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Dive 69

Date: May 5, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 2 of 3

Time In:  11:38  Time Out:  12:07    Time:   :29

Dive Location: YO-257 Wreck,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii

Purpose: DMC Practicals – Con Ed.

Dive Type:  Boat   Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  Mild Current    Wt:  16lbs

Visibility: 70-80′

Air Temp:  80° F  Btm. Temp:  77° F

Max Depth:  95′    Average Depth: 56′

Safety / Decompression Stops: 3 Min @ 15′

Start PSI: 2,800    End PSI: 730      Air/EANx:  34%

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

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

Notes:

On this dive I would be assisting Nate with the Wreck Adventure Dive for the Advanced Open Water certification class. While on our surface interval I switched over the students scuba tanks so they would be ready for the next dive. Again my job was to follow behind the group observing the students making sure they did not have any difficulties.

We descended onto to the YO-257 and briefly toured its deck. Since the Atlantis Submarine was not around right now, the current was mild, and the visibility was good we decided to venture over to the wreck of the San Pedro which lays next to the YO-257.

As Nate lead the group across the ocean bottom to the San Pedro I remained behind to make sure that all divers made it across between the ships safely . The Atlantis submarine tours back and forth between the shipwrecks so basically I acted like a crossing guard making sure the way was clear for the divers.

We toured the wreck of the San Pedro which is much more deteriorated than the YO-257 is and then swam back over to the YO-257. I could hear the Atlantis submarine in the area but could not see where it was at yet, so as we were crossing back over I kept looking for the Atlantis and making sure that no divers were left behind on the San Pedro.

Upon returning to the Yo-257 we began touring the openings that have been cut into its hull allowing the divers to swim through it for their first experience of penetrating a wreck. Since my penetration experiences during the Night Diver Specialty dives and the Wreck Diver Specialty dives I was able to do the penetrations without a problem. It also helped that I was able to keep my concentration on the students instead of what I was doing.

As we reached the mooring line and started our ascent the Atlantis submarine came into view  just off the starboard side of the YO-257. As it got closer to the side of the YO 2 advanced divers that were not staying with our group were coming out of the holes in the side of the YO and were surprised by the Atlantis which was about 20 feet from them. They stayed close to the ships side and ascended up to the rest of us on the mooring line.

We ascended up the mooring line and made a 3 minute safety stop at 15 feet before climbing back onto the boat for our surface interval and lunch before our third dive.

Dive 68

Date: May 5, 2013         Repetitive Dive: 1 of 3

Time In:  09:53  Time Out:  10:20    Time:   :27

Dive Location: Sea Tiger Wreck,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii

Purpose: DMC Practicals – Con Ed.

Dive Type:  Boat   Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  Very Slight Current    Wt:  20lbs

Visibility: 50-60′

Air Temp:  80° F  Btm. Temp:  77° F

Max Depth:  97′    Average Depth: 63′

Safety / Decompression Stops: 3 Min @ 15′

Start PSI: 2,790    End PSI: 747      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 my first dive for the practicals portion of my Dive Master course. Today I assisted Nate Jonson with the Deep, Wreck, and Drift Adventure Dives of an Advanced Open Water course for 2 students.

My job today started off with preparing and loading scuba tanks on the boat for a total of 15 divers, then selecting the wetsuits, BCD’s, regulators, computers, fins, and masks for the divers who did not bring their own with them. Actually this was the hardest part and most stressful of the day. I am so bad at guessing peoples equipment sizes based on their height and weight, especially with the females. I have been slapped too many times by females for guessing their weight incorrectly while growing up that I suppose I am “scarred” from the experiences.

With assistance from Nate I was able to get all of the divers gear ready for them before they arrived at the Island Divers Hawaii dive shop in Hawaii Kai, and all of the gear was the correct size for them.

Our first dive would be the Sea Tiger which was highly requested by several of the divers (not just me). I have been waiting since starting to dive in January for a chance to dive the Sea Tiger. We normally only do this dive location with our three tank dives on Sundays, so I have never had an opportunity to do this dive yet and I was excited for the chance. After an initial weight check at the surface and assisting a PADI Course Director who was visiting from the mainland with adding additional weights to her BCD we started our descent down to the Sea Tiger.

Since I was diving Nitrox today I could not descend all the way to the bottom which was about 120′ with Nate and the students. Instead I hovered above them at the deck of the Sea Tiger at 97′ while observing them go through their skills. Once they had completed the required skills for the deep dive they joined me on the deck for a tour of the ship. My job then was to follow along behind the group which was lead by Nate observing the students for possible hazards and making sure they did not have any problems on the dive.

After taking a tour around the Sea Tiger we started our ascent back up to the boat. At the mooring line I reminded the students to deflate their BCD’s for the ascent so that they would not be too buoyant while coming back up. At 15 feet we made a 3 minute safety stop and then surfaced and climbed back onto the boat without incident.

Because I was assisting with the class today as a DMC (Dive Master Candidate) I carried extra weights in my BCD pockets in case the students needed additional weights. I only carried 2 additional 2 pound weights, but I could really feel the difference as I was very overweighted.

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 66

Date: May 2, 2013

Time In:  09:29  Time Out:  09:57    Time:   :28

Dive Location: Kahala Barge,  Oahu, HI.

Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii

Purpose: Wreck Diver Specialty #3

Dive Type:  Boat   Environ: Ocean / Salt

Conditions:  STRONG CURRENT    Wt:  16lbs

Visibility: 60-80′

Air Temp:  82° F  Btm. Temp:  76° F    .

Max Depth:  83′    Average Depth:

Safety / Decompression Stops: 3 Min @ 15′

Start PSI: 2,835    End PSI: 347      Air/EANx:  32%

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

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

Notes:

This was the third dive for the Wreck Diver Specialty course.

