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Honolulu Dive Club

HDCMeetupI recently found out about Meetup.com and while searching the list of local Meetup groups I came across the Honolulu Dive Club which has over 170 current members and organizes various diving events on Oahu for its members to get together.

And the best part is its FREE. I almost couldn’t believe it, a dive club that doesn’t cost anything to be a member of, and that organizes free dives for its members, what could be better than that?

I joined the group and signed up for a dive that was posted in the club which was this past Saturday morning at Makaha Caverns. When I arrived I started meeting several of the members while we got our gear ready for the dive. On this particular dive 14 members had made it for the dive. It turned out to be a great bunch of people and a lot of fun to be with.

Right away a mask strap broke and I heard one of the divers asking the other divers if they had a spare mask strap, which no one brought with them. She was just mentioning that she would have to miss the dive when I handed her one of the spares that I keep in my dive trailer – problem resolved.

At the end of the dive Tom, the Organizer of the club asked if I would become an Assistant Organizer and help them by organizing some dives for the members. Sure, since I will be diving myself anyway, I may as well post my dives for the group and see if anyone else wants to come along for the dive.

So now I am banging my head trying to figure out how to juggle everything that I have going, and planning future dives for the club at the same time. I am a gluten for punishment.

I am also a member of DiveBuddy.com so we added the Honolulu Dive Club on DiveBuddy so that other DB members can also find the dive club and join  us for dives.

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 2

Date: January 26, 2013       Dive Shop:  Deep Ecology, Haleiwa, HI.

Location: Kakaako Beach Park,   Oahu, Hawaii

Visibility: 6-12′       Air Temp:   78       Bottom Temp:  74      Weight:  25lbs.

Depth:  23′       Time: :20

Start PSI: 2,500    End PSI: 2,000      Air/EANx:  21%

Performed basic SCUBA skills with instructor in the ocean off of Kaakaako Beach Park in downtown Honolulu. Surge conditions made it very difficult to maintain position, and visibility was very low due to surge.

Had a Hammerhead Shark circling overhead during the class while we were kneeling on the sand in a circle performing mask removal skills.

Dive 1

Date: January 26, 2013       Dive Shop:  Deep Ecology, Haleiwa, HI.

Location: Kakaako Beach Park,    Oahu, Hawaii

Visibility: 10-20′       Air Temp:   78       Bottom Temp:  74      Weight:  25lbs.

Depth:  18′       Time: :25

Start PSI: 2,500    End PSI: 2,000      Air/EANx:  21%

Performed basic SCUBA skills with instructor in the ocean off of Kaakaako Beach Park in downtown Honolulu. Surge conditions made it very difficult to maintain position, and visibility was very low due to surge.

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