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Dive 72

Date: May 7, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 2 of 2

Time In:  11:26  Time Out:  12:22    Time:   :56

Dive Location: Sharks Cove,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  N/A

Purpose: Fun Dive

Dive Type:  Shore       Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  0-2′ Surf    Wt:  16lbs

Visibility: 40-50′

Air Temp:  81° F  Btm. Temp:  79° F

Max Depth:  35.2′    Average Depth: 21′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 2,779    End PSI: 502      Air/EANx:  21%

Exposure Protection: 5-Mil Full Wetsuit, Hood, Boots, Gloves

Equipment: 3cf Spare Air, Dive Light, Scuba Pro Jet Fins

Notes:

For our second dive of the day we decided to do a different area of Sharks Cove which offered more caves and swim throughs and would be a longer distance. As we climbed back down the hill and reached the water another dive buddy of hers showed up with another diver and we decided to wait for them before we headed out. 

Once they had made their way down to the water we headed out on the surface just as I noticed an air leak in one of the dump valves of my BCD which took me a few minutes to fix. Apparently I must have gotten some sand in the valve on the first dive causing it not to seal and free flow. Unfortunately this means that I no longer have a full air tank and was already down to 2400 psi, but at least I was able to get it resolved instead of having to abort the dive. The waves have gone down a little but the tide had come up since our last dive so it was a little easier navigating through the rocks at the shore. 

As we toured the Eastern side of Sharks Cove we found numerous caves to explore some of which were 40 or 50′ long and just wide enough for two people to swim through side by side which we swam through. Because I am still claustrophobic this was a challenge, but with Michelle as my dive buddy I decided to use them to help overcome my fears. I easily swam through each of the caves except for the last one that we found which was just wide enough for one person at a time and made a turn inside so that you could not see the exit. I decided to swim around that one and meet the group on the other side. I will save this one for next time when I have more air.

Unfortunately it was time to end the dive and get ready for the Open Water certification class tonight.

Dive 71

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.

Dive Shop:  N/A

Purpose: Fun Dive

Dive Type:  Shore       Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  1-2′ Surf    Wt:  16lbs

Visibility: 30-40′

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

Notes:

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.

Dive 70

Date: May 5, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 3 of 3

Time In:  13:28  Time Out:  14:13    Time:   :45

Dive Location: Sea Cave,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii

Purpose: DMC Practicals – Con Ed.

Dive Type:  Boat / Drift  Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  Mild Current    Wt:  16lbs

Visibility: 100′ +

Air Temp:  80° F  Btm. Temp:  77° F

Max Depth:  77′    Average Depth: 46′

Safety / Decompression Stops: 3 Min @ 15′

Start PSI: 2,840    End PSI: 472      Air/EANx:  35%

Exposure Protection: 5-Mil Full Wetsuit, Hood, Boots

Equipment: 3cf Spare Air, 2 Dive Lights, Scuba Pro Jet Fins

Notes:

After switching over the students scuba tanks and eating lunch we decided on doing a drift dive at Sea Cave. For a drift dive from the boat we would use a “negative entry” meaning that we would empty all the air out of our BCD’s and descend from the surface as quickly as possible so that the group is able to stay together.

After a site briefing on the boat and quickly checking the students to make sure their equipment was ready the captain maneuvered the boat into position for our entry. Once in position, everyone quickly entered the water one after another similar to paratroopers jumping out of a plane.

As we descended I looked around and counted that we had everyone in the group together then Nate headed toward the Sea Cave leading the group as I followed along behind. We reached the entrance of the Sea Cave at about 50′ and stopped for a moment to check the current patterns, then proceeded inside up to about 20′ depth at the back of the cave. Frequently we find the highly endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals playing around inside the cave and I was hoping we would find some on this trip, but unfortunately there were none to be found today.

We were able to find one of the area inhabitants that are rarely seen in the area though, a Dragon Moray Eel. Because people can sell them for a lot of money we don’t often see them so it was a treat to be able to see one today. I will try to check in on him on future dives here.

After checking out the Sea Cave for a few minutes we headed back out to continue our drift dive of the area.

Normally when I have dove this site as we leave the Sea Cave we always drift to the West along the wall, but todays currents were backwards so we drifted to the East along the wall at about 70′ deep for about another 20 minutes before we deployed a delayed surface marker buoy and started to slowly ascend and make our 3 minute safety stop at 15 feet.

Once surfaced we realized that the seas had changed over the last 45 minutes that we were down and it had become quite choppy on the surface. Once the boat had maneuvered back into position we all swam for the current line trailing behind the boat and made our way back up the ladder.

