Blue Octopus Scuba Blog

My computer broke, it won't sync!

Jun 03 2017

The Perdix AI is the mac-daddy (definition #3 if you're checking Merriam-Webster) of dive computers.  It's bright, easy to read, handles helium and rebreathers if you want it to, and displays my air integrated pressure from not one but TWO tanks simultaneously.  I sidemount so that’s a useful feature for me.  Did I mention it’s bright and easy to read?  No prescription lens or contacts required.  YMMV on the last part.

So you can imagine my distress when my Shearwater Perdix AI stopped synching with my computer.  First I blamed the Perdix, then I blamed my computer, then I blamed the last Shearwater update.  Turns out it wasn't the hardware or Shearwater after all.  The latest Microsoft Windows 10 Update (aka Creator's Update) apparently broke Bluetooth LE for a lot of devices.

Here's a link to Shearwater Research's blog describing the problem.

Just to make sure I hid the Microsoft update before it updated my laptop (the new way to block an update).  Sure enough, I can sync with my laptop pre-update but not my desktop post-update.  Apple and Android devices are unaffected so I can still check my SAC rate albeit in a smaller screen.  Shearwater is also hard at work on their Cloud for desktop.

The Perdix is also available in the non-AI version for those who will never check their SAC rate or prefer to do the calculations by hand.

How to choose a mask for diving

Aug 14 2016

So when you walk into your local dive shop and see all the variety of masks on the wall, do you feel overwhelmed? Don’t know what questions to ask, let alone where to start? Well, let’s keep it simple. And start with single or double lens mask. Do you know the different and, which do you prefer?

Coral Safe Skin Care Products

Aug 06 2016

I’m usually not a pusher of skin care products, as many of you who know me see as I’m walking around the shop, but I have to say I tried some of the Mexitan products we recently started carrying while I was away last weekend and I think I finally found an anti-bug spray I like. It doesn’t leave that sticky residue, nor smell like I’m spraying chemicals all over my body. Once my family got wind of what I was doing, everyone wanted to try it. I even used it on my dogs in the yard once I got back home. It’s completely safe for pets and children with the primary ingredients being Citronella, lemongrass and peppermint oil. Currently, we’re carrying anti-bug spray, Coral Safe 30 SPF Sunscreen, Dark Tanning Spray, Aloe Vera Gel, Zinc Face Stick, and Zinc Lip Balm.

Master Scuba Diver Challenge!

Jul 07 2016

Launching in July, the PADI Specialty of the Quarter campaign will focus on different PADI specialties each quarter. PADI Specialty courses offer the perfect opportunity to widen your knowledge database, as well as explore new opportunities of interest.  Specialties of the 3rd Quarter from July through September are PADI Digital Underwater Photographer and PADI Wreck Diver and 4th Quarter from October through December PADI Deep Diver and PADI Dry Suit Diver.

PADI Women's Dive Day 2016

Jul 07 2016

PADI established Women's Dive Day on July 18th, 2015, in an effort to show support for all women divers around the world and the importance their contributions to the diving community. Sportdiver magazine quoted Drew Richardson, President and CEO of PADI Worldwide as saying:

Morehead City, NC Shark and Wreck diving!!

Jul 01 2016

Join us for a long weekend get-away In Morehead City, North Carolina from Friday July 29th to Sunday July 31st, 2016 for Shark and wreck diving through the Graveyard of the Atlantic!

The importance of Dive Logs

Jun 14 2016

When people first learn to dive, they are taught how to log their dives as a record of completing the required skills to become an Open Water diver. When they move on to Advanced Open Water (AOW) diving, they follow the same guidelines to show record of completing the required skills necessary to become a certified AOW diver. Then, somewhere along the line the dive log is moved to the wayside. Why is this? Maybe the reason is due to today’s diving practices, as people become heavily dependent upon their dive computers. Maybe it is because people do not remember how to calculate surface intervals. Well? Dive logs contain valuable information, which cannot be contained in a dive computer’s memory. If a refresher is needed on calculations, grab a dive pro, they’ll be happy to help you through it.

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