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Dive 91

Date: July 13, 2013       Repetitive Dive: 1 of 1

Time In:  08:43    Time Out:  09:29     Time:   :46

Dive Location: Makaha Caverns, Makaha, Hawaii

Dive Shop:  N/A

Purpose: Honolulu Dive Club Event

Dive Type: Shore    Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  Mild Current        Weight:  14lbs.

Visibility: 50-60′

Air Temp:   82      Bottom Temp:  78.2

Max Depth:  35.2′       Average Depth: 21.0′

Safety / Decompression Stops:  None

Start PSI: 3,080    End PSI: 522      Air/EANx:  21%

Exposure Protection: 3-Mil Full Wetsuit, Hood, Boots, Gloves

Equipment: 30cf Pony, iGills, Dive Light

Notes:

Today was my first time diving with the Honolulu Dive Club, a group of divers that I met on Meetup. This was also my first time diving at Makaha Caverns.

Unfortunately for some reason my iGills only recorded the first part of the dive and the end of the dive and showed me at the surface for the majority of the dive. I have no idea what caused that, so I also attached a snapshot below from my Suunto Vyper Air wrist computer DM4 software that recorded the whole dive.

We did not know exactly where the caverns were, just a general idea and so we finally found the “caverns” right at the end of our dive so we only got to see a small part of it. Will have to come back for another dive now that we know how to find the spot. We did see one small Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle and some fish, but not nearly as plentiful as Sharks Cove. Saw several moray eels and one lobster.

iGills Snapshot

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Suunto Vyper Air Snapshot

Photo of Blake from Honolulu Dive Club in Makaha Caverns taken by Kenzie

Dive 90

Date: July 9, 2013       Repetitive Dive: 2 of 2

Time In:  16:49    Time Out:  17:19     Time:   :30

Dive Location: Kea’au Beach,   Oahu, Hawaii

Dive Shop:  N/A

Purpose: Solo Kayak Dive

Dive Type: Kayak    Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  Strong Current        Weight:  14lbs.

Visibility: 60-70′

Air Temp:   86      Bottom Temp:  76.4

Max Depth:  58.6′       Average Depth: 33.6′

Safety / Decompression Stops:  3 Min / 15′

Start PSI: 3,015    End PSI: 2,213      Air/EANx:  21%

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

Equipment: Spare Air, iGills, DPV, 2 Dive Lights

Notes:

Wanted to try a new dive site today that I have been looking at for a while. Getting out to the dive spot in the kayak was a bit harry today with the surf, but I finally made it after two attempts, just before I was going to give up for the day.

Lots and lots of fish, especially Tangs, Triggerfish and Barracuda and several Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles. Inside one of the swim-throughs I saw a HUGE moray eel that must have been at least 5 or 6 foot long and fat. He definitely hasn’t missed many meals. Will have to come back and do this site again when I have more time.

iGills Snapshot

Dive 89

Date: July 9, 2013       Repetitive Dive: 1 of 2

Time In:  13:29    Time Out:  14:03     Time:   :34

Dive Location: Kaiser Reef,   Oahu, Hawaii

Dive Shop:  N/A

Purpose: Solo Kayak Dive

Dive Type: Kayak    Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  Moderate Current        Weight:  14lbs.

Visibility: 80-90′

Air Temp:   89      Bottom Temp:  77.2

Max Depth:  33.7′       Average Depth: 29.2′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 3,125    End PSI: 2,027      Air/EANx:  21%

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

Equipment: Spare Air, iGills

Notes:

Decided to do a kayak dive today back at Kaiser Reef since there was only one dive boat in the area this afternoon. Current was a little higher this time than on my night dive here the other night, so I decided to stay on the sheltered side of the reef for this dive.

Saw several moray eels and one Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle today along with a lot of tangs and Moorish Idols.

iGills Snapshot

Dive 86

Date: July 4, 2013          Repetitive Dive: 2 of 4

Time In:  14:16    Time Out:  14:49         Time:   :33

Location: Koko Craters,  Oahu, Hawaii

Dive Shop:  N/A

Purpose: Solo Kayak Dive

Dive Type: Kayak    Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  Moderate Current                Weight:  14lbs.

