|Current Conditions Gulf of Mexico|
|Warming Up! Gulf
temps are in the 70 - 72 degree area, and the Gulf should
be warming up everyday now. It is still wetsuit weather
so stay warm
The annual southern run of fish has started and most of my spearfishing buddies report "limiting out" on grouper, hog fish and mangrove snapper.
Vis is good depending on the wind, so let's go diving!
Additional info at: www.scubatampa.com/faqsgdive.html
Manatee at Three Sisters
Manatees! There are still Manatees at Crystal River. But the heard moved out earlier this month. There are 50 or in the park all year round, but you have to look a little harder to find them.
Additional info on manatees at: www.scubatampa.com/manatee.html and www.scubatampa.com/manateefacts.html
Palm Trees Marathon Key
See Keys report below.
See Keys report below.
I have cancelled the Advanced Open Water Class scheduled for April 12th. Open Water Class is now available on that date. May 17th is now scheduled for Advanced Open Water Class.
|Report March Keys Trip 03/07 to 03/17/2003|
I was going to write a report on our
trip to the keys but a picture is worth a thousand words,
and this letter from one of our participants says it all.
Additional photos at http://www.scubatampa.com/photo3.html
Photos at http://www.scubatampa.com/photo3.html
Gear Maintenance and Annual Service!
The official dive season begins in May, usually
the busiest month in this state for the dive industry.
With that in mind it is now time to get your dive gear in
shape for the season. Get your gear into the shop now and
avoid delays caused by a busy May.
Rinse the bladder of the BCD with two cups of warm soapy water after exposure to salt water. Better yet, use fabric softener in place of soap, it is pretty close to the same formula as Salt-X and cuts salt better than soap. Blow up the BCD and swoosh the solution around good. Hang the BCD upside down so the cleaning solution will soak the power inflator valve. Leave it overnight. Drain the cleaning solution, rinse with fresh water, slightly inflate and store. Once in a while use a diluted bleach to clean the inner bladder of mildew. Check the power inflator often, make sure the power button does not stick to avoid runaway inflation. Clean or replace as necessary.
Regulators should be cleaned with fresh soapy water after all dives. DO NOT SUBMERGE the first stage, the dust cover CAN NOT prevent water from getting into the first stage. Second stages and consoles can be soaked. NEVER press the purge button of the second stage while washing or rinsing... water can get into the hoses and into the first stage. If you are unable to clean your gear, keep a bottle of Windex in your gear bag and spray down your gear with it. Don't forget to clean the low pressure hose, the valve inside can corrode and cause the BCD to slowly fill. Listen to the power inflator before you dive to check for leaks.
Take an equipment maintenance course. Maintain your gear. Have it serviced annually
Luxfer announces trade-in program for 6351-alloy scuba tanks in the United States.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. (December 9, 2002)Luxfer Gas Cylindershas announced a new scuba tank trade-in program to enable owners of older Luxfer scuba tanks manufactured in the U.S. from 6351 aluminum alloy to trade in their tanks and receive credit toward the purchase of new scuba tanks made from Luxfers proven, proprietary 6061 alloy. Luxfer will implement the simple four-step program outlined below on January 1, 2003. The program will end on December 31, 2003. This is a limited one-year offer!
Remember, this limited program will only be available during 2003so dont delay!
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