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    They're basically the same thing.

    They're basically the same thing.
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    There's a noticeable difference between 80-84,...

    There's a noticeable difference between 80-84, and 86.

    Also, it depends on how long the dives, how deep they are, and how many you're doing per day. 5 dives a day, 60-90 minutes per dive, often...
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    I love my big monster Akona dive bag. It's way...

    I love my big monster Akona dive bag. It's way too big and heavy to travel with, but it's killer for dragging a ton of gear up the ramp to local boats (the larger ones that have room for it, at...
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    Sounds great! Internet access is pretty thin...

    Sounds great!

    Internet access is pretty thin in the main diving areas of Bali. I'm ot sure about Sanur, but in Padang Bai, you may be able to get online. The topside stuff in Ubud is fully...
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    If you have time for a side trip to Amed (about...

    If you have time for a side trip to Amed (about 45 min from Tulamben, if memory serves), see if you can hit the Japanese Fishing Wreck. Nice little wreck, and tons of life around it.

    Are you...
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    I dive in SoCal (cold water, albeit not...

    I dive in SoCal (cold water, albeit not freezing), which means a 7mm hood (or more) year round.

    I HATE HOODS.

    Diving a 5mm wetsuit allowed me to skip wearing a hood, while doing long slow dives...
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    Unless you're hunting (or plan to fight Bond...

    Unless you're hunting (or plan to fight Bond villans underwater) there's really no need for a big knife for normal recreational diving.

    The small one will do nicely. A pair of shears in a pocket...
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    I always being an extra set of regs if at all...

    I always being an extra set of regs if at all possible.

    When flying and struggling with luggage allowances, that can be tricky and I'll sometimes strip it down to just a first and second stage (I...
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    I felt a bit too warm diving in heavy current in...

    I felt a bit too warm diving in heavy current in Bali in 84 degree water, wearing a very warm 5mm full suit.

    Letting some water in via the neck helped a lot, though. It was only an issue that one...
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    EAR only works if your snorkel does not have a...

    EAR only works if your snorkel does not have a purge. Most snorkels sold today have purges, so they're not useful for that particular task. One reason why it's mentioned very often. (It's also a...
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    If by "Flash" you mean "external strobe" ("flash"...

    If by "Flash" you mean "external strobe" ("flash" usually means the one built onto the camera), then yes, you can do fine with only one strobe. That's all I have.

    If you can, however, get a kit...
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    Some people look at them like a security blanket...

    Some people look at them like a security blanket and don't like to dive without them. That's perfectly fine.

    Others hate them with a passion.

    I see a place for them, but for me, that place is...
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    God bless those bioprene life preservers!

    God bless those bioprene life preservers!
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    I use these: Mountain Hardwear Power Stretch...

    I use these: Mountain Hardwear Power Stretch Gloves - Men's at REI.com

    http://www.rei.com/skuimage/658838/220

    These are warm enough (for me... everyone has different tolerances) in water down...
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    Oy. I had that happen once. (Not that long ago,...

    Oy. I had that happen once. (Not that long ago, actually) Rig took a tumble off the holder when a rogue wave really rocked the boat while I stepped 5 feet away, for just a moment, to set my fins...
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    Piranha's price is among the better I've seen (I...

    Piranha's price is among the better I've seen (I think one LDS wanted $1/ft, and another wanted $1.50!). Still, if your average necklace uses approx 3' of bungee, that's $1. Plus shipping and...
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    Pretty much what SplitLip said. It's easier to...

    Pretty much what SplitLip said. It's easier to deal with the whole bp/w as a single discrete unit, like a regular BC, with a STA to keep everything together. Makes changing tanks a snap, too. ...
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    I'm not clear how the liner blocked the seal,...

    I'm not clear how the liner blocked the seal, unless you somehow caught the liner up while sealing the glove on and didn't notice?

    I've had that happen with the little clippy thing on my liner...
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    Yes, just tell whoever you are ordering the...

    Yes, just tell whoever you are ordering the repairs from that you want to change to neoprene seals... if you're sure that's what you want.
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    Yup. In general, use the lowest ISO you can to...

    Yup. In general, use the lowest ISO you can to get the best quality. If light is low and you need to, I wouldn't worry about going up to ISO 200. Higher than that and you're going to start losing...
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    Some local dive shops carry it, but for a stupid...

    Some local dive shops carry it, but for a stupid price. I didn't find any other local sources (not that I searched particularly hard) so I just went to eBay and bought a big spool (100', maybe...
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    If you're more than 10' underwater and your air...

    Totally agree.

    Will the different colors even be distinguishable underwater? (Red is the first color lost)[/QUOTE]

    If you're more than 10' underwater and your air is still off, the valve...
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    Readily-available 3/16" bungee sits pretty tight....

    The only complaint I have about the bungee cord DSS sells is that it is almost too thin for their mount. I wish I had some cord that was just a little bit thicker so if you need to tighten the...
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    On the other hand, if you're diving near a...

    On the other hand, if you're diving near a steel-hulled wreck, or oil rigs with metal legs, don't assume your compass is right... because it likely isn't.
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    The one proviso many of us has made is this: It's...

    While I appreciate the sense of humor, I do see a genuine benefit to this for instructors etc. I wouldn't put it in the same category as tank bangers for instance...[/QUOTE]

    The one proviso many...
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