I 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.
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.
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.
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
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.