, let alone vintage kit. One thing at a time. Mark
New Diver who sees diving with vintage gear a fun hazard, not a safety hazard. "I just want to dive my Scubair 300 and not get hassled by The Man!" USN 1989-1993.
Post by scubalawyer on Oct 2, 2019 12:45:03 GMT -8
The last time I dove the Philippines, Ferdinand Emmanuel Edralin Marcos Sr. was in power and his wife Imelda was collecting shoes. We dove Cebu, Zamboanga and Puerto Princesa. Down south, as we sat in the courtyard of our hotel, we could hear machine gun fire from the rebels looking to overthrow the government practicing in the jungle. When we were stopped at road blocks to “show our papers” the soldiers would always ask, “What side are you on?” To which we would ask innocently, “What side are you on?” When they told us, we would then agree with them that that was indeed the side we were on too. All in all a very nerve-wracking trip (although the diving was spectacular!) Mark
I SEE HOW IT IS. WHEN OTHER PEOPLE GO OUTSIDE IT'S "GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH" AND "HIGHLY RECOMMENDED." BUT WHEN I GO OUTSIDE IT'S A "CONTAINMENT BREACH" AND A "HIGH-LEVEL THREAT TO PUBLIC SAFETY." OK, BE THAT WAY.
I have been curious about the the diving around Zamboanga, and further on along the islands west towards Borneo. Off the beaten path even these days. 15 years ago, I spent a year diving southern Mindanao including various parts of Sarangani, sometimes with an American friend who had been living in the area since the 70s. A great guide and fluent in various dialects, he owned a re-purposed offshore fishing boat used to explore the reefs in the area. Sometimes we drove to various coastal towns where he would pay the local fishermen to take us out to local reefs in their small outriggers. Still army checkpoints to navigate on the roads, and groups of gun toting rebels in some places. I can only imagine what it was like during the Marcos era, and what an experience it must have been to travel and dive the Philippines at that time.