On this dive we practiced laying a penetration line on the outside of the Kahala Barge wreck. The current was very strong today which made it difficult to concentrate on laying the penetration line, keeping it tight and securely anchoring it along our route across the wreck.

Once the line was laid out we practiced the correct way to follow the line back to the “entrance”, working as a buddy team with Nate, the instructor from Island Divers Hawaii. This teaches you how to follow a penetration line out of a wreck incase you get lost or you have impaired visibility due to silt. We then followed the line back to the reel and practiced retrieving the line.

Because of the strong current today, it took more air than normal to accomplish the task. As the air pressure continued to drop I watched my pressure gauge very closely as we ascended to do our 3 minute safety stop and reached back a couple times to assure myself that my Spare Air was still attached to my side just in case. Fortunately I did not need to deploy it, but It was close.

Unfortunately my iGills came up missing just before the dive so I do not have the dive profile snapshot to attach to this dive. I am ordering a replacement for it, but it will be about a week before it arrives.

Wreck Diver Specialty

Since there are so many wrecks to dive in Hawaii I decided to add the Wreck Diver Specialty to my list of certifications. Diving on a wreck and diving on a wreck properly without damaging it or injuring yourself are two different things so I wanted to learn the proper way of diving on a wreck so that I could make sure that I did not do anything to harm it for future divers.

The course required four wreck dives, each with various skills that need to be performed. The first wreck dive I completed in my Advanced Open Water certification course, so this left me with just 3 more dives that needed to be performed.

On the second wreck dive I had to map out the wreck so that i would have a map showing my penetration points for the last wreck dive when I will actually penetrate the wreck. I have no idea why, but this seemed difficult for me because I can not draw. I just was not able to easily draw it as I saw it. It took me a while to get it right, but the finished map was good according to Nate the instructor from Island Divers Hawaii.

On dive 3 we learn how to deploy and retrieve penetration lines by practicing on the outside of a wreck. We also need to show that we can swim along a penetration line without kicking up silt while holding a dive light.

On Dive 4, the final dive of the Wreck Diver Specialty we actually penetrate the wreck using a penetration line that I deploy to be able to relocate the entrance once we are inside. We also need to be able to swim through the wreck maintaining contact with the penetration line using a dive light without disturbing silt which would hinder visibility.

Unfortunately I was not able to complete dives 3 and 4 this past Friday when I had them scheduled because on Thursday I went to test out my new Trident 4.7 kayak and got sunburned very badly on my legs, so I had to reschedule the dives. On Friday morning the pain was so bad in my legs when I tried to stand, I am glad that I rescheduled the dives instead of trying to “grin and bear it”.

I will be completing dives 3 and 4 of this specialty on Thursday morning.

Dive 64 – Night Dive

Date: April 24, 2013       Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii, Hawaii Kai, HI.

Location: Kahala Barge,  Oahu, Hawaii

Dive Type: Boat    Environ: Ocean / Salt   Conditions:  Strong Current

Visibility: 50-60′      Air Temp:   79       Bottom Temp:  73.9      Weight:  22lbs.

Time In:  18:55    Time Out:  19:26

Max Depth:  92′       Average Depth: 58.7′     Time:   :31        Safety Stop: 3min / 15′

Start PSI: 2,755    End PSI: 400      Air/EANx:  32%

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

Equipment: Spare Air, DPV, 2 Dive Lights

Notes:

This was my second dive for the Night Diver Specialty. My instructor was Nate from Island Divers Hawaii, which I requested because I have grown to trust him, which is not easy considering my past. I feel a lot more comfortable around Nate, and as it turned out tonight, I would be able to do things that I thought I would never be able to do again.

After descending down to the Kahala Barge wreck, we started touring around the barge in the darkness. I am extremely claustrophobic, and am needing to get over that to complete the wreck penetration portion of the Wreck Diver Specialty, which I will be doing on this particular wreck in a few days.

When Nate decided to venture inside one of the openings that I had mapped on the wreck a few days earlier, I have no idea what came over me, but I actually followed him inside and through the wreck in the darkness with only our flashlights lighting the way.

I was terrified of being trapped inside and running out of air, like my experience in the mine shaft collapse 25 years ago, but I overcame it trusted Nate and followed him into the darkness inside. It was exhilarating afterwards knowing that I was able to accomplish such a monumental feat by overcoming one of my biggest fears.

After touring the rest of the wreck we ascended to get ready for our next dive.

iGills Snapshot

Dive 57

Date: April 22, 2013       Dive Shop:  Island Divers Hawaii, Hawaii Kai, HI.

Location: Kahala Barge,  Oahu, Hawaii

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

Visibility: 60-80′      Air Temp:   79       Bottom Temp:  76      Weight:  22lbs.

Time In:  09:33    Time Out:  10:01

Max Depth:  83′       Average Depth: 80.4′     Time:   :28        Safety Stop: 15′ 3min

Start PSI: 2,524    End PSI: 1,767      Air/EANx:  32%

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

Equipment: Spare Air, DPV, Dive Lights, Slate

Notes:

This was my second dive for the Wreck Diver Specialty. My task this dive was to map the wreck and my penetration point for a later dive on Thursday. I failed art in school, and i will be the first to admit that I can not draw anything, so trying to draw a map of a wreck that someone else will be able to use to dive the site and penetrate the wreck was very difficult for me.

I located 2 possible penetration locations with good areas to tie off a penetration line both outside and just inside the wreck structure. I wanted to located a second one just incase for some reason I was not able to use my first choice on Thursday when we come back to penetrate the wreck.

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