a few nights ago i met nailer at alki and we had planned to do cove 2- cove 3 boundary line. we usually do this dive when things get a little boring around the i-beams. we kitted up and as we were headed towards the water i like to turn my can light on to see the where im going, sure enough it wont fire!!!. i tell josh this, lay my stage bottle down, take off my dry gloves and un do the can off my belt. i get the lid off thinking i probably didnt connect the pack to the light head but it was hooked up and my heart sank a bit. I then toggled the switch a few times hoping it was a bad connector and nothing, so i fidget with the connector and it came to life but only for a second or so. I knew then it was toast and i was pissed, josh was standing there his megaladon ready to roll and i really needed a nice long dive to relax, so i just pulled out my salvo back up and said to my self " f##k it " im going diving.
we made alternate plans in case vis was really poor and we werent comfortable with the light situation. we get in the water only for josh to flood his left glove comlpletely!! we then get that squared out and finally get underneath the water. we hit about 90fsw and looked at each other to see if we were going to continue the boundary line, we each gave a ok and off we went. i must say the salvo back up is a killer light for the money, i know princeton tech makes this piece for them. and i would buy one for your buddy as a x-mas gift.
so if you dont carry a back up or you have one on your harness that you havent touched in months its a good idea to start it every dive. it saved us from bagging the dive and hitting the bar. ( we did that after anyway)
so what back ups are you all carrying?? this night got me to thinking about upping to the rat from salvo as a new back up.