SAVE MY HAIR!

Posted: May 10, 2013 in Uncategorized

I know I`m not the only girl with long hair that looks like a fucking Amy Winehouse look-a-like after diving. Before I went pro, there was no problem… But after 11 months in tropical saltwater, my hairdresser back home in Norway would probably kill me for how I have been treaten my hair. Big, lumpy bird-nest in the back go my head is typical after a dive. Big fight with conditioner and hairbrush – and tons of hair pulled out every day is not unusual shower-routine these days.

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Was Amy Winehouse a diver…? Photocred: Google/Scanpix

I have been looking for tip how to prevent this from happening. “Put conditioner in before you dive”, “Braids!!” and leave-in conditioner it many of the tip I`ve got. “Cut your hair off!” was spanish instructor on Maldives, Ana C`s,  best tip, but not everyone looks as good as Ana does with short hair.
But then I tried this thing Vero (Instructor in Fiji) gave me. AND IT WORKS!

WHY? If you go diving and your hair is dry, your hair absorbs the salty sea water and when it dries out again, it is dried into a big lump of hair tugged together like a huge dread. Its horrible. And when everyone else is just taking a quick freshwater-shower and ends up in the bar for a debrief/beer/mingle/off-gassing, I`m stuck arguing with my hairbrush and a big bottle of cheap conditioner for the rest of the night.

TRY THIS!: Before you go diving, soak your hair in freshwater. Make the freshwater fully saturate your hair. Your hair is then so soaked/saturated that its impossible for the saltwater to “get inside” your hair and make it greesy and tangled. Use some leave-in conditioner aswell, and braid it if you want. A French plait works very well because it’s smoother on the back of your head which doesn’t affect your mask strap or hoodie as much as a bumpy pony tail or normal plait does. So, the freshwater already soaked in your hair, will keep saltwater away! Its that easy!!

After diving, jump in the shower – rinse it well with freshwater and unplait it. And your hair is actually smooth and not entangled at all, it really works!

Problem solved! Go dive, pink divers! :-)

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An Open Water-student asked this question to her instructor during the course. This was after talking about pressure, decompression, lung expansion and bubbles in a divers blood, and the instructor had just completed the “this-is-what-happens-when-you-take-a-bottle-filled-with-air-down-to-twenty-meters”-skill.

The instructor was a bit overwhelmed by the question, but was quick thinking, and replied; “Well, I guess your implants doesn’t contain air, so I`ll guess you`ll be fine!”

But was he right? Well, kinda.

DAN (Divers Alert Network) was kindly enough to answer some of Pink Divers questions online.

Dr. Richard Vann, Vice President of Research at DAN, says that implants were placed in the Duke University Medical Center hyperbaric chamber. However, the study did not simulate the implant in human tissue, though. Three types were tested: Silicone, saline, and silicone-saline-filled. (Saline implants are silicone shells filled with a sterile saline water, or salt water. Silicone breast implants are filled with a silicone gel.) In this experiment, the researchers simulated various depth/time profiles of recreational scuba diving.
Here’s what they found:implantprofiles1
There was an insignificant increase in bubble size (one to four percent) in both saline and silicone gel implants, depending on the depth and duration of the dive. The least volume change occurred in the saline-filled implant, because nitrogen is less soluble in saline than silicone.
The silicone-saline-filled type showed the greatest volume change. Bubble formation in implants led to a small volume increase, which is not likely to damage the implants or surrounding tissue. If gas bubbles do form in the implant, they resolve over time.
REMEMBER! Breast implants filled with saline are neutrally buoyant. Silicone implants are heavier than water, however, and they may alter buoyancy and attitude (trim) in the water, particularly if the implants are large. Appropriate training and appropriate adjustment of weights help overcome these difficulties.
Ok, enough of the medical-talk. We needed some first-hand information on this subject and contacted some diver girls who have breast implants. Patty and Pippi are both instructors and have done around 1800 dives each.

-It`s not the silicone that is the real problem, says Patty. She got 330g x 2 silicone implants.
-But having big boobs, and trying to fit nicely into a BCD, that makes it hard having big boobs!
She had her implants before she got into diving, and asked her doctor for advice.
-He told me he wasn`t really sure, but said that as long as it didn’t hurt or I felt any pain during diving, I should be fine.

-I remember I wanted to ask my instructor, but I was a bit shy so I didn’t… says Pippi.
-But later I asked some of the girls who were diving pro and had implants, if they knew. Pippi has 220g x 2 implants.
-They told me about this girl at another diveshop that did a Deep Speciality course (40 m) and one of her boob exploded on their way up because of air expansion. This was not true though, but of course hearing these stories are confusing! says Pippi.
Patty is also telling us that she have to rearrange som of the weights aswell. Best way of compensate the fact that she has 660 gram extra weight on her chest, is easily done by putting some weights at the bottom of the tank.

