Monday, March 29, 2010

Vintage Scuba dive adds, revisited

Vintage Scuba dive adds, revisited

After last weeks vintage scuba equipment post and the very popular post about vintage scuba adds earlier this month, I'm happy to present some more vintage scuba adds.
Next month should see some new IDC updates, since I've got an IDC starting on 8th April and an IDCS on the previous day.

This must be one of the earliest PADI adds that survived, ever heard of that scuba training agency?

Ikelite haven't changed much on their designs.

Ah, smoking and diving, always went hand in hand, right? Just like drinking and diving. Oops, we had that already in the previous set of adds! How PC were the good old 6-tees and 7-tees!

You can leave it to the cheeky Italians to come up with some good looking babes in scuba, oh well, scuba, she sure looks good. Oh, and a nice car as well.

Hope you enjoyed this set of adds again.

Stay wet and see you soon.


Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Vintage scuba equipment

Vintage scuba equipment

After having recently posted a very popular post about vintage scuba adds, I thought it a good idea to follow this up with a post about vintage scuba equipment.

To start it off, one of the most famous underwater camera housings ever made was the Hans Hass Rollei marine housing, for the Rolleiflex camera. The heavy duty aluminum casting was built to last a lifetime.
Together with Bruce Mozert he was a true pioneer of underwater photography.

How do you get air in a tank? Right, with a compressor! Here's a Cornelius High Pressure SCUBA Compressor from the mid 1950's.

Churchill swim fins and Sea-View mask 1950. Churchill fins were one of the first fins available in the United States and were used by the U.S. Navy in the 1940's and 1950's. They were later sold by Voit.
Fins in a similar design but a bit more colorful are still produced nowadays.

During the recent exploratory wreck dive trip in Pattaya, Neil at Seafari in Pattaya helped out with the logistics but what was very interesting to me were some very old style pieces of dive equipment. One of them is this cone shapes mask, used to look underwater from the surface.

Seafari was the first scuba diving operation to open in Pattaya and one of the first in Thailand and was founded by Bill Burbridge back in 1970.

These two masks, both with purge valves were also on display. Neil said that there was more stuff upstairs and I definitely need to go back and have a look and take some more pix!

I hope you enjoy this post and I may have some more pix of vintage scuba equipment in the pipeline for you.


Thursday, March 18, 2010

Gas Blending and DMT Induction

Gas Blending and DMT Induction

Today was a busy teaching day with finishing a DSAT Gas Blender course and Instructor course and starting a Divemaster course with an induction.

Preben, who recently completed his IDCS course just need to complete a couple of Nitrox tank fills before he could complete his courses. Well done Preben!

The new Divemaster trainee on the block is Karen who already completed her Advanced Open Water and Rescue diver courses with us. She may be interested in participating in an IDC, so we might see a lot more of her later on. Enjoy the DM course first though, Karen before you sink your teeth in an IDC.


Monday, March 15, 2010

Vintage Scuba dive adds

Vintage Scuba dive adds

Cruising over the net, I sometimes stumble over some interesting sites and recently I discovered the black and white photography of Buce Mozert, on whom I dedicated two posts.

Shortly afterwards I also stumbles over some vintage scuba dive adds and they have it in them! Generally coming form the 6-tees and 7-tees, they show some creativity that involves diving. I guess those were still the days when sex was safe and diving was dangerous!

In today's PC world, a lot of these adds wouldn't even see the light of day but they are a nice retro way of looking at the world.

Great add on how to catch a Scuba Diver with your wedding dress! Somehow my wife caught me and I know of a few other divers that are married, so there's still hope out there for all those single women.

Delta Airlines with a seemingly 7-tees looking add that has plenty of underwater adventure.

One of my fave cars ever, the Citroen DS. Gentleman, start your engines! Wonder how much 2.545,-USD translates into nowadays.

Alcohol and diving, always a sure winner! I never heard of Ballantines beer, thought they only make whiskey.

The Man's Mixer, bring it on 7-Up! Gotta start stocking up here on some more 7-Up.
With thanks to Newscubamarketing and if you like these adds, you may find some more interesting pix on the vintage scuba supply website and as always to PADI America's blog where I first saw these adds.
Here's also a link to an add by Bob Perine who made a famous series of adds featuring Fender guitars in his 'you won't part with your either' series and one is with a scuba diver in full gear carrying his Fender and amp into the ocean. A classic shot. If someone can find a downloadable version of this picture, please let me know.

There will be more vintage scuba equipment and vintage adds posts to follow.


Monday, March 8, 2010

More jellyfish accidents

More jellyfish accidents

A nine year old Swedish girl was stung by a Box Jelly fish on Koh Mak, where two years ago already an Australian boy was stung and nearly survived.

Please note this line in the article;

But she is skeptical that the hotels did not warn tourists of the dangerous jellyfish, although several people have died in the past. “No signs, no information. The day after that Ida was burnt I was told that people were down there the water at the same place and swam again. This should not be allowed to go on.

Here's a link to an article in Swedish in Aftonbladet with the original picture and a translation.

The marks on Ida's leg look serious and she's lucky to be alive due to quick thinking and acting from a bystander.

On Samui there are currently some good initiatives going on by placing vinegar stations an all major hotel beaches on the island.

Click on the link provided for more information on Jelly Fish and other Hazardous Marine Life.

Once more, there's no immediate reason to worry too much about box jellyfish but it's good to be aware and take simple pre cautions like wearing stinger suits and have vinegar available.


