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SCUBA-L  September 1999, Week 4

SCUBA-L September 1999, Week 4

Subject:

One of these days.

From:

Kuty <[log in to unmask]>

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Scuba diving discussion list <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 23 Sep 1999 17:50:48 -0100

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Today is one of these days.
At 11:00 I felt that the whole office is going crazy so I decided to take
the rest of the day off. I clicked on the Isracam URL (you can check the
Israeli sea conditions in real time in that URL) and saw that the
Mediterranean is diveable (average wave 2 feet, maximum wave 3 feet). A
few more knots to tie and I'm out. The gear is in the trunk of the car
anyway.
 
11:30 I start driving.
12:30 I'm on the beach, gearing up.
12:35 I notice that my computer is not in my dive bag. <Darn, how many
times do I have to tell the little one not to mess with my gear>. O.K.,
never mind, it's a shore dive, max depth 22'. Computer is not needed.
Besides I have my faithful Aqualand for a bottom timer and a depth gauge.
12:40 I descend.
 
Visibility near the shoreline is about 25', not bad. I start navigating
under the water but when I hit the reef (15') the vis drops to 5'. O.k., I
know I can find my way, and I'm sure this is just a local problem. I
continue to navigate according to my compass and I notice that the farther
I go, the worse the vis is. When I get to 20', the vis is only 2'.
 
Well, nothing can stop me. I keep on kicking and I check my old faithful
Aqualand every now and again. At about 22' and 15 minutes into the dive, I
hit the wreck. Actually, I can hardly tell that it is the wreck because
the vis is 2-3'. I check my watch again. Nothing. The depth monitor is
dead. The analog arms don't move. Only one possible explanation. It was
flooded. Now, I am in about 20' of salt water, about 15-18 minutes into
the dive, with only my backup depth gauge on my combo. No bottom timer.
 
I decided that with this kind of vis, and with no timer, there was no point
in continuing. I took a direct course to the beach, according to my
compass (which still worked) and started swimming. I guess It was not
meant to be a diving day after all :-)
 
 
With best regards,
 
                       Kuty

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