Date: April 24, 2013 Dive Shop: Island Divers Hawaii, Hawaii Kai, HI.
Location: Kahala Barge, Oahu, Hawaii
Dive Type: Boat Environ: Ocean / Salt Conditions: Strong Current
Visibility: 50-60′ Air Temp: 79 Bottom Temp: 73.9 Weight: 22lbs.
Time In: 18:55 Time Out: 19:26
Max Depth: 92′ Average Depth: 58.7′ Time: :31 Safety Stop: 3min / 15′
Start PSI: 2,755 End PSI: 400 Air/EANx: 32%
Exposure Protection: 7-Mil Full Wetsuit, Hood, Boots, Gloves
Equipment: Spare Air, DPV, 2 Dive Lights
This was my second dive for the Night Diver Specialty. My instructor was Nate from Island Divers Hawaii, which I requested because I have grown to trust him, which is not easy considering my past. I feel a lot more comfortable around Nate, and as it turned out tonight, I would be able to do things that I thought I would never be able to do again.
After descending down to the Kahala Barge wreck, we started touring around the barge in the darkness. I am extremely claustrophobic, and am needing to get over that to complete the wreck penetration portion of the Wreck Diver Specialty, which I will be doing on this particular wreck in a few days.
When Nate decided to venture inside one of the openings that I had mapped on the wreck a few days earlier, I have no idea what came over me, but I actually followed him inside and through the wreck in the darkness with only our flashlights lighting the way.
I was terrified of being trapped inside and running out of air, like my experience in the mine shaft collapse 25 years ago, but I overcame it trusted Nate and followed him into the darkness inside. It was exhilarating afterwards knowing that I was able to accomplish such a monumental feat by overcoming one of my biggest fears.
After touring the rest of the wreck we ascended to get ready for our next dive.