By Invitation Only May 12-13

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1969ivan1
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Re: By Invitation Only May 12-13

Fri May 12, 2017 10:58 pm

Well the big day is almost here. I hope you guys post some good pics. It sounds like a lot of UDS 1 systems will be there.

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Sat May 13, 2017 9:02 am

We've got perfect weather. Clear sky's and temps air temps in the 60's. The pond is very clear once you get away from the entry point. It's just beautiful up here!

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Re: By Invitation Only May 12-13

Mon May 15, 2017 10:58 am

- GREAT Slide Show Jim! I didn't know you took all those great pictures. Thanks so much. Such a great weekend needed to be well documented. I've got a few topside photos (see below). Quite a good turn out... I think our dive group just about took up all of the rooms at the motel!
- Classic Fortune Pond Diving at its best. We always rush to check visibility as soon as we arrive... Walk out to the end of the pier and look down... You could see the bottom 40-60 feet down from the pier... That's an excellent first sign.
- Then you look around... Everybody is diving something rare, unique, or just very interesting. Don and Ron had ABS triples from the 1980s. Ron wore a custom "Jaws" wetsuit with turtle neck, zip down, and blue sleeves. Rich had brand new twin 50s with vintage manifolds and bands, even hybrid bands... He dives them semi-vintage with a vest BCD and Phoenix RAM. Tom's tanks were sporting a new paint job. I was diving my usual Twin 38s... The yellow ones and the gray ones... With a Royal Master regulator and a Hot DAAM Cyclone RAM. SwimJim was tech diving the Argonaut. Ron broke out the yellow UDS-1 on Saturday... And that's just the stuff I am remembering off hand. Of course Sea Hunt Jerry was keeping us entertained with one-liners!
- Now into the water... H-H-Holy Cow it's cold at first... Shocking. It actually aches a little on the exposed skin around your mask. A minute later and you gain a little surface numbness and you're fine... Even down below 85 ft where the temperature is 39 degrees. Then the visibility starts to sink in... Especially this week with sunny skies and not a cloud in sight. At 85 ft deep, I left a drop weight on top of a rock and kept swimming. When I looked back to be sure I could find it again, I could see Jill M a good 30 feet behind me and way back in the distance I could still see the rock with my drop weight.
- The mountainous cliff views were beautiful this weekend. I soared over and down the cliff walls, glided along the ridges, and flew high above it all to enjoy the scenery while finishing the dives at shallower depths.
- Thank You... Ron for bringing your compressor and offering to fill everyone's tanks. Thanks to everyone for bringing hot dogs, brats, and buns, etc for lunch... MMM Good!. Thanks Guy for bringing your grill... Thanks thanks Everyone... What a great, fun weekend.
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Re: By Invitation Only May 12-13

Mon May 15, 2017 5:26 pm

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Viz at Fortune? Here's diver well over 100 feet away! Now that's good viz. I would guess that picture was taken about 80 feet down. It was a great weekend. I should have dove more on Saturday instead of leaving. Coming home Sunday would have been a better option. Next time. :D

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Re: By Invitation Only May 12-13

Tue May 16, 2017 11:26 am

My favorite pic from this weekend. My UDS-1 in action with my 1974 US Diver's wetsuit.

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Tue May 16, 2017 1:45 pm

SheriffDiver wrote:My favorite pic from this weekend. My UDS-1 in action with my 1974 US Diver's wetsuit.

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I really like that photo, too*. You guys (Ron and Don) with your UDS-1 and ABS diving systems really made this dive trip special. I congratulate you on restoring this equipment to diving condition and I thank you for bringing them to Fortune Pond so we could see them in action! :)

* Photo by SwimJim... See http://s247.photobucket.com/user/Deepsi ... May%202017
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Re: By Invitation Only May 12-13

Tue May 16, 2017 11:50 pm

1969ivan1 wrote:Well the big day is almost here. I hope you guys post some good pics. It sounds like a lot of UDS 1 systems will be there.

2 U.S. Divers ABS systems were there and 1 U.S. Divers UDS-1 system was there. All were dove.

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Re: By Invitation Only May 12-13

Tue May 16, 2017 11:52 pm

Here are Surflung and Rich doing the Sea Hunt swim towards me. Very clear water in this video.

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Re: By Invitation Only May 12-13

Wed May 17, 2017 12:04 am

UDS-1 in action diving at Fortune Pond May 13, 2017. Wet suit looks exactly like a 1974 US Divers wet suit which was available and used in the Jaws movie.

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Wed May 17, 2017 12:22 am

Diver Don wearing a US Divers ABS triple tank unit:

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Re: By Invitation Only May 12-13

Wed May 31, 2017 3:51 pm

Still photo of my 1974-1976 UDS-1 triple tank system with my custom US Diver's 1974 Wetsuit.

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