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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #100 on: December 20, 2014, 01:44:35 PM »
how much you being charged for a bottle test?

these prices normal?
https://www.scubadoctor.com.au/cylinder-testing.htm

Those prices are good. I'd love to pay that little.

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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #101 on: December 21, 2014, 03:20:39 PM »
First Leopard Sharks and Mantas for the season at Byron this week.
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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #103 on: December 21, 2014, 10:26:06 PM »
A  few companies recommended by the mate http://scubaworld.com.au/
http://www.coolydive.com.au/
http://www.sundive.com.au/
Tweed river dives day and night drift from the north break water wall along past the hospital .. Cook island / local wrecks ..possibly the bombies just out from Kingscliff south break water wall [ watch the currents there / conditions etc ].
Moreton Island and snorkle the wrecks at Tangalooma .
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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #104 on: December 22, 2014, 10:50:27 PM »
I started diving in 1983 with a mate who was certified through FAUI... We did a lot of dives around double island point and wolf rock... Great spear fishing and lots of painted crays while camping. Finally got certified through SSI in 1988 when shops started asking to see proof of certification to fill my tank. Changed to PADI for my advanced and rescue through Milton dive in Brisbane in 1989. Moved to Noosa in 1990 and did divemaster and open water instructor with Noosa dive boutique. Did four years part time instructing in Noosa until I moved to PNG at the end of 1994. Did a heap of diving in PNG for the four years I was there often acting as divemaster for local operators. Let my Instructor teaching status lapse in 1999 after moving back to Australia... Pretty much had enough and only dived a few times since, like others my wetsuit no longer fits and the dive computers on both my Sherwood reg sets are probably obsolete... Monitor 2 is gel sealed and probably can't even get batteries replaced now.... Aladdin pro batteries are long flat as well....

Must get my regs out and give them a service.... Still a qualified service tech for Appollo, Sherwood, Aqua Lung .. My three tanks are long out of test but still full of air. Wouldn't mind going for a dive, would like to get my ten yr old daughter into it in the next few years....

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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #105 on: December 23, 2014, 10:40:39 AM »
dropped into the dive shop in frankston yesterday to ask some questions

$150 gets you an introduction dive inc gear hire and a basic instruction session
$80 for gear hire for people with their dive card.
+$500 for your dive ticket

most I've found so far are 450 up for your ticket.


tried on my BCD the other day - NEARLY fits... but wouldn't with a wetty on.. keep going with the diet :)

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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #106 on: December 23, 2014, 10:48:37 AM »
Bird, Are you really me with a different forum name?
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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #107 on: December 23, 2014, 01:13:39 PM »
Quote from: Someone
PADI Encyclopedia of recreational diving

Got the ISO and DVD of it now :) Refresher time.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLO8fGYmDIXZTDHn6kYMGZpJPFU6BbNHEZ

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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #108 on: January 02, 2015, 03:06:54 PM »
This could be interesting for the kids

http://www.divevictoria.com.au/school-programs.html
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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #109 on: January 17, 2015, 06:38:03 PM »
Chucked the gear in the pool today after getting my cylinder back in service. Was good to suck some air again.

Even the kids had ango and in the end they were self sufficient, my mum even tried it

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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #110 on: January 17, 2015, 07:13:43 PM »
Got me dive medical on Tuesday..

got the regs serviced, probably sell the BCD as it don't fit, and wetty... :(

Hey GG - 6mm or 7mm wetty? I hear different stories from different places..
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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #111 on: January 17, 2015, 07:16:08 PM »
Got me dive medical on Tuesday..

got the regs serviced, probably sell the BCD as it don't fit, and wetty... :(

Hey GG - 6mm or 7mm wetty? I hear different stories from different places..

