Feb 18

NEW vs OLD: 3 Things to Consider

spy-vs-spy-wideOk so the title sounds a bit like a match, game or perhaps even a war between two competing individuals vying for the title. But what it really speaks to, is an idea or thought process that so many of us go through everyday. Weather it’s concerning our vehicles, homes and for those of us obsessed with diving, our gear. Should I buy new or stay with my tried and true “old” vehicle, home or gear.

Honestly, I have this issue every year when I read “Scuba Diving Magazine” or “Sport Diving Magazine” and their yearly or quarterly equipment reviews. I mean, dangle a fancy new regulator, computer or fins in my face and my mouth starts to salivate. Some of my friends even poke fun at the fact that I buy the best in any sport I enjoy. But sometimes the best is you tried and true buddy.

keep-calm-and-think-first-4But how can you make an educated decision. Well first lets take the emotion out of the equation, and yes I know easier said, than done. But for the sake of our conversation I expect you to do your best! Below is a list of items to consider when weighing the pros and cons of “NEW vs OLD” gear.


  1. Expense – Ok so this is a “NO BRAINER” right? or is it? Sometimes we don’t take into effect the WHOLE picture and just balk at the upfront cost or we think “WOW… that is an amazing deal, I want it!” The next time you look at new gear or consider keeping your old gear ask yourself: How much does it cost? What are the transportation costs? What are the maintenance costs? If it breaks on my trip, can it be easier repaired?
  2. Comfort – Remember that new gear takes time to break in and it also takes time getting used to the “newness” of it. If you’re planning a huge trip make sure that you are well versed in the use and functions of a new piece of equipment or even you’re old gear.
  3. Growth – Ok so this sounds like a strange thing to thing about when weighing out your options but I think you really need to think about is “Will this item grow with me” if your love turns to an infatuation if you will. What I mean is will this new BCD, Computer or whatever else you buy work for me now and well into the future. There is nothing worse than buying something and then finding that you have to buy something else so you can do both and spend more money in the long run.

Dive Hard & Prosper.

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Nov 18

PADI’s Dive & Win Contest

200px-Logo_of_PADI.svgRANCHO SANTA MARGARITA, Calif., Nov. 15, 2012 — /PRNewswire/ — PADI, the world’s largest diver training organization, launched the Dive & Win contest, a campaign that encourages people to jumpstart their 2013 adventures by obtaining a PADI Open Water Diver or Scuba Diver certification. Consumers that register for the contest and share what inspired them to become a PADI Diver at www.PADI.com/DiveandWin will be entered for a chance to win a week-long dive trip on an Aggressor Fleet live-aboard in the Turks and Caicos Islands.

“There is nothing like taking your first breath underwater, seeing new creatures and experiencing a whole new world,” said Kristin Valette, vice president of marketing and communications for PADI Americas. “You can earn your PADI certification at your own pace so it can easily fit into any busy schedule. The Dive & Win contest offers a trip-of-a-lifetime on an Aggressor Fleet live-aboard dive yacht, giving interested water enthusiasts the extra incentive they need to take the next step and complete their certifications.”

People eager for a new year full of adventure can start their certifications today, either online with PADI eLearning® or by contacting a local PADI Dive Center or Resort. Once new divers have completed their course, they can submit their stories online at www.PADI.com/DiveandWin now through Jan. 31 to enter the contest. Each eligible entrant receives a complimentary PADI hat, as well as the chance to win weekly and monthly prize giveaways, including GoPro® HERO3 Silver Edition Cameras and Apple® iPad 2s. One lucky grand prize winner will receive a trip for two to spend one week on an Aggressor Fleet live-aboard dive yacht at Turtle Cove Marina in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The winner and their guest will receive round-trip economy class airfare, ground transportation to-and-from the airport, a week of diving (including equipment and air), meals while aboard the vessel and an invitation to the sunset cocktail party.

The Dive & Win contest is also open to current PADI certified divers who will have the chance to win the GoPro® Hero3 Silver Edition cameras, Apple® iPad 2s and the trip on an Aggressor Fleet live-aboard. In order to participate in the contest and become eligible to win, current divers must register online now through Jan. 31 and share why they became divers and refer friends or family members to complete their certification.

Earning a PADI certification – which is recognized worldwide – is an achievement that can be enjoyed year-round and appreciated through the years, as the certification never expires. To learn more and get started, please visit www.PADI.com.

