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Adapt . . . Improvise . . . Overcome

We scheduled two dives today with a group from Facebook to dive the Sharks Cove area this morning and I was really looking forward to it.

I wake up extra early, drive across the island to get to the North Shore early enough to find a place to park with my dive trailer. Two hours later everyone else shows up so we get ready for the first dive which will be entering at Three Tables and exiting at Firehouse.

After kitting up we walked all the way through the park to the entrance for Three Tables and started our surface swim out to the dive site. Since I am pulling the dive trailer with me I had to park up at the Sharks Cove parking lot and walk all the way to the entrance to Three Tables which is quite a walk caring all of my dive gear with me. By the time we reached the spot where we would descend I started having a minor asthma attack so I canceled the first dive and headed back to shore. A couple quick puffs of my inhaler and I was back to normal. I had not had an incident like that in years, then I happened to look at my inhaler and noticed that it had expired last December, luckily it still worked.

About an hour later the guys reached Firehouse and exited from their first dive, so I grabbed my gear and met them for the second dive, from Firehouse to Sharks Cove. Since I had the issue which canceled the first dive I decided to take my DPV with me for the second dive so that I could relax and not exert myself to avoid a relapse.

As we entered the water at Firehouse I put my mask and gloves on and started putting my fins on preparing to start the dive when a buckle on one of my Oceanic V-12 fins broke off in my hand. I carry extra fin straps in my dive trailer incase one breaks, but this time the stud that holds the buckle onto the fin broke off, so there was no quick fix to save the fin for the dive. I also noticed that my iGills backup computer had malfunctioned and would not start logging the dive. Since I was already in the water I could not open its case and reset it, so no iGills.

After thinking about it for a minute I got the feeling that someone just flat did not want me diving today. Murphy’s Law came to mind . . . “Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong”. It seemed that Murphy was working overtime on me today.

Then I remembered a Marine Corps mantra . . . “Adapt, Improvise, & Overcome”. I decided that nothing was going to make me miss both of todays planned dives. Murphy had beaten me once, he may have won the first battle, but the war was far from over. I would make this dive even if I didn’t have a pair of fins to use.

I strapped the broken fins to a d-ring on my BCD, grabbed my DPV and headed into the ocean. Not having the weight of the fins on my feet made me off balanced to say the least. The first few minutes of the dive were comical as I fought for control of my balance and trim in the water. John, one of the other divers on this excursion suggested that I at least put the one good fin on, which made control in the water much easier. I placed the one good fin that I had remaining on my left foot, then hooked my ankles together and used a modified “Mermaid” kicking style for the remainder of the dive which helped quite a bit.

I got quite a few stares and inquisitive looks from other divers that we ran across on the dive. I bet they had never seen someone dive with a single fin like that before.

About half-way through the dive we came across a very large Hawaiian Monk Seal (#32) swimming overhead and I reached for my GoPro to snap a few photos as it was playing with a snorkelers fin at the surface. Just as I turned the GoPro on and got ready to start snapping photos it locked up on me preventing me from being able to use it or reset it.

With all of the problems on this dive, from dive computers and cameras not working to fins breaking and asthma attacks, I’m not even going to log this dive. Maybe I can try it again next time and have better luck.

UPDATE:  Since my camera was having issues, here is a video shot by John Dooling and some photos of the Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, Hawaiian Monk Seal, and other sea life that we saw on the dive taken by Lisa Zick-Mariteragi.

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

Dive 76

Date: May 19, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 1 of 1

Time In:  08:56  Time Out:  09:24    Time:   :28

Dive Location: Sharks Cove,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii – Scofield Barracks

Purpose: DMC – Open Water Dive 4

Dive Type:  Shore       Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  1-3′ Surf    Wt:  21lbs

Visibility: 20-30′

Air Temp:  81° F  Btm. Temp:  79° F

Max Depth:  25′    Average Depth: 17′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 2,974    End PSI: 1,665      Air/EANx:  21%

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

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

Notes:

The surf had come up a little from yesterday, which meant that the visibility would not be the greatest, and ended up being only about 20-30 feet. Since we had already completed 3 of the 4 required Open Water Dives, the students were given the option of making a second dive today as a “fun dive”. Since the visibility had gone down from yesterday, and the surf had come up a little the students chose not to do the additional “fun dive.

