Balancing Act!

5 06 2008

Thursday, June 5th, 2008 ~

Steve and I headed to the quarry for our Thursday night skillz dive last night. We brought along the new addition to the family, to see if the new bulkheads that Steve machined for it would make a difference in its prior negativity.

Here are a couple of pics of the newly machined bulkheads…

We tossed ‘er in the water, and voila! It was pretty buoyant. We put 3 lbs of lead around the top, to see how much weight we needed to render it balanced in the water, and all was well!

Before the weight…

After the weight…

We may put on one more 6 oz. strip to get it exactly where we want it.

Having done that, we dropped down, did our valve and S drills, then headed out to the plane. Radu did another valve drill, and Martin was checking out his trim with some new gear… which really did help him… which was great. I worked on some propulsion techniques, and just practiced moving up and down in the water column, using just my breath. We then headed down to the sub for a timed ascent. I’m pleased to say that my ascents are improving.. thank goodness… We ascended to 10′, then did a timed descent, and another timed ascent to the surface. This time, I paired up with Martin.

We headed back in, and discussed the dive, despite the rain and the mosquitos!!

I was pretty happy with the evening’s dive, and look forward to doing more more more!!

Bottom Time ~ 48 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 53′
Water Temp. ~ 54
Vis. ~ 25′ and milky




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