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Dive #187: Redondo Beach, WA

Place:Redondo Beach Buddy:Doug
Weather:Moderate Rain Type:Shore
Max. depth (m):25.9 Visibility (m):10
Time down:10:45 Dive time (mins):59
Average depth (m):17.1 Water temp. (C):12.5

Notes: Dive with some skills training. S-drill. Ascent from 70 ft. A crab clung to my ankle at the start of the dive. Found a baby octopus living in a bottle.

Equipment: As previous.

Accumulated time underwater: 5 days, 7 hours and 42 minutes.

Dive #186: Edmonds Underwater Park, WA

Place:Edmonds Underwater Park Buddy:Doug
Weather:Fine Type:Shore
Max. depth (m):10.7 Visibility (m):10
Time down:14:37 Dive time (mins):50
Average depth (m):8.2 Water temp. (C):14.0

Notes: Meandered around Edmonds underwater park.

Equipment: As previous.

Accumulated time underwater: 5 days, 6 hours and 43 minutes.

Dive #184, 185: San Juan Islands, WA

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Place:Towhead IslandCone Island Buddy:Klaasjan, KathrynDoug
Weather: Type:Boat (Ocean Quest)
Max. depth (m):21.025.9 Visibility (m):00
Time down:10:1712:54 Dive time (mins):4848
Average depth (m):12.516.4 Water temp. (C):12.812.0

Notes: Spent a Saturday on the Ocean Quest boat doing 2 dives around the San Juan Islands. The weather was not great so we kept to fairly sheltered sites at Towhead Island and Cone Island. Doug was scootering for the first dive so I went with Klaasjan and Kathryn. On the second dive we descended a bit far from the wall and found ourselves sitting in blue water at about 60 ft. Not having taken a bearing, we swam for a bit using our sense of direction, then started to see fish so we knew we were going the right direction, and then the wall appeared. Very impressive. Really wonderful dive with lots of color and life and great visibility below about 40 or 50 feet.

Equipment: As previous.

Accumulated time underwater: 5 days, 5 hours and 53 minutes.

Dive #183: Pile of logs, Lake Washington, WA

Place:Pile of Logs Buddy:Doug
Weather:Sunny Type:Boat (Ocean Quest)
Max. depth (m):30.5 Visibility (m):0
Time down:10:38 Dive time (mins):34
Average depth (m):24.4 Water temp. (C):9.4

Notes: My first and only dive of the Lake Washington Wreckfest. It was a pile of logs, impressively big, in Lake Washington at about 100 ft. Lake Washington is cold.

Equipment: As previous.

Accumulated time underwater: 5 days, 4 hours and 17 minutes.

Dive #182: Cove 1, West Seattle, wA

Place:Cove 1 Buddy:Doug
Weather: Type:Shore
Max. depth (m):30.8 Visibility (m):0
Time down:10:38 Dive time (mins):55
Average depth (m):19.5 Water temp. (C):13.3

Notes: Dive with some skills training.

Equipment: As previous.

Accumulated time underwater: 5 days, 3 hours and 43 minutes.

Dive #177, 178: Sund Rock, Hood Canal, WA

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Place:Sund Rock North WallSund Rock South Wall Buddy:Doug
Weather:Fine Type:Shore
Max. depth (m):22.925.3 Visibility (m):1010
Time down:11:1113:53 Dive time (mins):3852
Average depth (m):14.013.4 Water temp. (C):11.010.9

Notes: Another two very nice dives at Sund Rock. North wall on first dive. Having explored this fairly thoroughly before, we went to try and find the wreck to the north after the wall ends. We swam north from the end of the wall a few hundred feet, perhaps, at about 70 ft and didn’t find it. Turned around and swam back south at about 50 ft and ran straight into it, bigger than I expected and crumbling, lots of life. Short enough dive to conserve air (we had 1 full and 2 partly full sets of doubles between us for the two dives). Mask was a bit leaky.

Second dive on the South wall. The primary goal was to find a biggish octopus that we’d been told about. Look for crab shells and other remains at about 50 ft, we were told. There it was. Probably the biggest octopus I’ve ever seen happily hanging out under a rock, an impassive eye looking out. Lots of big eels too and other fish. The wall is impressive and there were some lovely vistas, watching it disappear up into the green gloom. Jeremy F was buzzing around on a scooter with another guy. My primary light gave out about 2/3 of the way into the dive. I assumed it was the battery and moved to a backup (actually I took one of Doug’s backups because mine was woefully ineffective). I spent a small bit of the dive swimming with one hand hanging on to my tank valve (a good exercise, I’m told). Need to do more of this.

