The team has always done our first dive of the year on New Year’s Day and for the last 23 years we have never missed a New Year’s Day. In years past we have had warm days and some cold days, but this year may take the cake!
The air temperature this morning was 8 degrees and we had a wind chill of -4 degrees. But that did not stop Chris T, Evan S, Joe S and Joe S, Sue L and me from jumping in the water at Gull Island Park. We went to Gull Island mainly because a dredge was working the inlet and the foot of Bay Ave still pretty much blocked off because of the new boat ramp being built.
We hit the water with the tide ripping out and with the full moon and the northwest winds the tide was really moving. It was so strong you couldn’t swim against it, so we went in on the other side of the bridge and drifted through the bridge and drifted down towards the docks.
The visibility was nothing to write home about, maybe two to three feet, but all together we recovered 2.5 pounds of sinkers and you had to grab them as you flew. The water temperature was 37 degrees but that wasn’t that big of a problem, the problem was when we came out in to the cold air. The gear pretty much froze on you. But we did have warm water with us to melt the ice.We can be called any time to do a job so we need to be ready and it’s not always warm sunny days. Days like this test our stills and show us just how bad it can be. Did we have to dive today, NO! We wanted to dive.