Anti-Procrastination Dive Gear...
- Every time I go diving in the lake, there's a good chance the dive will be a "bust" because the visibility is zero. Whether its run off from a rainstorm, carp stirring it up, or the lake is doing its mid summer dog days... I just never know. And I have gotten to where I procrastinate about doing all of the work to suit up for a dive, only to find the visibility makes it a waste of time.
- Well, this Spring I started using a much easier set of dive gear to suit up with. I've made 3 after work dives in this outfit and I have to say, it's so easy to suit up, I'm getting to where the procrastination is almost gone!
- Instead of my too tight, 2XL 3mm wet suit, I'm using my 3XL 1mm tropic suit with a 3mm hooded vest. This suit is no harder to put on than street clothes. It's cold below the thermocline but I'm usually between there and the surface so, I'm warm enough.
- Instead of a full sized tank or my Twin 38s, I'm using a single 38 cf tank that feels no heavier than a day pack... Hiking up and down the hill is effortless. No BC bulk or complication. I wear emergency floatation on my weight belt.
- I have my weights set so I float on the surface but am slightly negative at 15 feet... I rarely get deeper than 22 feet in the lake.
- I equipped my float with a wind-up reel which I also use as an altitude controller I can hang onto, to keep me from bumping and stirring up the bottom.
- Last night I used this rig again for a questionable dive after work: Looking at the water from the dock, it looked like dog days are settling in and I might not have gone to the bother if I was doing a major suit up. But I slipped into this "Anti-Procrastination" rig and was in the water with minimal effort. Sure enough the top 12 feet were pea green and stirred up. But underneath that, I could see 15-25 feet... It was beautiful! I stayed in for 33 minutes and pulled the reserve valve as I headed in to the dock.
- Dive Easy... Dive Often... Get Yourself an Anti-Procrastination Dive Outfit!