Friday, June 29, 2007

Alex & Becca Eisenberg Get Certified

Two new divers achieve their PADI Open Water Diver certification. Alex and Becca just completed their checkout dives last night at Mukilteo T-Docks. The girls did a great job with all the skills and will be awesome divers when they hit the warm clear water of Cozumel later this year. Their parents, Paul and Chris took the Advanced Open Water course a couple of years ago, and now they've become a diving family.

Congrats Girls, hope you do some more diving here in the PNW.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Taking care of your drysuit.

Hi Ken!
I hope you are well and having a nice summer!
I have a quick question: every time I wash my dry suit, a little water does make it in the suit. The inside boot sole is material, so it never quite dries up (I am not talking wet, just damp). I was thinking of using desiccating salts (the type they put in new electronics or hand bags prior to purchase)to avoid the formation of moistures. Do you think this would be safe (for the suit)? Also, should I be washing or dry cleaning the under garment?
Thanks for your help!
Good questions. Often you'll get dampness from perspiration and possibly a little seepage from the seals. I haven't heard of anybody using the salts; but usually many people pick up one of those inexpensive boot dryers to get some circulation in there. Someday I'll post a drysuit rack and dryer I've built.
I wash my undergarments with a mild laundry soap about once every 3-4 dives or if it gets wet with salt water. About every 5 washings I'll apply a fleece waterproofing I get from Seattle Fabrics. I suppose you could dry-clean and not worry about the waterproofing if the process leaves the waterproofing.

Monday, June 25, 2007

Opening the Skooba Spot Bog

Hey Divers,
Time to get online. I've been procrastinating putting up a website for too long; now I just decided to put up a blog instead. If I get time later I'll post a real site.
I think the main reason for starting here is to provide a way for past students and divers to share events, ideas and adventures. I'll be talking about future classes, dives and trips; and hope others will as well. I don't plan of getting overly formal with it; but want a place to post thoughts.

Ken Pfau
PADI IDC Staff Instructor
DSAT Tec/Deeep Instructor

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