Easter Weekend Diving Goodness!

23 03 2008

Friday, March 21st – Sunday, March 23rd, 2008 ~

Well, what better to do on a long weekend, than go for a few dives with some friends??

Friday ~

Steve and I packed up the dive gear transportation unit, picked up the Woofybeotch, and headed to the quarry, where we met up with our friends, Kevin and Jeremy. It was a blistery cold day, but the sun was out, and we were in good spirits! We brought the camera, and got some incredible footage. There were a couple of holes above, that were streaming sunlight down near the plane.. it was just amazing!! We gave the footage to Leigh, and he’ll be using it in an upcoming video, for sure!

Air Temp. ~ -22 with wind chill
Bottom Time ~ 46 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 22′
Water Temp. ~ 39

I used the SheP with a diaper, and was dry, except for my left leg. Upon further inspection at home, we noticed that the nut on the valve, on the inside of the P Valve was not sealed. We tightened it slightly (as if you overtighten this nut, you will ruin your P Valve).

We went back to Leigh’s, picked up Sarah, and went to Mexicala Rosas! It was a freakin’ cold walk back to Leigh and Sarah’s place, but we had a most excellent day! Then it was off to Steve’s parents’ place for cake!

Saturday ~

Steve, Leigh and I headed up to the quarry again!

Steve getting ready to cut the hole!

We did valve drills, surprise Out Of Airs, and had more fun. I backfinned some more, and we had a most excellent dive! We ran a line to the plane, then took a spool to the shark, on the other side of the quarry. We just about made it to the fin! We practiced swimming out an unconscious diver as well. It was still freakin’ cold out, but very slightly warmer than the day before! Another awesome dive!

Air Temp. ~ probably about -19 with wind chill
Bottom Time ~ 45 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 39′
Water Temp. ~ 39

I used a diaper with the SheP again, and was completely dry… even my leg!  Steve and I celebrated with a Sub from Quizno’s!

Sunday ~

Happy Easter! The Easter Bunny brought me a ship to wreck!

Steve and I met Kevin and Jeremy for yet another wonderful day of diving! The sun was shining even brighter than Friday, and the air was slightly warmer than the day before!

Steve, Jeremy, and Kevin getting gear ready…

Steve cut an extra big hole today, so we could all fit! We called it “The Pentagon!”

Blake and Steve S showed up as we were gearing up as well!

Kevin ran the reel out, and we all followed. We did valve drills, and swam out to the plane, where we did more valve drills, and had even more fun. We swam through the plane, backfinned some more, and ascended near the ice. We noticed that our friends were cutting holes above the plane (the free divers were back), so Steve was playing around, pushing the ice back in the hole. They knew it was us, as they saw our tanks through parts of the ice. Lmao… We saw their sticks poking through, trying to move this one big piece, and Steve had the other end of it, trying to push it back. We descended back down to the plane, had some more diving goodness, and then turned back.

Putting gear away…

Steve and I posed for a pic!

Although it was a bit bright… here’s the gang!

Air Temp. ~ -15 with wind
Bottom Time ~ 48 mins.
Max. Depth ~ 22′
Water Temp. ~ 39
Vis. ~ Stellar!!

I took off my training wheels today, and dived with the SheP alone… No diaper, and completely dry!! w0000000 h00000000!!!

Steve and I then headed to Steve’s parents’ place for some yummy Easter dinner!

I couldn’t have asked for a better long weekend of diving, and spending time with friends and family.

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