It al depends on if you feel the cold or not. If you have the opportunity a custom fit is so much better as it keeps the water out. From memory mine is a 7mm body and 5mm arms and legs. I used to dive all year round in Melbourne, bloody cold in wither though

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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #112 on: January 17, 2015, 07:17:38 PM »
It al depends on if you feel the cold or not. If you have the opportunity a custom fit is so much better as it keeps the water out. From memory mine is a 7mm body and 5mm arms and legs. I used to dive all year round in Melbourne, bloody cold in wither though

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yea full custom suit from Hallam around same price as a semi dry from local dive stores.. but its custom made...
he says he uses 6mm all year
dive shop dudes all use 7mm :(

but you'd melt in ****ney in 7mm, but 7mm *MAY* be useable in Tassie.. ?

do you still have the dive rescue and dive master books and slates???
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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #113 on: January 17, 2015, 07:20:54 PM »
yea full custom suit from Hallam around same price as a semi dry from local dive stores.. but its custom made...
he says he uses 6mm all year
dive shop dudes all use 7mm :(

but you'd melt in ****ney in 7mm, but 7mm *MAY* be useable in Tassie.. ?

do you still have the dive rescue and dive master books and slates???

I have a thin shark skin top that works like a thermal when its extra cold.

Pretty sure I would have all the books, they would be 10 years old now. More that welcome to borrow them if you want. Let me know and I will try and dig them up

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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #114 on: January 17, 2015, 07:23:52 PM »
I have a thin shark skin top that works like a thermal when its extra cold.

Pretty sure I would have all the books, they would be 10 years old now. More that welcome to borrow them if you want. Let me know and I will try and dig them up

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« Reply #115 on: January 17, 2015, 07:25:39 PM »
dig em up.... :)

I am pretty sure I know where they are, will try and remember tomorrow for you

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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #116 on: January 17, 2015, 07:58:14 PM »
I am pretty sure I know where they are, will try and remember tomorrow for you

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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #117 on: January 17, 2015, 08:29:23 PM »
being a DM shouldn't you be able to get the latest **** free?

Not sure, I have not really been involved in the industry for the past 6 years and have not kept my insurances or anything up to date. I will see what I can find for you

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« Reply #118 on: January 17, 2015, 08:42:13 PM »
Not sure, I have not really been involved in the industry for the past 6 years and have not kept my insurances or anything up to date. I will see what I can find for you

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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #119 on: January 20, 2015, 06:39:51 PM »
Past me fizzikal!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #120 on: January 20, 2015, 06:40:55 PM »
Past me fizzikal!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #121 on: January 21, 2015, 08:20:26 PM »
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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #122 on: January 21, 2015, 10:25:22 PM »
I would love to the course, but it involves swimming for 200 metres and I can't swim despite having a pool and my wife being a swimming teacher and coach
She reckons my bones are made of lead as even when I hold my breath, I sink straight to the bottom
I've had to make do with snorkelling


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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #123 on: January 22, 2015, 01:57:52 PM »
yea full custom suit from Hallam around same price as a semi dry from local dive stores.. but its custom made...
he says he uses 6mm all year
dive shop dudes all use 7mm :(

but you'd melt in ****ney in 7mm, but 7mm *MAY* be useable in Tassie.. ?


Hi bird,
I do feel the cold but here is my experience.

I use a 7mm torso/5mm limbs wetsuit with integrated hood and wouldn't recommend any less for Melbourne waters (where I live) if you only have a single wetsuit.
It's (just) adequate in winter for a single dive, though surface intervals and repeat dives get chilly... 
BTW I found it was spot on for my recent trip to Wooli (Just North of Coffs Harbour) back in mid Sept.

I've got to admit that winter surface intervals and repeat dives are much nicer now I have a drysuit for when the water drops below 17'C  ;D

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Re: Anybody into SCUBA Diving
« Reply #124 on: January 22, 2015, 02:59:59 PM »
being a DM shouldn't you be able to get the latest **** free?

Should you? Yes.
Can you? No. Even instructors have to pay for their personal materials.  ???

If anybody actually wants to pay for the latest stuff, I can get it for you for my price. I'd need to do it with other orders though because PADI charges way too much for postage if I spend less than $300.