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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 83

Date: June 27, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 1 of 2

Time In:  08:05  Time Out:  19:06  Time:  1:01

Dive Location: Sharks Cove,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop: N/A

Purpose: Solo Dive

Dive Type:  Shore      Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  1-3′ Swells, Mild Surge   Wt:  16lbs

Visibility: 20-30′

Air Temp:  81° F    Btm. Temp:  79° F

Max Depth:  32.9′    Average Depth: 19′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 2,928   End PSI: 1,103      Air/EANx:  21%

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

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

Notes:

Was supposed to assist with a private class today, but the plans changed at the last minute after I was already waiting at the dive site, so I decided to not waste the day and chose to do a Solo Dive instead.

Visibility was not that good today, but I saw a lot of various fish and several moray eels on the dive. I did see one small White Tipped Reef Shark sleeping under an overhang way around the right side of Sharks Cove.

iGills Snapshot

 

 

Coral at Sharks Cove

Dive 67

Date: May 2, 2013

Time In:  10:53  Time Out:  11:27    Time:   :34

Dive Location: YO-257,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii

Purpose: Wreck Diver Specialty #4

Dive Type:  Boat   Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  STRONG CURRENT    Wt:  16lbs

Visibility: 40-50′

Air Temp:  88° F  Btm. Temp:  77° F    .

Max Depth:  98′    Average Depth:

Safety / Decompression Stops: 3 Min @ 15′

Start PSI: 2,926    End PSI: 275      Air/EANx:  32%

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

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

Notes:

This was the fourth and last dive for the Wreck Diver Specialty course.

Since the current was so strong today and I had not mapped this wreck we decided not to have me deploy a penetration line on the YO-257 and opted for just a “fun dive” to explore the wreck. I had dove this wreck once back in early March for my Advanced Open Water certification, but we stayed on the outside of it and did not venture inside. This dive we would penetrate the wreck to help me overcome my claustrophobia.

As we descended on the YO-257 the visibility had dropped from our previous dive and I was not able to see the wreck until we descended past the buoy and were approaching it. The first thing I was able to see was the Nautilus submarine which takes tourist on a tour of the YO-257 and the San Pedro which is sunk beside it. On my last dive here you could see the San Pedro from the YO-257

I saw several large jelly fish which concerned me because of my allergy to their stings. I always keep an Epi Pen in my dive bag just incase I have an anaphylactic reaction to them. This is also why I dive with a full wetsuit, hood, boots, and gloves to cover up and protect everything that I possibly can cover.

On this dive Nate my instructor played tour guide as I followed him inside the wreckage of the YO-257. We swam through several areas of the ship seeing the sea life that call the YO home including a very large Moray Eel that was hanging out above a rusted pipe inside. There was also another Moray Eel that found a nice home in a round port hatch on the ships starboard hull that did not seem very happy to be disturbed from his sleep.

Dive 56

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

Location: Koko Craters,  Oahu, Hawaii

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

Visibility: 40-60′      Air Temp:   81       Bottom Temp:  75.1      Weight:  18lbs.

Time In:  15:16    Time Out:  15:48

Max Depth:  35′       Average Depth: 26.2′     Time:   :32        Safety Stop: 15′ 3min

Start PSI: 2,874    End PSI: 1,159      Air/EANx:  32%

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

Equipment: Spare Air, DPV

Notes:

We tied up at the Little Buda statue and toured the Koko Craters area on the DPV’s. Since our first dive was so long and we had not fully warmed up from that dive we got cold quickly and ended this dive early. Not much life visible today, only saw 1 Moray Eel on this dive.

 

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 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 53

Date: April 8, 2013       Dive Shop:  Dive Oahu, Honolulu, HI.

Location: Kaiser Reef,  Oahu, Hawaii

Dive Type: Boat    Environ: Ocean / Salt   Conditions: Surge & Mild Current

Visibility: 40-60′      Air Temp:   84       Bottom Temp:  75      Weight:  18lbs.

Time In:  13:09    Time Out:  13:45

Depth:  39′       Time:   :36        Safety Stop: 15′  3min

Start PSI: 2792    End PSI: 1897      Air/EANx:  34%

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

Equipment: Spare Air, DPV

Notes:

First dive of Diver Propulsion Vehicle Specialty course. Went over required DPV skills while doing a tour of Kaiser Reef. Saw a White Tipped Reef Shark sleeping under a coral ledge, a couple large moray eels and a few small ones. First time diving this location, I like it a lot for a shallow dive. Great location to run the DPV’s.

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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