Visibility: 80-90′

Air Temp:   82       Bottom Temp:  76.6

Max Depth:  34.0′       Average Depth: 28.3′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 2,873    End PSI: 2,253      Air/EANx:  32%

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

Equipment: Spare Air, iGills

Notes:

This was the 2nd solo kayak dive for the day. Saw 4 Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and a Hawaiian Monk Seal on this dive, unfortunately I could not get close enough to read his ID number to identify him with.

Headed back to shore to meet up with a friend for a couple boat night dives from his inflatable RIB.

iGills Snapshot

Dive 85

Date: July 4, 2013            Repetitive Dive: 1 of 4

Time In:  13:10    Time Out:  13:40      Time:   :30

Location: Koko Craters,  Oahu, Hawaii

Dive Shop:  N/A

Purpose: Solo Kayak Dive

Dive Type: Kayak    Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  Moderate Current      Weight:  14lbs.

Visibility: 80-90′

Air Temp:   84       Bottom Temp:  77.6

Max Depth:  38.0′       Average Depth: 26.2′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 2,975    End PSI: 1,627      Air/EANx:  32%

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

Equipment: Spare Air, iGills

Notes:

Decided to do a few solo kayak dives to celebrate the 4th with. Saw a few Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles today and a Crown of Thorns for the first time at this site. Since I am diving solo today I wanted to keep my dives short and not push any limits.

iGills Snapshot

Adapt . . . Improvise . . . Overcome

We scheduled two dives today with a group from Facebook to dive the Sharks Cove area this morning and I was really looking forward to it.

I wake up extra early, drive across the island to get to the North Shore early enough to find a place to park with my dive trailer. Two hours later everyone else shows up so we get ready for the first dive which will be entering at Three Tables and exiting at Firehouse.

After kitting up we walked all the way through the park to the entrance for Three Tables and started our surface swim out to the dive site. Since I am pulling the dive trailer with me I had to park up at the Sharks Cove parking lot and walk all the way to the entrance to Three Tables which is quite a walk caring all of my dive gear with me. By the time we reached the spot where we would descend I started having a minor asthma attack so I canceled the first dive and headed back to shore. A couple quick puffs of my inhaler and I was back to normal. I had not had an incident like that in years, then I happened to look at my inhaler and noticed that it had expired last December, luckily it still worked.

About an hour later the guys reached Firehouse and exited from their first dive, so I grabbed my gear and met them for the second dive, from Firehouse to Sharks Cove. Since I had the issue which canceled the first dive I decided to take my DPV with me for the second dive so that I could relax and not exert myself to avoid a relapse.

As we entered the water at Firehouse I put my mask and gloves on and started putting my fins on preparing to start the dive when a buckle on one of my Oceanic V-12 fins broke off in my hand. I carry extra fin straps in my dive trailer incase one breaks, but this time the stud that holds the buckle onto the fin broke off, so there was no quick fix to save the fin for the dive. I also noticed that my iGills backup computer had malfunctioned and would not start logging the dive. Since I was already in the water I could not open its case and reset it, so no iGills.

After thinking about it for a minute I got the feeling that someone just flat did not want me diving today. Murphy’s Law came to mind . . . “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”. It seemed that Murphy was working overtime on me today.

Then I remembered a Marine Corps mantra . . . “Adapt, Improvise, & Overcome”. I decided that nothing was going to make me miss both of todays planned dives. Murphy had beaten me once, he may have won the first battle, but the war was far from over. I would make this dive even if I didn’t have a pair of fins to use.

I strapped the broken fins to a d-ring on my BCD, grabbed my DPV and headed into the ocean. Not having the weight of the fins on my feet made me off balanced to say the least. The first few minutes of the dive were comical as I fought for control of my balance and trim in the water. John, one of the other divers on this excursion suggested that I at least put the one good fin on, which made control in the water much easier. I placed the one good fin that I had remaining on my left foot, then hooked my ankles together and used a modified “Mermaid” kicking style for the remainder of the dive which helped quite a bit.

I got quite a few stares and inquisitive looks from other divers that we ran across on the dive. I bet they had never seen someone dive with a single fin like that before.

About half-way through the dive we came across a very large Hawaiian Monk Seal (#32) swimming overhead and I reached for my GoPro to snap a few photos as it was playing with a snorkelers fin at the surface. Just as I turned the GoPro on and got ready to start snapping photos it locked up on me preventing me from being able to use it or reset it.

