Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Heavily Modified Equipment

Fingerless Gloves

We learned that diving with "heavily modified" or "improvised" equipment could be dangerous. We should be cautious of people who use heavily modified equipment and we shouldn't encourage people to use it. But I think my adapted gloves are probably OK.

I tried these out in Monterey at the weekend (McAbee Beach, 50F/10C). Didn't feel any colder than normal - not after the first few minutes. It was great to have to dexterity to actually operate clips and camera buttons.

The one thing I might do different next time is limit the modification to thumb and first two fingers. I was very nervous whenever I touched the bottom, or any rocks, that I might get stung, envenomed, grazed, etc.

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