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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”

Confined Water Class Fiasco

Last night was the first night for the Confined Water skills portion of the PADI Open Water certification course that I have been assisting with this week for my Dive Master Candidate course. All in all everything went well. I showed up at the Scofield Barracks dive shop and loaded 20 scuba tanks for the 16 students while the instructors assisted them with getting their wetsuits, BCD’s, and weights, then we went over to the MWR pool a few miles north of the base where we would hold that nights class.

The students started off with their laps and other swimming skills before putting their wetsuits on for the scuba portion of the class. Once all of the swimming skills were completed I demonstrated the correct assembly and disassembly of their equipment and described each piece and what it does. Then the students were required to assemble and disassemble their own equipment three times.

While the students were assembling their equipment we found that an o-ring on one of their submersible pressure gauges had blown and we searched for a replacement for it. Luckily Davie, a female instructor recently added to the dive shop from Australia, had brought a backup regulator assembly and we were able to switch the student over to it.

Just as we got that student’s situation resolved another student found that they had a blown o-ring on their alternate air source. So once again we were scrambling around trying to find a resolution to the problem.

Unfortunately we could not find a replacement o-ring for the student so our only option was for me to disassemble my rig and let the student use my regulator assembly for the class, which meant that I could not be in the pool with them to assist with the class and demonstrate the regulator recovery and mask skills to them so that I could get signed off for my DMC requirements.

At the end of the class Michelle asked me if I would assist the students with disassembling their gear while she worked with one student that would not be able to attend class on Friday night, so while I helped everyone get their gear loaded back up for the trip back to the shop she worked with the last student completing confined water dives 3, 4 & 5 so that she would be ready for the open water dives with the rest of the class this weekend.

I have today off to prepare for the rest of the class starting tomorrow. I need to decide today if I am going to finish assisting with the class even though I won’t be credited for it, or if I will just skip it and wait two weeks for the next class to start. It’s a tough decision.

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.

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