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  • December 28, 2014

    Where Did The Visibility Come From?

    For Christmas, my Father gave me 68 episodes of Sea Hunt, which I have so far gotten through six episodes.
    Sea Hunt - 689 episododes.

    This was one of the best Christmas gifts ever, in my entire 35 years of existence!*

    It has been a weird December; it has been hit and miss, as far as the conditions have been concerned.

    The weather has been warm, stormy, rainy, sunny and back again in random order.

    I had looked at the online swell maps and have called dives, only to find out that conditions were divable.

    I have shown up, and called it because conditions in person sucked.

    Thank you Max Bottomtime for the Saturday dive report!

    Conditions were reported as excellent, and that matched with the swell maps Sunday morning.

    I was finally going to be back in the water again!

    I arrived at Terranea Resort at 8:01 AM and met the regular dive crew as they checked out the conditions.

    It was flat as a lake, and we could see the rocks on the sea floor from the cliff.

    We checked the Cove and Point, and spent a lot of wasted time socializing as we discussed our dive plan.

    It didn’t matter where we went, or where we exited – it was flat and clear!

    We walked back to the parking lot and geared up.

    Even the most non-macho diver could have made an entry from the Point.

    A macho beach entry!
    Flat as a lake – no stress, no worry, just take your time and swim out.

    Visibility was spectacular!
    Visibility was spectacular!

    Looking back at the hotel.
    I made an easy entrance, and we all waited about 20 feet from the boulders for the rest.

    Macho divers off of Terranea Resort.
    We swam out to above Ted’s Pinnacle.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #480

    SoCal Buddy Diving with Blue Steel Dennis, Ben, Mike, Reverend Al, Chipper, Randy, Nice Bob and Libertarain Ted

    The Point off Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

    In With: 2750 psi
    Out With: 300 psi
    Max depth: 62 feet
    Waves: FLAT!
    Visibility: 25-40+ feet
    Water Temperature: 58 degrees
    Air Temperature: 65 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 32 minutes

    The Vis was great!
    The Vis was great!

    Chipper with his pet leopard shark.
    Chipper with his pet leopard shark.

    View through the kelp.
    View through the kelp.

    Checking for bugs.
    Checking for bugs.

    A reef at Terranea Resort.

    Diving through kelp.

    SCUBA Divers at Terranea Resort.

    Reef at Terranea Resort.

    Reef at Terranea Resort.

    Reef at Terranea Resort.

    A Ling Cod?
    A Ling Cod?

    The side of a reef.

    Looking up through the kelp.

    It was such a wonderful dive, I was starting to get concerned that I would run out of air.

    At 700 psi I surfaced to figure out where I was.

    I was still very close to the Point.

    Should I just surface swim to the Cove and make my traditional exit, or do a macho exit at the Point?


    I turned around, and submerged to make an exit at the Point.

    Everyone else headed to the Cove.

    Fish feeding.
    Someone broke open some sea urchins to feed the fish.

    An Uni bunch.
    An Uni bunch.

    A lobster off of OML
    A lobster taunted me.

    Black Opals
    Black Opals.

    I made an easy exit at the Point – I swam up, climbed on a boulder, and thought to myself, “Fuck, climbing over these boulders to get to the trail is going to suck.”

    I didn’t quite exit where I wanted to, but I am macho, so it didn’t bother me.

    A rest at the showers.
    Everyone was so relieved that I made it back.

    Kingfish Beer?
    Kingfish Beer?

    The Kingfish wonders.

    Debriefing again!
    Debriefing again!

    Chipper said, “You know when diving is great when we only talk about diving during the debrief, instead of stupid politics and religion.”

    That we did… that we did.

    A group shot!
    Group shot from left to right – Blue Steel Dennis, Ben, Mike, Reverend Al, Chipper, Randy, Nice Bob, Libertarain Ted and your truly.

    More to come, stay tuned!

    *Give or take 11 years.

