Archive for the ‘nitrox’ Category.

Dive #28: Clam Garden, GBR

Place:Clam Garden Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Taka II)
Max. depth (m):16.7 Visibility (m):0
Time down: Dive time (mins):38
Average depth (m):0.0 Water temp. (C):0.0

Equipment: Same.

Notes: A garden of giant clams. At night.

Accumulated time under water: 14 hrs 41 mins

Dive #27: Ribbon Reef 9, GBR

Place:Ribbon Reef 9 Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Taka II)
Max. depth (m):19.4 Visibility (m):0
Time down: Dive time (mins):34
Average depth (m):0.0 Water temp. (C):0.0

Equipment: Unchanged.

Notes: We went along a wall in this dive. So that must be referred to as a ribbon reef; the 9th, by someone’s count. We were plagued by some current so the photos are relatively few, though there’s a nice one looking away from the reef of a shark in the distance. Then there was a welcome tow back to the boat.

Accumulated time under water: 14 hrs 3 mins

Dive #26: Pixie Wall

Place:Pixie Wall Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Taka II)
Max. depth (m):19.6 Visibility (m):0
Time down: Dive time (mins):51
Average depth (m):0.0 Water temp. (C):0.0

Equipment: No change.

Notes: Photos on Dive #25 entry.

Accumulated time under water: 13 hrs 29 mins

Dive #25: Pixie Reef, GBR

Place:Pixie Reef Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Taka II)
Max. depth (m):29.0 Visibility (m):0
Time down: Dive time (mins):45
Average depth (m):0.0 Water temp. (C):0.0

Equipment: No change from previous dives on this trip.

Notes:

Accumulated time under water: 12 hrs 38 mins

Dive #24: Challenger Bay, GBR

Place:Challenger Bay Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Taka II)
Max. depth (m):15.8 Visibility (m):0
Time down: Dive time (mins):42
Average depth (m):0.0 Water temp. (C):0.0

Equipment: Same as all the other dives on this trip with an Aqualung Lumen 6 torch.

Notes: Back to the first dive site of the day to see it at night time. This was my first night dive from a boat and it was absolutely exhilarating. I found my number of hands insufficient to happily manage the camera and the torch in addition to their usual diving responsibilities, so I left the camera behind for the remaining night dives of this trip. See Dive #23 for photos.

Accumulated time under water: 11 hrs 53 mins

Dive #23: Cod Hole, GBR

Place:Cod Hole Buddy:Eithne
Weather: Type:Boat (Taka II)
Max. depth (m):17.0 Visibility (m):0
Time down: Dive time (mins):44
Average depth (m):0.0 Water temp. (C):0.0

Equipment:

Notes: You get some rather obliquely named dive sites but this isn’t one of them. There are big cod there.

Accumulated time under water: 11 hrs 11 mins

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