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Dive #179, 180: HMCS Annapolis, Horseshoe Bay, BC, Canada

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Place:HMCS AnnapolisHMCS Annapolis Buddy:Doug
Weather:Fine, Sunny Type:Boat (Topline)
Max. depth (m):29.925.9 Visibility (m):1010
Time down:09:2611:24 Dive time (mins):3752
Average depth (m):18.616.3 Water temp. (C):10.410.4

Notes: I went to Canada with Doug to dive the HMCS Annapolis. We drove up on the Friday evening and stayed in Vancouver; very pleasant late dinner at the Blue Water Cofe. Up early then on Saturday to go to Horseshoe Bay and check in with Sea Dragon Charters at 7.30am, to be ready for a boat departure at 8am (CA$110 for two dives, back at 1pm). The boat was called Topline.

We had only one set of doubles each for the trip so we kept the first dive relatively short, aiming to come up with about 2200 PSI for the following one. It was a bit unsatisfactory. We did a brief shallow penetration at about 90 feet that used up a good bit of gas and then worked our way back to the line but we didn’t get a good feel for the layout of the ship. The second dive was much better. We did a nice controlled circumnavigation of the main decks of the ship along with a closer look at a helicopter hangar (no helicopter) and the bridge.

Equipment: As previous dive with my HP-100s. I should switch the ports to which my alternate second stage and drysuit inflator hoses are connected. This would slightly improve the routing of my short hose. I still need to shorten the bungee on my alternate second stage by an inch or two. My mask leaked a bit again on the first dive. Not sure why this is. My recently adjusted harness was ok getting in, fine underwater but very difficult to get out of. It turns out my light malfunction (intermittently turning itself off) on the previous dive is a known heat-related issue with Halcyon EOS Mini lights. It needs to be sent back to Halcyon for some small modification. It was ok on these dives though. These were my first dives using my own 10-lb v-weight (didn’t need to borrow from Doug). I have not done a proper weight check with this configuration but this seems to to be fine. Must do a proper weight check at some point. My long hose tends slip out after being tucked into the harness. Until I get a canister light, it might be worth while picking up a canister light simulator like this one.

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Accumulated time underwater: 5 days, 1 hour and 57 minutes.

Dive #138, #139: Seal Rocks

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Place:Big Seal RockBig Seal Rock Buddy:Eithne
Weather:Warm, cloudy Type:Boat
Max. depth (m):23.721.9 Visibility (m):1010
Time down:09:5713:28 Dive time (mins):4347
Average depth (m):13.412.2 Water temp. (C):17.017.0

Notes: Double boat dive with Dive Forster.

Price: $150 for tanks and weights.

Diving:

Equipment: Rented aluminium tanks. 18 lb weight.

Accumulated time underwater: 3 days, 20 hours and 42 minutes

Dive #136, #137: Fish Rock

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Place:Fish Rock CaveFish and Chips (by Fish Rock Cave) Buddy:Eithne
Weather:Sunny Type:Boat (The Sea Wolf)
Max. depth (m):23.426.5 Visibility (m):2020
Time down:08:1410:23 Dive time (mins):5648
Average depth (m):14.315.5 Water temp. (C):23.022.0

Notes: Double boat dive with South West Rocks Dive Centre.

Price: $140 for tanks (32% nitrox) and weights

Diving:

Equipment: Rented steel tank. 18 lb weight.

Accumulated time underwater: 3 days, 19 hours and 12 minutes

31-Dec-2013 08:11, Canon Canon PowerShot S95, 5.6, 6.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 160
31-Dec-2013 08:11, Canon Canon PowerShot S95, 4.0, 6.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
31-Dec-2013 08:16, Canon Canon PowerShot S95, 2.2, 6.852mm, 0.005 sec, ISO 400
31-Dec-2013 08:19, Canon Canon PowerShot S95, 2.8, 6.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 400
31-Dec-2013 08:20, Canon Canon PowerShot S95, 2.8, 6.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 400
 
31-Dec-2013 08:23, Canon Canon PowerShot S95, 2.8, 6.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 400
31-Dec-2013 08:26, Canon Canon PowerShot S95, 2.8, 6.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 100
31-Dec-2013 08:28, Canon Canon PowerShot S95, 2.8, 6.0mm, 0.006 sec, ISO 100
31-Dec-2013 08:31, Canon Canon PowerShot S95, 2.8, 6.0mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 400
31-Dec-2013 08:40, Canon Canon PowerShot S95, 4.0, 6.0mm, 0.001 sec, ISO 100
 
31-Dec-2013 08:52, Canon Canon PowerShot S95, 2.8, 6.0mm, 0.01 sec, ISO 100
 

Dive #134, #135: North Solitary Island

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Place:North Solitary Island (The Bubble Cave and Anemone Gardens)North Solitary Island (Anemone Gardens) Buddy:Eithne
Weather:Sunny Type:Boat (The Kraken)
Max. depth (m):14.011.9 Visibility (m):1010
Time down:09:1711:26 Dive time (mins):4562
Average depth (m):9.46.7 Water temp. (C):20.020.0

Notes: Double boat dive with Wooli Dive Centre.

Price: $145 for tanks and weights only.

