15 January 2007

Even in the snow.

Oh man King 5 News was reporting on the weather up here and came across some people getting ready for a dive. These are some people who post on the Northwest Dive Club website I visit a lot. The water in the Puget Sound is in the 40's and pretty much stays constant, but with the snow on the ground these people look really crazy diving. They get to the divers about 3 minutes into the video. http://www.king5.com/sharedcontent/VideoPlayer/videoPlayer.php?vidId=113599&catId=81 There is also some photos that "Tom Nic" of the Northwest Dive Club took while on that dive here - http://www.flickr.com/photos/82311222@N00/sets/72157594476346085/

Seattle Snow

Ok I'm stepping off the scuba subject here. It snowed like last tuesday and there is still about 3 inches on the ground. Not very common for Seattle. They say there might be more tonight. Anyway I just had to post some pictures for my family and friends down in Arizona. No great photography, just snow pics.

12 January 2007

Diving - Are You A Natural?

Amy Rhodes, AKA Pinkpadigal, posted on the Northwest Dive Club website the question, "Are you a Natural?" There were many replies. Here is mine-

Natural. Yeah I think I'm pretty confident with that answer. I grew up in Arizona. My parents have had a house with a pool since I was in the first grade. My friends all had pools. We swam for hours on end, all summer long. Played a lot of "Marco Polo". I never really learned to do the traditional swimming "strokes" very well. I never really tried. I always wanted to be under the water. Sometimes I would just lay there on the bottom for as long as I could hold my breath which I couldn't do unless I vented about 1/2 of the air in my lungs. I remember my friend, David, and I would get into a "cannon ball" pose, holding our breath, at the surface and float. Then we would exhale a little and sink. So doing the buoyancy drills came real easy to me. (Makes me wonder how many feet I would have to decend in a pool with a full breath to be neutral. I'll have to try that sometime.) I remember reading about the "frogkick" and thinking I used to do that all the time as a kid. When I did my open water certification Eric, my brother-in-law/dive buddy, said I was like a fish.

Shortly afterward, looking back, I realized I may have been too comfortable. I remember sometimes being as much as 20 feet away from him. Oh I should mention this was in the caribbean and the vis was like 80 feet. Not like that is any excuse. I would never get that far away from my buddy now, much less in low vis. That would have been a long swim if one of us needed to share air!

I also spent many years doing medieval reenactment , much of it in armored combat , and I did quite a bit of hiking, so walking around on the surface in scuba gear doesn't bother me much either.

What I'm not comfortable with is the cold. And right after our trip to Cancun/Cozumel, this Feburary I'm going to be all over that drysuit course. I'd also like to point out that being comfortable/feeling natural is still no replacement for experience/knowledge and I don't let the fact that I feel natural go to my head. At least not anymore.

07 January 2007

Scuba Pod Casts

It was through the Northwest Dive Club that I found these podcasts.
Bottom Timer Radio.

And for the more Technical divers out there - Pod Diver Radio.

06 January 2007

Northwest Dive Club

There are several times I'm looking for an answer to something (or just plain looking) and I find it at the Northwest Dive Club's web site. Or I post a question to their website and let them answer. Divers check it out. Especially if you live here in the northwest.

05 January 2007

Equipment Test/Refresher "Dive"

I cruised up to one of the Underwater Sports stores and gave my newly acquired equipment a test "dive" in their pool. Everything went well. I have no complaints about anything I purchased. My Zeagle Stiletto BC felt rugged and reliable. It fit well and didn't feel like it was sliding around on my body like some BC's I've worn in the past. The double tank straps reasure me that my tank is going nowhere. All of it's dump valves were easy to reach and operate. My Aeris dive computer/console is easy to read and use. As I type, it's sitting here showing me that I have 20 hours and 38 minutes left before flying, that my "dive" was 16 minutes long, my max depth, temperature, etc. Both regulators breathed and performed well, although who can really tell at a depth of only 11 feet, but I'm sure they will do great in the sea.

Since September was my last dive I also did some refresher drills. Mask removal/flood and clear, removing and donning my BC, swimming breathing in different positions, buoyancy control/neutral buoyancy (heeeeey) and frog kick. The frog kick is used when you don't want to stir up silt or otherwise disturb the bottom. I've read about it and wanted to give it a try. Turns out this is something I used to do as a kid in the pool. Thanks mom and dad for buying a house with a pool. Because of that I'm very confident in the water. So it was a good day. I'm more sure of myself and my equipment for Cancun/Cozumel in Feb.