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Warren
07-21-2007, 00:03
Or have you found you need a knife as well?
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tc_rain
07-21-2007, 00:19
I know a lot of people that just carry the shears. You can also get away with carryingthem a lot of places you can't carry a knife. I also know a few people that carry both. I won'tfault someone for safety but I choose to just carry a knife. I think the shears might be quicker at cutting lines but I think a knife has a few more uses.

przeor
07-21-2007, 00:41
shears are fine- i actually carry a z-knife and a regular knife instead, but on occasion I'll carry the shears in a pocket- if i know we're cleaning the lake or something, i'll bring the shears for snipping line.

TommyB
07-21-2007, 00:47
<div>I don't want to look like a Christmas Tree, but I want to be a well prepared novice.</div>

Why not?
Don't worry about what others think.

http://www.dorkdiver.com/photo.htm
just go have fun!!!

Those guys over at dorkdivers are a hoot!..
I think they are there to mainly poke fun at the DIR guys, and if you don't do it the DIR way "you will die! "" smileys/smiley11.gif

This is my favorite
http://www.dorkdiver.com/photogallery/dorkmik.jpg
Love the little orange shovel he has :)

:):):):):


Actually signed up for the spec cert classes :)

http://www.dorkdiver.com/specialty_courses.htm

techgnostic
07-21-2007, 01:25
I gotta say that redundancy is king, especially when it come to bottleneck equipment. (If this particular piece fails, everything in your life stops until it is fixed. Hence OOA strategies.) If your light goes out, your dive is hampered (cave/wreck/night dives excepted), but if you get tangled, and drop your shears trying to free yourself, without a backup, you are stuck. I've dropped tools (especially right after I say to myself: Don't drop it!!), sometimes it just happens.
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techgnostic
07-21-2007, 01:28
This is my favorite
http://www.dorkdiver.com/photogallery/dorkmik.jpg
Love the little orange shovel he has :)


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<DIV>Althought the guy in the camo wetsuit behind him is a close second.</DIV>
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TommyB
07-21-2007, 01:48
First time I saw that pic, I spew'ed coffee all over the desk, monitor and keyboard ---Every time I see it, I bust a gut :)

If I keep going to ST every dang day, I'll soon look like that-- hahahah
I'm going to have to send in my Brigade and have like 9 more D-rings put on it :)

Joew
07-21-2007, 01:53
Someone should write a Dress for Success book for dork diving. This guy has all the proper equipment: Air2, redundent snorkels, plastic shovel, and everything is secured with suicide clips or retractors. smileys/smiley36.gif

TommyB
07-21-2007, 02:30
I'm guessing the twin 12" thigh sheath knives are below the crop line :(

przeor
07-21-2007, 05:45
you better believe he is rolling with a fatty pig stickler on his leg. Probably one on each leg in case he has to fend off two sharks at once! Is that an orange shovel or a spatula for cooking lunch after the dive???

Vercingetorix
07-21-2007, 10:31
I carry shears (from ST) and a small blunt-tipBC knife (2-inch blade) that came with BP/W combo.

tc_rain
07-21-2007, 10:52
<DIV>I don't want to look like a Christmas Tree, but I want to be a well prepared novice.</DIV>

Why not?
Don't worry about what others think.

http://www.dorkdiver.com/photo.htm
just go have fun!!!

Those guys over at dorkdivers are a hoot!..
I think they are there to mainly poke fun at the DIR guys, and if you don't do it the DIR way "you will die! "" smileys/smiley11.gif

This is my favorite
http://www.dorkdiver.com/photogallery/dorkmik.jpg
Love the little orange shovel he has :)

:):):):):


Actually signed up for the spec cert classes :)

http://www.dorkdiver.com/specialty_courses.htm




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<DIV>Too funny. All he needs is a 12" dive knife strapped to each leg</DIV>

fire diver
07-21-2007, 12:55
I used to carry the 6" piglet sticker http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley30.gifon my calf until I gota pouch for my EMT shears. The knife was a gift, so I used it until I had a replacement.
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<DIV>That DD is my new hero. How can you tell if there's a dive behind him in camo? I mean, it's camo right? Anyone up for an Oklahoma scubatoys lake dive? I'll wear ACU's over my wetsuit. http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley36.gif</DIV>
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Cichlid
07-21-2007, 18:38
Shouldn't a camo wetsuit have coral and rock on it? I mean what good is that?