With all of the problems on this dive, from dive computers and cameras not working to fins breaking and asthma attacks, I’m not even going to log this dive. Maybe I can try it again next time and have better luck.

UPDATE:  Since my camera was having issues, here is a video shot by John Dooling and some photos of the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, Hawaiian Monk Seal, and other sea life that we saw on the dive taken by Lisa Zick-Mariteragi.

Dive 82

Date: June 25, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 2 of 2

Time In:  16:54  Time Out:  18:04  Time:   :70

Dive Location: Kahe Point Beach Park (Electric Beach),  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop: N/A

Purpose: Fun Dive

Dive Type:  Shore      Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  1-3′ Swells, Mild Current & Surge   Wt:  14lbs

Visibility: 30-40′

Air Temp:  82° F    Btm. Temp:  81° F

Max Depth:  29.2′    Average Depth: 13′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 2,726   End PSI: 1,417      Air/EANx:  21%

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

Equipment: 3cf Spare Air, Oceanic V-12 Split Fins, iGills, DPV

Notes:

Second dive of the day was another Fun Dive with Logan from DiveBuddy.com playing around with the DPV’s.

Saw several Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, and 3 different species of Moray Eels on this dive. Also spotted a Lion Fish.

iGills Snapshot

Dive 81

Date: June 25, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 1 of 2

Time In:  13:27  Time Out:  14:35  Time:   :68

Dive Location: Kahe Point Beach Park (Electric Beach),  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  N/A

Purpose: Fun Dive

Dive Type:  Shore      Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  1-3′ Swells, Mild Current & Surge   Wt:  14lbs

Visibility: 40-50′

Air Temp:  82° F    Btm. Temp:  81° F

Max Depth:  24.9′    Average Depth: 12′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 2,735   End PSI: 856      Air/EANx:  21%

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

Equipment: 30cf Pony Bottle, Oceanic V-12 Split Fins, iGills, DPV

Notes:

A DiveBuddy.com member was on island this week and wanted to do some shore dives so we decided to try out Electric Beach. The visibility was a little lower than normal today, but we still had two good dives and I got to put my new Dive Trailer into use.

We saw a couple Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, Hawaiian Barracuda, and a Moray Eel, but no sharks today.

Logan had never used a DPV before so I gave him a “crash course” in safely using a DPV, he loved it and plans on purchasing one for himself now.

To keep him from having to rent gear for the dive I loaned him a set of fins, weights, and 2 tanks. No need to go out of the way to the dive shop.

iGills Snapshot

Logan from DiveBuddy.com learning to use the DPV safelyLogan from DiveBuddy.com

Dive 55

Date: April 21, 2013       Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii, Hawaii Kai, HI.

Location: West Side of Turtle Canyons,  Oahu, Hawaii

Dive Type: Boat    Environ: Ocean / Salt   Conditions: Surge

Visibility: 40-60′      Air Temp:   88       Bottom Temp:  76.6      Weight:  18lbs.

Time In:  13:28    Time Out:  14:36

Max Depth:  36′       Average Depth: 24.8′     Time:   1:08        Safety Stop: 15′ 3min

Start PSI: 2,938    End PSI: 900      Air/EANx:  32%

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

Equipment: Spare Air, DPV

Notes:

Saw a coupple moray eels, several Trumpet Fish, a Coronet Fish, and a Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle. Was a lot of fun using the DPV to “cruise” through the canyons. Unfortunately I had a problem with my GoPro and the video did not record.

Dive 52

Date: April 4, 2013       Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii, Hawaii Kai, HI.

Location: Koko Craters,  Oahu, Hawaii

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

Visibility: 20-40′      Air Temp:   80       Bottom Temp:  74      Weight:  20lbs.

Time In:  11:34    Time Out:  12:35

Depth:  36′       Time:   1:01        Safety Stop: 15′ 3min

Start PSI: 2,910    End PSI: 2,000      Air/EANx:  33%

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

Equipment: Spare Air, DPV

Notes:

Just a “fun dive” getting more experience with the DPV before I do the DPV Specialty course on Monday. Saw several large moray eels, several Trumpet Fish, a Coronet Fish, and 3 Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles.

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