Archive for January of 2000
This was a cool dive. We geared up in the parking lot at Breakwater, strapped a glowstick onto our snorkle and waded out into the water at 6:55pm. What a dark and cold place. We got to see the biolumenescence made by plankton when we shut our lights off and waved our honds through the water. Then later that dive, we saw an octopus (the first live octopus I have ever seen). I like octopii, we pissed this one off by shining our bright lights directly on it (it turned red to show us it didn't like it). This was my third dive of the day so my enthusiasm was fading. Physically, the water wasn't any colder that the day dives, but I was tired and surrounded by darkness which psycologically made me colder. I gave the "I'm Cold" sign to our instructor who navigated us back to shore. Man, I was hungry after all this activity. Maybe I'll do more night dives with Dave (it was fun after all).
This was my second boat dive. We had spent 1:45 on our surface interval which brought us into PG B. We geared up, dropped into the water, made our way to the anchor, then proceeded to descend down the anchor line to the base of Eric's Pinnacle (~55 feet). We swam clockwise around the pinnacle and corkscrewed to the surface (roughly 5 turns). On this dive we saw a couple of sunstars, lots of bat stars, kelp bass, kelpfish, etc. There is reported to be a wolf eel living in one of the crevases (marked by many discarded shells at the entrance), but we didn't get to spot the animal. Coryanactis anemones were prevailent through out the dive. Some faces of the rock were covered strictly by the brightly colored anemones. At this spot, we saw some large white metridium anemones.
This was going to be a real test for me. I get seasick easily. I took Dramamine which helped. Once I was geared up and walking to the entry area, I was doing great. My buddies and I dropped into the water over Augmentos Reef and descended to 60 feet. I started the tour as lead; we went to the right along the reef. There were lots of interesting creatures. After 15 min. Dave took over as lead; he lead us to the right. When Charles took over as lead, I lost track of where we wer going which was really bad because Charles turn the lead position over to me for our return to the boat. I had a general idea of where the boat was, but Dave was runnig low on air. We decided to ascend to our deco stop. After 3 minutes, I realized I had plotted a direct course back to the boat (we came up 50 feet from the bow).
This was the first time I went below 60 feet. I was not worried about getting nitrogen narcosis or getting bent at 100 feet, but I was worried that due to my excitement, I would suck down all of my air before I realized it. Well I had no problems, I spent 12 minutes at 113 feet and toured my way back to shore with the instructor. At a bottom depth of 15 feet, I did my 3 minute deco and then walked out to end this dive. What a great dive. I love to dive Monastery. While down at 100ft. we found no surge or currents. The bottom was covered in detritus and silt. Scavengers were making a good living down there (a large crab was eating away at the detritus). We saw a 3ft. diameter sunstar with blue flesh with purple and white raised bumps. I also saw my first large white metridium anemone. I need to come back soon.
This was a course in underwater work. We sure were tired after this dive. We spent 45 minutes underwater doing our skills which sucked the heat away from our bodies plus we were expending energy navigating our skill requirements. Our first skill was to count kick cycles to cover a 100ft distance (mine was 30 kick cycles). Then, using natural navigation we needed to swim 50ft. perpendicular from a mark on the 100ft. test line using only natrual navigation (easy stuff). Then we needed to swim 100ft. perpendicular from another spot on the 100ft. test line using our compass. Last test was to navigate a 100x100ft. square using a compass. There was never a break. When I went home, I fell asleep quickly.