Would you recommend dive girls to not get implants, then?
-Hell, no! Talk to your doctor or your instructor, don’t stop diving just because you have implants! As long as you are comfortable with them it shouldn`t stop you from diving! And don’t listen to people who tells you stories about exploding boobs, it’s not true!

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According to studies, the woman with the world record in biggest boobs, can dive. Her biggest (!) problem will probably be the buoyancy-skills..

“Pippi” and “Patty” wanted to be anonymous.

 

 Guestblogger: Alina
Divemaster at DiveConsepts in Tulamben/Bali
 
(This article was originally posted on her blog, July 2012)

 

You might have heard these jokes about divers taking torches on every dive, even during the day, and how silly that is. Well, for me it was never silly to bring a torch during daylight as you can point out small fish much easier but, to be honest, I never thought this small torch would ever be so important and survival.

 But let me start from the beginning.
A group of 12 divers left Tulamben/Bali early in the morning, all excited about the three wonderful dives we were about to do that day on our Nusa Penida Daytrip.
There was one Instructor and me, the Divemaster in charge, on the boat.  Our fist dive was at Manta Point, where we saw about eleven or twelve Manta Rays! Even though the water was freezing cold (about 22 degrees) we had the dive of our lives seeing these wonderful, massive but graceful creatures. I’ve never seen anything like that and we all ended our dive with huge smiles on our faces.
The second dive of the day we did at Crystal Bay, where the waters are indeed crystal clear and the currents can get quite dangerous but one has a really good chance seeing a Mola Mola (also called Moonfish) which we didn’t. We had an amazing dive anyway with moderate currents and loads of pretty fish and corals.
 
After lunch, which we had on the boat, and a nap it was time for the last dive – a drift dive.
It was my first time ever doing a drift dive and I was very excited about it.
We had good conditions for the dive and our Instructor told us the water would be much warmer than during our first dives which made some of the divers decide to wear only a short wetsuit instead of a long and a short one.
The water temperature was indeed 27 degrees and the drift dive was like being on a highway. One could see on the faces of the divers how much fun everyone had. Most of them were laughing so much that they were running out of air quickly and I ended the dive with seven divers after 35 minutes doing the safety stop. I could still see all the corals underneath me and I sent the Surface Marker Buoy up for the boat to see us and pick us up.
But when we emerged there was no boat in sight. I was waving with the buoy, waiting for our boat to see us and pick us up but there was no boat. The surface was already quite rocky with waves about half a meter high and it was hard to see anything. We started building a line, holding hands, trying to kick towards the shore (which was still in sight).
 
After about 30 Minutes we could hear a boat’s engine but it was far away and didn’t look at all like our boat. We decided to dump our weight belts and started whistling and shouting, waving our hands and the buoy. Suddenly a boat showed up and we were trying to get the crews attention but it seemed they didn’t see us. That was the last boat we saw for hours. Half an hour before sunset I decided to dump the tanks as it would be too dangerous to dump them at night and it made it much easier floating and kicking.
 
Hours later we were still holding on to each other kicking towards the island, twenty hard kicks and twenty slow kicks, trying to fight the current which was building up. We saw a beautiful sunset and an amazing moonrise and a lot of fluorescence plankton and jellyfish (which stung a little bit but nobody got seriously hurt).
As soon as it got dark I started to sign SOS with my torch which I luckily had with me (as I had every dive ever since I got it) every few minutes.
 
Eventually we were out of energy from kicking all the time fighting the current, but it kept as warm so we tried to keep kicking our legs to fight the cold, still holding on to each other. I think I’ve never felt so cold in my life. After being in the water for almost 5 hours we gave up fighting the current. We just held each other, kicking our legs gently, asking everyone every few minutes if they were still awake. About two hours later we saw the lights of a boat and we started shouting and whistling and I gave light signs like crazy with my torch. Suddenly the waves and current were building up again twisting and twirling us around, waves breaking over our heads, which made it hard for us to see the boat. Half an hour we were wondering whether the crew on the boat saw us or not but we didn’t give up, shouting our souls out, shining SOS in the boats direction.
I felt like dreaming when I realized that the crew saw us giving light signs back to us.
As soon as the boat was close enough they threw a rope where we could hold on to and they pulled us up on board. I was just falling on the floor, totally exhausted, shivering like crazy but I have never been so happy to see anyone in my entire life. These 10 fishermen will always be my heroes!
They helped us out of our BCD’s, provided blankets, towels, sarong, jackets and whatever they could find to keep us warm, hot tea with lots of sugar, noodles and biscuits.
It took another 4 hours until we reached the harbor close to Sanur/Bali, where we were picked up by our instructor.
 
