Crestline Experimental Dive Unit
spends a day with the
California Classic Equipment Divers
Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach, California
Hard Hat, Rebreather, and Double Hose Day
Hard Hat Diver looking out at the Aquarium Visitors
It was a beautiful Sunday the 17 of March, 2002, that the CEDU accompanied the CCED for a demonstration of Classic Equipment Diving in the Aquarium of the Pacific.
It was a special privilege to dive in the Aquarium of the Pacific, and to demonstrate antique and modern diving gear. Both major tanks in the Aquarium were used. The 65 degree Blue Cavern Habitat saw divers using all three types of gear. The warmer Tropical Pacific Habitat saw classic scuba and rebreather divers only, as it was not set up for the Heavy Dress.
Equipment dived included Heavy Dress (Hard Hat), Open Circuit and Closed Circuit gear.
The Heavy Dress divers used MK V and Desco helmets.
The Classic Open Circuit Scuba systems used Double Hose regulators on single, double and triple tank sets.
The bubble free divers were using both Closed Circuit Oxygen Rebreathers, and Closed Circuit Electronic Controlled Mixed Gas Units.
Three models of closed circuit rebreathers were dived: (1) The Prism Topaz, a very capable and state of the art Mixed Gas Electronic Controlled Rebreather, (2) The FEOR, a depth limited and more simple Manual Controlled Closed Circuit Oxygen Rebreather, and (3) The FEOR Light another Manual Controlled Closed Circuit Oxygen Rebreather, but with an Integrated Partial Pressure Oxygen Sensor and Display which opens the door to deeper depth use.
Some gear may be old, some may be new, and some may have been under construction as we dived, but all gear worked as advertised. It was a wonderful day at the Aquarium of the Pacific. We are all looking forward to next year.
A big Thank You to Pete, and all the other Aquarium staff who made this event possible.
"To Swim Is Human, To Dive Is Sublime"
Rude Dog diving with triple tanks and nothing else....
Pre dive staging of gear.
Jane washing off helmets, as all gear and people get a hosing before entering the tank.)
Mark V Diver
Brad, appearing as a refugee from the Tropical Fish Tank, was our most colorful diver.
Wearing a Blue and Yellow Wetsuit, Red Horsecollar BC, (and not seen), a set of Twin Yellow Tanks.
Jane seen filming some action.
Adam on right is crossing paths with a Black Sea Bass.
Dave preparing to take the plunge with the Triple's.
CEDU Detachment in Tropical Tank: Bob, Jane and Eric.
Peter Ready diving his Prism Topaz
Eric with the FEOR (ExCap)
Dr. Bob with FEOR Light.
Peter frolicking in the tropical fish tank.
Eric and Peter being check out by a Puffer Fish.
Bob and Erick in the Blue Cavern Habitat Tank.
Jane filming diver on left, Rude Dog swimming behind Heavy Dress diver on right.
(Note reflection of Brian's hand in the aquarium glass in right image.)
Swimming Leopard Shark (Triakis semifasciata)
Giant (Black) Sea Bass (Stereolepis gigas)
Shovelnose Guitarfish (Rhinobatos productus)
Some other Critters....
Bat Ray (Myliobatis californica) passing over Erick.
Bob hiding among the faux Giant Kelp (Macrocystis pyrifera)
Some Behind the scenes images:
Next in line, Alan sits at the ready.
On the Roof with Mark, Rude Dog, Alan.
Erick and Rude Dog prepping Dave.
Steam Machines get a table for prepping.
Jocko providing adult supervision.
Pre-plunge, Dave and Erick make final adjustments. Erick pre-breathing the FEOR.
From the outside looking in. Dave and Erick engage the crowd.
A wonderful time was had by all...
See you in the Tank Next Year Boys and Girls.
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1) Photo of whale in the Aquarium of the Pacific, was "lifted" from their web page,
2) All other images used on this page came from my camera(s).