Dive Log

Few experiences top the feeling of venting the air from your BCD and watching the water rush over your eyes as you begin to breath underwater. I was first blessed to start diving in Indiana with my brother, and further blessed to now continue with my sons.

Below is a summary of all of my recorded dives (in order from most recent). Where possible, I have included a picture of the dive or dive location, and, when possible, linked that picture to photo album pages with more pictures.


Dive Specifics
# Date Location Buddy Water°F Vis. Max. Depth Dive Time Total Time Picture
65 5/7/15 Nassau, Bahamas Caleb, Benjamin 79° ~80' 55' 0:34 42:35 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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This was charter dive #2 (of 2) at Nassau in the Bahamas while on a Caribbean cruise with the whole family (except for Toby) along with Arlin and Sharen. Caleb was officially paired up with another diver who did not have a buddy (Ralph Oler) but we all stayed together.
This second dive was to a cluster of four wrecks all very close to eachother. I have never seen so many wrecks in one place before. The tug boat was in the best condition. Benji took some nice pictures and videos of it and of us swimming through it. As with the reef dive, there were many female Caribbean reef sharks around us the whole time. Sometimes they were just feet away.
Other Technical Info: Suunto Cobra3 Air Integrated Dive Computer (bought brand new just before this dive from Adventure Sports in Shawnee, Kansas). Salt water. 2,232 PSI consumed. Aqua Lung Pro QD BCD with integrated weights. I used 18 lbs with a "shorty" wet suit 9 lbs in each front pocket). Caleb used 16 pounds with a swimsuit. Benji used 16 pounds in a swimsuit. Took pictures with Canon PowerShot SX230 (12.1 MP, 14x optical zoom) with matching WP-DC42 underwater housing (rated for 130').
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64 5/7/15 Nassau, Bahamas Caleb, Benjamin 82° ~80' 64' 0:33 42:01 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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This was charter dive #1 (of 2) at Nassau in the Bahamas while on a Caribbean cruise with the whole family (except for Toby) along with Arlin and Sharen. Caleb was officially paired up with another diver who did not have a buddy (Ralph Oler) but we all stayed together.
This dive was to a wall where the bottom dropped off from about 60 feet to literally thousands of feet. This was where they regularly fed a family of about 80 Caribbean reef sharks who were very used to divers. The females were about 8 feet long (the males were only about 4 feet). This was the first time I had seen a shark underwater and we saw MANY sharks during both of these dives (mostly females).
Other Technical Info: Suunto Cobra3 Air Integrated Dive Computer (bought brand new just before this dive from Adventure Sports in Shawnee, Kansas). Salt water. 1,843 PSI consumed. Aqua Lung Pro QD BCD with integrated weights. I used 18 lbs with a "shorty" wet suit (9 lbs in each front pocket). Caleb used 16 pounds with a swimsuit. Benji used 16 pounds in a swimsuit. Took pictures with Canon PowerShot SX230 (12.1 MP, 14x optical zoom) with matching WP-DC42 underwater housing (rated for 130').
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63 3/13/15 Grand Cayman Benjamin 79° ~60' 52' 0:45 41:28 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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This was dive #2 of a 2-dive charter that Benji and I did while on Benji's graduation cruise. Both dives were general tours of the bottom (no structures or wrecks). The first dive was deeper with better visibility while the second dive was shallower with significantly more fish to see. In fact, the second dive location is known as "fish reef" (for obvious reasons).
I had a second occurrence of the dive computer issue that I first observed on 5/22/2012 where I noticed that after I was in the water the screen said "STOP" and the pressure gauge stopped working. Before going in the water it said I had 3,040 PSI but during the dive I realized that it was stuck saying 2,980 PSI for the entire dive. The most important thing the dive computer needs to tell me is how much air is in my tank. After this second mishap I will plan on replacing it before my next dive.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer. ABR: ? lit/min (dive computer malfunctioned. See notes above). Salt water. Aqua Lung Pro QD BCD. I left my shorty on the ship so both Benji and I dove in swimsuits. Took pictures with Canon PowerShot SX230 (12.1 MP, 14x optical zoom) with matching WP-DC42 underwater housing (rated for 130').
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62 3/13/15 Grand Cayman Benjamin 81° ~75' 90' 0:36 40:43 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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This was dive #1 of a 2-dive charter that Benji and I did while on Benji's graduation cruise. Both dives were general tours of the bottom (no structures or wrecks). The first dive was deeper with better visibility while the second dive was shallower with significantly more fish to see. In fact, the second dive location is known as "fish reef" (for obvious reasons).