Equipment: As previous dive but used Doug’s spare doubles for second dive to have more gas. I found later that the primary light battery was not dead. It just goes went off for no apparent reason. When cleaning later I turned it on again and left it submerged. It turned itself off again. Need to look into this. Still should shorten bungee a shade. Otherwise, gear was pretty good.

Accumulated time underwater: 5 days, 0 hours and 28 minutes.

Dive #176: Cove 2, West Seattle, WA

Place:Cove 2 Buddy:Doug
Weather:Fine Type:Shore
Max. depth (m):17.7 Visibility (m):5
Time down:17:54 Dive time (mins):25
Average depth (m):10.0 Water temp. (C):13.0

Notes: Joined for the Wednesday ‘tweak’ dive (what does this mean? does it refer to making equipment tweaks or technique tweaks, or something else completeley?). Andrea P and Mike B were there too. Guy S had been doing a tech 1 course and was good enough to hang around and come with us for a bit of critical evaluation. Generally it was encouraging: trim ok and kicks ok (those he saw) though for the modified flutter I could be clapping the soles of my feet together (crude description) a bit more. He emphasised the importance of focusing on descents and ascents. We did a really good simple exercise which was to try and descend and ascend together in 10-ft steps: Take 30 seconds to move 10 ft, pause for 30 seconds, move again. Attempt to stay in position in your quadrant around the line (not swim around), facing your buddy. Attempt to be level with your buddy at all times. It’s tough! At the end of the dive Guy adjusted our harnesses. This should improve the chance of reaching valves in future. Legged it then, a little late, for dinner with the visiting in-laws.

Equipment: As previous dive but with 26-inch short hose (better) and a slightly longer bungee (perhaps a shade too long: the alternative second stage sits almost on top of dry suit inflator).

Accumulated time underwater: 4 days, 22 hours and 58 minutes.

Dive #175: Redondo Beach, WA

Place:Redondo Beach Buddy:Doug
Weather:Fine Type:Shore
Max. depth (m):23.8 Visibility (m):10
Time down:12:00 Dive time (mins):51
Average depth (m):12.5 Water temp. (C):13.0

Notes: Leisurely dive at Redondo Beach with Doug, Andrea P and a buddy of hers. After dive, went to shallows for back for some attempted valve drills and then a bit deeper for an SMB ascent. I couldn’t get to my valves at all. Next for me: GUE EDGE practise and also practise getting to valves.

Equipment: First dive with my new double Faber HP-100s, Light Monkey bands and manifold. I’ve gotten rid of the Miflex hoses too, in favour of rubber ones. 24-inch short hose is a bit too short with the hose routing that is necessary due to port placement on Apeks XTX-200s. Weight: 10-lb v-weight (that’s with usual BZ-400x undergarments).

Accumulated time underwater: 4 days, 22 hours and 33 minutes.

Dive #174: Cove 1, West Seattle, WA

Place:Cove 1 Buddy:Doug
Weather:Fine Type:Shore
Max. depth (m):33.2 Visibility (m):5
Time down:09:24 Dive time (mins):47
Average depth (m):20.4 Water temp. (C):12.0

Notes: Tried to find the monolith at Cove 1 but we failed. Did a nice SMB ascent from 50 ft or so at the end.

Equipment: As with previous dive.

Accumulated time underwater: 4 days, 21 hours and 42 minutes.

Dive #173: Cove 2, West Seattle, WA

Place:Cove 2 Buddy:Doug
Weather:Fine Type:Shore
Max. depth (m):32.3 Visibility (m):5
Time down:12:00 Dive time (mins):53
Average depth (m):21.3 Water temp. (C):12.0

Notes: Long and leisurely.

Equipment: As previous with Doug’s spare doubles. Used his 10-lb v-weight and nothing else apart from my steel backplate. Necklace hose still needs to be a little longer. Generally this configuration is pretty good though.

Accumulated time underwater: 4 days, 20 hours and 55 minutes.