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The Adventure Continues...to 145'

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Gas up! Doubles and deco bottles for a Tec 45  Course
Photo: PADI

Fred Stratton Instructor and Technician fred@bubblesornot.com


Diving Deep is about AdventureDecompression stops simply are required safety stops. Both are performed in the same manner: stop and maintain a precise depth for a specific amount of time to clear your computer or to fulfill your analog dive plan based on a chosen decompression algorithm (e.g. RGMB, Buhlman ZHL-16c) and gradient factor.

Deco stops are a means to an end, the end being encounters with deep-dwelling flora and fauna and wrecks resting below recreational diving depth. Tech diving is cool...but that's not a good reason to become a tech diver. Satisfying your craving for adventure and  exploration is! 
PADI Tec 45We introduced you to decompression diving in the January 2019 Tec 40 article. The Tec 45 course is part two in the PADI Tec Deep Diver Program. Tec 45 involves more advanced planning using decompression tables and multi-gas computers to dive sa…

New Year, New Adventures

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Fred Stratton
Instructor and Repair Technician
fred@bubblesornot.com

Close your eyes and remember the first time you breathed underwater. A brilliant, heart-pounding experience you wished would never end. Your recreational scuba certification enabled you to venture forth into a previously impenetrable world. The word recreation derives from the Latin word recrearemeaning create again or renew. I certainly feel refreshed and renewed during every dive. Do you?

Lost that Loving Feeling?Do you still feel the rush of anticipation before your dives and excitment when you descend? Perhaps you've been certified for a while and, although you still enjoy diving, you yearn for a new adventure.

Do any of the following apply to you?
- You've been wall diving to 130' and felt the lure of deeper dwelling flora and fauna. 

- You are Cavern certified and contemplate the next step - cave diving. 

- You aspire to dive deep WWII wrecks in Truk (Chuuk) Lagoon or Bikini Atoll but their depth is beyond …

St. Nick's Stocking Picks!

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Fred Stratton and Tara McNaylor

Christmas is about faith and expressing love in the form of hugs, cards, cookies and gifts. Some people feel stress over the gift part. The good news is that the easiest people to shop for are scuba divers! Diving is equipment intensive and gear is always evolving. 

If your divers already have all the primary pieces (mask, fins, snorkel, BC, regulators, cylinders, computer), consider stuffing their stockings with accessories. Many items cost less than a good restaurant meal and add safety, comfort and functionality.


Cylinder Keychain with O-Rings & Pick  
A clever addition to this longstanding favorite is a soft brass pick to extricate worn o-rings without scratching your equipment. The pick is built into the base which screws into the cylinder and seals with an o-ring.  Attaching one to the zipper on your dive gear bag keeps it close and ready to save a dive. 

There are two o-rings of sizes R-003 for SPG spools, R-010 for LP hoses, R-011 for HP hoses, R…

I'm Thankful for...Drysuits!

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Fred Stratton
Instructor and Repair Technician
fred@bubblesornot.com
I earned my PADI Open Water Diver certification in 1987 in beautiful Batangas, Republic of the Philippines. The water temperature was in the mid-80s, requiring no exposure protection.  My next dives were in Thailand, again, bath-water warm.  Ahhh...
I moved to Monterey, California in 1989. The Monterey Bay is a marine sanctuary making it a pristine, world class dive destination. Seals, sea lions and otters play in the giant kelp forests making for memorable dives and brilliant video opportunities. However, the water temperature (low to mid 50s) was 30 degrees cooler than I was accustomed to diving. I promptly ordered a custom 7mm neoprene wetsuit; the farmer john and long-sleeved step-in shorty provided 14mm of neoprene on my torso. Still, I could submerge no longer than 45 minutes before I was chilled to the bone. 


After a year in Monterey I moved on to dive in places like Florida and Hawaii. Spoiled by water no colder t…