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Dive 66

Date: May 2, 2013

Time In:  09:29  Time Out:  09:57    Time:   :28

Dive Location: Kahala Barge,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii

Purpose: Wreck Diver Specialty #3

Dive Type:  Boat   Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  STRONG CURRENT    Wt:  16lbs

Visibility: 60-80′

Air Temp:  82° F  Btm. Temp:  76° F    .

Max Depth:  83′    Average Depth:

Safety / Decompression Stops: 3 Min @ 15′

Start PSI: 2,835    End PSI: 347      Air/EANx:  32%

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

Equipment: 3cf Spare Air, 2 Dive Lights, Reel, Scuba Pro Jet Fins

Notes:

This was the third dive for the Wreck Diver Specialty course.

On this dive we practiced laying a penetration line on the outside of the Kahala Barge wreck. The current was very strong today which made it difficult to concentrate on laying the penetration line, keeping it tight and securely anchoring it along our route across the wreck.

Once the line was laid out we practiced the correct way to follow the line back to the “entrance”, working as a buddy team with Nate, the instructor from Island Divers Hawaii. This teaches you how to follow a penetration line out of a wreck incase you get lost or you have impaired visibility due to silt. We then followed the line back to the reel and practiced retrieving the line.

Because of the strong current today, it took more air than normal to accomplish the task. As the air pressure continued to drop I watched my pressure gauge very closely as we ascended to do our 3 minute safety stop and reached back a couple times to assure myself that my Spare Air was still attached to my side just in case. Fortunately I did not need to deploy it, but It was close.

Unfortunately my iGills came up missing just before the dive so I do not have the dive profile snapshot to attach to this dive. I am ordering a replacement for it, but it will be about a week before it arrives.

Dive 64 – Night Dive

Date: April 24, 2013       Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii, Hawaii Kai, HI.

Location: Kahala Barge,  Oahu, Hawaii

Dive Type: Boat    Environ: Ocean / Salt   Conditions:  Strong Current

Visibility: 50-60′      Air Temp:   79       Bottom Temp:  73.9      Weight:  22lbs.

Time In:  18:55    Time Out:  19:26

Max Depth:  92′       Average Depth: 58.7′     Time:   :31        Safety Stop: 3min / 15′

Start PSI: 2,755    End PSI: 400      Air/EANx:  32%

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

Equipment: Spare Air, DPV, 2 Dive Lights

Notes:

This was my second dive for the Night Diver Specialty. My instructor was Nate from Island Divers Hawaii, which I requested because I have grown to trust him, which is not easy considering my past. I feel a lot more comfortable around Nate, and as it turned out tonight, I would be able to do things that I thought I would never be able to do again.

After descending down to the Kahala Barge wreck, we started touring around the barge in the darkness. I am extremely claustrophobic, and am needing to get over that to complete the wreck penetration portion of the Wreck Diver Specialty, which I will be doing on this particular wreck in a few days.

When Nate decided to venture inside one of the openings that I had mapped on the wreck a few days earlier, I have no idea what came over me, but I actually followed him inside and through the wreck in the darkness with only our flashlights lighting the way.

I was terrified of being trapped inside and running out of air, like my experience in the mine shaft collapse 25 years ago, but I overcame it trusted Nate and followed him into the darkness inside. It was exhilarating afterwards knowing that I was able to accomplish such a monumental feat by overcoming one of my biggest fears.

After touring the rest of the wreck we ascended to get ready for our next dive.

iGills Snapshot

Dive 57

Date: April 22, 2013       Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii, Hawaii Kai, HI.

Location: Kahala Barge,  Oahu, Hawaii

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

Visibility: 60-80′      Air Temp:   79       Bottom Temp:  76      Weight:  22lbs.

Time In:  09:33    Time Out:  10:01

Max Depth:  83′       Average Depth: 80.4′     Time:   :28        Safety Stop: 15′ 3min

Start PSI: 2,524    End PSI: 1,767      Air/EANx:  32%

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

Equipment: Spare Air, DPV, Dive Lights, Slate

Notes:

This was my second dive for the Wreck Diver Specialty. My task this dive was to map the wreck and my penetration point for a later dive on Thursday. I failed art in school, and i will be the first to admit that I can not draw anything, so trying to draw a map of a wreck that someone else will be able to use to dive the site and penetrate the wreck was very difficult for me.

I located 2 possible penetration locations with good areas to tie off a penetration line both outside and just inside the wreck structure. I wanted to located a second one just incase for some reason I was not able to use my first choice on Thursday when we come back to penetrate the wreck.

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