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.

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