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I've come across YD very recently and I've enjoyed trawling through all the threads etc. Time to be civil and introduce myself:

I'm 39 years young, married 2 kids, French (oh yes nobody's purrfect), and my No2 hobby is track racing a tweeked up clio... This is starting to sound like a lonely hearts ad!! Aaanyway, been living in the UK (London) for 21 years for my sins, kids born here and I now support English teams vs. France. So you may classify me as "utterly confused".

Onto diving: I was a "late starter" and began diving in 1998. Qualifications wise I have a CMAS *** and I was 95% through my PADI DM when I decided I couldn't be bothered with it (maybe down to the amount of slave work..). So my "top" PADI qual is rescue. I dive throughout the year in the Med when I can escape, mostly Corsica where we have a small place, and enjoy pristine deep WWII wrecks. I also "do" the Red Sea etc to overcome winter blues. I have recently started diving in the UK (2 years). Some inland dives, but I only seem to enjoy sea dives, and my objectives are to gradually work my way up to a Trimix qualification in order to safely "do" my beloved deep wrecks in the med. So, I'm a recent convert to Nitrox + a twinset, heavy undersuits etc. I'm pretty handy in my "Med-gear" configuration, but a novice when diving looking like an astronaut! Although I hope to catch up rapidly and at least "look" (read bluff) as proficient/cool here as I do in the Med...I am a complete sucker for all techno-dive-stuff but then most of you are.

So.. I am looking for like minded people to go diving throughout the year (at least once a month during the winter). When I feel confident with my twinset etc, I plan to dive the Farnes, Scapa and pretty much anything else you reckon I should.

Voila, thanks for your patience reading this, but I felt I might as well introduce myself properly!

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Hey FrogKick (so no irony in the name there then?  
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You are indeed welcome to YD and, by the looks of it, very much amongst friends when it comes to your style of and aspirations in diving. Please feel free to get in amongst it mate and if we can help, we will, just ask.

Oh, and if you need a buddy (inland or sea), then just post in the 'Need a Buddy' section or invite yourself on any of the posted dives you see in 'Planned Dives' - failing that, organise a dive yourself and invite us along! We're at the Farnes, Anglesey, Oban, Mull and St Abbs quite regularly (along with our cousins from 'Darn Sarf's' dive schedule), and it looks like there will now be trips to Scapa in the offing too, so fill yer boots!!

See ya soon!

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Thanks for the warm welcome . Bren I'll check out the dive/buddy section. Dave congratulate your G'friend on her French. I still need to sort myself an avatar and other details.

I look forward to participating to the forum and general mucking about!

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Quote[/b] (frogkick @ Nov. 06 2003,17:46)]... I now support English teams vs. France. So you may classify me as "utterly confused"...
Support Arsenal, support both countries  


Welcome to YD messiuer FrogKick, along with all the jolly banter that goes with it.

Coming to the show?

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Frogkick

Welcome, we dive out of Dover, feel free to join us, lots of wrecks around 25-35m. We used to have a French lady in our club but she moved jobs and only guests with us now, so we are used to funny Galic habits (3m stops?).

I start working in France after Xmas but will not under any circumstances be supporting France or Arsenal.  


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Support Arsenal, yes maybe. I meant supporting "England" vs "France" at football, Rugby etc etc. I do watch arsenal though! I won't be coming up to the show because I'm "buying" brownie points with my missus (one weekend of bonding with the family roughly equals one weekend diving, so look at it as an investment!)

Offer of diving from Dover sounds good. I drew a straight line between London and the nearest coastline and it looks like Littlehampton, Selsey, etc mind you a zap down the M3 to Portland etc is prob just as fast. Any recommendations for lift or ladder equipped boats/clubs down there during the winter?

Paul, I'll check out your website. Galic Habits, hmm, I end up doing stops according to whatever dive plan we're diving, but I usually err on the safe side when it comes to stops etc. Reading up on deeper stops etc.

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Quote[/b] (frogkick @ Nov. 07 2003,12:45)]... mind you a zap down the M3 to Portland etc is prob just as fast. Any recommendations for lift or ladder equipped boats/clubs down there during the winter?
Paul ? who runs 'Dive Time' out of Weymouth is very good when it comes to discussing potential sites with those who don't know what is around.

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Ahh, she had some French tables (Not sure of origins) but had 3m stops on Air featuring a lot. She swears by them as she felt a lot better after a dive with a 3m stop.

I used to feel better as well but that was proberably more to do with her Bikini top and the movement of our Rhib on the drive back.

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She was probably using French Navy tables which we tend to use in France. They're called MN90 - stands for Marine Nationale 1990 - a bit like BSAC88 tables. They give you deco stops at 12/9/6/3 as appropriate etc. I had an IPAQ until recently when some **%%$$ stole it. I was planning to download and familiarise with decoplanner and gradually let go of my trusted Aladin pro Ultra and rely simply on a bottom timer + plan. Has anybody recently made that transition and can offer some advice? I have an old banged-up IBM thinkpad which I may clean up and use solely for that purpose.

re the Bikini comment, she must have been a very brave diver to dive the channel in a bikini, or she was just trying to please..

I need to get hooked up with regular divers on the South Coast who use twinsets, and a boat equipped with a good ladder or a lift. Any tips would be most welcome!

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Dive Eclipse is based in Selsey and does regular trips for various levels from novice  - 35m range (and beyond for groups). Look at www.dive-eclipse.co.uk.

Comes with hot coffee and a toilet for the ladies!

Their dive season has ended though...
 

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She was not diving in a bikini, club semi, but as we dive 2 waves and i generally take the inexperienced divers in early, we sometimes get a bit of lazing around time before they all return.


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Quote[/b] ]I need to get hooked up with regular divers on the South Coast who use twinsets, and a boat equipped with a good ladder or a lift. Any tips would be most welcome!
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Hi frog, & welcome to YD

I too am the same as Paul, and based in Dover, diving every weekend i can or driving boats.



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Dover's ratcheting up the desirability scale!! Already two of you diving regularly there. So far no takers from the South Coast for winter diving. The search continues..

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Hi Frogkick welcome to the mad bad world of yd.

Glad to see you'll be supporting the 2003 Rugby World champions (soon to be crowned) against them over the water on Sunday.

You could teach Peter K a thing or two, he's a jock who won't suport us.

For weekend diving till the end of the year try this link.Nauticat, Brighton

He has spaces on his weekend dives, its a good boat (unfortunatley no lift yet) and a great skipper.

l'm hoping to be on at least 2 of them, starting with this Saturday.
 

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Hi D-dude, Nauticat is an excellent recommendation, and the dives sound interesting. That ladder looks twinset-friendly too!
 
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