Date: May 7, 2013 Repetitive Dive: 1 of 2
Time In: 09:31 Time Out: 10:21 Time: :50
Dive Location: Sharks Cove, Oahu, HI.
Purpose: Fun Dive
Dive Type: Shore Environ: Ocean / Salt
Conditions: 1-2′ Surf Wt: 16lbs
Air Temp: 81° F Btm. Temp: 79° F
Max Depth: 41.1′ Average Depth: 23′
Safety / Decompression Stops: None
Start PSI: 2,940 End PSI: 983 Air/EANx: 21%
Exposure Protection: 5-Mil Full Wetsuit, Hood, Boots, Gloves
Equipment: 3cf Spare Air, Dive Light, Scuba Pro Jet Fins
Since I am working with Michelle this week assisting her with an Open Water certification class at the new Island Divers Hawaii dive shop at the Outdoor Recreation Center up on Scofield Barracks as part of my DMC course training we decided to do a fun dive together before class tonight. She is really into shore diving which I am not a fan of and she is trying to convert me, so we decided to do Sharks Cove on Oahu’s North Shore.
The weather worked out for us causing the waves to be really small today only reaching 1-2 foot high which made entry over the slippery rocks easier. Once we were in she lead me on a tour of the area showing me several caves, overhangs and swim throughs that I did not know were in the area.
She also worked with me on a breathing control technique to help me make my air last longer while diving. Normally about 30-40 minutes is all I can get from an 80 cubic foot cylinder unless I am using my DPV, then I can get over an hour. On the first dive I was able to get 50 minutes out of the cylinder, and still had almost a thousand pounds of air left. I could have easily done a full hour on this one thanks to her but we came to the end of our dive and time for a surface interval before the next dive.
One of the things I hate about shore diving is the long walks carrying all your gear over usually sand or rocks and normally up and down hills to get to the water. Then normally a long surface swim before you get to the dive spot. Sharks Cove eliminates the long surface swim, but not the long walk down hill over rocks and sand, then climbing back up to the parking lot afterwards. This is too much like work.