Posted 10 July 2006 - 06:53 PM
Kamala, before this trip progresses futher, are you going to get a heads up from Bobby about the profiles we can run? I do like diving the wrecks, but going into the dive with a better idea of the allowable game plan will prevent many of the issues from the 4th.
I have some concerns after reading Roys transcribed post. Based on what he wrote it looks like you can't dive doubles for some reason, but you can dive two single tanks. If you stay within the recreation limits why can't one use double tanks? I mean the only difference is they are banded. Also, you can bring a 40cf 'pony bottle'? Why? Just in case someone runs out of air? Diving a recreational profile should prevent this from happening; if the diver can't plan a dive for his back gas, he should not be diving off shore. This being said, can a diver bring a 40cf bottle with 50% and labled for 70 feet?
We really need to lock this down before people commit, unless they want to ride two hours out for a 15 minute NDL bottom time. Also, can you get it in writing from Bobby so if the profiles are changed people can get a refund. Thanks.
This is directly from Capt. Roy's "Diver Down Update" Dated: 9 July 2006.
"This last weekend was not without a few bumps in the road and not all were caused by the sea but hopefully the majority of us had a good time despite those bumps. I would like to mention a few things about diving aboard the Diver Down before we get to the diving so please bear with me. Diver Down caters primarily to Recreational Divers and the bulk of this operation is geared to supporting that endeavor. We do run the occasional TEC trip but those charters are priced differently and limited to smaller numbers to accommodate the additional gear and profiles that come with TEC dives. We try not to mix the two groups but when TEC Divers join a Recreational Charter we usually give them two options, dive two recreational dives (No deco limits plus 5 minutes) or one TEC dive (one hour total run including deco). All divers are limited to two primary tanks and a small pony bottle (40 CF or less). Each diver is allotted two tank spots on the back deck and an area below the benches for dive bags and pony bottles. There is sufficient space for all 18 divers and two crew on the back deck provided you donít bring too much stuff. If you dive doubles then we ask that you use one set to do both dives or one long dive, just inform the crew of your wishes. No double doubles or stage bottles unless you have chartered a TEC Charter. There is also sufficient seating inside the cabin for 18 divers, 3 to a bench, provided no one is lying down or has piled gear on the seats. There is additional seating on the sun deck though it is subject to spray on occasion. The pilot house has seating for 3 crewmembers or invited guest. If your gear will not fit in the area provided it might mean that you brought too much stuff. Most of our divers bring two single tanks, a light weight wetsuit, small cameras and recreational gear, i.e. BCD, regulator mask and fins. We do allow scooters and more extravagant camera equipment but donít usually make special accommodations for them. We have a single 5 gallon bucket to rinse cameras and a spray hose to rinse mask and divers when they come back after a dive. Fresh water is limited so we ask that you not clean gear aboard the boat, hoses and rinse tanks are available at the dock. Spear fishing is allowed but we ask that power heads not be brought aboard and that you respect the other divers by not cocking guns outside the water, not handing a cocked spear gun to the Divemaster especially not spear first and by waiting until after someone shooting pictures is done with a fish before you kill it. We also ask that you not bring back fish that are considered illegal by the NC Wildlife Officers since they have no sense of humor when it comes to these things. If you follow these simple guide lines then you run a very small chance of invoking the ire of the captain or crew and will more than likely contribute to everyone having a fun and safe diving experience. If you have any specific questions or comments then please contact me or Captain Bob before any miss understandings develop."