Posted by AADIVER on January 08, 2001 at 14:33:01:
In Reply to: Re: DIR: two unanswered questions posted by Kendall Raine on January 08, 2001 at 11:23:56:
1) Solo in other activities but not scuba. Who cares what other activities encourage? Are you suggesting that because flying solo is an accepted practice that there is anything to suggest diving solo is safer than diving with a qualified and compatible buddy? That is a non sequiter. You keep making this connection and I keep missing it so, please, explain how one is relevant to the other. You've acknowledged in the past that two self-sufficient divers diving as a team are safer than one. What are you getting at?
DOESN'T REALLY ANSWER THE QUESTION. HOWEVER, I AGREE THAT A QUALIFIED, EXPERIENCED BUDDY TEAM IS SAFER THAN A SOLO DIVER.
2) Finding a buddy. When do you want to go?
ON ANY LOCAL WRECK DIVE.
3) He widely available for trimix fills. He is already widely available for trimix fills, at least in this country, just not in dive shops. Dive shop availability comes with demand. Demand comes with education. That takes time.
WHAT CERTIFICATION DO WE NEED TO RENT AND MIX THE BIG He AND O2 BOTTLES WITH FILL WHIPS, ETC., AND WHERE WOULD DO WE RENT THEM "WIDELY"?
He can be purchased more easily than O2. He costs between 20-40 cents a cubic foot. That's about $5-10 for a 30% He fill in an AL80.
SO A TRIMIX FILL IN A STEEL 120, (He,O2, and 21%)WOULD COST TEN TO FIFTEEN DOLLARS PER, PLUS THE COST OF RENTING BOTH THE He AND O2 BOTTLES. AFTER ONE DIVE ON A BOAT WE'RE BACK TO 21% FILLS FOR ALL SUBSEQUENT DIVES. THAT'S "COST EFFECTIVE"?
THANKS FOR SHARING.
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