Unfortunately the only injury of the dive came while floating on the surface waiting to get back aboard the boat when I was stung on the back of my hand by a jelly fish because I had forgotten my gloves onboard when I was assisting the students and reading them for their entry. I am severely allergic to jelly fish and insect stings/bites so I was very concerned. I had no idea how good he got me so as soon as I was back on the boat I readied my EpiPen just in case I started having an anaphylactic reaction to the sting. My chest started tightening making it difficult to breath easily but it was still manageable so I held off on administering the shot and applied a hot compress to my hand which was temporarily partly paralyzed from the sting and continued to monitor my breathing and pulse rate.

About half an hour later my breathing improved as we headed back into shore and I started to be able to move my hand again. Since the feeling was coming back into my hand, unfortunately so was the searing pain which subsided after I kept applying hot compresses to it for the rest of the night along with taking a Vicodin for the pain and 10 Benadryl tablets to help stop the rest of the reaction from the sting.

If anyone was to get stung on the dive I am glad it was me and not one of the students or other customers that we had on the boat today, so all in all it was a good day.

Dive 69

Date: May 5, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 2 of 3

Time In:  11:38  Time Out:  12:07    Time:   :29

Dive Location: YO-257 Wreck,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii

Purpose: DMC Practicals – Con Ed.

Dive Type:  Boat   Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  Mild Current    Wt:  16lbs

Visibility: 70-80′

Air Temp:  80° F  Btm. Temp:  77° F

Max Depth:  95′    Average Depth: 56′

Safety / Decompression Stops: 3 Min @ 15′

Start PSI: 2,800    End PSI: 730      Air/EANx:  34%

Exposure Protection: 5-Mil Full Wetsuit, Hood, Boots, Gloves

Equipment: 3cf Spare Air, 2 Dive Lights, Scuba Pro Jet Fins

Notes:

On this dive I would be assisting Nate with the Wreck Adventure Dive for the Advanced Open Water certification class. While on our surface interval I switched over the students scuba tanks so they would be ready for the next dive. Again my job was to follow behind the group observing the students making sure they did not have any difficulties.

We descended onto to the YO-257 and briefly toured its deck. Since the Atlantis Submarine was not around right now, the current was mild, and the visibility was good we decided to venture over to the wreck of the San Pedro which lays next to the YO-257.

As Nate lead the group across the ocean bottom to the San Pedro I remained behind to make sure that all divers made it across between the ships safely . The Atlantis submarine tours back and forth between the shipwrecks so basically I acted like a crossing guard making sure the way was clear for the divers.

We toured the wreck of the San Pedro which is much more deteriorated than the YO-257 is and then swam back over to the YO-257. I could hear the Atlantis submarine in the area but could not see where it was at yet, so as we were crossing back over I kept looking for the Atlantis and making sure that no divers were left behind on the San Pedro.

Upon returning to the Yo-257 we began touring the openings that have been cut into its hull allowing the divers to swim through it for their first experience of penetrating a wreck. Since my penetration experiences during the Night Diver Specialty dives and the Wreck Diver Specialty dives I was able to do the penetrations without a problem. It also helped that I was able to keep my concentration on the students instead of what I was doing.

As we reached the mooring line and started our ascent the Atlantis submarine came into view  just off the starboard side of the YO-257. As it got closer to the side of the YO 2 advanced divers that were not staying with our group were coming out of the holes in the side of the YO and were surprised by the Atlantis which was about 20 feet from them. They stayed close to the ships side and ascended up to the rest of us on the mooring line.

We ascended up the mooring line and made a 3 minute safety stop at 15 feet before climbing back onto the boat for our surface interval and lunch before our third dive.

Dive 68

Date: May 5, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 1 of 3

Time In:  09:53  Time Out:  10:20    Time:   :27

Dive Location: Sea Tiger Wreck,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii

Purpose: DMC Practicals – Con Ed.

Dive Type:  Boat   Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  Very Slight Current    Wt:  20lbs

Visibility: 50-60′

Air Temp:  80° F  Btm. Temp:  77° F

Max Depth:  97′    Average Depth: 63′

Safety / Decompression Stops: 3 Min @ 15′

Start PSI: 2,790    End PSI: 747      Air/EANx:  32%

Exposure Protection: 5-Mil Full Wetsuit, Hood, Boots, Gloves

Equipment: 3cf Spare Air, 2 Dive Lights, Scuba Pro Jet Fins

Notes:

This was my first dive for the practicals portion of my Dive Master course. Today I assisted Nate Jonson with the Deep, Wreck, and Drift Adventure Dives of an Advanced Open Water course for 2 students.

My job today started off with preparing and loading scuba tanks on the boat for a total of 15 divers, then selecting the wetsuits, BCD’s, regulators, computers, fins, and masks for the divers who did not bring their own with them. Actually this was the hardest part and most stressful of the day. I am so bad at guessing peoples equipment sizes based on their height and weight, especially with the females. I have been slapped too many times by females for guessing their weight incorrectly while growing up that I suppose I am “scarred” from the experiences.

