Sunday, May 08, 2005

PADI certification dives, day 2

Monterey Bay, Lover's point 3rd beach.


9:30am or so:
  • 33 minutes, 13.3m/46 ft, water temperature 13C surface, 12C bottom
  • Todd Sieber and my assigned buddy Brian from B.C.
  • Short dive as we worked skills. It was really crowded below. I didn't get really happy with my buoyancy control
11:30am or so:
  • 43minutes, 9 meters/29 ft, water temperature 15C surface, 14C bottom
  • Ian Pulestone and my assigned buddy Brian from B.C.
  • A really interesting dive, I got in better control of my buoyancy, started frog kicking and spent less energy. Finished the dive with 1000lb, from 2750lb at the beginning. We saw fishes, a large decorated crab. As I was practicing hovering, I saw a bunch of white, sand camouflaged flat fishes and other critters.

Saturday, May 07, 2005

PADI certification dives, day 1

Monterey Bay, Lover's point 3rd beach.


9:30am or so:
  • 44 minutes, 11.2 m/37 ft max depth, water temperature from 16C to 12C.
  • Todd Sieber and my assigned buddy Brian from B.C.
  • I was focusing on my buoyancy and I pay attention to much stuff.
  • I got cold at some point.
11:30am or so:
  • 46 minutes, 13.4 m/44 ft max depth, water temperature from 16C to 12C.
  • Ian Puleston and my assigned buddy Brian from B.C.
  • This was a much better dive. I succeeded in better controlling my buoyancy and actually enjoyed looking things around. I saw fishes (schools of small fishes around the kelp, groups of bigger rock fishes,) starfishes (lots of them on the pillars) and two mating/fighting big (1 feet diameter) spider crabs of light colors. Before we dove, a sea lion went showing off a bit before it disapeared under water.
  • I didn't get cold, I think it's because I ate a snack before diving.
Conclusion:
  • Eating just before diving will help with coldness
  • I have to work on my buoyancy, but I'll stay with 25lb. and the 6lb. of Ian's plate, but I felt I progressed today from the first to the second dive.