Good morning Divers!!!|
Begin Time: 8:55 am
Time: 16 min
Max Dept: 51ft
Temp: 61-65 F
Visibility: 15 feet
Conditions: Salt water, shore dive, high tide, small south swell waves, surge, current.
Dive Buddies: Nick. Total 10 or more.
The south swell was came back and was strong on Wednesday. It started to back down and it was ok to dive on Saturday. The water was glassy and a few big
waves were hitting the beach at the shore. Visibility was normal for this time of year.
I met up with Rich and this time there were no new divers. People were coming back for the second or third time. Because we had big south swells late in the week,
we decided to dive Crescent Bay's Deadman's Reef. We zoomed on down the road and met up at the dive site. The ocean looked fine with a few big waves hitting
the shore. The surf zone was pretty small.
We suited up and swam out to the drop down point. We all reached the spot and descended. I let all the air out of my BCD and I wasn't descending. I touched my
weight pockets to verify they were there and they weren't! I forgot to put them in and they are still in the car. I powered kicked myself down and hung on to a
boulder. Without holding on, I'd slowly ascent but by kicking down, I could stay down.
I decided to get the group to the reef and see how that goes. We made our way to the reef. I saw a lobster sitting under a rock and decided to get some video of it.
After that I knew I couldn't stay and I said goodbye to the group and started to swim back to shore.
It was hard kicking in a downward push and looking at my gauge, I was going through the air quickly. I decided to give up and I slowly surfaced. It was a long
surface swim back to shore.
Back on shore, we waited for all to check in with Rich who didn't dive. We were missing 2 divers. Way off beyond Seal Rock, we saw two divers. One signaled they
were ok, but we decided to swim out to make sure they were ok. Paul, Nilo and myself left our gear on the beach and swam out to Seal Rock. They were fine but
got a bit lost. Paul helped out by taking one of the divers BCD back in so that diver could save energy and make the long swim back.
Once back on shore, we packed up our gear and headed to Husky Boy's for food and conversation. Conditions were normal for this time of year and the better
times are only a few weeks away.
Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...
Rich Parker & Louis Umphenour