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer. ABR: 15 lit/min. Salt water. Aqua Lung Pro QD BCD. I left my shorty on the ship so both Benji and I dove in swimsuits. Took pictures with Canon PowerShot SX230 (12.1 MP, 14x optical zoom) with matching WP-DC42 underwater housing (rated for 130').
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61 5/27/14 Ponce De Leon, FL Toby, Benji 68° ~70' 29' 0:47 40:07 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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This was dive #2 (of 2) that we did at the Vortex Spring (see notes below). Caleb sat out due to sinus problems. I didn't remember running out of things to see or do the last time we did this dive, but part of the way through the second dive the place started to feel very small. It was still very fun to do, but if we come back to Florida next year we will definitely do a gulf charter instead.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer. ABR: 15 lit/min. Fresh water. Aqua Lung Pro QD BCD. I used 18 lbs with a 5/3mm full-length wet suit (9 lbs in each front pocket). Toby used 20 pounds with his ~5-7mm rented full-length wet suit. Benji used 20 pounds in a rented ~5-7mm full-length wet suit. Took pictures with Canon PowerShot SX230 (12.1 MP, 14x optical zoom) with matching WP-DC42 underwater housing (rated for 130').

60 5/27/14 Ponce De Leon, FL Toby, Caleb, Benji 68° ~70' 52' 0:48 39:20
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This was dive #1 (of 2) that we did at the Vortex Spring while vacationing in Destin, Florida (it was about an hour drive away from our rental house). We had dove this location once before while Benji was being certified and had wanted to come back on our own sometime. It is a relatively clear and calm dive, although visibility starts to suffer quickly when people stir up too much stuff on the bottom. The deepest we went was to the mouth of the cave at the very bottom which was about 50 feet. There were lots of man-made things to interact with that kept it interesting at first, including a short swim-though cave, a hoop, and a metal box that held air so we could "surface" and talk while still 24 feet below the surface. We also brought an underwater torpedo toy that was fun in clear calm water to play catch with. Caleb had some trouble with his sinuses during the first dive so he sat out for the second dive.
This is the first time I was able to dive with my new prescription mask. It was very nice to finally dive with a mask that didn't smash up against my nose. However, I had a mustache when I bought it so I couldn't try out the fit very well and I'm afraid that I might have bought one that fits a little bit big. Hopefully not. On that topic, I'm afraid that my "new" BCD (bought in 2011) might be fitting a little loose--at least that is how it seemed when I tried to tighten the cummerbund. I suppose I have lost a significant amount of weight in the last 3 years.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer. ABR: 15 lit/min. Fresh water. Aqua Lung Pro QD BCD. I used 18 lbs with a 5/3mm full-length wet suit (9 lbs in each front pocket). Toby used 20 pounds with his ~5-7mm rented full-length wet suit. Caleb used 20 lbs in his 9mm? full-length wet suit. Benji used 20 pounds in a rented ~5-7mm full-length wet suit. Took pictures with Canon PowerShot SX230 (12.1 MP, 14x optical zoom) with matching WP-DC42 underwater housing (rated for 130').

59 5/22/12 Destin, FL Toby, Caleb, Benji 77° ~35' 70' 0:38 38:32 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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This was dive #2 of a 2-dive charter with Emerald Coast Scuba in Destin, Florida. We had attempted to dive the Miss Louise (a 95' tug boat which had also been our second dive when we dove with them last year), but the site was swarming with jellyfish so we returned to the bridge debris. We dove the east pile which had less rubble and a little different feel than the first dive. It was still somewhat near the first dive, and very similar.
It was also an enjoyable dive, but we had another equipment malfunction issue. When I got in the water my computer said "STOP." I wasn't sure why, but proceeded with the divemaster-led dive. It wasn't until further on in the dive that I realized that my pressure gauge was not functioning. It said I had 3,090 PSI the entire time. After informing the divemaster we decided to continue with the dive for another 10 minutes and then surfaced.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer. ABR: ? lit/min (dive computer malfunctioned. See notes above). Salt water. Aqua Lung Pro QD BCD. I used 18 lbs with a 5/3mm full-length wet suit (2 lbs in each back pocket and 7 lbs in each front pocket). Toby used 14 pounds with his 3mm rented full-length wet suit. Caleb used 20 lbs in a 9mm full-length wet suit, and Benji used 16 pounds in a rented 3mm full-length wet suit. Took pictures with Canon PowerShot SX230 (12.1 MP, 14x optical zoom) with matching WP-DC42 underwater housing (rated for 130').

