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Dive #181: Cove 2, West Seattle, WA

Place:Cove 2 Buddy:Doug
Weather:Fine Type:Shore
Max. depth (m):31.4 Visibility (m):10
Time down:09:19 Dive time (mins):51
Average depth (m):17.1 Water temp. (C):13.4

Notes: Earlyish dive on a Sunday to do some skills: S-drills; shot a bag; did a decent enough, but slow, ascent. Found the monolith too, and also a metal cross that looked like it was marking something.

Equipment: All own stuff as previously. The battery cap of my Liquivision Xen, came apart as I took the unit out of the tub where I was rinsing it. Also during washing, some fresh water got inside one of my first stages. No idea how as I did not submerge it. Anyway, some things to attend to there.

Accumulated time underwater: 5 days, 2 hours and 48 minutes.

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 #152: Cove 2, West Seattle, WA

Place:Cove 2 Buddy:Archis and Josh
Weather:Fine Type:Shore
Max. depth (m):14.9 Visibility (m):5
Time down:21:16 Dive time (mins):49
Average depth (m):7.3 Water temp. (C):10.0

Notes: This was my second dive with the new dry suit and it was much better this time. I went with Archis and Josh, two local Seattle GUE divers. I paid a lot of attention to buoyancy and definitely got the hang of dumping air from the drysuit. While I’ve not perfected it by any means, it seems like the best strategy is to use both the suit and the wing to maintain buoyancy. Keep just enough in the suit to keep warm and stop squeeze, and do the rest mostly with the wing. For one thing, you can dump much faster from the wing, so you can adjust quickly. In contrast, it comes relatively slowly out of the suit. I dived with the suit valve entirely open. This time I paid close attention and could hear and feel the air leaving the suit when I got my shoulder in the correct position. My weighting was much better too, this time (see below).

The dive was really nice. Very slow and relaxed. There’s lots of colour and life at Cove 2 at night. I saw a pipefish of some kind and lots of nice purple and green flora. Crabs are in abundance, big and small. Some were moving around, often accompanied by a prawn. Others were to be found in very melodramatic poses. I saw one big fellow clinging to an upright pole with his back legs and looking away from the pole holding his claws outstretched in defiance of anything that might approach.

At the end of the dive I hung around playing with my buoyancy while Archis and Josh did some GUE drills. We finished with a very controlled ascent from 5 or 6 metres, easing up while dumping air from the suit, and surfacing to a wonderful view of the Seattle city skyline.

Equipment: I borrowed a tank and weights from Archis. Steel backplate with 6-lb integrated STA weight, and 16 lb of lead on a weight belt. This was pretty perfect weighting. Could also do 16-lb by putting 5 lb in each of the side pockets and 3 lb in each of two trim pockets, but the weight belt was actually fine. It also makes the scuba unit much easier to lift and adjust so maybe it’s a better way to go in general. I need to work on getting the harness more nicely fitted and I should trim the excess length. I also need a slightly longer dry suit inflator hose. My thick woolly socks were good, and also I used the optional in-soles that came with the dry suit so my feet felt pretty snug. I made sure to do the ankle straps fairly tight to avoid excess air down there. I think another ring could be cut off the neck seal of the suit. To hold my light, I used a cheap goodman handle that I got ages ago from Dive Gear Express. It’s pretty flimsy though (cable ties to hold light head in place) so I’d like to replace it. I’d also like a better way of fixing the canister to my harness, though it does fit nice and snugly behind the weight pouch. I dived with the spool in one pocket and SMB in the other, instead of tucking the SMB up behind the backplate pad. I think this is better. Archis suggested putting the spool and SMB assembled into one pocket, which is a nice idea. I’m really looking forward to moving to long/short hose, and to get rid of the AAS being attached to the harness, but I’m going to have to wait until I do the fundies to do that.

Accumulated time underwater: 4 days, 5 hours and 57 minutes.

Dive #140, 141, 142: Guiding around Chowder Bay

Dive # Date Time Down Dive Time (mins) Max Depth (m) Average Depth (m) Water Temp. (C) Objective -- Notes
140 2014-02-02 09:44:00 49 11.9 5.1 21.0 Take Plunge customers on guided Shore Dive -- Four customers. Shared the leading with Eithne. Couldn't find the chain down to the yachts so went back to the Clifton Gardens wharf.
141 2014-02-02 12:40:00 47 17.0 10.3 19.0 Take Plunge customers on guided Shore Dive -- Two customers this time. Went to the sunken yachts.
142 2014-02-02 14:52:00 33 14.9 8.5 21.0 Take Plunge customers on guided Shore Dive -- Lost Tracy (who was happily taking photos by herself) and aborted dive to search. She returned eventually.

Notes: Guided Plunge customers around Chowder Bay, as part of the internship component of the PADI DM course.

Price: N/A

Diving: Standard Chowder Bay diving.

Equipment: The now-standard Halcyon rig with Seatec Semi-dry.

Accumulated time underwater: 3 days, 22 hours and 51 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 #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