JahJahwarrior
07-21-2007, 18:55
I have a friend who occasionally brings along a knife that probably belongs back int he jungles of Vietnam. When I mentioned it, he made sure to put the holster of his glock on his rig for the next dive.....his words? "Hey, you can never be too careful! Besides, it's waterproof, so why not?"

But, he didn't want to bother putting glue around every cartrided and the primer, so he still hasn't actually dived with it. :)

JahJahwarrior
07-21-2007, 19:07
Just put on some of my gear to show you how I roll--I found that Fiskar's work well. Very comfy handles, and very cheap at Wally world! You just have to attach a zinc annode or replace them from time to time.

I even took a nice pose, likeI'm chilling at a safety stop or something! And like just maybe Jesus was diving with me....smileys/smiley3.gif(and, like I have gills, apparently, as I didn't bother to put the 2nd in my mouth...) I wasn't about to get someone to take a picture of me in the pool, I'm too lazy to walk all that way. So the webcam had to do. But it's ok, even with Jesus in the background, you can see that I'm pure DIR, to the bone man! Love that koolaid!

http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1414/867237836_bc7f1ff4eb.jpg

Warren
07-21-2007, 21:28
I gotta say that redundancy is king, especially when it come to bottleneck equipment. (If this particular piece fails, everything in your life stops until it is fixed. Hence OOA strategies.) If your light goes out, your dive is hampered (cave/wreck/night dives excepted), but if you get tangled, and drop your shears trying to free yourself, without a backup, you are stuck. I've dropped tools (especially right after I say to myself: Don't drop it!!), sometimes it just happens.
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<DIV>Self rescue is the best option. </DIV>
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<DIV>That says it all.. Both for me.</DIV>

tc_rain
07-21-2007, 23:35
that looks like a fire extinguisher on your left side

Vercingetorix
07-22-2007, 09:08
that looks like a fire extinguisher on your left side Yep...he's diving backwards. Writing on his shirt is backwards. Inflator hose is on right side.

Lucky(AR)
07-22-2007, 09:37
nice gear setup...lol

fire diver
07-22-2007, 11:22
Wow! I've never seen anyone dive with an extenguisher! Put out many underwater fires? http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley29.gif
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JahJahwarrior
07-22-2007, 13:16
Wow! I've never seen anyone dive with an extenguisher! Put out many underwater fires? http://www.scubatoys.com/forum/smileys/smiley29.gif
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Yeah, alot of people don't o2 clean their regs and stuff, then try to use them as deco regs on 100% o2. You should see the flames! You'll also notice I only have one light--you don't really need it when you have an oxygen fire underwater, so really it's my backup, my dive buddy functions as my primary light.

tc_rain
07-22-2007, 20:00
I didn't notice the inflator hose

silentstone7
07-29-2007, 07:08
I'm guessing that a DD would buy http://www.scubatoys.com/store/detail.asp?product_id=RipTideBC
that BC without a second thought. It's very bright. I might get one myself, the price is great, but I may scare away all aquatic life within a hundred feet.

Splitlip
07-29-2007, 09:55
I always carry at least 2 cutting tools. One of them is a pair of shears. Shears for the most part cut most anything one handed. But there are some situations where a knife is better:
1. Rope or line cutting where the line is tight against an object and it is not possible to get one blade of the shears behind.
2. Certain celophane tapes
3. Defense from giant squid.

TxHockeyGuy
07-29-2007, 11:03
I have until recently dove with a knife and shears. I just recently added a rescue cutter to the mix simply because I won it as a door price at the ScubaToys party. Some might say 3 cutting devices is overkill, and they're probably right, but when Murphy starts to conspire against me I'll be glad to have options.

I also prefer to have the knife as I can bang up against my tank to get attention easily. The shears stay in a BC pocket so they are not terribly accessible. The rescue cutter and the knife are both very accessible to me and very noticeable such that if I were ever to get into a situation where I couldn't help myself hopefully my buddy would be able to use my own cutting devices in the event they were not carrying any. I guess that's something I need to add to my buddy check, you do carry cutting implements right?