Shhh the days of Jack Browns too conjure up old memories. The only thing I have left of my Jack Brown is the valve. For some reason the darned mask melted. Something in my gear box didn't agree with the rubber. But it sure fused together. Don't know what happened to it. So I salvaged the valve and tossed the rest.
Hey Rolf how are ya? That's me too in the heavy gear I worked for 8 months straight in heavy dress. Your right about certain jobs make that mode of diving gear better especially welding and burning for long periods of time. I did countless days 8 - 10. And some days 12 hours in water. I wore my street clothes a pullover sweater and even kepty wallet in my jeans. Just drop down to depth, blow the suit off and go to work. If it's weighted down really heavy it's just like standing in an enclosed platform. I use to call that dress "my apartment. I use to tell the tenders to tape a jelly sandwich to the inside of the helment and I wouldn't need to come up. Um we never did but other than taking a piss break or scoffing a hamberger down I was just as comfortable down there as on top side so it made no difference to me. But they are fun to work in. He'll I've done flips in them lol. Dale
Hi Rolf, When I started diving I was trained on the Jack Brown/Desco mask and MKV only. I have used heavy gear for mostly inland construction work, anywhere where I would be subject to staying in position for long periods-burning, directing crane drops, etc. or in tideways or ocean swell in shallow (60 fsw) water where I want to stay warm & dry, up until 4 or 5 years ago. (my last inland work) As bandmasks and fibreglass helmets came along they proved to be the only practical gear for mixed gas bellwork etc. Still alot of old hands prefer heavy gear for the reasons mentioned above.
Hello Rolf. Thanks for the add. what kind of company/work do you do? My name is michael and i attend the Divers Institute of Technology in Seattle, Washington USA. I graduate in march of 2010 and am prospecting jobs now. I am very interested in working internationaly and would like to know what kind of work you are in.
Hey Rolf! That is a picture of my supervisor diving his standard Yokohama gear. We were diving that dress on the Port of Los Angeles contract repairing the docks and doing pile work. I don't believe there is any advantage to that gear, I just think they have always dove it. Take care Rolf.
Actually, I have some photos, but not to much. Ok, I will try finding these photos…. Yes, I am in Facebook, sometimes….. Of cause, we can exchanges info about this theme! About whose phone model you ask?