58 5/22/12 Destin, FL Toby, Caleb, Benji 75° ~35' 70' 0:45 37:54 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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This was dive #1 of a 2-dive charter with Emerald Coast Scuba in Destin, Florida. We hired a dive master to dive with us so there were five people in our party. Just like last year, we started by visiting the location of demolished bridge debris that were dumped to form artificial reefs. It looked mostly like slabs of concrete with "sea growth" on them, but there were some parts where you could still make out guard rails. We saw a VERY large grouper. I'd say it was about 5 feet long and probably too wide for me to wrap my arms all the way around. This was the largest fish I've seen underwater.
I had a serious issue with my BC. I had to wrestle to put the weight pouches into the BC, but when the boat attendant brought my BC to me the weight pockets had fallen out. So I tried even harder to wedge them into place while getting ready and thought they had clicked into place, but my left weight pouch (with 7 lbs) fell out when I stepped into the water (giant stride entry). Our guide at first tried to clip on an extra 4 lbs that he had with him, but that was still not enough so we went back to the boat and he added another 4 lbs which worked fine. My weight pocket was recovered by another diver during that dive.
As of this dive, Caleb has officially out-grown the BCD he has been using. The cummerbund no longer reaches all the way around him.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer. ABR: 17 lit/min. Salt water (computer was accidentally set for "fresh water'). Aqua Lung Pro QD BCD. I tried to use 18 lbs with a 5/3mm full-length wet suit (2 lbs in each back pocket and 7 lbs in each front pocket) -- see notes above. Toby used 14 pounds with his 3mm rented full-length wet suit. Caleb used 20 lbs in a 9mm full-length wet suit, and Benji used 16 pounds in a rented 3mm full-length wet suit. Took pictures with Canon PowerShot SX230 (12.1 MP, 14x optical zoom) with matching WP-DC42 underwater housing (rated for 130').
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57 5/24/11 Destin, FL Toby, Caleb, & Mark 72° ~10' 59' 0:36 37:09 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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This was dive #2 of a 2-dive boat charter in Destin, FL. On this second dive we visited the Miss Louise (a 95' intercostal push-tug sunk as an artificial reef about 1 mile offshore). As with the first dive, the dive shop required Benji to be with an instructor-lead group, while Toby, Caleb, and I were paired up with Mark (a diver who was not in the beginner group who did not have a buddy). The intent was to go down in two groups: one group of four and one of about eight. However, as with the first dive, visibility was very bad and staying together was very difficult. When I got to the bottom I could not find Toby and Mark so they stayed together for the duration of the dive and Caleb and I went off by ourselves. Despite the visibility, the dive was very fun. The wreck was covered by swarms of small fish. I got some good pictures and videos of us swimming through them (my new camera housing allows me to switch between pictures and video -- yay!). I did not keep close enough tabs on Caleb's air. He signaled me when he was at 500 PSI and we were still a hard swim to the anchor line. We ended up buddy breathing while doing a 3-minute safety stop at 15' (my computer said to do a 1-minute stop at 10') to keep his tank from going under 200 PSI. In the future we'll need to do better at planning in advance how often to check each other's air and when to start heading back.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer. ABR: 18 lit/min. Salt water (computer was accidentally set for "fresh water'). Aqua Lung Pro QD BCD. I used 18 lbs with a 5/3mm full-length wet suit (2 lbs in each back pocket and 7 lbs in each front pocket), Toby used 16 pounds with his 7mm full-length wet suit and thought it was just a bit too light, Caleb used 20 lbs in a 9mm full-length wet suit, and Benji used 14 pounds in a rented 3/2mm full-length wet suit. This was the first outing where we used the Canon PowerShot SX230 (12.1 MP, 14x optical zoom) with matching WP-DC42 underwater housing (rated for 130').
