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"advanced" scuba classes [Sep. 16th, 2005|03:20 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick

So under some crazy logic, if you've taken 4 "advanced" scuba classes and done 25 dives, you're considered an advanced diver.

I guess some ridiculous percentage of people get certified to go on one vacation and never dive again. Silly.

Anyway, daveman692 is our motivated guy, so he created/negiotated a private weekend lesson with four of the advanced classes, so soon we'll be taking:

-- Night/limited visibility diving
-- Boat diving
-- Dry suit
-- Navigation

Then a couple more dives after that to reach 25 and we're "advanced", whatever that means.

But yeah, scuba's still fun. We went around and (partially) into a sunken amphibious personnel carrier last weekend, and I found a golfball (Titleist! anyone here a Marine biologist!?) and a Gilligan hat.

[User Picture]From: scsi
2005-09-16 10:33 pm (UTC)
Satallite imagery showed that chlorophyll count was through the roof that weekend. Hence all the crap floating around.. :(
Hooray for drysuit! Im tired of being cold!
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-09-16 10:39 pm (UTC)
wtf? satellite imagery?

That floating crap was kinda pretty.
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[User Picture]From: scsi
2005-09-16 10:51 pm (UTC)
My boss' son has access to a (pay only) satellite imagery website used for commercial fisherman. He can pull water temp, chlorophyll counts, surge, etc in almost real-time. Its data from satellites and also from NOAA bouy's around the west coast.
When i came in on monday, he pulled the map of chlorophyll from sunday and it was off the roof around monterey.
Heres a cool night dive trick I learned in mexico:
Turn off your light so its dark, and wave your hand around in front of your face. The motion caused by your hand will cause the plankton to chemically lumense making it looks like your hand is giving off magical glowing sprinkles.
Really really cool when you all swim hard, because your fins churn up the water and make it look like you are rocket-powered. This only works if its really really dark because they dont grow very bright.
I dunno if it'll work in cold water or not, but it was the coolest thing in mexico.. :)
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[User Picture]From: jackbrinks
2005-09-16 11:13 pm (UTC)
It works exactly the same in cold water. The instructor teaching the night diving class will demonstrate I'm sure.

The health department of Monterey County provides bacteria count information for the local waters. It's usually only bad after it rains:


Other misc interesting links:

Dive conditions predictor based on ocean swells:

Local Yahoo diving group. (very good links section) frequent posts on current conditions / dive sites, etc...

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