About PADI PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) is the world’s largest recreational diver training organization, with more than 138,000 trained PADI Professionals dedicated to introducing new divers to the thrill of scuba diving and enhancing the skills of experienced divers through its 6,100 dive centers and resorts worldwide. PADI Members issue nearly 1,000,000 certifications worldwide each year, advancing and encouraging the exploration of the ocean, while maintaining the highest industry standards for dive training, safety and customer service. For more information, visit www.PADI.com.

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Aug 26

Sleep? Who needs it? I’m headed to Rubicon Wall in the Morning!

Rubicon Wall

Breath taking at any depth.

It’s almost midnight here in beautiful Reno, Nevada and I am still wide awake. Why am I awake? What? You didn’t read the title! BLAH, shame on you!

I’m heading to the Rubicon Wall in Lake Tahoe tomorrow. Now I’ve NEVER been diving at the wall but rumor has it that due to budget cuts in California they’re closing D.L. Bliss State Park after next weekend! So instead of going to the Treasure Hunt, I’m getting my gear together and getting into the water before it’s nearly impossible to get to the wall.

So what excites me about this dive so much? Well, first we’re using kayaks to get us to the spot where we are going to descend. Second, it’s with a bunch of professional divers, but most importantly for me it’s a NEW spot and a dive that is for advanced divers. This is one of those dives that if you make a mistake, it could be your last.

Sadly, I was going to dive the Wall in June but I had some MAJOR car issues. (I just hope it’s not cursed.) Now that the moment is just right, I’m hoping to get some awesome video too! One of the amazing things about Lake Tahoe is its visibility! I’ve been on dives in Tahoe where the viz is 90 ft or more and from what many of the technical divers in the shop say, this is no different. But it is, you know why its different? NO?!?! Geeze, your not paying attention much are you! Oh well, it’s different because it will be my first time getting up close and personal with this amazing, naturally made rock formation that only divers have the opportunity to see!

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Jul 05

It’s been awhile…

Fell asleep at the wheelSo it’s been awhile since I’ve posted on my blog but for that I am sorry. However, it’s been 10 years since my “Uncle John” has been diving and he is the inspiration for me getting back into my blog.

A few days ago, I talked him into coming into the dive shop to check out his computer and I even talked him into getting some rental gear so we could go to my new favorite dive spot, China Cove at Donner Lake in Truckee, CA, USA.

We found diving to be like riding a bike for the first time. Well more like for the first time in years that is. My uncle hasn’t been in the water in over a decade, that’s unfathomable to me as that’s a third of my life currently.

But I digress, his first dive of the day was awkward to say this least. His buoyancy sucked, he tried to put the tank on his BCD backwards, he even made me laugh so hard by putting his wetsuit on inside out. (A bit hard to zip up!)

However, when it was all said and done the man is a fish. Bit of a sailfish if you cheesy grinask me. He literally left me in the dust as he raced back and forth along the ledge, that drops from 16 to 60 feet, scouring the bottom for craydads (basically baby lobsters). I’ve never seen anyone, including him, smile so much!

Don’t talk about it, be about it! And get those fills of yours wet!

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May 31

SCUBAPRO announces Galileo Tri-mix Upgrade

Scubapro Logo

Just what the "diver" order

Scubapro recently announced a software update for their Galileo Dive Computers!

I love the fact that this now makes the Galileo line a computer that divers can grow into as they progress through their training. Best part about the upgrade… IT’S FREE!

Certified TRI-MIX divers can now download Scubapro’s TRI-MIX algorithm for free, onto their Galileo computer. Your Galileo Sol must have at least the 1.6 firmware installed.While those of you with a Galileo Luna or a Terra models, need the PMG upgrade along with 1.6 firmware.

However, it’s important that divers know

(1) it is for certified TRI-MIX divers and
(2) although the TRI-MIX can be turned ON or OFF on the Galileo, only divers planning to actually dive with TRI-MIX should install the algorithm.

Returning your Galileo to its original algorithm is easy. Just remove the TRI-MIX one, by downgrading to version 1.7 of the firmware (available on scubapro.com)

DO NOT re-installing the 1.6 or older version may completely block the computer.

To download your TRI-MIX upgrade go to:


To download the 1.7 firmware (downgrade, if you need to uninstall your TRI-MIX) go to: http://www.scubapro.com/instruments/computers/ products/galileo-firmware-17.aspx

So, I’m sure your aware that at the writing of this announcement I am not a TRI-MIX diver nor affiliated with Scubapro. However, I will be soon enough a tri-mix diver and that is why I order my Luna and am awaiting delivery. For the price it is a great computer and Scubapro continually keeps improving it!

What’s next on the horizon? The sky is the limit!

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