With assistance from Nate I was able to get all of the divers gear ready for them before they arrived at the Island Divers Hawaii dive shop in Hawaii Kai, and all of the gear was the correct size for them.

Our first dive would be the Sea Tiger which was highly requested by several of the divers (not just me). I have been waiting since starting to dive in January for a chance to dive the Sea Tiger. We normally only do this dive location with our three tank dives on Sundays, so I have never had an opportunity to do this dive yet and I was excited for the chance. After an initial weight check at the surface and assisting a PADI Course Director who was visiting from the mainland with adding additional weights to her BCD we started our descent down to the Sea Tiger.

Since I was diving Nitrox today I could not descend all the way to the bottom which was about 120′ with Nate and the students. Instead I hovered above them at the deck of the Sea Tiger at 97′ while observing them go through their skills. Once they had completed the required skills for the deep dive they joined me on the deck for a tour of the ship. My job then was to follow along behind the group which was lead by Nate observing the students for possible hazards and making sure they did not have any problems on the dive.

After taking a tour around the Sea Tiger we started our ascent back up to the boat. At the mooring line I reminded the students to deflate their BCD’s for the ascent so that they would not be too buoyant while coming back up. At 15 feet we made a 3 minute safety stop and then surfaced and climbed back onto the boat without incident.

Because I was assisting with the class today as a DMC (Dive Master Candidate) I carried extra weights in my BCD pockets in case the students needed additional weights. I only carried 2 additional 2 pound weights, but I could really feel the difference as I was very overweighted.

Dive 67

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

Visibility: 40-50′

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

Notes:

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.

Dive 66

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

Visibility: 60-80′

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

Notes:

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.

Dive 54

Date: April 8, 2013       Dive Shop:  Dive Oahu, Honolulu, HI.

Location: Kaiser Reef / Channel Reef / Kewalo Pipe,   Oahu, Hawaii

Dive Type: Boat    Environ: Ocean / Salt  Conditions: Surge, Swells, & Mild Current

Visibility: 40-60′      Air Temp:   82       Bottom Temp:  75      Weight:  18lbs.

Time In:  14:22    Time Out:  15:06

Depth:  58′       Time:   :44        Safety Stop: 15′ 3min

Start PSI: 2745    End PSI: 1915      Air/EANx:  34%

Exposure Protection: 5-Mil Full Wetsuit, Hood, Boots, Gloves

Equipment: Spare Air, DPV

Notes:

Completed all of the required skills for the DPV Specialty course on the first dive so we decided to just do a “fun dive” and tour the area. Instead of riding the boat from the first dive site to the second dive site we decided to use the DPV’s and tour a large area on the way to the second dive site.

Got to tour Kaiser Reef, Channel Reef, and finally Kewalo Pipe and the coral reef around it. Saw Trumpet Fish, and Moray Eels on the dive. At the boat harbor we saw a Stingray with about a 6′ wingspan gliding under the boat at the dock looking for fish scraps dropped from the nearby fishing tour boats.

Dive 53

Date: April 8, 2013       Dive Shop:  Dive Oahu, Honolulu, HI.

Location: Kaiser Reef,  Oahu, Hawaii

Dive Type: Boat    Environ: Ocean / Salt   Conditions: Surge & Mild Current

Visibility: 40-60′      Air Temp:   84       Bottom Temp:  75      Weight:  18lbs.

Time In:  13:09    Time Out:  13:45

Depth:  39′       Time:   :36        Safety Stop: 15′  3min

Start PSI: 2792    End PSI: 1897      Air/EANx:  34%

Exposure Protection: 5-Mil Full Wetsuit, Hood, Boots, Gloves

Equipment: Spare Air, DPV

Notes:

First dive of Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty course. Went over required DPV skills while doing a tour of Kaiser Reef. Saw a White Tipped Reef Shark sleeping under a coral ledge, a couple large moray eels and a few small ones. First time diving this location, I like it a lot for a shallow dive. Great location to run the DPV’s.

Dive Videos Coming Soon

As an upgrade to my Dive Log postings I will soon be including videos of my dives as well as more photos.

I just purchased a GoPro 3 camera today that I have mounted onto the front of one of my DPV’s so that I will be able to shoot videos of the dives. For the night dives I have also mounted a pair of super bright LED flash lights underneath the DPV.

For dives when I will not be using the DPV I will be wearing the GoPro camera on my head so that you see everything that I see and so that you can come along on my dives with me.

Give me some time to figure this new camera out, I promise I will start getting dive videos uploaded soon.

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