15 09 2014

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 ~

I wasn’t sure whether or not I was going to dive today, since I had a bit of an issue with my arm, the previous Monday (minor surgical procedure – yes, everything is fine). I did want to give it a try, so I figured that joining in on Steve’s DPV-1 class was a good idea. Of course, I brought the camera along, too.

Valve drills, stowing drills, OOG + towing drills, and all of that fun stuff. I stayed in the background, taking some photos, and stretching my arm out, a little. I wondered if the suit squeeze would bother it, but it didn’t. *Phew*

(Don’t worry, KK, we wear drysuits – I didn’t get the sutures wet) 😛

The team, on the trigger…

We scootered over to the Gaskin, then right back in, with some more skills, and an ascent. I can’t give away all of the fabulous skillz that the course ensues, so I will be a little bit vague with my details!

It was a fabulous day, and although the visibility was pretty stinky, it felt really good to be in the water! The camera does make the vis look better than it actually was.

Selfie, during an ascent drill!

Bottom Time: 1 hour, 38 mins.
Max. Depth: 55′
Water Temp.: 68F
Visibility: Stinky – like gym socks

Way to go, team! Well done!

Testing The Water

15 09 2014

Sunday, September 14th, 2014 ~

Well, I wasn’t sure if I should have gotten in the water today, but… well, I figured I would give it a try. I had had a small surgery, six days prior, and the doctor told me that I should probably stay dry for a couple of weeks. I did explain that we used drysuits, and if we could help it, stayed dry. She was a little “iffy,” but told me to play it by ear… so I did!

The surgery was just off of my shoulder, so I wasn’t sure how the harness would feel, as well as any drysuit squeeze. Steve was teaching a DPV class, so I came along… and brought my camera!

Luckily, I could just hover a bit, while everyone was doing their skill requirements.

We eventually hit the triggers, and headed over to the Gaskin.

We didn’t stay very long, though. I was hoping to take a Project Baseline shot, but there were skillz to be done! 😛

I didn’t feel any discomfort in my arm (it was the left one, so not my primary scooter arm), which was excellent!

Back to the shallows, for SMB deployments, OOG towing, and ascents. Great work, team!!

Small pieces of wreckage, along the skills path…

Great team work!

We have been noticing an extraordinary number of dead eels, this year. It is not normal, and we are starting to help monitor this situation…

Ahhhh… I was so happy, to be in the water! I did catch Steve, in the background, dumping the gas out of his suit, on our ascent!

Ascent selfie!

Bottom Time: 1 hour, 38 mins.
Max. Depth: 55′
Water Temp.: 68F
Vis.: Not fantastic (camera makes it look better than it is)


Way to go, guys ‘n’ gal!


Outbound To The ECH

2 09 2014

Sunday, August 31st, 2014 ~

Chrysler Park Marina was the meeting spot, today.  Myself, Steve, Eric B., and Oren planned to scooter out to the wreck of the Eastcliffe Hall.

I had lubed up my TiZip, and jumped in the water, to make sure I was leak-proof… Yep. All sealed up!

The entry was a bit rocky, so we formed an assembly line, to put our gear in the water.

Eric was showing off his Healthy Seas socks (socks made from recycled fishing net)!

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Our turbos…

As we started out, we surface scootered for part of the way, to avoid the weeds. It wasn’t a very nice day, so there weren’t any boats around. We descended, and the visibility was not as horrific as the last time we made this run out to the wreck. You could barely see your hand on your scooter handle, and that is not an exaggeration! It was a little bit better than that, and improved even more, as we got a bit of depth, away from the marina.

We then took a compass bearing, and zig-zagged until we saw some debris, which brought us to the wreck. Success!

Only 35 minutes, from the corner – which is great timing. It has taken us an hour to get to the wreck, on an occasion, or two.

We checked out various parts of the wreck, and when the first person called a stage switch, I was very surprised at how much gas I still had in my stage bottle. I had been monitoring my gas, but didn’t realize how little I had been using – Yay, gym! I am happily making some progress! w00t w00t!

We made our way inside of a section, where we saw the tail end of an extremely large eel. As we got closer to him, he tried to sneak under part of the wreck structure, so we didn’t see him. We swam by him, but didn’t dare bother him. That was one very big eel – I would say he was at least a meter long. We have seen a few large eels on this wreck, in the past!

Time to drift off, and look for cool stuff! We did that for a while, then made our way back in. Right on target!

What a fun dive!

Bottom Time: 2 hours, 14 mins>
Max. Depth: 72′
Water Temp.: 69F

Due to the raging current, we didn’t bring a camera with us, on this dive. Only surface pics. 🙂

Such a fun dive, and we were changed and packed, just before the storm of impending doom came in!

The sky was pretty… just before the sky went black, and I was white-knuckling it, on the drive home!

Thanks for the great dive, friends!


Shorty Skillz Dive

31 08 2014

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 ~

Jen B. came and met me at Centeen, for a skillz dive!

I stayed in my drysuit, from the previous dive, and we got our gear together. I had had a bit of a flood, but I’m pretty sure it’s because I was due to lube my TiZip!

We dropped into the basin, worked on finning techniques, valve drills, s-drills, smb drills, and played around the big log.

We took our time, coming up the wall, and back in.

Since we were doing skills, I left the camera behind. We did still have fun, and it was nice to enjoy the warm water!

Bottom Time: 47 mins.
Max. Depth: 26′
Water Temp.: 69F

Photo by Matt LJ Charlesworth…

Good To See You Back!

31 08 2014

Saturday, August 30th, 2014 ~

Since my awesome friend isn’t too fond of being in the spotlight, I will be completely evasive in this post.  🙂

So… I have this friend, who has been out of the water for a while, thanks to higher education. Yes, she is a smarty pants, and she had to take some time off, in order to get through the torture that was schooling. Whatever the case, it was really great to have her back in the water, and I was honoured that she would choose me, to be her buddy.

We met at Centeen Park, since it is an easy place to ease back into things. We put gear together, and in we went! Once we got sorted out, and dropped into the basin, it was smooth sailing. I brought a stage along with me, since I was doing another dive, after this one.

Yeah… I think you’ve still got it, lady…

We took our time, swimming in the shallows, and checked out the sculptures.

Yep… You got this…

We then went for a tour, around the wall, looked at some rocks, swam back around, and came in.

We did a nice, slow ascent, up the rocks, and in.

Bottom Time: 50 mins.
Max. Depth: 33′
Water Temp.: 69F

My friend, it was really great to be in the water with you, again! w00t w00t!