Thursday, March 4, 2010

PADI Specialty of the month; March 2010 - DPV or Diver Propulsion vehicle

PADI Specialty of the month; March 2010 - DPV or Diver Propulsion vehicle

These DPV's or Underwater scooters are a lot of fun and very popular with most students if or when they get the chance to use one.

Just as in 2009 and 2008, March has the DPV or Diver Propulsion Vehicle as specialty of the month.

Here are some pictures from a DPV specialty course I taught back in 2006, throughout the years, it remains a popular course.

I remember clearly the days when I was still an MSDT and was instructing dive courses and not IDCs, the very first day we had a set of DPV's on the boat, I was teaching an Advanced Open Water course and my student that day opted for the elective DPV dive. Only to take up the specialty the next day! If you like them DPV's, you want to use them!

As usual, if you sign up for the Specialty this month, you will receive a 10% discount on the course price.


Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Exploratory wreck dive trip into the Gulf of Thailand

Exploratory wreck dive trip into the Gulf of Thailand

On the night from 1st to 2nd March around midnight we set sail for an exploratory wreck dive trip into the Gulf of Thailand and not coming back to Pattaya again until 21.00 on the 2nd or last night.
After two days of teaching the Instructor Wreck Specialty, now it was time to perfect opportunity to put all they learned straight into practice.

This is the boat we sailed on, straight from Bali Hai pier in Pattaya to somewhere in the Gulf of Thailand, using the Si Chang tidal charts. The captain was amazing, for all three dives he put the shot line withing meters of the wrecks we dived, so that the lines went over the wreck, absolutely stunning skills and craftsmanship by our captain.

The Pattaya crew for the wreck diving Instructor training and the exploratory trip, from left to right; Thomas, myself, Nigel, Rob and Grainne and Preben is sitting in the front row.

This may give you an idea of all the equipment we had to take along, 11 persons diving in total, 24 Nitrox tanks for my group and another 12 tanks for other divers that joined our trip, including some twin sets. On top of that we brought our own equipment, drinks, first aid kits, oxygen etc etc. Quite a bit of organisation goes into that and many thanks to Neil of Seafari in Pattaya for all the logistical help.

This is what it's all about; a mark by the captain with a float above it, marking the location of one of the wrecks. Marks are usually obtained by the captains because a lot of fish can be caught here due to the wrecks and coral growth and/or because fisherman lose a lot of nets that get hooked on the wrecks. With a GPS nowadays it's easy to locate (and re-locate) the sites.

During one of the dives, I spotted this Bamboo shark, well hidden under parts of the boat.

Plenty of parts are sticking out of the wrecks covered in coral and marine life, which makes it exciting but also slightly dangerous and you have to be aware of your surroundings, so you don't get trapped or entangled.

During the third dive there where plenty of these lovely nudi branches; Glossodoris atromarginata.

Some other safety considerations are mono filament, the thin but very strong ropes used by sea fishers to catch fish. Many times this line or mono filament gets stuck and entangled on wrecks. they're difficult to spot since they're blue coloured, like the water, so the fish can't see them but we can't see them neither! It's easy to get entanglement in them and sometime rather difficult to cut your self loose.

More things to look out for underwater; nets. There are plenty on these wrecks but they are easier to avoid than the mono filament. It makes this kind of diving very challenging and if you are interested in learning more, besides the wreck dive specialty, there are technical diving courses that specialize in this kind of wreck diving, like PADI's Tec Rec programs or ANDI just to name a few..

We made it all safely back on the boat though and here some of our group of divers can be seen during a safety stop at the end of the dive.
We dived three wrecks during this day, two being Royal Thai Navy boats, one a Navy patrol boat and one wreck which was the biggest out of all of them, which we couldn't identify.

We all enjoyed a fantastic trip with great dives! Thanks to Bruce Konefe for starting up this idea!
Hope to see you again here soon and there will be more of these trips coming your way!


Monday, March 1, 2010

Wreck dive Specialty in Pattaya, day # 2

Wreck dive Specialty in Pattaya, day # 2

After yesterday's opener of a 3 day Wreck dive bonanza in Pattaya, we finished today with another day on HMS Koot to complete the Instructor Wreck dive specialty for all the Samui based instructors on this trip; Grainne, Preben, Tom, Nigel and Rob.

Working with reels and ropes is one of the Wreck specialty topics, this picture is taken at 29 meters depth, inside the HMS Koot, the rope will guide you safely out after you penetrated a wreck

Under a sunny Pattaya sky we set out again for HMS Koot and I completed the Instructor Wreck specialty with Tom and Preben during the first dive and with Grainne during the second wreck dive today. All wreck dives are being made on Nitrox which gives us extra bottom time.

Tom and Preben during their safety stop

Our third dive of the day today was a combined Specialty dive, DUP for Grainne and Video for the other 4.

This beautiful fluorescent plant was spotted by me during the first dive of the day.

We spotted also this file fish during the first dive. The second dive we experienced a strong current and it put the same wreck we dived 3 times already in 2 days time in a new perspective.

During Grainne's DUP dive I spotted this strange, hairy crab that wasn't as shy as other crabs usually are.
Tonight at midnight we're off for an exploratory trip during which we will dive a Thai Navy patrol boat and two wrecks that our captain has marks for. We'll be getting back to Pattaya around 7pm tomorrow, so an 19 hour trip is ahead of us!
More updates either tomorrow or the day after