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56 5/24/11 Destin, FL Toby, Caleb, & Mark 70° ~20' 69' 0:34 36:33 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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This was dive #1 of a 2-dive boat charter in Destin, FL. On this first dive we visited a location where pieces of a demolished bridge were dumped into the water. You could still make out the shape of guard rails and sidewalks in some places. The dive shop required Benji to be with an instructor-lead group, while Toby, Caleb, and I were paired up with Mark (a diver who was not in the beginner group who did not have a buddy). The intent was to go down in two groups: one group of four and one of about eight. However, visibility was very bad and staying together was very difficult. We ended up losing Mark and could not find the anchor line to ascend, so the three of us did a free ascent. It was much harder than an anchor-line ascent, and I was afraid we would come up 100 yards down current from the boat but actually came up about 10 feet from the stern.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer. ABR: 20 lit/min. Salt water (computer was accidentally set for "fresh water'). Aqua Lung Pro QD BCD. I used 18 lbs with a 5/3mm full-length wet suit (2 lbs in each back pocket and 7 lbs in each front pocket), Toby used 16 pounds with his 7mm full-length wet suit and thought it was just a bit too light, Caleb used 20 lbs in a 9mm full-length wet suit, and Benji used 14 pounds in a rented 3/2mm full-length wet suit. This is the first outing where we used the Canon PowerShot SX230 (12.1 MP, 14x optical zoom) with matching WP-DC42 underwater housing (rated for 130').
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55 3/26/11 Bonne Terre, MO Toby, Caleb, & Benji 59° ~100' 44' 0:56 35:59 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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Partly in an attempt to compensate the scuba divers in our family for the cancelled scuba dives during our Caribbean cruise, we decided to go scuba diving at the Bonne Terre mines. We enjoyed conditions that are constant year-round while it snowed 2 inches about 150 feet above us. This was the first time I used my new Aqua Lung Pro QD BCD with integrated weights (aside from when we tested it during Scuba Kuba). Unfortunately, the weights Bonne Terre provided were too large to fit my BCD's pockets so I still had to wear a weight belt. Even worse, I had to use a cheap weight belt with uncomfortable hard weights. Note to self: next time bring my own soft weights (no matter what they say) or at least my own zippered weight belt.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer. ABR: 18 lit/min. Fresh water. Aqua Lung Pro QD BCD. I used ~18 lbs with a 5/3mm full-length wet suit, Toby used ~18 pounds with a rented 2-piece wet suit, Caleb used ~16 pounds in his 9mm full-length wet suit, and Benji used ?? pounds with a rented 2-piece wet suit (I waited too long to log this dive, and we can't remember exactly how much weight we each used).
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54 3/26/11 Bonne Terre, MO Toby, Caleb, & Benji 59° ~100' 48' 0:47 35:03 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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Partly in an attempt to compensate the scuba divers in our family for the cancelled scuba dives during our Caribbean cruise, we decided to go scuba diving at the Bonne Terre mines. We enjoyed conditions that are constant year-round while it snowed 2 inches about 150 feet above us. This was the first time I used my new Aqua Lung Pro QD BCD with integrated weights (aside from when we tested it during Scuba Kuba). Unfortunately, the weights Bonne Terre provided were too large to fit my BCD's pockets so I still had to wear a weight belt. Even worse, I had to use a cheap weight belt with uncomfortable hard weights. Note to self: next time bring my own soft weights (no matter what they say) or at least my own zippered weight belt.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer. ABR: 18 lit/min. Fresh water. Aqua Lung Pro QD BCD. I used ~18 lbs with a 5/3mm full-length wet suit, Toby used ~18 pounds with a rented 2-piece wet suit, Caleb used ~16 pounds in his 9mm full-length wet suit, and Benji used ?? pounds with a rented 2-piece wet suit (I waited too long to log this dive, and we can't remember exactly how much weight we each used).
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53 3/26/11 Bonne Terre, MO Toby, Caleb, & Benji 59° ~100' 48' 0:50 34:16 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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Partly in an attempt to compensate the scuba divers in our family for the cancelled scuba dives during our Caribbean cruise, we decided to go scuba diving at the Bonne Terre mines. We enjoyed conditions that are constant year-round while it snowed 2 inches about 150 feet above us. This was the first time I used my new Aqua Lung Pro QD BCD with integrated weights (aside from when we tested it during Scuba Kuba). Unfortunately, the weights Bonne Terre provided were too large to fit my BCD's pockets so I still had to wear a weight belt. Even worse, I had to use a cheap weight belt with uncomfortable hard weights. Note to self: next time bring my own soft weights (no matter what they say) or at least my own zippered weight belt.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer. ABR: 18 lit/min. Fresh water. Aqua Lung Pro QD BCD. I used ~18 lbs with a 5/3mm full-length wet suit, Toby used ~18 pounds with a rented 2-piece wet suit, Caleb used ~16 pounds in his 9mm full-length wet suit, and Benji used ?? pounds with a rented 2-piece wet suit (I waited too long to log this dive, and we can't remember exactly how much weight we each used).
