Yesterday I spent the day in Kailua at the Hawaii Gas annual Summer BBQ on the beach in Kailua.
Hawaii Gas is very concerned with safety, both on the job and off. For this reason they have decided to incorporate safety into their employee events.
I was hired as a medic to stand-by just in case anything were to happen, and to man a First Aid Station.
Two lifeguards were also hired to keep everyone safe in the water and prevent any accidents from happening.
After getting the First Aid Station setup, I spent the remainder of the day avoiding sunburn and passing out bandaids for minor scrapes and cuts to the children of the employees who spent the day playing in the ocean.
After receiving rain the previous night we were worried about the event getting rained out, but the weather cooperated with us for the event.
The only thing that we had to deal with was very strong winds throughout the day that almost blew my tent away.
Even with 30 pounds of weights on each of the tents four legs, and me standing on top of the weights of one leg, the wind was still lifting the tent up off the ground at one point as a squall line passed through.
With the high winds we were also concerned about Portuguese Man O’War being blown into the area, so I prepared to deal with any possible stings. Fortunately there were no marine life incidents and I was able to have a quite boring day for a change.
Today I went out with Oahu Divers to complete the in-water portion of my Diver Propulsion Vehicle (DPV) specialty course.
This specialty course was way too easy for me since I currently own two matching SeaDoo Explorer-X DPV’s that I dive with almost every day, but I wanted to complete the specialty anyway so that when I become an instructor if I want to teach the specialty I have a better idea of how to go about teaching the class.
The in-water portion of the class comprises of 2 dives. Since we were able to complete all of the skills required for the course on the first dive, the second dive was just a fun dive. We used the second dive to tour a wide area near Kewalo boat harbor that I never get to see normally since the dive shop that I normally use does not dive at these dive locations.
Since this area was so close to Waikiki I was afraid that there wouldn’t be any good coral reefs to see, I was surprised. We started off at Kaiser Reef, and meandered our way west toward Kewalo pipe crossing under the channel just after a huge yacht named “Rising Sun” owned by Larry Ellison passed through the channel.
Mr Ellison, CEO of Oracle is currently the 3rd wealthiest man in America and the new owner of both a majority of the 141 square mile Hawaiian island of Lanai as well as Island Air, a small airline that services the island of Lanai as well as other Hawaiian islands.
Even though I have been using my DPV’s for a few months, this was the first chance I had gotten to dive with someone else using a DPV. It was a real change to not have to slow down or stop so that my dive buddy could keep up with me. I have got to find dive buddies that also have their own DPV’s, lol.
Note: Even though I completed this specialty course on April 8th, for some reason the instructors at Dive Oahu did not process it until April 22, so that is why there is a discrepancy in the certification dates.