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4 05 2008

Sunday, May 4th, 2008 ~

Steve and I headed down to the mighty Ktown on Friday night, to sit in on a split weekend Fundies course. This was Steve’s first course that he was interning on, on the road to becoming a GUE instructor. I like sitting in on classes, as I enjoy reabsorbing information. Friday night was some classroom stuff, Saturday started off at the pool, for the swim and breath hold tests, then back to the classroom again!

Sunday was dive day. There were four students ~ Two in doubles and two in single tanks. Dive one was a “see where you’re at dive,” and Steve had the video camera going. I went in with Tom R for a leisurely dive in the Brule Road Quarry. We dropped down, did our valve drills, swam around the boat, found a ton of bottles, and Tom even found a gold necklace… We watched the students for a while, and surfaced with them. The two of us then went back to shore, but sat at the surface for a bit.

Bottom Time ~ 48 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 26′
Water Temp. ~ 55 above, 52 below thermocline
Vis. ~ 30′ ish

We saw some familiar faces gearing up to get in, and ended up chatting for a while. I wasn’t sure if I was going to last a whole lot longer on the second dive, as my back was a little sore, so I warned Tom that I may pull out the thumb. Back down we went.. back to the boat… through the boat…while my mask flooded… We made our way back to the class, where we watched a bit, then ascended with them. Tom wanted to take a turn with the camera, so Steve and I hovered nearby. After a few propulsion exercises, Steve and I were to bring the reel in.. Steve started, then handed me the prize! I reeled in, and we surfaced. I was then elected to be one of the single tank students’ buddy for her Valve Drill and S Drill, and I had to play “dummy.” She did the drills without a hitch, then did a timed ascent to the surface. Steve and I went back down for the lift bag, then came in. What a fun day!

Was I ever glad I had my She-P!!!!!!!

Bottom Time ~ 57 mins.
Water Temp. ~ 55/52
Max. Depth ~ 25′
Vis. ~ 30′ ish

Our training dives start up again this Thursday!