Last Tuesday my dive buddy and I headed to Alki Cove 2 in West Seattle to search for the Giant Pacific Octopus that lives under the Honey Bear and to try and prepare for our upcoming trip to Key Largo, FL. The conditions were not optimal, low visibility and a lot of chop, but they were good enough to dive. We geared up, began the rather long surface swim to the buoy, and descended. After 55 minutes of searching for this Octopus and other assorted creatures I stumbled upon this flounder. It was a good opportunity to use my new dive light along with my GoPro to see if I could get any decent video. The light I was using was the Long Burn version of the original Dusty light (http://www.dustys-lights.com/). It is rather powerful and can wash out the video you are shooting if you aren’t careful. I hope to do a review of the light in an upcoming post but until then enjoy the video and happy diving!
DiveYeti would like to take a moment to celebrate all of the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines of the United States who help defend and protect us all over the world. In honor of you, here is a short clip of the American Flag blowing in the current at 100′ on the YO-257 off the coast of Oahu.
The benefits of a shakedown dive are numerous. Before I partake in any sort of technical dive, a dive in a new environment, or a dive with a new dive buddy or piece of gear I go to a local site and do a shakedown dive. This helps me to get comfortable and practice any skills that may be rusty. Since I am a certified technical diver I always begin my dives by descending and performing a safety drill. This involves using my isolator manifold to shut one tank valve, breath the regulator to the last breath, switch to my alternate, pen the first valve that I shut, then close the other valve that I am breathing on until the last breath. I then switch back and verify I can reach the isolator valve. This training ensures that in the event of an emergency I know what an out of air situation will feel like and that I can act accordingly. Once that is complete I either shoot a bag to practice or just enjoy the dive. The below video is of two new dive buddies and I all doing a shakedown dive at Edmonds Underwater Park. The sunset itself is worth it.
How do you perform shakedown dives?
On the final day of our June 2014 Key Largo trip we we able to dive the USCGC Duane under nearly ideal conditions (i.e. NO current and excellent visibility). We encountered nearly all the creatures of this vessel: Goliath Grouper, Stingray, Moray Eel, Sea Turtle, and tons of smaller critters. Here are the best of the videos that I took:
This video is a mix of the best wildlife footage that the DiveYeti club accumulated while diving in Key Largo. The footage was shot on the wrecks of the USS Spiegel Grove, USCGC Duane, and Molasses Reef. It is an attempt to show the various types of wildlife throughout Key Largo. There was some footage shot of the infamous Goliath Grouper however it did not turn out as well as we had hoped.
Happy diving from DiveYeti!
This was a shakedown dive for some of DiveYeti’s technical divers. Since we are all scattered across the country now we do not have a lot of time to dive together. On this dive the plan was to descend to 115′ and attempt to locate the hatch to the engine room. What actually happened was that we descended to 85′ and just dove around the superstructure getting reacquainted with each others diving styles. Here is a video that cuts a 60 minute dive into 6 minutes. I hope you enjoy it!
Happy diving from DiveYeti!