The fishing crew told us that they couldn’t see us, they couldn’t hear us but they saw the lights of my torch.This is why a small torch saved the lives of 8 people.
 
I am so happy that nobody got lost or injured.
After 8 ½ hours in the water we only got a few blisters and some jellyfish stings. I don’t even want to imagine what could have happened.For now, I’m only happy we survived this accident.
 
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(Over: Alinas torch, that saved her life.)
 
 
 

Deep inside her…

Posted: April 11, 2013 in Uncategorized

Wrecks. This human made “thing” in a kinda wrong setting, sometimes scares the shit out of me. I did a dive in Oslo once, completely dark and freezing cold water. In a drysuit I wasn`t very comfortable with. I had my small torch in front of me and was following my buddy. We knew it was supposed to be a wreck down there at 30+ meters, but it was so dark that I got a little disoriented and started breathing heavily. (Not a good thing if you wanna keep the narcosis under control!) My boyfriend signaled me and told me “We have the depth, now its time to search!” and all of a sudden – from out of nothing, the whole wreck showed itself right in front of me. I don’t know if it was narcosis or adrenalin, but I`m pretty sure my boyfriend could SEE my heartbeat through the thick neoprene drysuit. And that second, I got hooked!

I have done some wrecks already. Airplanes, cars, and of course shipwrecks. Have you ever wondered why ships and boats are named after a girl or a woman? Some says that in the 1600s, kings used to name their ships after their mistresses and girlfriends to show that they loved them without having to give it away. Another theory that boats are called “she” is because they are traditionally given female names, typically the name of an important woman in the life of the boat’s owner, such as his mother. It has also been surmised that all ships were once dedicated to goddesses, and later to important mortal women when belief in goddesses waned. Interestingly, although male captains and sailors historically attributed the spirit of a having a female figure to their ships, actual women were considered very bad luck at sea. Hah!

When I was in Tulamben/Bali late 2012, I dove the USAT “Liberty”. In world war II, “Liberty” was torpedoed by Japanese submarine while taking cargo of railway parts and rubber from Australia to Philippines. That wreck is rated “top 10 wrecks to dive on” in numerous divemagazines. I have NO idea why. The only interesting I saw on that wreck was a guy with a Poseidon rebreather and some bumpheads during a two hours nightdive. The wreck itself was just a rusty pile of iron, and I guess it works perfect as an artificial reef 60 years after its sinking. On the other hand (so to speak!); 500 meters from USAT “Liberty” we found this great wreck sunken only a month before we dove it. “Relax Bali” they called it. Not yet a famous wreck, so we got it all by ourself! It`s starts at 16 m, and goes down to 33. Perfect for nitrox! You can penetrate the whole wreck aswell! Here`s some pictures of her:

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“As a captain, I`ll go down with the ship!”
(I`ll guess there is an italian captain who would disagree with me, though.)

IF you are diving in Tulamben, and got tired of the famous USAT “Liberty” wreck, Relax Bali-wreck is only 500 meters away. I strongly recommend it!

Other famous shipwrecks you should dive on are of course “Thistegorm” in the Red Sea. My boyfriend made this movie during his video and technical-course with Team Blue Immersion in Dahab/Egypt.

Pink Divers Worldwide would LOVE to hear about your wreckdives. Do you have any wrecks that you would recommend to other divegirls? Please leave a comment!

Or maybe you want to get your wreck-pictures posted here? use our mail: pinkdivers@gmail.com

 

As a very “talky” girl, its pretty hard to communticate properly underwater. I mumble, sing, and scream in my reg all the time. My boyfriend loves the fact that I cant talk underwater, but I found some pretty cool stuff to use underwater – IF you have a buddy who can handle interactions underwater better then my boyfriend.

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My boyfriend`s biggest fear is this fullfacemask with a radio. I would love it, though.

On a budget? Wetnotes, so you still can do some gossip`ing down there… Attention-whore? Get a whistle that works underwater! Are you good with morse-signals? Maybe you can use this torch, then… Even a pointerstick or tankbanger can do the trick. And if you dont wanna get heard, be sure you people can SEE you! I found that pretty, pink SMB on Ebay.         Wanna get it? LINK!

Finally Launched!

Posted: April 10, 2013 in Blogpost
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