For the last dive of the students Open Water Diver course, Open Water Dives we went back to the sandy area at the center of Sharks Cove so that they could perform their required skills. Afterwards we took them on a short tour around the area, again taking them over rocks which made them go into shallower water to see if their buoyancy had improved.

One student still struggled with his buoyancy and used a lot of air because he was constantly inflating and deflating his BCD to compensate for his poor buoyancy. When he was too low he would air his BCD up, making him rise too fast, then he would notice his mistake and dump all the air out making him crash back to the bottom.

After watching this a few times to see if he would grasp the concept of what he was doing incorrectly on his own apparently he was not getting it so when he was on the bottom I signaled for him to add just a little bit of air to his BCD, when he did that he rose just off the bottom so I signaled that it was good, then motioned with my hands to use breath control to rise up a little and to sink a little. He seemed to understand and performed as I showed him, but then when we started the tour once again he was back and forth from about 5 feet to the bottom like a ping-pong ball. Hopefully with more practice it will start to click for him.

iGills Snapshot

Dive 75

Date: May 18, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 3 of 3

Time In:  12:27  Time Out:  13:26    Time:   :59

Dive Location: Sharks Cove,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii – Scofield Barracks

Purpose: DMC – Open Water Dive 3

Dive Type:  Shore       Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  0-2′ Surf    Wt:  22lbs

Visibility: 30-40′

Air Temp:  81° F  Btm. Temp:  79° F

Max Depth:  27′    Average Depth: 18′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 3,091    End PSI: 1,356      Air/EANx:  21%

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

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

Notes:

For the third dive of the students Open Water Diver course, Open Water Dives we first went to the sandy area at the center of Sharks Cove so that they could perform their required skills, then took a tour of Sharks Cove going over some shallower areas where the rocks from the bottom come up higher. This was done so the students could see how their depth affects their buoyancy and as they come up shallower they have to release more air from their BCD’s to keep from floating up too fast and surfacing accidentially. Again a couple of the students had some buoyancy issues which I assisted them with.

Since we completed dives 1, 2, & 3 of their Open Water Dives today we only have 1 dive left that they have to complete tomorrow. The forecast is that the waves will be a little higher tomorrow, so hopefully this will allow us to get it over with before it gets too bad for them.

iGills Snapshot

Students taking a break between demonstrating skills

Dive 74

Date: May 18, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 2 of 3

Time In:  10:01  Time Out:  10:25    Time:   :24

Dive Location: Sharks Cove,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii – Scofield Barracks

Purpose: DMC – Open Water Dive 2

Dive Type:  Shore       Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  0-2′ Surf    Wt:  22lbs

Visibility: 30-40′

Air Temp:  81° F  Btm. Temp:  79° F

Max Depth:  21′    Average Depth: 17′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 1,363    End PSI: 737      Air/EANx:  21%

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

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

Notes:

For the second dive of the students Open Water Diver course, Open Water Dives we went to the sandy area at the center of Sharks Cove so that they could perform their required skills.

A couple of the students had some buoyancy issues and other problems which I assisted them with so that it didn’t cause a problem or turn into an emergency situation.

After the students had finished performing their required skills we ascended so that we could take a long surface interval before continuing with their third dive of the day.

iGills Snapshot

“Lookout Below”

Dive 73

Date: May 18, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 1 of 3

Time In:  09:07  Time Out:  09:40    Time:   :33

Dive Location: Sharks Cove,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii – Scofield Barracks

Purpose: DMC – Open Water Dive 1

Dive Type:  Shore       Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  0-2′ Surf    Wt:  22lbs

Visibility: 30-40′

Air Temp:  81° F  Btm. Temp:  79° F

Max Depth:  30′    Average Depth: 18′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 2,640    End PSI: 1386      Air/EANx:  21%

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

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

Notes:

As part of my Dive Master course I have to assist an instructor (Michelle) with teaching several classes, one of which is the Open Water Diver course that we started back on May 6th. The conditions finally cooperated with us and we got to do the Open Water Dives for this class today.

The visibility wasn’t the best in the world today at Sharks Cove, but it was the only dive spot on the island available because of the high surf caused by the South Swell that is hitting the island this weekend. There were at least 4 classes going on from Island Divers Hawaii, and more classes from at least 4 other dive shops on Oahu all at Sharks Cove today. I have never seen so many divers all at one spot before, very tricky trying to walk up and down the hill from all the foot traffic today.