Diving:

Equipment: Rented aluminium tank. 18 lb weight.

Accumulated time underwater: 3 days, 17 hours and 28 minutes

Dive #133: Julian Rocks, Byron Bay, NSW

Place:Julian Rocks Buddy:Eithne
Weather:Sunny Type:Boat
Max. depth (m):21.0 Visibility (m):15
Time down:14:47 Dive time (mins):45
Average depth (m):12.5 Water temp. (C):18.0

Notes: Single boat dive with Sun Dive, based in Byron Bay.

Price: $65 for single dive inc. tank and weights.

Diving:

Equipment: Rented aluminium tank. 18 lb weight.

Accumulated time underwater: 3 days, 15 hours and 41 minutes

Dive #131, #132: Julian Rocks, Byron Bay, New South Wales

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Place:Julian RocksJulian Rocks Buddy:Eithne
Weather:Sunny Type:Boat
Max. depth (m):14.916.4 Visibility (m):1515
Time down:09:2812:31 Dive time (mins):4545
Average depth (m):8.811.6 Water temp. (C):18.019.0

Notes: Double boat dive with Byron Bay Dive Centre.

Price: $130 for two dives inc. cylinders and weights.

Diving:

Equipment: Rented aluminium tank. 18 lb weight.

Camera notes:

Accumulated time underwater: 3 days, 14 hours and 56 minutes

Dive #124, #125: PADI Deep Course Part 2

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Place:The Artificial ReefUnnamed Site at North Head, Sydney Harbour Buddy:Eithne
Weather:Fine Type:Boat (Plunge Boat)
Max. depth (m):35.624.7 Visibility (m):1510
Time down:11:1613:20 Dive time (mins):3342
Average depth (m):19.219.2 Water temp. (C):19.018.0

Notes: Final two dives of the PADI deep course that Simon, Ciara, Eithne and I did as an add-on to our Divemaster course.

Price: Discounted course price (due to being on DM): $325.

Diving: Dive 1: Eithne lead. No dramas. Dive 2: Ciara lead. Faked out of air, dodgy pony bottle, DSMB deployment (successful but clumsy).

Equipment: First dive with ScubaPro Jetfins AND Halcyon spring straps.

Accumulated time underwater: 3 days, 11 hours and 10 minutes

Dive #119-123: PADI Divemaster Course, Part 2

Dive # Date Time Down Dive Time (mins) Max Depth (m) Average Depth (m) Water Temp. (C) Objective -- Notes
119 2013-10-27 14:10:00 68 10.0 7.3 19.0 DM Search and Recovery Workshop -- Did not find weight belt because it was not there; executed a U-shaped search pattern; at one point, I cleverly had two compasses on arm and they interfered with one another; played with lift bags and knots at the end.
120 2013-11-23 10:00:00 56 16.7 9.7 18.0 Guide customer around Chowder Bay (as DM trainee) -- Tracy had uber expensive camera gear.
121 2013-11-23 13:00:00 50 6.0 0.0 0.0 Guide customer around Chowder Bay (as DM trainee) --
122 2013-11-24 10:21:00 25 10.6 7.3 20.0 Assist on OWC Dive 2/4 -- Instructor: Chris
123 2013-11-24 12:46:00 38 15.8 7.6 18.0 Assist on OWC Dive 3/4 -- Instructor: Chris

Accumulated time underwater: 3 days, 9 hours and 55 minutes

Dive #117, #118: PADI Deep Course Part 1

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Place:The Royal ShepherdThe Waterfall Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Plunge Boat)
Max. depth (m):28.324.7 Visibility (m):102
Time down:09:0510:49 Dive time (mins):4033
Average depth (m):20.116.7 Water temp. (C):17.017.0

Notes: First two dives of the PADI deep course that Simon, Ciara, Eithne and I did as an add-on to our Divemaster course.

Price: Discounted course price (due to being on DM): $325.

Diving: Dive 1: 32% O2; Simon lead (carried pony bottle). Dive 2: 21% O2; I lead (carried pony bottle); Terrible vis; Terrible SMB deployment; Eithne and Rob went missing.

Equipment: Steel tank. 18 lb weight. Hood.

Accumulated time underwater: 3 days, 5 hours and 58 minutes

Dive #108, #109: The Drum and Drumstick, Echo Point, Jervis Bay, NSW

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Place:The Drum and DrumstickEcho Point Buddy:Eithne
Weather:Sunny Type:Boat
Max. depth (m):22.518.6 Visibility (m):1510
Time down:10:0111:59 Dive time (mins):4540
Average depth (m):12.811.9 Water temp. (C):18.018.0

Notes: Double boat dive with Dive Jervis Bay based in Huskisson.

Price: $151 for nitrox-filled tanks and weights only.

Diving: Seals! Wisdom: Making a deliberate effort to warm up one’s core after the first dive, might make a huge difference on the second. I pulled down my suit, put on a fleece and stood in the sun as much as possible for the hour-long surface interval, and remained perfectly warm after getting back in the water.

Equipment: Rented steel tank. 18 lb weight. Hood.

Camera notes:

Accumulated time underwater: 3 days, 0 hours and 2 minutes