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Dive #126-130: PADI Divemaster Course Part 3

Dive # Date Time Down Dive Time (mins) Max Depth (m) Average Depth (m) Water Temp. (C) Objective -- Notes
126 2013-12-04 12:35:00 23 7.3 4.5 22.0 Test HOG Backplate and Wing --
127 2013-12-04 14:00:00 22 6.4 5.2 20.0 Test Halcyon Infinity Backplate and Wing -- Did dive solo, just around Plunge wharf.
128 2013-12-07 12:32:00 41 11.3 7.3 19.0 Work on dive site map of Clifton Gardens -- Deployed a DSMB to mark the position of the big anchor (the one nearest the Clifton Gardens Wharf), so that bearings could be taken from various positions on the land. Measured the distance, using a long tape, from the anchor to the big buoy in Chowder bay.
129 2013-12-07 15:17:00 18 10.0 5.1 20.0 Work on dive site map of Clifton Gardens -- Took (surface) bearing from big buoy to SMB deployed on previous dive (290 degrees). Measured distance from the same SMB to the 4th pole of the Clifton Gardens wharf (26 m). Retrieved SMB.
130 2013-12-15 12:48:00 32 12.5 8.2 20.0 Try out new Halcyon Infinity BCs --

Accumulated time underwater: 3 days, 13 hours and 26 minutes

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

 Dive 1Dive 2  Dive 1Dive 2
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

 Dive 1Dive 2  Dive 1Dive 2
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 #110-116: PADI Divemaster Course Part 1

Dive # Date Time Down Dive Time (mins) Max Depth (m) Average Depth (m) Water Temp. (C) Objective -- Notes
110 2013-09-29 09:56:00 38 15.8 7.9 18.0 Parttake in dive led by Luke and Nick around Chowder Bay as part of their DM course --
111 2013-10-12 14:18:00 45 7.6 4.2 19.0 Assist on OWC Dive 1/4 -- Instructor: Doug, 3 students
112 2013-10-12 10:36:00 45 9.4 5.2 19.0 Assist on OWC Dive 2/4 -- Instructor: Doug, 3 students
113 2013-10-13 13:36:00 32 7.3 5.2 19.0 Assist on OWC Dive 3/4 -- Instructor: Doug, 3 students
114 2013-10-13 15:20:00 40 17.0 9.4 19.0 Assist on OWC Dive 4/4 -- Instructor: Doug, 3 students
115 2013-10-26 11:51:00 26 9.4 5.5 18.0 DM Course DSD Workshop and assist on DSD -- Instructor: Steve, 2 students.
116 2013-10-26 14:08:00 57 17.7 12.2 19.0 Guide customer around Chowder Bay (as DM trainee) --

Accumulated time underwater: 3 days, 4 hours and 45 minutes

PADI Emergency Oxygen Provider Course

Now qualified to provide emergency oxygen to an injured diver, trained to assemble and dismantle the oxygen kit and do a basic check to see that it works. Not a huge amount to this course, and no diving at all, but the safety aspect makes it very worthwhile. It’s also one of the cheaper steps up the 5-specialty course ladder to the rather pointless PADI ‘Master Scuba Diver’ qualification.

Dive #43, #44 ,#45, #46: PADI Rescue Diver Course

Place: Chowder Bay, Sydney Buddy: Eithne
Weather: Fine Type: Shore/Wharf
Max Depth: ~ 14 m Visibility: 10.0 m
Time down: N/A Dive Time: ~2 hours

Equipment: All own gear. Rented steel tank. 24 lb weight (new standard, I think). Had to buy a SMB, spool, compass, and pocket mask, as these were required for the course. The knife finally came in handy, as it was required also.

Notes: We did a really great PADI Rescue Diver course at Plunge Diving in Mosman, Sydney. The practical part involved two full days (9am-5pm, pretty much) in the water, and accounts for four open water dives according to PADI, though there’s little extended time under water. It was pretty challenging and by far the best PADI course I’ve done.

The best bit of the course was the scenario training- dealing with emergency situations. The instructors mixed it up nicely. We arrived on the wharf after lunch expecting to methodically search an area underwater for a lost diver (a weight belt) only to find three panic-stricken divers on the surface 30 metres away, needing assistance. Later, while assisting a badly bleeding diver back to the wharf, we came across two unconscious divers on the surface requiring safe transit to the nearest beach while receiving rescue breaths. Demanding bastards. The Sunday ended with the ‘I can’t believe this Rescue Diver course is not over!’ game, which involved an astonishing amount lot of rescue breathing, towing, de-equipmenting, dragging and CPR. It took a full day to recover. Can’t fault the course or Ronnie, the instructor.

Darn cold at times, in my 5 mm two-piece with no hood. Perhaps some kind of hooded vest would be good… also some thin gloves.

Accumulated time under water: 1 day, 2 hours and 42 minutes

Dive #22: Pixie Pinnacle, GBR

Place:Pixie Pinnacle Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Taka II)
Max. depth (m):28.0 Visibility (m):0
Time down: Dive time (mins):29
Average depth (m):0.0 Water temp. (C):0.0

Equipment:

Notes: Second dive of PADI nitrox course. See Dive #21 for photos.

Accumulated time under water: 10 hrs 27 mins

Dive #21: Challenger Bay, Great Barrier Reef

Place:Challenger Bay Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Taka II)
Max. depth (m):22.5 Visibility (m):0
Time down: Dive time (mins):37
Average depth (m):0.0 Water temp. (C):0.0

Equipment:

Notes: This was the first dive on a 4-day, 3-night live abord dive trip to the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). The company was called Taka Dive. I did the PADI nitrox course on this trip, which involved some theory sessions and a test, as well as two dives using Nitrox. This was the first of those Nitrox dives.

My log notes for many dives on this trip are pretty minimalist, however I did have an underwater camera, and there are photos from most of them. Here’s the photos from the first two dives:

Accumulated time under water: 9 hrs 58 mins

Dive #20: Flagstaff, Sydney, Australia.

Place:Flagstaff Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Sea Life V)
Max. depth (m):14.6 Visibility (m):5
Time down:16:42 Dive time (mins):32
Average depth (m):10.9 Water temp. (C):20.0

Equipment: As #19.

Notes: Advanced PADI course, dive 5/5, “Underwater Naturalist”. Had to spot 5 vertebrates, 5 invertebrates and 2 plants. Average water temperature was 20 degrees celsius. Average depth was 10.9 m. I was very ill with sea sickness for this dive. I only went in because it was the last dive to get the Advanced PADI certificate and it would have been great hassle to repeat it at a later date. I had a headache throughout, even under water.

Accumulated time under water: 9 hrs 21 mins