Monday, January 26, 2015

Dive Tables....

Sunday was a busy day for the team members, we started out out with a dive tables review class so everyone can their skills shape. Its not about just water skills, members need to be able to think. 

Then it was a dive at the foot of Bay Ave as the ocean was kicked up with the coming storm,(to see pictures of the waves go to the Barnegat Bay Island,NJ Facebook page.) The water in the bay was pretty clear, we had 6-8 feet of visibility. But the water temperature was 36 degrees and even in a dry suit that's cold. Everyone came away with some nice bottles. Linda found a small school milk bottle and Greg got a really nice one gallon jug. (Sue looked it up and found out it was made in Alton,Il in 1932.) Big foot got a nice cream top milk bottle.

Then it was back to the building so OJ could check out the truck and everyone got clean up and got ready for the coming storm.

We also did a birthday greeting for someone Joe knows.

Monday, January 19, 2015

What awful weather we had this week end. Rain, cold, ice and wind you name it we had it. It took Big Foot four hours to get down to the building. Here at the shore it wasn’t that bad, we didn’t have the ice like everybody else had.

The tides were way off so if we tried to dive it would be a low tide dive. So we started sorting sinkers for the upcoming fishing flea market. We did get two full five gallon buckets sorted. I don’t think we’re going to get to 3000 pounds, but we’re still going to try.

With Greg, OJ and big foot we checked the water and said “what the hell lets dive”, so that’s what we did. It was planned as a low tide dive at the inlet. Everyone wants to make 3000 pounds now.

Let us just say it was less than good. As we were packing up the gear it was pouring rain and cold! But at the inlet it had to be 50 degrees and it wasn’t raining and there was no wind blowing. The tide was just starting to move so we got in and found out it was pretty clean for the first ten feet and below that it dropped to two feet and below eighteen feet the visibility dropped to one foot at best. It was a daytime dive that you needed a dive light for. There was a pretty good surge coming down the inlet and it moved you five to six feet. About forty minutes in to the dive you could feel the water movement change, the surge was still there but this was something else. As we surfaced we came in to a hell of a storm, the wind was blowing and it was a driving rain that hurt when it hit bare skin and the waves in the inlet were going every which way and it was now cold!

We made for the exit and got out and with the rain coming down it pretty much cleaned the gear for us! We did find 54.4 pounds of sinkers so it was OK. It was still a good dive.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Where did the flag go?.......

Sunday the team did not get to do the ice diver training we were hoping for. The ice was not in great shape and it was to soft for what we needed. But that did not stop us from diving, with new member rich we need to get him up to speed and we do that by diving. He does come in with a lot of skills so this will not take long.

The day was bright and sunny and the ocean was flat with a little bit of wind, so the plan was to do an out and around and come up on the beach. We hit the water and found we had good visibility and the tide was just moving out. All was going well until about half way through the dive and the wind started picking up out of the south west pushing the water up the beach and around the front of the inlet. Everyone made the beach but Big Joe and I as we were bring up the rear with the second dive flag. We surfaced and came up the jacks.

Sue was our surface support on this dive and was right there and everyone made it out and up on to the jetty. It was at this point we found out we had lost a dive flag and float, Sue said she saw it an half hour ago and it was heading north with the wind. The flag was seen way up the beach (may be a half mile north of the jetty). We sent 349 back to the building and 347 took off after the flag, we hate to lose gear! We went to the north end of Manasquan and could see the flag was still going north, Greg and Chet took off up the beach and OJ, Big Foot and Nina headed for Spring Lake. We got the flag just as we made it to Spring Lake. The flag drifted over two miles, but we got it back!

It was a good dive. Greg found out you can’t hold the flag line in your hands, Bob and Rich found out not to get to close to the rocks coming around the end of the jetty when you have a south west wind blowing. Joe and Chet found out bring full sinker tubes up the jacks sucks. Ali found out how cold bags suits are and Sue found out her new mittens are really warm.

Monday, January 05, 2015

CPR Certification....

Every year the team has to recertify in cpr and many other skills. This months training drill was our Cpr recert. This year Linda C. dive team member was our training instructor and she did an outstanding job.


Sunday, January 04, 2015

2015 ~New Years Day Dive~

Happy New Year to everyone!! If you didn’t make the first dive of the year you missed one of the best first dive ever! Was the weather great, not really it could have been warmer not as cold as pass first dive or as warm as first dives in the past, but the sun was out and that help with the visibility.

This year the high tide was very late in the afternoon and we didn’t want to make it a night dive, so we planned a low tide dive. We were looking at the rail road bridge and the inlet but we have done this is the past. We did checked the ocean and it was flat so we planned an in and around. This is where we go in off the beach and let the tide bring us into the inlet and to the exit point.

   So off to the beach Max, mike B. OJ, Big foot Joe, Sue L and guest Eric geared up and headed for the water. We had surface support with Sara, Bob S, Flo, Tom C. and a new member Rick and his wife Jess. It was a nice easy walk into the water as there were no waves to speak of. We put on our masks and fins on and just rolled over and headed for the inlet.

  The water saw so clean on the beach, it had to be twenty feet or better of visibility. This dropped down to ten feet at the point of the jetty but was still good. At the point of the jetty were the Atlantic Traveler fishing boat sank a few years back the visibility went right back to twenty feet. The sand has moved out and pieces of the wreck can be seen jam in and around the rocks. (These have not been seen for a few years because of being covered over by the sand.)

   Everyone drifted down the inlet picking up sinkers and whatever they could find. It was a good day getting sinkers, with the bottom laid bare and very little sand to hide them they were there for the picking. Even Max came away with a very nice dive weight he found on the bottom. All toll the dives came away with 173 pounds of sinkers.

   With the water temperature of 43 you didn’t want to sit around digging or looking to long in the rocks. It was best to keep moving to fight off the cold. Everyone made the exit point and with the help of the surface support people we packed up and then it was back to the building for a great lunch of Flo’s homemade clam chowder and grilled cheese.

  Nina V. our team photograph had a field day with her camera, taking over 350 pictures. It’s not an easy job going through them as all of them are so good. She really does have a good eye! We’ll be posting them.

  So it was a great start to the New Year, great people and a great dive and a good time!