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    January 22, 2015

    Embrace a New Double Hose Regulator

    Guest Post: Article from John Ratliff on behalf of the Sea Wolf campaign.

    About John

    John RatliffWith numerous certificates in the Health and Safety Industry, John is no stranger to diving.

    A former Para-rescue diver in both the Navy and Air Force, (he is one of those boys making the good guy jump from an Air Force plane in the movie Thunderball) he is an inventor himself concerning diving equipment.

    Some say the TV show, ‘Sea Hunt’ staring Loyd Bridges as Mike Nelson, could easily have been patterned after John.

    Embrace a New Double Hose Regulator

    Underwater Photographers need to get close to their subjects, especially for macro photography of small fishes and invertebrates.

    Fishes especially are skittish of divers, primarily because of the breathing noises and bubbles from their modern, “single hose” regulators.

    I have done a lot of photography in freshwater rivers where I need to get close to small fishes, and have found that my vintage double hose regulators work extremely well to get me close to these fishes without disturbing them.

    John Ratliff

    Now, a new double hose regulator is hoping to be available, but it needs funding.

    John Ratliff adhusts his camera.

    So I encourage you to get involved in the development of this regulator.

    A lot of underwater photographers are turning to rebreather technology to get close to their subjects.

    This is a risky proposition, as combining underwater photography with rebreathers can place a higher load on the diver, and make the diver vulnerable to some of the inherent defects of the rebreather system.

    If you are looking at rebreathers for your underwater photography, please head over to these two sites, one on Scubaboard and one on Vintage Scuba Supply, to examine the risks of this equipment.

    These sites are The Rebreather Mentality and Potential Safety Improvements in Rebreathe Design.

    You may wish to use the money you would have spent on a rebreather/training for rebreather to instead fund this new double hose regulator for the 21st Century.

    If you are interested in this new regulator, and consider the double hose as a safe alternative to rebreathers for underwater photography, please also go to our Facebook Website on the Sea Wolf Mk5 Double Hose Regulator.

    Here are some examples of photographs I have been able to shoot while using a the Mossback Mk3 double hose regulator, which is the predecessor to the Mossback Mk5 Sea Wolf.

    Fish by John Ratliff

    Fish by John Ratliff

    The funding site will be up and running the end of February, early March.

    Notification will be made on this blog.

    (John Ratliff)

    January 18, 2015

    Dead Body Found Floating Off Terranea Resort


    I have upgraded to a GoPro Hero – yes, a used original GoPro Hero.

    I figure anything that can get flooded or lost shouldn’t cost more than $100; however, the guy I bought the camera from lost the English instructions, and my Spanish, French and Italian are about as good as my Polish skills.

    I need to figure out how the camera works, and the best way is from experience.

    I arrived a little after 8 AM; the regulars decided the Point was a no-go, but the Cove was doable.

    With the “Chipper and PSD diving on the same day means horrible visibility” curse dis-proven recently, Chipper said, “I know visibility will be great.”

    We geared up and made and easy walk down and entrance off the Cove.

    Off the Cove at Terranea.

    On the swim out, someone noticed something floating in the water.

    We swam over to it.

    We spot something floating in the water.

    I was hoping it was a bundle of drugs that fell off of a panga boat – I could sell it wholesale to someone in the ghetto and get new SCUBA equipment and we could debrief for free for the next three years.

    The dead body.
    Unfortunately, the thing floating in the water turned out to be a dead sea lion.

    The dead body.
    It didn’t appear to be tangled in anything, and didn’t seem too old – well half it’s face was missing, so who knows?

    I said, “It looks like the lobsters here are going to eat well.”

    It was decided that this was going to be an “every man for himself” dive.

    We descended.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #482

    SoCal Buddy Diving primarily with Reverend Al

    120 Reef, Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 700 psi
    Max depth: 41 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat, some small swells coming ashore
    Visibility: 10-15 feet
    Water Temperature: 58 degrees
    Air Temperature: 72 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 52 minutes

    120 reef - Terranea Resort
    I followed Reverend Al.

    Following Al.

    I turned on my GoPro and figured how to take picture bursts and video…

    120 reef - Terranea Resort

    120 reef - Terranea Resort

    Visibility wasn’t that great, but it was a lot better than the swim out of The Cove.

    120 reef - Terranea Resort

    120 reef - Terranea Resort

    Kelp forest.

    Al Bags a shell.
    Al bags a shell.

    Al points out lobsters
    Al points out lobsters

    Lobsters sunbathe in the open, knowing they are protected here.

    We made an easy swim back and exit.

    Upon coming to shore, we looked out to where we saw the dead sea lion.

    The sun was warming it up and it looked twice the size as an hour earlier.

    Reverend Al said, “Wouldn’t it be fun to shoot it and watch it explode?”


    That reminds me of when a town in Oregon blew up a dead whale in 1970 that ended in disaster – there’s a Youtube video on that here: Exploding Whale – Whale Of A Tale

    At least the dead body we found was just a sea lion.

    I had taken 189 pictures during and after the dive.

    Some of them seemed random, and the last 40 were upside down – I need to some English instructions.

    Traditional debriefing ensued.

    Someone asked Chipper, “I thought you said visibility was going to be good?”

    “I was just fucking with PSD,” Chipper responded.

    I’m on a lobster boat next Saturday – stay tuned!

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