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DeepStop
posted : November 24, 2009 Post subject: Buddy Wanted In Plymouth
my names ben 'm AOW looking for a buddy to dive in and around plymouth i only have 20 dives mostly at 18 - 30 metres , i dive DIR and will very soon be doing recreational twinset , looking for someone with same or greater experience , my email address is Benjamin.cathrine@hotmail.com , cheers guys

 
pburch
posted : November 25, 2009 Post subject: Buddy Wanted In Plymouth
DeepStop. Why the twinset so early? I would have taken a few more dives (in fact about 230) to get used to things before progressing down this path.

 
DeepStop
posted : November 25, 2009 Post subject: Buddy Wanted In Plymouth
i am deciding to undergo twinset training because i would like the knowledge that in an emergency i would be self suffient enough to deal with any gas problems such as a free flow or the regulator breaks i would like this additional redundancy as i never know who my next buddy is going to be how do i know if i get a free flow he or she has the skill and competance to deal with the situation as it meant to be dealt with i already dive a backplate and wing configuration with a single cylinder. i know i am very green to diving and alot of the more experienced guys will disagree with my choices but why shouldnt i opt for more advanced training i feel in the dives that i have done that i am more than capable of of handling valve drills and the skills needed to dive a twinset i am not going to be jumping in with twin 18's haha i am going to be using twin7's as i currently dive with a 15ltr single and will be taking it slow ensuring i never push the limits of diving i always follow NDL and my tables aswell as using my computer i also use gas planning not jsut ascend when im on 50 bar like ive seen some divers do i have put alot of effort and time into talking to people and reading aloy of books on diving before and during my dive training i dont see why there would be any objection to such training surely you should be happy that among the bcd wearing reef destroying no buoyancy skill divers out there there is a young diver taking it seriously and respecting the rules and dangers of the sport.

 
DeepStop
posted : November 25, 2009 Post subject: Buddy Wanted In Plymouth
also may i add if there was a problem diving twinsets at such an early stage why would gue offer the fundamentals with just an open water certification , allowing you to undertake training with twinsets doing valve drills ect ?

 
pburch
posted : November 26, 2009 Post subject: Buddy Wanted In Plymouth
What's wrong with a pony? It provides redundancy at a much smaller price than a twinset. I agree with your sentiment about being self sufficient as it is something that is important to me. I dived quite happily on a pony setup for 180 dives and needed it twice, so it's worthwhile.

 
pburch
posted : November 26, 2009 Post subject: Buddy Wanted In Plymouth
With response to the training side of things. Most professional agencies (And yes, I did train with one) are happy to take your money off you. With regards to twin sevens (400 + reg), I would say why bother? Dive a pony (enough air to get you up from 30m) (180 + reg) and then buy twin 10s or 12s when you start diving in the 40m range.

 
DeepStop
posted : November 26, 2009 Post subject: Buddy Wanted In Plymouth
i totally agree with what your saying a pony would offer redundancy at a cheaper price , i have a few problems with buying and using a pony i use a 15ltr single and i do not think my wing would handle a 7ltr pony which would be what i would need to make a safe ascent from 30mtrs and be able to carry out the required safety stops i think itwould also throw my buoyancy off also as i have spent alot of time weighting my rig exactly for what i need , i

 
pburch
posted : November 26, 2009 Post subject: Buddy Wanted In Plymouth
A 3 litre is fine for ascents from 30m (if you dive on nitrox). Weighting is not a problem, you just take 2kg's of the side with the pony on.

Good luck with whatever you try but I can guarantee you will end up dumping the twin 7's and end up with twin 10's or 12's. They give you less gas than your current set up.

 
GrayB
posted : November 26, 2009 Post subject: Buddy Wanted In Plymouth
I haven't posted for ages, but couldn't resist throwing my 2p's worth into this one....

Yes a 3lt is good from 30m (whether you are on nitrox or not). Check the maths, even with RMV of 25lpm, you'll get out from 30m including a 3min safety stop with gas to spare.
As for the debate on twins, I agree, don't buy 7's but also don't buy 10's..... go straight to 12's, and if you are thinking of 'trimix' in the future don't buy 300bar 12's 'cause mixing to 300bar is not that easy...

I'd also say don't be in too much of a rush to train. While training manuals and instructors 'usual' sell the standard kit configuration etc, be experienced enough to evaluate what will work for you, and don't blindly accept everything as gospel truth. Just for the record I don't actually agree with some DIR rigging etc...

Graham

 
pburch
posted : November 26, 2009 Post subject: Buddy Wanted In Plymouth
Graham. I give the nitrox caveat because I believe that DeepStop is taking into account any deco stops he may have built up on air. The right Nitrox mix will eliminate these. I now dive twin 12s and love them.

 
GrayB
posted : November 26, 2009 Post subject: Buddy Wanted In Plymouth
Lets hope deco stops are not part of the equation just yet !

Graham

 
deviousdan
posted : December 19, 2009 Post subject: Buddy Wanted In Plymouth
I'd be happy to dive with you.

I'm from Torquay, but dive in plymouth regularly.
I'd also be happy to let you try my 7 ltr set.

I'm not totally DIR, (I like my break in the harness!)
But i do dive a looped config, and have done for some time.

I find the 7's are great for times when you would normally use a single. I use them for shore diving, ribs and shallow bimbles.

But for most UK stuff I dive twin 12's. And agree that you will definitely end up wanting a set.
Pain in the ar$e when diving off ribs and the shore though.



 
DeepStop
posted : December 19, 2009 Post subject: Buddy Wanted In Plymouth
thats brilliant many thanks dan , i wont be able to dive untill the middle of january due to financial commitments, i would really appreciate trying out your twin 7's as i have put an order in for twin 8.5's from halcyon. my email is benjamin.cathrine@hotmail.com , i am happy to dive anywhere within the plymouth area unfortunately i dont drive so i cant stray much father afield but am looking to maybee getting in a few trips to vobsters next year if you are intrested ?

 
Safetyman
posted : January 3, 2010 Post subject: Buddy Wanted In Plymouth
Hi Ben I live in Liskeard Cornwall i'm only an open water diver, I have logged 22 dives diving mainly around Cornwall, places such as Porthkeriis, Newquay, Falmouth Penzance etc. I have logged one boat dive I have all me own kit. and ready to hit the water. Last dive was October give us a bell if you ever fancy a dip give us a call

Phillip.baker@hotmail.co.uk
Tel. 01579349531
Mob Work 07795288141
Mob Private 0750734350

 
SCUBA STEVE
posted : January 3, 2010 Post subject: Buddy Wanted In Plymouth
Best of luck to you. I went from a 12 to a 15lt and then a pony to twin 10's then twin 12's. In hindsite which is wonderful thing. 15 with a pony covers you. Then twin 12's all the way. Dont bother with 10's or anything else. A shop will take your money because they FULLY understand you will go back and buy some more tanks fairly soon. Following a well used path will minimize cost and having to update your configeration over that period. Essentially 15 lt then twin 12's. Trust me. Wish you happy safe diving.

 
pburch
posted : January 11, 2010 Post subject: Buddy Wanted In Plymouth
Scuba Steve. DeepStop is in transmit mode only, he won't listen.

 
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