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Possible Dive Shop Employment Opportunity

IslandDiversHawaiiI was visiting Island Divers Hawaii, the new dive shop on Schofield Barracks yesterday and while talking to the store manager he mentioned some staffing issues that they were having and that they were looking for someone part-time for weekends.

I have thought about working part-time at a dive shop to get more experience with and knowledge about the various brands of dive gear that I am currently unfamiliar with. This may be the opportunity that I have been waiting for to get just that.

If I take the job, I would be running the dive shop from 6:00 in the morning until 5:30 in the evenings every Saturday and Sunday. It will be long hours, but the work is not very difficult or stressful. Unfortunately that would prevent any weekend diving for me though.

I mentioned that I may be interested in the position, and he is going to speak with the owner about choosing me instead of the person they just hired for the position and let me know if they can make the switch or not.

Perhaps if I take the job I can persuade them one day to consider cold-filling tanks instead of the dry hot-fill method they are currently using. Yes it takes just a little more time, but there is less stress on the tanks, and the customers get perfectly filled 3,000psi tanks every time that way instead of a range anywhere from 2,600 to 3,200 that I have gotten from them in the past.

And the thought of a 30% Employee Discount on equipment purchases doesn’t hurt either.

Product Review – Oceanic Excursion 2

Up until now I have been using the Oceanic OceanPro 1000D which is a jacket style BCD, primarily because it was on sale as a package at the local dive shop when I signed up for my Open Water certification however I have never really been happy with it.

The OceanPro 1000D did not fit me very well at all because I am in-between Large and Extra Large sizes. I assumed that I would be able to use the adjustable straps to make it fit better, however this turned out not to be the case. It always flopped around on me underwater and I had to constantly adjust it throughout the dive, so it was time for a change.

I checked into more expensive back plate style BCD’s that the other instructors were using, but I just could not afford to invest that much money into something that I had no experience with to know if it would work better for me or not. I finally decided on the Excursion 2, back inflate BCD from Oceanic which I was able to try on at Island Divers Hawaii’s brand new Scofield Barracks location and it fit me like a glove.

The Excursion is a back inflate which took some getting used to instead of inflating around my sides, but I found this actually more comfortable. When the BCD is fully inflated on the surface it does not feel like it is squeezing or suffocating me. On the first dive using the Excursion 2, my trim and buoyancy drastically improved and I was able to loose 4 pounds of my weights immediately.

I have been using the Excursion 2 for a week now and I absolutely love it. It has plenty of “D” rings positioned down both sides between the bladder and the vest, as well as more above and below the side pockets and on both shoulder straps. These are not the cheap plastic “D” rings that were on the OceanPro 1000D, these are sturdy stainless steel and are actually meant to be used instead of just being for looks.

The Excursion 2 also has mounting grommets on the side pockets to attach a Spinner Knife and two built-in trim weight pockets on the tank strap.

Because of my past experiences and fears, I always dive with a 3 cubic foot Spare Air alternate air source which can be difficult to mount to a jacket style BCD, but with the Excursion 2, I can mount it on the “D” rings going down the side and it tucks nicely right behind and under my arm, I don’t even notice that it’s there and have to reach back every once in a while to make sure it’s still with me. It feels so comfortable there and does not affect my trim at all. It is almost like it was meant to be attached to this BCD in that location.

With the Excursion 2 BCD I now have the option of diving with a single tank mounted onto my back, or side mounted tanks with the built-in “D” rings on the sides if I decide to pursue that PADI specialty. Unfortunately I have not been able to locate an instructor in Hawaii that offers that course as of yet, but I am still looking.

Overall, for the price, I think this is one of the best equipment upgrade decisions I have made. I love the new Excursion 2 from Oceanic.

My Product Rating: 

Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) Specialty

Today I went out with Oahu Divers to complete the in-water portion of my Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) specialty course.

This specialty course was way too easy for me since I currently own two matching SeaDoo Explorer-X DPV’s that I dive with almost every day, but I wanted to complete the specialty anyway so that when I become an instructor if I want to teach the specialty I have a better idea of how to go about teaching the class.

The in-water portion of the class comprises of 2 dives. Since we were able to complete all of the skills required for the course on the first dive, the second dive was just a fun dive. We used the second dive to tour a wide area near Kewalo boat harbor that I never get to see normally since the dive shop that I normally use does not dive at these dive locations.

Since this area was so close to Waikiki I was afraid that there wouldn’t be any good coral reefs to see, I was surprised. We started off at Kaiser Reef, and meandered our way west toward Kewalo pipe crossing under the channel just after a huge yacht named “Rising Sun” owned by Larry Ellison passed through the channel.

Mr Ellison, CEO of Oracle is currently the 3rd wealthiest man in America and the new owner of both a majority of the 141 square mile Hawaiian island of Lanai as well as Island Air, a small airline that services the island of Lanai as well as other Hawaiian islands.

Even though I have been using my DPV’s for a few months, this was the first chance I had gotten to dive with someone else using a DPV. It was a real change to not have to slow down or stop so that my dive buddy could keep up with me.  I have got to find dive buddies that also have their own DPV’s, lol.

Note: Even though I completed this specialty course on April 8th, for some reason the instructors at Dive Oahu did not process it until April 22, so that is why there is a discrepancy in the certification dates.

Dive 2

Date: January 26, 2013       Dive Shop:  Deep Ecology, Haleiwa, HI.

Location: Kakaako Beach Park,   Oahu, Hawaii

Visibility: 6-12′       Air Temp:   78       Bottom Temp:  74      Weight:  25lbs.

Depth:  23′       Time: :20

Start PSI: 2,500    End PSI: 2,000      Air/EANx:  21%

Performed basic SCUBA skills with instructor in the ocean off of Kaakaako Beach Park in downtown Honolulu. Surge conditions made it very difficult to maintain position, and visibility was very low due to surge.

Had a Hammerhead Shark circling overhead during the class while we were kneeling on the sand in a circle performing mask removal skills.

Dive 1

Date: January 26, 2013       Dive Shop:  Deep Ecology, Haleiwa, HI.

Location: Kakaako Beach Park,    Oahu, Hawaii

Visibility: 10-20′       Air Temp:   78       Bottom Temp:  74      Weight:  25lbs.

Depth:  18′       Time: :25

Start PSI: 2,500    End PSI: 2,000      Air/EANx:  21%

Performed basic SCUBA skills with instructor in the ocean off of Kaakaako Beach Park in downtown Honolulu. Surge conditions made it very difficult to maintain position, and visibility was very low due to surge.

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