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Dive 80

Date: May 23, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 2 of 2

Time In:  15:50  Time Out:  16:26  Time:   :36

Dive Location: Angler’s Reef,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  N/A

Purpose: Discover Scuba Diving – DMC Internship

Dive Type:  Boat      Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  5-7′ Swells, Moderate Current & Surge   Wt:  16lbs

Visibility: 40-50′

Air Temp:  82° F    Btm. Temp:  77° F

Max Depth:  38′    Average Depth: 18.7′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 3,084   End PSI: 1,201      Air/EANx:  21%

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

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

Notes:

For the second dive of the Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) internship we headed over to Angler’s Reef, a reef line just West of the Koko Craters dive spot. After an uneventful tour of the area we headed back to the boat with the students.

Back at the boat we were able to convince the female student that had panicked on the first dive into getting back into the water with just Kendal and myself which she agreed to. I hovered nearby as a precaution as Kendal calmly talked to her and relaxed her. He was finally able to talk her into descending a little while holding onto the descent line and was able to take her down to about 22 feet and hang out there for a few minutes.

Once we were back on the boat she said that she was grateful that we took the time to work with her by herself and she loved the special attention that she had received by us going out of our way with her.

That’s what great customer service is all about.

iGills Snapshot

Dive 79

Date: May 23, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 1 of 2

Time In:  14:37  Time Out:  15:09  Time:   :32

Dive Location: Koko Craters,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  N/A

Purpose: Discover Scuba Diving – DMC Internship

Dive Type:  Boat      Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  5-7′ Swells, Moderate Current & Surge   Wt:  16lbs

Visibility: 40-50′

Air Temp:  82° F  Btm. Temp:  76.5° F

Max Depth:  35′    Average Depth: 19.5′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 2,915   End PSI: 1,456      Air/EANx:  21%

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

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

Notes:

Today I did an internship with a Discover Scuba Diving (DSD) class taught by Kendal, a recent addition to the teaching staff at Island Divers Hawaii from Australia. The class started off with the students watching a video at the Hickam shop while I assisted Kendal with getting the student’s gear ready. After the video was finished we headed over to the pool to teach the students mask clearing, equalization, and regulator recovery skills.

Most of the students picked up on the skills quickly, however we had to work with one for quite a while on the regulator recovery skill. Every time she would take the regulator out of her mouth and start to recover it she would panic and stand up in the pool. After working with her for about an hour in the pool we were finally ready to head over to the Hawaii Kai shop to meet the boat for the next part of the class.

Once on the boat we headed out to Koko Craters for the first dive of the day. This morning the visibility was about 15 feet so we were a bit apprehensive about how the dive would go. Thankfully the visibility at Koko Craters has improved today after the high tide came in from about 15′ to about 40-50′.

At the surface as we were about to descend the student that was having so much difficulty with the regulator recovery skills started to panic and did not want to go down. As Kendal guided the other students down the descent line I had her turn over onto her back with her BCD fully inflated and talked to her to get her to relax while I towed her back to the boat. Matt, the owner of Island Divers Hawaii was Captaining the Sea Fox today so he said he would work with her on the surface at the swim step of the boat so that I could catch back up to our students.

Once we were all at the bottom we began a tour of the area showing them the sea life that we typically find here which included a large school of Sergeant Major fish, moray eels, and nudibranchs. We also saw a cloud of thousands of Sea Hares floating past in the current. one of the Sergeant Majors took particular attention to one of the students who was too close to his eggs and started pecking him over and over again on the top of his head. It looked like a wood pecker searching for a meal. I started laughing so hard I almost lost my regulator as he fought off the pesky fish.

Another student lost part of his weights and it we had to catch him before he floated up to the surface and replace his weights. A few minutes later he had a similar problem when he got too high and once again he floated to the surface while I fought with him to keep him down. It finally took both me and Kendal to push him back down until his wetsuit compressed enough that he could stay down with the rest of the group. He was a little bit underweighted so we gave him a couple extra pounds of weight and he was able to continue the dive.

iGills Snapshot

Dive 78

Date: May 22, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 2 of 2

Time In:  11:10  Time Out:  11:43    Time:   :33

Dive Location: Koko Craters,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  N/A

Purpose: DMC – Mapping Project

Dive Type:  Solo Kayak Dive      Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  2-4′ Surf    Wt:  16lbs

Visibility: 10-15′

Air Temp:  81° F  Btm. Temp:  79° F

Max Depth:  34′    Average Depth: 28.3′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 2,930   End PSI: 2,298      Air/EANx:  32%

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

Equipment: 3cf Spare Air, Dive Light, Scuba Pro Jet Fins, Compass, GPS, Dive Slates, Protractor

Notes:

Second Solo Kayak Dive today to work on my Mapping Project for the Divemaster course.