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52 3/18/11 Kansas City, MO Toby, Caleb, Benji, Ezra 82°   5' 0:35 33:26 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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I have already played in the world's first underwater game of Redemption (details HERE). For St. Patrick's Day we decided to play another underwater game while testing our scuba equipment to get ready to go diving at Bonne Terre. Since we only have two complete sets of scuba gear, so we all took turns playing two games (each of the boys played me twice). Even Ezra, who is not a certified diver yet, played two games.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer. No wet suits.
51 5/20/10 Ponce De Leon, FL Toby L & Caleb L 68° ~70' ~28' 0:37 32:51 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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On the second day of open water dives for Benji's certification (and Arlin's refresher course), we drove about 75 minutes from our rental house in Destin, Florida to the Vortex Spring. I dove without my camera for the first dive, so the pictures shown are both of the second dive. We went down as far as the mouth of the cave at about 50 feet (based on Benji's instructor's estimate--our 3 depth gauges disagreed as much as 10 feet). It was a nice calm dive (no perceptible current and no thermocline) with lots to see and do. One of our favorite items was a box underwater that was open on the bottom and full of air so you could stand up in it and talk to each other about 20 feet down.
Other Technical Info: My Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer sprung a leak in the high pressure hose so I borrowed a set of regulators and manual gauges. ABR: unknown lit/min. Fresh water. I used 18 lbs with a 5/3mm full-length wet suit, Toby used 16 pounds with a 7mm full-length wet suit, and Caleb used 20 pounds in a 9mm full-length wet suit.
50 5/20/10 Ponce De Leon, FL Toby L & Caleb L 68° ~70' 50' ~0:58 33:14 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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On the second day of open water dives for Benji's certification (and Arlin's refresher course), we drove about 75 minutes from our rental house in Destin, Florida to the Vortex Spring. I dove without my camera for the first dive, so the pictures shown are both of the second dive. We went down as far as the mouth of the cave at about 50 feet (based on Benji's instructor's estimate--our 3 depth gauges disagreed as much as 10 feet). It was a nice calm dive (no perceptible current and no thermocline) with lots to see and do. One of our favorite items was a box underwater that was open on the bottom and full of air so you could stand up in it and talk to each other about 20 feet down.
Other Technical Info: My Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer sprung a leak in the high pressure hose so I borrowed a set of regulators and manual gauges. ABR: unknown lit/min. Fresh water. I used 18 lbs with a 5/3mm full-length wet suit, Toby used 16 pounds with a 7mm full-length wet suit, and Caleb used 20 pounds in a 9mm full-length wet suit.
49 5/19/10 Destin, FL Toby L & Caleb L 79° ~20' 35' 0:36 32:16 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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For the first day of open water dives for Benji's scuba certification (and Arlin's refresher course), we did a boat dive (with 18 divers onboard) to the Destin East Jetty in Destin, Okaloosa, Florida. We had some problems getting in the water: Caleb didn't have enough weight to go down (he borrowed a 4-pound weight from the boat which later fell out of his BC pocket and got lost), my camera was in the case turned on "play" (we had to swim back to the boat to dry it off and open it up and change it), and we couldn't find where Benji and Arlin were diving to take pictures. It was fun once we went down, but the current was brutal. We went against the current at first but even hand-over-hand on the rocks (which were sharp and sometimes were merely blown backwards with us) it was hard work. When we finally let go and drifted with the current, it was much more fun. Visibility was pretty bad--we started with a fourth diver who didn't have a partner but he surfaced after about 5 minutes due to equalization problems (at only about 15 feet) and we thought we (Toby was his buddy) just lost him.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 19 lit/min. Salt water. I used 18 lbs with a 7mm full-length wet suit, Toby used 16 pounds with a 9mm full-length wet suit (which he felt was a bit too little), and Caleb ended up with 20 pounds in a 9mm full-length wet suit (which he thought was a bit too little).
