Hi Congrates on the diving quals, diving has been my life and at 50 still dive often, an ex clearance diver(Aust Navy) a Commercial
diver and PADI Dive Master, I have really gotten into underwater video and still digital photos, I have been diving since I was 16 and still amazed at what I see every time I dive.
I like to dive scuba
with a tank on my back as hooker takes up to much room on a Catamaran
, also the current
is constantly pulling on the air line.
I would suggest having scuba cylinders to dive , but when cleaning maintaining boat to use a cylinder with a cheap
foam noodle tied off to it for bouyancy of the cylinder and you can buy a 5m long regulator
, this way you could leave cylinder on boat and access the rudder
prop easily or float the cylinder on the noodle and have plenty of line to clean the boat.
Taking photos and video makes you invinsible while underwater, just try and get a good close up of a shark, as soon as you start swimming towards them for the close up, they think your going to have a go at them so swim off, this even happens with larger sharks, its best to be in that situation with several other divers.
I use a shark shield when doing still shots as I have found myself so engrossed in taking photos that I'm not looking around and watching out whats happening around me, only to find some huge groper a couple of feet away from me, sharks like Tigers will take creatures that are not paying attention like turtles, they then become meals
So the shark sheild is insurance
for me even thou I'm not scared of sharks, I do have plenty of respect for them thou.
Any way I can talk for hours on this subject, so happy diving and cruising.