Date: May 2, 2013
Time In: 10:53 Time Out: 11:27 Time: :34
Dive Location: YO-257, Oahu, HI.
Dive Shop: Island Divers Hawaii
Purpose: Wreck Diver Specialty #4
Dive Type: Boat Environ: Ocean / Salt
Conditions: STRONG CURRENT Wt: 16lbs
Air Temp: 88° F Btm. Temp: 77° F .
Max Depth: 98′ Average Depth:
Safety / Decompression Stops: 3 Min @ 15′
Start PSI: 2,926 End PSI: 275 Air/EANx: 32%
Exposure Protection: 5-Mil Full Wetsuit, Hood, Boots, Gloves
Equipment: 3cf Spare Air, 2 Dive Lights, Scuba Pro Jet Fins
This was the fourth and last dive for the Wreck Diver Specialty course.
Since the current was so strong today and I had not mapped this wreck we decided not to have me deploy a penetration line on the YO-257 and opted for just a “fun dive” to explore the wreck. I had dove this wreck once back in early March for my Advanced Open Water certification, but we stayed on the outside of it and did not venture inside. This dive we would penetrate the wreck to help me overcome my claustrophobia.
As we descended on the YO-257 the visibility had dropped from our previous dive and I was not able to see the wreck until we descended past the buoy and were approaching it. The first thing I was able to see was the Nautilus submarine which takes tourist on a tour of the YO-257 and the San Pedro which is sunk beside it. On my last dive here you could see the San Pedro from the YO-257
I saw several large jelly fish which concerned me because of my allergy to their stings. I always keep an Epi Pen in my dive bag just incase I have an anaphylactic reaction to them. This is also why I dive with a full wetsuit, hood, boots, and gloves to cover up and protect everything that I possibly can cover.
On this dive Nate my instructor played tour guide as I followed him inside the wreckage of the YO-257. We swam through several areas of the ship seeing the sea life that call the YO home including a very large Moray Eel that was hanging out above a rusted pipe inside. There was also another Moray Eel that found a nice home in a round port hatch on the ships starboard hull that did not seem very happy to be disturbed from his sleep.