Visibility did not improve from the first dive, really sucks today.

iGills Snapshot

Dive 77

Date: May 22, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 1 of 2

Time In:  10:15  Time Out:  10:45    Time:   :30

Dive Location: Koko Craters,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  N/A

Purpose: DMC – Mapping Project

Dive Type:  Solo Kayak Dive      Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  2-4′ Surf    Wt:  16lbs

Visibility: 10-15′

Air Temp:  81° F  Btm. Temp:  79° F

Max Depth:  38′    Average Depth: 26.2′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 2,650    End PSI: 1,597      Air/EANx:  32%

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

Equipment: 3cf Spare Air, Dive Light, Scuba Pro Jet Fins, Compass, GPS, Dive Slates, Protractor

Notes:

Did a Solo Kayak Dive today since the dive barge was not going out so that I could get some more measurements and compass headings so that I could complete my Mapping Project for the Divemaster course.

The south swell is really making diving off the south coast difficult this week. I got rolled 3 times on my way out to the dive site. Luckily once I was past the surf zone and out there it was much calmer. Unfortunately the visibility sucked which made it harder to work on my map.

iGills Snapshot

Dive 76

Date: May 19, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 1 of 1

Time In:  08:56  Time Out:  09:24    Time:   :28

Dive Location: Sharks Cove,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii – Scofield Barracks

Purpose: DMC – Open Water Dive 4

Dive Type:  Shore       Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  1-3′ Surf    Wt:  21lbs

Visibility: 20-30′

Air Temp:  81° F  Btm. Temp:  79° F

Max Depth:  25′    Average Depth: 17′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 2,974    End PSI: 1,665      Air/EANx:  21%

Exposure Protection: 7-Mil Full Wetsuit, Hood, Boots, Gloves

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

Notes:

The surf had come up a little from yesterday, which meant that the visibility would not be the greatest, and ended up being only about 20-30 feet. Since we had already completed 3 of the 4 required Open Water Dives, the students were given the option of making a second dive today as a “fun dive”. Since the visibility had gone down from yesterday, and the surf had come up a little the students chose not to do the additional “fun dive.

For the last dive of the students Open Water Diver course, Open Water Dives we went back to the sandy area at the center of Sharks Cove so that they could perform their required skills. Afterwards we took them on a short tour around the area, again taking them over rocks which made them go into shallower water to see if their buoyancy had improved.

One student still struggled with his buoyancy and used a lot of air because he was constantly inflating and deflating his BCD to compensate for his poor buoyancy. When he was too low he would air his BCD up, making him rise too fast, then he would notice his mistake and dump all the air out making him crash back to the bottom.

After watching this a few times to see if he would grasp the concept of what he was doing incorrectly on his own apparently he was not getting it so when he was on the bottom I signaled for him to add just a little bit of air to his BCD, when he did that he rose just off the bottom so I signaled that it was good, then motioned with my hands to use breath control to rise up a little and to sink a little. He seemed to understand and performed as I showed him, but then when we started the tour once again he was back and forth from about 5 feet to the bottom like a ping-pong ball. Hopefully with more practice it will start to click for him.

iGills Snapshot

Dive 75

Date: May 18, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 3 of 3

Time In:  12:27  Time Out:  13:26    Time:   :59

Dive Location: Sharks Cove,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii – Scofield Barracks

Purpose: DMC – Open Water Dive 3

Dive Type:  Shore       Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  0-2′ Surf    Wt:  22lbs

Visibility: 30-40′

Air Temp:  81° F  Btm. Temp:  79° F

Max Depth:  27′    Average Depth: 18′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 3,091    End PSI: 1,356      Air/EANx:  21%

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

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

Notes:

For the third dive of the students Open Water Diver course, Open Water Dives we first went to the sandy area at the center of Sharks Cove so that they could perform their required skills, then took a tour of Sharks Cove going over some shallower areas where the rocks from the bottom come up higher. This was done so the students could see how their depth affects their buoyancy and as they come up shallower they have to release more air from their BCD’s to keep from floating up too fast and surfacing accidentially. Again a couple of the students had some buoyancy issues which I assisted them with.

