Date: May 2, 2013
Time In: 09:29 Time Out: 09:57 Time: :28
Dive Location: Kahala Barge, Oahu, HI.
Dive Shop: Island Divers Hawaii
Purpose: Wreck Diver Specialty #3
Dive Type: Boat Environ: Ocean / Salt
Conditions: STRONG CURRENT Wt: 16lbs
Air Temp: 82° F Btm. Temp: 76° F .
Max Depth: 83′ Average Depth:
Safety / Decompression Stops: 3 Min @ 15′
Start PSI: 2,835 End PSI: 347 Air/EANx: 32%
Exposure Protection: 5-Mil Full Wetsuit, Hood, Boots, Gloves
Equipment: 3cf Spare Air, 2 Dive Lights, Reel, Scuba Pro Jet Fins
This was the third dive for the Wreck Diver Specialty course.
On this dive we practiced laying a penetration line on the outside of the Kahala Barge wreck. The current was very strong today which made it difficult to concentrate on laying the penetration line, keeping it tight and securely anchoring it along our route across the wreck.
Once the line was laid out we practiced the correct way to follow the line back to the “entrance”, working as a buddy team with Nate, the instructor from Island Divers Hawaii. This teaches you how to follow a penetration line out of a wreck incase you get lost or you have impaired visibility due to silt. We then followed the line back to the reel and practiced retrieving the line.
Because of the strong current today, it took more air than normal to accomplish the task. As the air pressure continued to drop I watched my pressure gauge very closely as we ascended to do our 3 minute safety stop and reached back a couple times to assure myself that my Spare Air was still attached to my side just in case. Fortunately I did not need to deploy it, but It was close.
Unfortunately my iGills came up missing just before the dive so I do not have the dive profile snapshot to attach to this dive. I am ordering a replacement for it, but it will be about a week before it arrives.