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65. Wet Notes updates Dutch Springs developments, Shearwater SWIFT and more plus Sea Hunt It’s Still Alive – Proof of Guilt

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The owner and operator of Dutch Springs since 1980, Stuart Schooley has decided to retire and I congratulate him on this well deserved milestone. Stu is selling Dutch Springs to a Texas developer who plans to create a 300,000 square foot warehouse facility on the property. This development will rest
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The owner and operator of Dutch Springs since 1980, Stuart Schooley has decided to retire and I congratulate him on this well deserved milestone. Stu is selling Dutch Springs to a Texas developer who plans to create a 300,000 square foot warehouse facility on the property. This development will restrict access to the quarry and with that it looks like Dutch Springs will close at the end of the 2021 season. This is extremely sad news for the northeast diving community. So many dive shops like Scuba Shack have made Dutch Springs an integral part of their diving culture. Very sad and disappointing news.

Shearwater just announced a new wireless pressure transmitter. It is called SWIFT. The SWIFT is said to maintain a highly reliable connection to the dive computer and it apparently listens for other transmitters and only communicates when the channel is clear. The SWIFT is backward compatible with all existing Shearwater air integrated enabled computers. You just have to do a firmware upgrade. With this firmware upgrade you will be able to monitor up to 4 SWIFT transmitters on your Shearwater. It looks like it will retail for $395 US.