For the first dive we went to the left side of Sharks Cove where it was shallower and found a nice sandy bottom area for the students to perform their required skills. Since it had been so long since they were in the water performing the skills (May 10), some of them had trouble remembering the skills so we had to work with them a little more to refresh their memory.

Everyone was finally able to complete their required skills so we ascended to take a surface interval before the next dive.

iGills Snapshot

“Follow the Leader”

Dive 72

Date: May 7, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 2 of 2

Time In:  11:26  Time Out:  12:22    Time:   :56

Dive Location: Sharks Cove,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  N/A

Purpose: Fun Dive

Dive Type:  Shore       Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  0-2′ Surf    Wt:  16lbs

Visibility: 40-50′

Air Temp:  81° F  Btm. Temp:  79° F

Max Depth:  35.2′    Average Depth: 21′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 2,779    End PSI: 502      Air/EANx:  21%

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

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

Notes:

For our second dive of the day we decided to do a different area of Sharks Cove which offered more caves and swim throughs and would be a longer distance. As we climbed back down the hill and reached the water another dive buddy of hers showed up with another diver and we decided to wait for them before we headed out. 

Once they had made their way down to the water we headed out on the surface just as I noticed an air leak in one of the dump valves of my BCD which took me a few minutes to fix. Apparently I must have gotten some sand in the valve on the first dive causing it not to seal and free flow. Unfortunately this means that I no longer have a full air tank and was already down to 2400 psi, but at least I was able to get it resolved instead of having to abort the dive. The waves have gone down a little but the tide had come up since our last dive so it was a little easier navigating through the rocks at the shore. 

As we toured the Eastern side of Sharks Cove we found numerous caves to explore some of which were 40 or 50′ long and just wide enough for two people to swim through side by side which we swam through. Because I am still claustrophobic this was a challenge, but with Michelle as my dive buddy I decided to use them to help overcome my fears. I easily swam through each of the caves except for the last one that we found which was just wide enough for one person at a time and made a turn inside so that you could not see the exit. I decided to swim around that one and meet the group on the other side. I will save this one for next time when I have more air.

Unfortunately it was time to end the dive and get ready for the Open Water certification class tonight.

Dive 71

Date: May 7, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 1 of 2

Time In:  09:31  Time Out:  10:21    Time:   :50

Dive Location: Sharks Cove,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  N/A

Purpose: Fun Dive

Dive Type:  Shore       Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  1-2′ Surf    Wt:  16lbs

Visibility: 30-40′

Air Temp:  81° F  Btm. Temp:  79° F

Max Depth:  41.1′    Average Depth: 23′

Safety / Decompression Stops: None

Start PSI: 2,940    End PSI: 983      Air/EANx:  21%

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

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

Notes:

Since I am working with Michelle this week assisting her with an Open Water certification class at the new Island Divers Hawaii dive shop at the Outdoor Recreation Center up on Scofield Barracks as part of my DMC course training we decided to do a fun dive together before class tonight. She is really into shore diving which I am not a fan of and she is trying to convert me, so we decided to do Sharks Cove on Oahu’s North Shore.

The weather worked out for us causing the waves to be really small today only reaching 1-2 foot high which made entry over the slippery rocks easier. Once we were in she lead me on a tour of the area showing me several caves, overhangs and swim throughs that I did not know were in the area.

She also worked with me on a breathing control technique to help me make my air last longer while diving. Normally about 30-40 minutes is all I can get from an 80 cubic foot cylinder unless I am using my DPV, then I can get over an hour. On the first dive I was able to get 50 minutes out of the cylinder, and still had almost a thousand pounds of air left. I could have easily done a full hour on this one thanks to her but we came to the end of our dive and time for a surface interval before the next dive.

One of the things I hate about shore diving is the long walks carrying all your gear over usually sand or rocks and normally up and down hills to get to the water. Then normally a long surface swim before you get to the dive spot. Sharks Cove eliminates the long surface swim, but not the long walk down hill over rocks and sand, then climbing back up to the parking lot afterwards. This is too much like work.

Dive 20

Date: March 16, 2013       Dive Shop:  N/A

Location: Sharks Cove,  Oahu, Hawaii

Visibility: 80′- 100′       Air Temp:   80       Bottom Temp:  75      Weight:  18lbs.

Depth:  45′       Time:   :27

Start PSI: 3,000    End PSI: 800      Air/EANx:  32%

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

Equipment: Spare Air

Notes:

Decided to stay at Sharks Cove for another dive today, Saw more Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles, and more Eagle Rays.

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