Aquarium of the Pacific
Long Beach, California
Another 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 in demonstrating Classic Equipment Diving in the Aquarium of the Pacific.
It was a special privilege to dive in the Aquarium of the Pacific, and 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 this time.
Equipment dived included Heavy Dress (Hard Hat), Open Circuit, and Closed Circuit gear.
(Pre dive staging of gear. Jane washing off helmets, as all gear and people get a hosing before entering the tank.)
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.
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 though not seen, a set of Twin Yellow Tanks.
Dave preparing to take the plunge with the Triple's.
The bubble free divers were using both Closed Circuit Oxygen Rebreathers, and Close 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 images from the Tropical Habitat:
CEDU Detachment in Tropical Tank: Bob, Jane and Eric.
FEOR Light meets PRISM Topaz
Dr. Bob's Field Expedient Oxygen Rebreather Light
Peter Ready's Incredible Steam Machine Topaz.
(It was another great rebreather experience.)
Some images from Blue Cavern Habitat:
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.)
Some of the Critters in Blue Cavern.
Swimming Leopard Shark (Triakis semifasciata)
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.
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).