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Kit questions for NZ

Postby AndrewRawlingson » Wed Jun 20, 2012 10:36 pm

the big move is approaching rapidly. think I've got a handle on the kit I need for NZ, just a couple of quick questions.

I use a CO2 cartridge DSMB in the UK. Do you guys use these, will i be able to get the cartridges in NZ? (16g threaded).

Also, I'm planning on buying cylinders when I get out there. Back gas cylinders seem easy to get hold of, but I like a smaller cylinder as a side slung, preferably an ali40, but a 5L steel would do. Can I get something like this over there?

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Re: Kit questions for NZ

Postby ChuckyBob » Thu Jul 05, 2012 10:15 am

16gram CO2 cartridges as readily available from most bike shops.
I use 4 or 5 of them to pre heat my scrubber on my rebreather! ( Joke).

I have not seen anyone use that type of SMB here though.

Dont bring in any tanks unless you want to pay extra to get them "LAB'd" with the possibility of them not passing.
Ali 40's (5.7litre) are readily available in Catalina's but a bit harder to find in Luxfers. I have a 30cf cat for sale if that suits your needs. Andy on this forum was recently selling some luxfer 40's and a 30. he may still have them.
I dont think 5L steels are very common at all. Plenty of 3L that get snapped up quick by CCR divers and a 7L tanks floating around too.
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Re: Kit questions for NZ

Postby AndrewRawlingson » Fri Jul 06, 2012 10:54 pm

Thanks Bob, that's very helpful. Just out of interest, do people use DSMB/SMBs much over there? I have the impression they're just a British obsession, albeit with good reason.
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Re: Kit questions for NZ

Postby ChuckyBob » Sun Jul 08, 2012 9:15 pm

Its something that is not taught in OW or even AOW although I think it should be. Personally I wont let any one dive off my boat with out one.
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Re: Kit questions for NZ

Postby rambaldi » Mon Jul 09, 2012 12:08 am

Yeah I wasn't taught about it although part of the training wasn't done here. Was laughed at when I asked when they cover using it in a rec diving course. At least from my experience some people do and some don't, more likely if there isn't a dive boat around with you and even if you are off a boat then people try to have at least one per buddy group.
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Re: Kit questions for NZ

Postby binklebonk » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:53 am

The number who use them is definitely increasing. Most still only carry those daft open end "plastic bag" versions though...
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Re: Kit questions for NZ

Postby AndrewRawlingson » Mon Jul 09, 2012 10:18 am

OK, thanks. I always carry two DSMBs, so no doubt I will be an oddity :)
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Re: Kit questions for NZ

Postby binklebonk » Mon Jul 09, 2012 7:19 pm

Not a bad thing to be an oddity over!
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Re: Kit questions for NZ

Postby ChuckyBob » Wed Jul 11, 2012 8:03 pm

binklebonk wrote:Not a bad thing to be an oddity over!



Its quite odd not to be an oddity.
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Re: Kit questions for NZ

Postby AndrewRawlingson » Thu Jul 12, 2012 12:06 pm

well, looking at the cost of co2 cartridges in NZ, my beloved DSMB will be staying in the UK! ive just ordered a second oral inflate DSMB to bring out with me. my cylinders will all be sold by next weekend, so this is it!
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Re: Kit questions for NZ

Postby Andy » Thu Aug 16, 2012 9:54 pm

Good luck with the move.

My spare 30 cuft and 40 cuft cylinders are alas sold, I'm down to the bare minimum now of 1x80 cuft and 4x40 cuft tanks for my sling tanks..... :shock:
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