Bring out the old, make room for new or earn some cash. April 28th bring out your old, unwanted scuba gear, hang out with friends, and swap or sell for cash. No fee but please RSVP to Blue Octopus Scuba.
None of us plan to have accidents while diving or in the home but they happen. Blue Octopus Scuba has just graduated the latest class of Emergency First Responder Instructors last week, nad has just announced a sale on Emergency First Responder and Emergency Oxygen Provider classes. Book any EFR or EOP class in March 2018 and receive a 10% discount. The classes are open to divers and non-divers alike, and skills can be used at the dive site or in the home.
Many of us take a pause from local diving during the winter months. Some of the manufacturers, Shearwater Research, manufacturer of the popular Shearwater Perdix AI, suggest removing batteries before storing your device. So check your camera, computer, transmitter, or flashlight to make sure it's properly stored.
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.
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?
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.
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.