On this installment of Sea Hunt It's Still Alive, we go back to season 2 episode 33 - Proof of Guilt. This episode premiered 62 years ago on August 16, 1959. In this episode Mike is in the Hawaiian Islands testing underwater film and television cameras. His underwater cameras are needed by the owner of a private island, Sandy who grows cultured pearls. It seems that thieves are stealing the pearls but Sandy needs proof. That is where Mike's cameras come in. Mike agrees to help Sandy and as you can guess there's trouble ahead. It's three against one during these underwater fight scenes. Mike and the Honolulu police prevail and Mike gets a well deserved vacation with Sandy on this mythical Hawaiian Island.
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And finally here on wet notes is some news from shearwater. They just announced that they have a new wireless pressure transmitter, it's called Swift. I absolutely love my shearwater predicts a I I have found it to be highly reliable and absolutely dead on when comparing it to my spg. Like everything related to technology, there is always room for improvement and innovation. The Swift is said to maintain a highly reliable connection to the dive computer and it apparently listens for other transmitters and only communicates when the channel is clear, the Swift is backward compatible with all existing shearwater air integrated computers and all you have to do is do a firmware upgrade. Now with this firmware upgrade, you will be able to Monitor up to four swift transmitters on your shearwater. One neat feature is that they are calling calling this. There are no, no tool design. That means you don't have to have that thin wrench to properly secure it to the first stage. The ergonomics of the transmitter case allow you to hand tighten it to the HP part. There is also an LED indicator on the transmitter to indicate that everything is working properly as you set up and check out your gear according to the price List. I got the shearwater swift transmitter retails for $395 us. That's pretty much in line with other brands. Not sure if I need to upgrade at this point, but if you are getting your first ai shearwater, this seems like the way to go
Yeah, mm. Mhm. It's time for another installment of sea hunt. It's still alive here on scuba shack radio And this time we are headed back to season two for episode 33 titled Proof of Guilt Which premiered exactly 62 years ago today on August 16 1959. In this episode, Mike is in the Hawaiian Islands where he's working for a manufacturing company testing out underwater motion picture and television cameras. In the opening scene, he is diving with a huge film camera. The plankton is up cutting the visibility but is also bringing in fish and the man eating sharks. We see a number of white tips circling and they're getting closer and closer. As mike sees their cold eyes. They're getting too close for comfort. So Mike decides to head to the shallows. When he gets to the pier, he sees a note under water on the slate that says come up, Mike tells us that there is greater threats up there than the sharks. When he gets out of the water, Mike is met by Lieutenant Dave cal cal koa of the Honolulu Police department. He asked why the note. While Dave says it wasn't from him. The camera moves to a woman who says it was from her. Her name is Sandra Otani or Sandy. She says she put the note down there, you see she owns Now luna island where she grows cultured pearls offshore. Someone is stealing her pearls and she needs Mix Mix help and his cameras to get the evidence that Dave needs to arrest them, might tell Sandy that he won't give her the camera as they only go with him. Sandy smiles and tell Mix that she wants him to go with the cameras. That might. There's a smooth operator. The scene now shifts to the beach on Sandy's island where both Sandy and Mike are gearing up to do a shore dive out to the pearl beds. Sandy shows mike the pearl beds and is getting angry underwater as she finds the broken oyster shells as they are walking out of the water might tell Sandy that it is the perfect place for a scuba. Hit and run. Sandy tells Mike that some of the pearls have been growing for 30 years. Mike ask her exactly how they cultivate the pearls. Sandy says that it's a secret that came with her father from Japan, but since they won't, but since she won't tell them the secret, she'll make it up to them with the best dinner he ever had now the next morning, Mike is ready to set a trap for the pearl robbers. He's hiding in the rocks with a pair of binoculars in his full scuba rig, looking for any suspicious activity. He spots a boat but he doesn't see the divers go into the water on the other side of the boat. He does, however, see their bubbles and heads out with his camera to catch them in the act at the pearl beds. Mike hides behind a rock with the cameras. The divers approach as they start to rob the beds. Mike starts to film, but he gets careless, He says, the sound of the camera alerts the divers. one of the bad guys circles around and surprises Mike, they get into a fight. The other bad guy grabbed the camera and pulls out the film. Now while the underwater fight is going on, Sandy was watching from the beach and she suspects trouble and is racing to the pearl beds with her boat. The bad guys rip mix regulator out of his mouth. But as they are scared off by the sound of Sandy's boat, mike is left helpless miraculously. Mike doesn't drowned. He recovers and we see some eagle rays in the background as he heads to the surface, he's blowing bubbles all the way up. We now see the camera resting on the bottom. Mike struggles back on the boat. I was gasping for air. A Sandy asked him if he is all right. In the next scene now we see mike lying on a chair. Sandy's giving him to tea some tea. He says he doesn't want anymore and starts to work on a plan to catch the bad guys with Lieutenant Dave. Sandy says she wants to let them have the pearls because they're not worth Mike's life. But Mike says it's not about the pearls anymore. It's a personal grudge. He needs Dave's help to put them on tv. Now. Mike is going to use the underwater television camera to catch the thieves. He shows Dave how it's going to work as he pans across the island. Just then, Mike points the camera towards Dave and Sandy. Dave says, hey look at the prettiest girl in Na liu island as Sandy strikes a pose for the camera and she says she's the only girl on Malula island. As Mike looks to take off underwater, Sandy gives him a big kiss for luck and Mike says he's never had any better luck back underwater with the Tv camera, Mic is waiting for all three villains as they are now jumping in the water to still the pearls but this time one of them has a speargun. Mike has the tv camera pointed at the pearl beds but there's a problem. The bad guys are coming from the wrong direction and they're not on tv. The ambush Mike whose only hope is to move, maneuver them into the frame of the camera. Chaos prevails as they fight and slash at one another. Finally, Mike gets them to the pearl beds, the spear gun is fired and strikes the bed, fortunately Sandy is watching and as and she yells to Dave look at this cast off. Now the cops are headed to the fight. During the fight, Mike's left arm is slashed but he continues fighting, pulling the regulator out of one of the bad guy's mouth. Just then he sees the two Hawaiian police officers free diving in there swimming trucks and says they look like angels with the odds. Now even justice prevails and the bad guys lose again. In the final scene near back on the shore of Nilou island, Mike's arm is bandaged and Dave asks him if he needs a ride back to Honolulu. Sandy tells Dave that Mike is going to be on vacation. Dave says to Sandy, nobody likes a cop. Sandy says she will give him the best testimonial, but also gives Mike another big kiss to which Mike replies, that is the best testimonial in my life. No, I'm not exactly sure where this episode was filmed for the topside scene, but it sure does look like Hawaii. However, you never know when it comes to television or the movies. The part of Sandy was played by Nobu McCarthy and Kendrick played Lieutenant Dave Alcala And here's one final interesting tidbit. This episode was remade in the 1987 version of Sea Hunt and it was titled Pearl Beds. And just so you know, I'm still trying to get my hands on that 1987 series with Ronnie Lee. Maybe someday
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