    December 19, 2014

    Funding Needed: Sea Wolf Mk5 Double Hose *DHR* Diving Regulator

    By Michael Story
    Mossback Enterprize/Sea Wolf Regulator

    Guest Author

    Recently I was asked why develop and produce a new double hose regulator when almost every diver uses a single hose.

    Well, I will try to answer that.

    Sea Wolf Mk5 Double Hose *DHR* Diving Regulator

    It would be tough to try and beat a single hose regulator on performance, but I’ve done that with the Mossback Mk3 upgrade for the U. S. Divers Aquamaster and Royal Aqua Master regulators in 2009 with great success, as is so noted on my campaign ad from other divers.

    It was tested by on a user at a facility in Pensacola Florida and this 40 year old regulator with the upgrade was comparable to the Apek brand; so that issue is moot.

    However, these regulators are no longer manufactured, nor is the Mk3 upgrade.

    But, there are other reasons a diver might want to try diving with a double hose other than performance.

    Diving with a double hose is, by its nature, more comfortable to the diver.

    There is less or no stress (depending on how the diver sets up their rig) on the teeth, gums and jaw muscles from the weight of the mouth piece.

    The hoses (again if set up correctly, and every diver has their own needs here) float, lifting the weight of the mouthpiece off the diver’s teeth; this is a definite advantage for divers making multiple dives in a day.

    And with the new mouthpiece of the Sea Wolf, the diver can select what ever comfortable mouthpiece bite they like or use the Trident Longbite teeth bit supplied with the Sea Wolf regulator.

    Another physical and psychological reason for using a double hose is the lack of bubbles in ones face, ears and filling up a wetsuit hood.

    There simply are no annoying bubbles expelled from the regulator mouthpiece, the exhaust hose directs the bubbles to the regulator attached to the tank on the divers back.

    Lack of bubbles in the divers face is more comfortable than one who has never dove a double hose regulator could possibly imagine.

    No distractions, no loud bubbling noise and for researchers and photographers, no fish frightened away.

    Also, there have been many accounts of a single hose regulator diver, who is introduced to a double hose regulator and is not prepared for the unbelieveable quiet, unhindered experience; they are totally amazed at the difference.

    Also, some divers state, “well I use or want to use a rebreather; it gives no bubbles at all, and does much of the same things a double hose does.”

    My answer is yes, this is true.

    A rebreather does provide all the same advantages.

    However, a rebreather requires more training, expensive to purchase and operate as well as the accessories needed.

    The cost alone of a rebreather is $5000.00 and up depending on the make and model, where a Sea Wolf Mk5 is targeted just under $600.00, or one twelfth (1 / 12) the cost.

    Training to use a double hose is simple and requires only a pool check out for advance divers and a pool and open water checkout for new divers, up to advanced.

    A Sea Wolf Mk5, as the Mossback Mk3 before it, can support a ‘Safe Second, (octopus) second stage, as well as a BC and drysuit if needed.

    The Mk5 valve body has 4 LP ports and 2 HP ports arranged to accommodate the divers needs.

    And lastly, any double hose regulator, be it of 20th century design or the new Sea Wolf Mk5 ‘will not freeze’ in extreme cold icy waters.

    The 2nd stage is enclosed away from the moist breath of the diver, even when exhaling.

    And then there is the image factor.

    A macho looking diver using a Sea Wolf Mk5 Double Hose *DHR* Diving Regulator

    Just being seen with double hoses around ones neck on shore or your head underwater, attracts people.

    Call it narcissism or masochism but you do feel as part of a privileged group of divers all the way back to Jacques Cousteau and his men on the Calypso.

    I hope this answers many questions of divers, but if anyone has additional questions I will be glad to answer them.

    Please visit my campaign site link below and my Facebook page Sea Wolf Regulator Campaign and Development.

    Sea Wolf Mk5 Double Hose *DHR* Diving Regulator

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