Since we completed dives 1, 2, & 3 of their Open Water Dives today we only have 1 dive left that they have to complete tomorrow. The forecast is that the waves will be a little higher tomorrow, so hopefully this will allow us to get it over with before it gets too bad for them.

iGills Snapshot

Students taking a break between demonstrating skills

Dive 74

Date: May 18, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 2 of 3

Time In:  10:01  Time Out:  10:25    Time:   :24

Dive Location: Sharks Cove,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii – Scofield Barracks

Purpose: DMC – Open Water Dive 2

Dive Type:  Shore       Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  0-2′ Surf    Wt:  22lbs

Visibility: 30-40′

Air Temp:  81° F  Btm. Temp:  79° F

Max Depth:  21′    Average Depth: 17′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 1,363    End PSI: 737      Air/EANx:  21%

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

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

Notes:

For the second dive of the students Open Water Diver course, Open Water Dives we went to the sandy area at the center of Sharks Cove so that they could perform their required skills.

A couple of the students had some buoyancy issues and other problems which I assisted them with so that it didn’t cause a problem or turn into an emergency situation.

After the students had finished performing their required skills we ascended so that we could take a long surface interval before continuing with their third dive of the day.

iGills Snapshot

“Lookout Below”

Dive 73

Date: May 18, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 1 of 3

Time In:  09:07  Time Out:  09:40    Time:   :33

Dive Location: Sharks Cove,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii – Scofield Barracks

Purpose: DMC – Open Water Dive 1

Dive Type:  Shore       Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  0-2′ Surf    Wt:  22lbs

Visibility: 30-40′

Air Temp:  81° F  Btm. Temp:  79° F

Max Depth:  30′    Average Depth: 18′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 2,640    End PSI: 1386      Air/EANx:  21%

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

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

Notes:

As part of my Dive Master course I have to assist an instructor (Michelle) with teaching several classes, one of which is the Open Water Diver course that we started back on May 6th. The conditions finally cooperated with us and we got to do the Open Water Dives for this class today.

The visibility wasn’t the best in the world today at Sharks Cove, but it was the only dive spot on the island available because of the high surf caused by the South Swell that is hitting the island this weekend. There were at least 4 classes going on from Island Divers Hawaii, and more classes from at least 4 other dive shops on Oahu all at Sharks Cove today. I have never seen so many divers all at one spot before, very tricky trying to walk up and down the hill from all the foot traffic today.

For the first dive we went to the left side of Sharks Cove where it was shallower and found a nice sandy bottom area for the students to perform their required skills. Since it had been so long since they were in the water performing the skills (May 10), some of them had trouble remembering the skills so we had to work with them a little more to refresh their memory.

Everyone was finally able to complete their required skills so we ascended to take a surface interval before the next dive.

iGills Snapshot

“Follow the Leader”

Dive Master Candidate Course

Becoming a Dive Master is the first step towards transitioning from recreational diving to professional diving and becoming an instructor. I have been working on the online training portion of the course and the bookwork for the PADI Dive Master Candidate course for the past month or so and I will be starting on the practical training this weekend.

On Sunday I will be assisting Nate Jonson in teaching an Advanced Open Water certification class as part of the “Continuing Ed” portion of my DMC practical training. The following week I will be assisting Michelle Martus with teaching an Open Water certification class with the pool sessions and open water dives.

When I spoke with Michelle on the phone to get this training set up I did not realize that I already knew her until she asked me if I remembered her. She was also in the Emergency First Response Instructor class that I took back in January of this year. She was already a Dive Master with Deep Ecology on the North Shore and was in the process of becoming a scuba instructor then. I kinda went backwards by becoming an EFR Instructor before becoming a scuba instructor.

I had talked to Michelle about going diving together during the EFRI class, but I forgot to get her contact information and I changed dive shops from Deep Ecology over to Island Divers Hawaii so we were never able to plan a dive together. It just goes to show you that even though Oahu has a population of over one million people on it, it is still a very small island and you never know who you may run into.

I am nervous about assisting in my first classes this week, but at least knowing both of the instructors that I will be working with will make it a little easier.

Over the next few weeks I will have a very hectic schedule while I try to get all of the practicals checked off as well as the required “demonstration quality” skills and pool work that has to be completed. On the pool work, the two parts that are concerning me are the timed 400 meter and 800 meter lap swims and the 15 minute water tread.

Until learning to dive in January, I have not had an opportunity to learn how to swim. I did not swim as a child before all of my fears took hold of my life, and after they were in place I had no desire to go near the water. I can swim now, but not very fast, and for short distances before I start to panic. This will be a huge obstacle for me to overcome to be able to complete the Dive Master Candidate course.

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