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    Second class day on Monday. Doing a solo dive at the local quarry on Saturday to check out that the changes I made tk gear won’t cause me any issues on Monday. Buddy canceled due to being sick, but I’m certified for solo diving.

    Beginning to look at a rebreather. The unit I want rarely comes up used. $8600 for the unit itself and then probably $2K in training costs to get me to where I am on open circuit (aka bubbles). Have to do some saving up. I’ve got $4800 in the scuba fund, but part of that is earmarked for helium costs to finish current class and then for full cave class this winter.

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    KISS Spirit is the rebreather. Lighter weight so good for my knees.

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    Wow, it does get pricey. Do you have a particular goal where you will say, "That is enough and I will continue enjoying it at this point"?
    As Cicero said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”

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    Rebreathers circulate your expired breath through a scrubber medium that removes the carbon dioxide and injects O2 into the breathing loop. I’d use much less helium than I am on open circuit, which means much less cost. You’re not breathing dry compressed air so your mouth stays moist (I get terrible dry mouth) and you stay warmer, too.

    I would like to be able to do wrecks to a max of 200ft deep. Have to build up hours on the CCR to get to the next class. But I dive a lot so no issue.

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    Had a fabulous SOLO dive at the local quarry today. This is the first time since I got my solo cert in October that I deliberately went to dive solo. Buddy had cancelled on me since he was sick. Nice 40 minute dive at 20ft on a platform on the bottom. Worked on deco bottle stuff since I had changed the rigging on how it clips to me. Second class day Monday. Had a gorgeous day today. Water was 66F. Too warm!

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    Class Monday the 5th presented different challenges. Soloed at the quarry Sunday. Learned a few things while working on some skills. My instructor has a free day on Saturday, so I'm going up to WI (Devils Lake, north of Madison) to work on some stuff shallow. We're going to hopefully solve a few issues I've got going on.

    Next class day is the end of the month.

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    Love hearing about your diving adventures. Have a good time!
    As Cicero said, “Gratitude is not only the greatest of virtues, but the parent of all the others.”

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    Have fun and good luck on the "issues".
    To give pleasure to a single heart by a single act is better than a thousand heads bowing in prayer." Mahatma Gandhi
    Be nice whenever possible. It's always possible. HH Dalai Lama
    In a world where you can be anything - be kind. Unknown

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    Having instructor help me with issues will get them solved much quicker.

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    You might remember the issues I had with the one dive shop owner last year. I asked again about my refund. I had gone through my online account for the boat and I had some credits I’d gotten for purchasing a certain amount of prepaid charters as well as two charters I’d won credited to my account. So instead of $800ish, it’s more like $100. The email I got in return just had me shaking my head. Guy felt the need to rehash all the lies he’d posted online last year, and then went on to say he was my biggest fan and glad to hear of my cave diving success. He’s seen it on FB from my instructor’s dive shop FB page. Still is arguing about the refund.

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