Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Arundo 5/22/11

Today we headed out to the Arundo, on the Independence II.  This was going to be dive day 2 for my students who are taking TDI Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures course.  I arrived at the dock to find both my students had already arrived and began loading gear on the boat (Bonus Point 1).  After loading the gear and going through the dive boat briefing we where underway.  On the way out we checked out each others gear, made sure everyone had the right mixes and reviewed our dive plan.  Both students had been in communication with each other and already had their tables cut and ready for me to review (Bonus Point 2).  At this point I knew it was going to be a pretty good day of diving, even though the weather was a little uncooperative.

Captain Dan got us on site in know time and his crew had us tied in to the wreck within a few minutes upon arrival.  Since it was a full boat and the wreck is not going anywhere, my students and I decided to let some other divers get dressed and splash before we started to gear up.  We went over our dive plan one last time 
and then splashed.  So far so good, students did their predive checks, S-drill & bubble check.  While waiting for them to do there checks on the Carolina rig a school of

Saturday, May 21, 2011

San Jose

Captain Al has brought the Sea Lion down to Atlantic City for a few weeks of diving.  As many of the local divers know there is not many opportunities to hit the wrecks off of AC due to the lack of dive charter boats in the area.  If anyone is interested contact Atlantic Divers (609- 641-7722) or check out their schedule @

Today Saturday May 21, I arrived at the Sea Lion which I thought was early to be greeted by a few divers who had already loaded there gear aboard.  As I began loading gear the rest of the group showed up, loaded the boat and signed all the waivers (Paper work, Ugh).  The Sea Lion pulled out of her slip around 7am and we began our journey out to the San Jose, just in time as there was an early morning fog that had just disappeared.  As we broke the inlet

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Dutch Springs

Day 1 of the Advanced Nitrox & Decompression Procedures course I am teaching was at Dutch Springs.  We were joined by Becky Kagan of Liquid Production and she took some amazing shot as she always does.  Dutch Springs was great, there was no crowd and the vis was about 40'.  Both my students did great and this weekend we will be heading out to the Arundo, with the Independence II.

Season Opener 2011

To start of my Northeast wreck diving season I joined Atlantic Divers dive 30+ miles off Virginia Beach on two World War II liberty ships.  We arrived Saturday late afternoon/early evening and load our gear on the Miss Lindsey.  After a speedy run out on flat seas to the Luckenback, two other divers and I decided to do a night dive.  We were greeted on the bottom with numerous bugs running around and about 25-30' of vis.  After a nice twenty minutes on the bottom I put a hole in my new dry glove and it was time to head back to the anchor line.  The hang was pretty short and uneventful, even with my suit slowly flooding due to the 1" opening in my glove.

The next morning I woke up with the sun and