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48 8/9/08 Bonne Terre, MO Toby L & Caleb L 59° ~100' 41' 0:56 31:40 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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As a Father's Day present from Sheryl, I went diving at the Bonne Terre mine with Toby, Caleb and Granddad. Equipment problems kept Granddad from diving at all, and kept Caleb from the first dive.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 17 lit/min. Full length wet suits.
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47 8/9/08 Bonne Terre, MO Toby L & Caleb L 59° ~100' 42' 0:49 30:44 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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As a Father's Day present from Sheryl, I went diving at the Bonne Terre mine with Toby, Caleb and Granddad. Equipment problems kept Granddad from diving at all, and kept Caleb from the first dive.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 17 lit/min. Full length wet suits.
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46 8/9/08 Bonne Terre, MO Toby L 59° ~100' 47' 0:39 29:55 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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As a Father's Day present from Sheryl, I went diving at the Bonne Terre mine with Toby, Caleb and Granddad. Equipment problems kept Granddad from diving at all, and kept Caleb from the first dive.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 17 lit/min. Full length wet suits.
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45 7/5/08 Table Rock Lake (MO) Toby L & Caleb L 72° ~20' 37' 0:47 29:16 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
We went back the next day and swam all the way out to the dam. It was a very nice dive.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 18 lit/min. Full length wet suits. Toby used 18 pounds of weight, Caleb used 16, and I used 18 - all of us probably could have dove with less.
44 7/4/08 Table Rock Lake (MO) Toby L & Caleb L 72° ~20' 36' 0:30 28:29 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
After diving with Arlin, I went back with Toby and Caleb. Since I had just over half a tank of air, it was not a long dive. I have no pictures of the dive. This picture (from the internet) shows the dam between Table Rock (top) and "Lake" Taneycomo--we dove top and right of the dam.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 13 lit/min. Full length wet suits. Toby used 18 pounds of weight, Caleb used 16, and I used 18 - all of us probably could have dove with less.
43 7/4/08 Table Rock Lake (MO) Arlin D 73° ~20' 43' 0:26 27:59 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
This dive was actually 4 dives with the first 3 being short surface dives for a total of 10 minutes to a maximum depth of 18 feet, as we got ready to go down. The final dive was to 43 feet. The surface temperature was 81 degrees, but it got much colder past the thermocline. This was the deepest Arlin has gone. The main goal was to get ready to dive the Bonne Terre Mine in August. The lake was flooded at the time. I did not take the camera in the water, and the pictures at the surface did not turn out. I found this picture on the internet of our dive site at flood levels.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 18 lit/min. Full length wet suits. Arlin started with 18 pounds of weight which was too little; 23 worked. I dove with 18.
42 12/27/07 St. Maarten Toby L & Caleb L 80° ~30' 40' 0:40 27:33 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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Dive site #2 of 2 at St. Maarten, called "The Maze" due to the twisting valleys of corral covering lava from eruptions on nearby Saba. Like dive #1 (details below), the sea was very rough on the surface with strong currents on the bottom. I liked this dive better than the first site, but it was still strenuous throughout. The currents were so strong that when our group (about 9 people) started ascending the weighted descent line, planning to make a 3-minute safety stop at 15 feet, we were swept to the surface as the descent line became a tow line!
Other Technical Info: rented gear; dove with shorty and 14 pounds of weights. Boys dove in swim suits with about 10 pounds of weights.
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41 12/27/07 St. Maarten Toby L & Caleb L 80° ~30' 42' 0:40 26:53 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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This was dive #1 of 2 at St. Maarten to a site referred to as: "HMS Proselyte". In truth, the wreck was so old that it had basically disintegrated to the point that you could barely tell that there was once a ship there. The sea was VERY rough, visibility was fairly low, and getting on and off the boat was brutal. Even after reaching the bottom, there were still very strong currents, making these 2 dives some of the most strenuous that I have ever done. Toby and Caleb handled it like pros.
I accidentally left my dive computer at home (in a carry-on suitcase right by the back door!), so I was stuck with rental gear. It didn't even come with a maximum depth indicator, let alone a bottom timer, so I had to use guide estimates for max depth and bottom time.
Other Technical Info: rented gear; dove with shorty and 14 pounds of weights. Boys dove in swim suits with about 10 pounds of weights.
