In the spirit of adventure my dive buddy and I picked up a first edition copy of “Northwest Wreck Dives” by Scott Boyd and Jeff Carr. It is an excellent resource for researching, locating, and planning for diving most of the wrecks in Washington State and the surrounding area. It has inspired us to try and dive every single wreck in the book and to try and find more wrecks that haven’t yet been found. As we embark on this journey we will try to keep this site up-to-date with posts, reports, media, and we will also create a map of the sites that we have been to.
If anyone has any suggestions about which wreck to dive next or any tips about a potential undiscovered wreck or if you feel like joining us please don’t hesitate to contact me.
Until next time, happy diving!
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!
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?
This was my second dive ever in Washington State and the first time I have ever used my Go Pro. This dive starts off very dark because of the tides in and around the Puget Sound. I entered the water about 10 minutes after slack tide and as you can see in the video it is very dark. Once the tide started to shift again it cleared up as you can see towards the end. It is very interesting diving in the PNW because you have to really match the tides with the dive. I saw one Giant Pacific Octopus and many anenomes and sea stars. I hope you enjoy.