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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 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 88 – Night Dive

Date: July 4, 2013       Repetitive Dive: 4 of 4

Time In:  22:24    Time Out:  22:53     Time:   :29

Dive Location: Kaiser Reef,   Oahu, Hawaii

Dive Shop:  N/A

Purpose: Night Dive

Dive Type: Boat    Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  Light Current        Weight:  14lbs.

Visibility: 50-60′

Air Temp:   73      Bottom Temp:  74.0

Max Depth:  59.0′       Average Depth: 41.5′

Safety / Decompression Stops: 3 Min / 15′

Start PSI: 2,816    End PSI: 1,977      Air/EANx:  32%

Exposure Protection: 5-Mil Full Wetsuit, Hood, Boots, Gloves, 2 Dive Lights

Equipment: Spare Air, iGills

Notes:

We decided to head towards Waikiki so that we could be able to see the fireworks that were scheduled to be fired at Ala Moana Beach Park tonight on our surface interval.

This was the first time I had seen fireworks from the water and the view was spectacular. We definitely had a lot better view from out here on the water than we would have had from Ala Moana Beach park. I am so glad we chose to do our second night dive over here now.

iGills Snapshot

Dive 87 – Night Dive

Date: July 4, 2013        Repetitive Dive: 3 of 4

Time In:  18:59    Time Out:  19:28      Time:   :29

Location: Corsair Wreck,  Oahu, Hawaii

Dive Shop:  N/A

Purpose: Night Dive

Dive Type: Boat    Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  Light Current             Weight:  14lbs.

Visibility: 80-90′

Air Temp:   76      Bottom Temp:  72.4

Max Depth:  103′       Average Depth: 74.8′

Safety / Decompression Stops: 3 Min / 15′

Start PSI: 3,297    End PSI: 2,214      Air/EANx:  32%

Exposure Protection: 5-Mil Full Wetsuit, Hood, Boots, Gloves, 2 Dive Lights

Equipment: Spare Air, iGills

Notes:

This dive was a first for me, I have never dove off of an inflatable RIB before. Doing a bankroll into the water was definitely different from what I am used to. Saw lots of jellies in the water tonight, luckily I was not stung by any of them though. This was only my third night dive on the Corsair and it was much better than last time with the current being much, much lighter. Actually had an enjoyable dive this time.

iGills Snapshot

Dive 86

Date: July 4, 2013          Repetitive Dive: 2 of 4

Time In:  14:16    Time Out:  14:49         Time:   :33

Location: Koko Craters,  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:   82       Bottom Temp:  76.6

Max Depth:  34.0′       Average Depth: 28.3′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 2,873    End PSI: 2,253      Air/EANx:  32%

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

Equipment: Spare Air, iGills

Notes:

This was the 2nd solo kayak dive for the day. Saw 4 Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles and a Hawaiian Monk Seal on this dive, unfortunately I could not get close enough to read his ID number to identify him with.

Headed back to shore to meet up with a friend for a couple boat night dives from his inflatable RIB.

iGills Snapshot

Dive 85

Date: July 4, 2013            Repetitive Dive: 1 of 4

Time In:  13:10    Time Out:  13:40      Time:   :30

Location: Koko Craters,  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:   84       Bottom Temp:  77.6

Max Depth:  38.0′       Average Depth: 26.2′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 2,975    End PSI: 1,627      Air/EANx:  32%

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

Equipment: Spare Air, iGills

Notes:

Decided to do a few solo kayak dives to celebrate the 4th with. Saw a few Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles today and a Crown of Thorns for the first time at this site. Since I am diving solo today I wanted to keep my dives short and not push any limits.

iGills Snapshot

Dive 84

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

Time In:  09:51  Time Out:  10:45  Time:  :54

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:  36.4′    Average Depth: 22′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 3,085   End PSI: 1,067      Air/EANx:  21%

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

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

Notes:

For the second dive I went out on the left side of the cove and focused on the area straight out in front of Sharks Cove then came back in on the right side of the cove. I chose to just do a relaxing dive to observe all the fish species that inhabit the cove.

Saw a lot of Reef or Wedge Tailed Trigger Fish shown in the photo below, called Humuhumu-nukunuku-apua´a in the Hawaiian language which means fish that grunts like a pig. The  humuhumu as it is often referred to is the Hawaii State Fish.

iGills Snapshot

Stout Moray Eel

Moorish Idol

Threadfin Butterflyfish

Moorish Idol

Humuhumu-nukunuku-apua´a

Ornate Butterflyfish

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

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