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40 10/26/06 Hawaii (Hanauma Bay) Toby L & Caleb L 79° ~20' 9' 0:47 26:13 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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For our final dive in Hawaii, we returned to Hanauma Bay. This time we planned to stay shallow, and dove in the deepest area inside the reef. It was a very nice shallow dive, but this picture looking down on the bay was one of the only good pictures I got before the camera fogged up.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer
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39 10/25/06 Hawaii (Oahu) Toby L & Caleb L 79° ~100' 42' 0:46 25:26 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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Dive #2 of a 2-dive charter from Oahu. Both of these charter dives we fabulous! Eels were the big attraction during this dive--one is pictured here.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 17 lit/min
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38 10/25/06 Hawaii (Oahu) Toby L & Caleb L 79° ~100' 55' 0:34 24:40 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
Dive #1 of a 2-dive charter from Oahu. We swam along a large pipe. I took videos of this dive, so the picture to the right is actually from the second dive.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 18 lit/min
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37 10/22/06 Hawaii (Electric Beach) Toby L & Caleb L 77° ~50' 37' 0:56 24:06 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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This was Caleb's first real dive. It ended up being quite memorable. More details are available on the photo album pages.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer
36 10/22/06 Hawaii (Hanauma Bay) Toby L & Caleb L 81° ~3' 20' 0:14 23:10 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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This was our first dive in Hawaii. We tried to swim beyond the reef, but visibility was very poor (due to trade winds). After we turned back, it became a glorified snorkeling trip.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 17 lit/min
35 10/7/06 Table Rock Lake (MO) Toby L 72° ~8' 39' 0:59 22:56 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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This was Caleb and Arlin's final open water dive for their certification. Toby and I observed them for a while, then swam out to the dam.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 19 lit/min
34 9/17/06 Table Rock Lake (MO) Toby L 72° ~8' 35' 0:30 21:57 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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Caleb and Arlin's first open water dive for their scuba certification. Toby and I stayed with them long enough to take some pictures, then swam off on our own. It was a pretty shallow dive with one quick dip down to the thermocline. See note below about the nasty borrowed dive computer and these estimated dive specifics.
Other Technical Info: Piece of junk borrowed Dive Computer
33 9/16/06 Table Rock Lake (MO) Toby L 72° ~10' 29' 0:55 21:27 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
The first dive Toby and I made at Table Rock Lake. We did not take pictures this dive, so this picture is from the next day's dive with Caleb and Arlin. It shows a type of fish that is very common there. My dive shop did not get my computer (or regulators) back to me in time, so I borrowed another computer. I couldn't get it to work very well. I barely got it to tell me my air pressure. I have made rough guesses on the dive specifics.
Other Technical Info: Piece of junk borrowed Dive Computer
32 12/1/04 Nevis Toby L 81° ~80' 42' 0:45 20:32 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
Dive #2 of a 2-dive charter from Oualie Beach. Reef dive. I took videos of this dive.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 17 lit/min
31 12/1/04 The Christina Toby L 81° ~50' 71' 0:37 19:47 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
First dive of a 2-dive charter that left from Oualie Beach. These were our last dives before leaving Nevis. It was a nice dive, but much less professional than any other charter that I have ever been on.
We dove down to the Christina for the first dive. It was a tragedy sinking that claimed over 250 lives on August 1, 1970. On such a small island, there are almost no families that did not experience the loss of a relative. There is still a memorial to those who died in Charlestown, which still had fresh flowers, etc. on it that day.
Nitin who dove with us (along with the guide) was a beginner who was in premed 1 this semester (I was in premed II).
I took videos of this dive.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 20 lit/min
30 11/28/04 St. Kitts Toby L 81° ~60' 50' 0:46 19:10 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
Charter in St Kitts with Toby. Guide was Vijay from Kenneth's Dive Shop (869-663-2718). Both dives were reef dives. Took pictures the first dive and videos on the 2nd dive (Nikon CoolPix in underwater housing). Vijay was a very good guide.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 17 lit/min
29 11/28/04 St. Kitts Toby L 81° ~60' 62' 0:45 18:24 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
Charter in St Kitts with Toby. Guide was Vijay from Kenneth's Dive Shop (869-663-2718). Both dives were reef dives. Took pictures the first dive and videos on the 2nd dive (Nikon CoolPix in underwater housing). Vijay was a very good guide.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 17 lit/min
28 10/9/04 Four Seasons (Nevis) Classmates 84° Fair 14' 1:16 17:39 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
Shallow dive at the rocks in front of the Four Seasons right by Pinney's beach. Went with classmates: Jaime (with his wife and son) and Cache. Cache wore my BC (with computer) and I wore Toby's. We were the only scuba divers, and Jaime, Julian, and Jaime's wife were snorkeling. As it ends up, big sheets of greet stuff washed over us, making snorkeling really nasty.
