I love it!

Here goes, back to work.
Yesterday, it rained and was cloudy all day. The OI Girl said it was sunny in town, but I didn’t go down there. I studied and took a nap. A wasted day, like I promised myself it wouldn’t be.
It did get sunny here late in the afternoon, and we went for a beach walk. I’ve been telling her I want to incorporate beach walks into the daily routine, and start trying to do them almost every day when she gets off work.
Here’s some more pictures from the 22nd. One is the same ol’ triggerfish nobody wants to see. And a Flamingoes Tongue on a sea fan. I made the Triggerfish my wallpaper on my computer.

Wish me luck today at work. The first day is always hardest. I’ll find out I’m working weekends for the next several weeks at least, and I’ll get a whole new list of problems and complaints. I love it!

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I’m up and drinking coffee. Today I’m going to study, go for a beachwalk with the dawg, then maybe go diving or back out on the kayak again. I feel a little sore from paddling yesterday so I think I need the exercise.

Sunday Night

I’ve had a very busy weekend. Today the OI Girl and I went out on the kayaks to the little island. There isn’t a trace of the plants I planted. I’m sad, my little babies died. I took some more plants out there though. Some vine beachcrawling plants that grow purple flowers. Also it looks like two of the pine trees someone else planted have taken hold and are doing pretty well.

Here’s some pics I took today, the top one is a couple a buddies (pufferfish and yellow snapper(?)) hanging out on the reef, and the bottom one is a Christmas Tree worm. Also I got some good pics of that same Queen Triggerfish from the last post, but I know nobody wants to see that same old fish again.

Tomorrow is my last day off before back to work Tuesday. I’m just getting the hang of being off from work and then I have to go back….

I assure you, I don’t plan on wasting the day tomorrow!!

Yesterday

Queen Triggerfish from my snorkel
The view looking up from my spot on the beach

The Monster Ditto on the beach

Yesterday was a good day. I went for a morning beachwalk. I went into town and took care of some business, (but not all of it). I went to the beach with my dog. I don’t think I got my 3 hours of studying in, there aren’t anough hours in the day.

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Yesterday I couldn’t post, I couldn’t get on to blogger.

This post is from the comments you left on the last two posts.

My camera is rated to 130 feet because any deeper, the housing could crack or water could squeeze past the O-Ring seals and flood the camera. My old camera was rated to only 100 feet, but I took it to 170. At 170 feet, it didn’t work though, I got a weird error on the screen and it wouldn’t take a picture. I think it was being squeezed a bit. Maybe when the new gets worn off of this one I’ll take it a little deeper, but I’ve flooded cameras before and it’s no fun and expensive. I don’t know why it’s only 130 feet, it’s just what the manufacturer says.

For the dive to 100 meters, the plan was 330 for 5 minutes, as we had an open circuit diver with us. (Two Inspirations and a tanker.) We used 10% oxygen and 50% helium for our bottom gas. (the open circuit guy had 12/60). 10/50 really wasn’t really optimum for a dive of this depth on a rebreather, 8% O2 and 60% helium would have been better. Using a PO2 of 1 atmosphere, 10/50 should only be used to 298 feet.

It also should be noted that the open circuit divers gas bill was about $2000 CI ($2400 US) for 6 dives. Us rebreathers paid less than $100 for all our breathing gas for all our dives.

As you go deeper and deeper, nitrogen becomes more and more narcotic and oxygen becomes more and more toxic, so helium is added to reduce both oxygen partial pressure and nitrogen partial pressure.

Our runtimes were about 90 minutes, with the rebreathers clearing deco about 30 minutes before the open circuit diver. Run time is the time from when your head goes underwater till it comes back out of the water. It includes dive time and deco time. Our run times while planning the dive were about 60 minutes and his were about 90. Dive time is the time from when your head goes underwater till you begin your ascent, (330 feet, 5 minutes). But we stayed at 330 for about 5 minutes. (It takes about 3 or 4 minutes to descend to 330 feet) Everybody had computers and the profile was generated on land, and is really just a backup in case of problems. We stick to the profile, but the dive computers and the open circuit divers gas consumption gave us some flexibility.

The extra weight from the “Love Boat” helped me descend faster.

I’m not realy sure if we hit the sponge belt or not. I guess we did, but I’m not sure of the definition. At 330 feet, the dropoff is very vertical, so the sponges that like flat areas, like barrel sponges, are scarcer and not as big. But the sponges that attach to the wall and hang, like elephant ears and tube sponges are HUGE.

My friends left yesterday and today I’m studying and I really really want to go to the beach. Plus I have some personal business to attend to.

And I want to go diving more too. The more you dive, the more you want to dive more. It’s perpetual-

The more you dive, the more you want to dive more.

I’ll get some pictures too