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The Constrictor Knot is useful for tying around powerbands to hold a wishbone knot inside.


Also useful for making shock cords & quick-release plugs.

This knot should be pulled very tight by grasping each tag end with a pair of vice-grips then pulling as hard as you can.

Ends may be trimmed & burnt with a match to prevent unraveling

HOW TO

How To Tie Constrictor Knots

1. Bridle Kit


2. Lubricate rubber holes (silicone spray)


3. Using T Bar tool too insert bridle


4. Tie constrictor knot (see article above)


5. Completed rubber & bridle

How To Make Your Own Rubbers

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How to care for Open-Cell Wetsuits

Modern open-cell wetsuits are soft, very comfortable but require care. Wetsuits are made of Neoprene which is a type of rubber foam and must be lubricated before putting on. Additional care is needed to prevent cutting, or abrasion of this material. Sharp fingernails may cut if care is not taken.

The exterior surface of your wetsuit is designed to withstand normal wear and tear you might encounter during a normal dive. Abrasion against sharp rocks or other sharp objects can cut or puncture the exterior nylon surface so reasonable care should be taken to avoid these situations. Small cuts or tears can be easily repaired with wetsuit glue and should be attended to ASAP.


Cleaning


1.Salt water will  "dry out" the neoprene material. When neoprene material "dries out" it looses it's flexibility. To ensure the wetsuit material retains it's flexibility for a extended period of time, it is important to thoroughly soak and rinse the wetsuit.


2.Soak the wetsuit in a tub of warm fresh water and a a disinfectant wetsuit wash to kill off bacteria


3.After soaking, thoroughly hose off the wetsuit with fresh water


Storage


1.Dry wetsuit in shade and avoid direct sunlight. Ensure wetsuit is totally dry inside and out.


2.Wetsuit material can develop a permanent crease if left folded for an extended period of time. It is best to store your wetsuit laying flat.


3.Avoid placing heavy objects on your wetsuit such as weight belts.

How To Clean A Mask

1. Using McNett Sea Buff put 2 drops on the inside and outside of the mask.



2. Rub aggressively over the entire mask (front and back) including the glass and silicone skirt.



3. Rinse thoroughly and repeat process.



4. Put the mask in a bucket of warm water and dishwashing liquid overnight then rinse.



5. Buff with a soft dry cloth until clean.



6. Before diving on a dry mask, apply 2 drops inside of the glass  (1 in front of each eye) then rub throughout. Rinse lightly before use.

How to Fillet a Fish

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Step 1


Start with fresh whole fish

Step 2


Lay Fish flat on cutting board


Place first cut from behind head where fillet meats head down towards stomach but on the fillet side of pectoral fin. Make sure you cut down to back bone on this first cut.



Step 3


Place second cut from head to tail along the spine following the dorsal spines.


Step 4  


Using your other hand lift the fillet and continue to cut down along the spine with multiple cuts. As you do this keep lifting the fillet.

Step 5  


As you approach the tail region fold the fillet back and continue to cut until the entire fillet is removed from the backbone.

Step 6


The first fillet is completely removed leaving the back bone intact.

Step 7


Turn the fish over and place the first cut on the second fillet as for the first fillet and repeat the whole process.

Step 8


Bowl of boneless fillets