Last year an aluminum stand for the O2ptima was available through a third party in limited supply. It was very expensive on the open market so I didn’t look into it. Things changed when I taught the stand’s designer CCR Cave and we talked about the stand. He has made some changes and we now have the Sisco Aluminum Stand for the O2ptima. It’s all aluminum and the foot is adjustable from aluminum 13s to steel 27s and even the longer aluminum 19s. It’s rugged. I have been field testing it for over a month and talked to the people who bought the first ten he produced. Everyone is very happy with it. We launched a new video last week showing all the new features of the O2ptima and we immediately sold through our initial supply of these stands. You can get them direct through Dive Rite. DRT-49-STAND. $225.00
We are producing a new run of O2ptima jackets at the end of September so now is the time for a customized jacket. Get your name or a design or both. The factory has a few stock designs or if you are an artist – go for it and we can digitize your artwork. All stock designs can be seen in the PDF file in DOWNLOADS next to the O2ptima description. Order these from us at firstname.lastname@example.org DRT-54-COVER. $150.00
I’ve been away from my blog this past month, busy with diving. First a trip to Russia to do some training, then mini lobster season in the Florida Keys. I just returned from an attempted dive on the Monitor and jumped back into a cave exploration project locally. Now I am scheduling a trip to Australia to teach an O2ptima rebreather course.
As for the Monitor trip, I was 230-feet away from the wreck, standing on the deck of our dive boat in full gear just waiting for the boat to swing around so I could jump. My dive buddies, Pete and Vince, were right behind me. The wind caught the boat and the down line fouled in the screws. The dive was aborted and the next 90 minutes were spent getting it taken care of as the winds picked up to take our only window of opportunity away from us. We didn’t even leave the dock the first two days because it was blowing. We tried to go out again the following day, but it got more rough and windy as we approached the sight. I was concerned the NOAA representative would be upset and not give us another chance but he smiled an informed us that all the past Monitor expeditions only had a 40% success rate in the “Graveyard of the Atlantic”. A famous comedian once said “That was a valuable piece of information to have”… so we are planning again for next year.
This field activity keeps me motivated: watching how people use and misuse our gear. Plus it keeps our team at headquarters happy to have me out of the office:). I’m not sure what other dive companies are doing, but we are moving forward on a number of fronts. Stay tuned to the website for upcoming product releases and new programs. We love the dive business because we are divers, not because it’s a living. This year marks our 25th anniversary. I feel very fortunate to be able to do what I love.