Assembling my gear is relatively easy and I usually just watch a youtube video as a refresher. The thing that gets me every time is which way the yoke faces. The knob is on my right side and O-ring faces the diver. Attaching my regulator leaves my gauge and primary regulator on my right side and my BCD hose on my left side.
The Aeris 300XT has lots of bells and whistles, but my primary usage is turning it on and monitoring my dive time, max depth and water temperature.
SURF MAIN - Surface Interval or time since activation, dive number, operating mode (normal or technical)
ALT 1 - Max Depth, elapsed dive time
ALT 2 - Time of Day, temperature, altitude level
ALT 3 - Only if Nitrox
FLY/DESAT - Fly Time / Desat Time
PLAN - Complicated
LOG - Last 24 Dives
SET - Set Operating Mode, Gas, Alarm, Utilities, Time
HIST - History
History 1: 56 hours, 27 dives
History 2: 88 feet max depth, 9:59 longest dive time?
History 3: 61 degrees F lowest temperature at Altitude L2
ID - SN Identification
R1B (Firmware Level)
01139 (Serial Number)
Enters Power Saver Mode after 10 minutes of no button clicks
B - BCD / Buoyancy -straps straight, inflator/deflator functions
W - Weight - do you have enough, where
R - Releases - tank strap, BC shoulder and chest strap
A - Air - Turned on, full tank, breath primary and secondary
F - Head to Toe check
I like to dive clockwise around the lake. I usually do not hit PADI depth, but cruise around 11-12 feet just above thermocline. If I am leading, keep on my right hand side. If you are leading, I would prefer to be behind you. I brought a buddy cord if visibility is poor. Hand signals - down, up, OK, somethings wrong, swim, direction. If we get separated, look around for a little bit and then surface. Let me know if you hit half tank with "T" hand signal. I prefer a slow but steady pace and plan on it taking around 45-50 minutes.
I have considered getting a wrist computer for traveling. Then I could leave my regulator at home and just travel with my mask, snorkel, fins and computer. Currently I travel with only mask and regulator, but since switching to a Safe Second Inflator, I would have to bring my BCD along to have a secondary air supply
Coral Key 4th of July SCUBA Bash
I had a fun dive with Coral Key and won an Akona Commuter Backpack
This is not just a color upgrade! This new laptop bag is a standout among the sea of laptop bags. The new Akona Commuter is unlike any other laptop bag with features only seen in the most expensive laptop bags on the market. And now with the dive flag to represent! The Akona Commuter Backpack is the perfect everyday pack for the person who needs everything with them at-all-times. Bag is designed for the ultimate organization with a front pocket with vertical file organizer that closes with a nylon coil zipper and dual #5 sliders and pulls. Large center storage area that closes with a heavy-duty nylon coil zipper pulled together with dual #10 sliders and pulls and an airline ticket sleeve for convenient travel.
If that's not enough Akona just got started! Backpack also has a power cord and mouse storage, four (Count them) large exterior pockets, fleece lined top audio compartment with headphone exit port which features a reversed weatherproof nylon coil zipper. side and bottom compartments and a back mount zippered compartment for your laptop. The interior is lined with 210-nylon with single polyurethane (PU) coating for added protection.
Handling this backpack is easy-and-comfortable with the padded neoprene top grab handle that is designed as a part of the shoulder strap system providing convenience-and-superior strength a vertical sliding sternum strap provides extra-support and will fit any size torso. The Commuter Backpack measures 19" x 15" x 10" (48.3cm x 38cm x 25.4cm) with a volume of 2,850 cubic inches (46.7 liters) and weighs about 32 oz. (907g) when empty.
$62.95 at Leisure Pro; $80 at Coral Key Scuba and Travel