Date: April 23, 2013 Dive Shop: Island Divers Hawaii, Hawaii Kai, HI.
Location: Koko Craters, Oahu, Hawaii
Dive Type: Boat Environ: Ocean / Salt Conditions: Slight Current
Visibility: 60-80′ Air Temp: 84 Bottom Temp: 76.3 Weight: 14lbs.
Time In: 15:06 Time Out: 15:48
Max Depth: 47′ Average Depth: 39.6′ Time: :42 Safety Stop: None
Start PSI: 2,847 End PSI: 500 Air/EANx: 32%
Exposure Protection: 5-Mil Full Wetsuit, Hood, Boots, Gloves
Equipment: Spare Air
This was the second dive for the Peak Performance Buoyancy specialty course.
After getting more comfortable with the new Excursion 2 back inflate BCD I was able to loose 4 pounds of my dive weights in this class bringing me now down to 14 pounds. I felt a lot lighter, which made me able to move faster, easier, and conserve air better. I had to free-flow my regulator to get my tank down to 500 psi to do another weight check because I had not used enough of it.
Since I recently purchased a new BCD which is a back inflate style instead of the jacket style that I had been using up to this point I decided that this would be a good time to take the Peak Performance Buoyancy Specialist course to help me dial in my weighting and buoyancy with the new equipment.
I worked with David, my instructor from Island Divers Hawaii and with some tips from him we were able to really zoom in on my ballast weight. We were able to drop 4 pounds off of my weighting which made a huge difference in being able to move easily underwater. I felt a lot lighter and more fluid as I moved now, and with the extra weight being off of me I barely had to add any air at all to my BCD which kept me more streamlined with the bladder tighter against my back.
I had heard that this was an important specialty to take, but until actually doing it I had no idea how much of a difference what I learned in the class would actually make.