Pretty much a single dive. Shows up as more on the computer as we surfaced a couple times to communicate, since it was such a shallow dive.
This is the only picture available from this dive.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 15 lit/min
27 10/2/04 Four Seasons (Nevis) Toby L 84° Good 17' 1:12 16:23 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
Shallow dive at the first bunch of rocks in front of the Four Seasons (G'ma and G'dad where staying there at the time), adjacent to Pinney's Beach at Nevis. We circled the rocks at least once, and swam straight out quite a ways (where we found the propeller and hidden "flat-fish").
The dive computer translates the dive into 4 separate dives as we surfaced several times to chat, since it was such a shallow dive.
We took videos on that dive. They are some of my favorite videos that we took at Nevis. Pictures attached to dive come from previous snorkeling.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 13 lit/min
26 8/13/04 Pinney's Beach (Nevis) Toby L 84° Good 13' 0:46 15:11 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
Shallow dive around the rocks in front of the Four Seasons in Nevis, next to Pinney's beach. Used the other half of the tank from the 7/24/04 Oualie Beach dive. Swam out to rocks with the Merrels (towed with dive float).
Took no pictures this dive. Linked picture on this dive comes from previous snorkeling at this location.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 15 lit/min
25 7/24/04 Oualie Beach (Nevis) Toby L 84° Good 9' 0:32 14:25 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
Shallow dive at Oualie with Toby. This is the first time we had tried out Toby's new BC. The attached picture is the big anchoring block that we went out to and saw lobsters and other things underneath, BUT the picture itself was actually from snorkeling with the boys earlier--we did not have a camera that day. The dive actually shows up as 4 different dives because we surfaced to talk a few times, since it was so shallow.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 16 lit/min
24 4/17/04 Beaver lake (AR) Monte R 59° ~20' 34' 0:18 13:55 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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Dive #2 of Toby's open-waster dives for certification.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 31 lit/min
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23 4/17/04 Beaver Lake (AR) Monte R 55° ~20' 48' 0:34 13:37 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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Went to Beaver Lake in Arkansas (~7-hour drive from Kansas City) to spend the night for Toby to do his 4 open water dives to be certified before moving to Nevis (2 on the 1st day which I participated in; 2 on the 2nd day that I sat out and watched).
It was pretty cold. We actually showed up for a dry suit expo--It was a pretty big event with many people there--Toby and I were the ONLY ones there in wet suits. It was a shock getting into the water, but it was not too bad once you got used to the water.
This dive showed up as 3 dives on my computer due to surfacing (or almost surfacing--parts of the dive were very shallow) twice during the first dive.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer
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22 3/24/04 Kansas City, MO Monte R 75°   11' 0:31 13:03 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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Toby's closed water dives with Monte. I observed with my gear on the first dive.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; 24 lit/min
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21 3/1/04 Hawaii (Oahu) Bob... 73° ~60' 36' 0:46 12:32 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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Second dive (of 2) of a charter with Oahu Dive Center (with Bob Beard). Other buddies were: Branden Thompson and Jim Mattern. This wrapped up the day with a shallow reef dive.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 19 lit/min
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20 3/1/04 Hawaii (Oahu) Bob B... 73° ~100' 122' 0:27 11:46 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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First dive (of 2) of a charter with Oahu Dive Center (with Bob Beard). Other buddies were: Branden Thompson and Jim Mattern. First dive was the Sea Tiger, a light duty fishing/cargo boat that was confiscated due to some illegal activity and sunk around 1999. It was 170" long.
Other Technical Info: Dacor Darwin Air Integrated Dive Computer; ABR: 18 lit/min
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19 1/16/02 Cayman Islands solo   ~50' 30' 1:00 11:19 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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Cruise stop at Georgetown, Grand Cayman, in the Cayman Islands. It was a solo dive with some interaction with snorkelers. This followed a shallow snorkeling excursion at Stingray City. They almost did not let me rent with no buddy. They told me to stay in the snorkel area (~15' max depth). For the most part, I did, spending most of the dive between 7'-12'. I swam through really neat corral canyons, with schools of fish. Took fish food with me. Camera (24 exp. / 200S). Could have REALLY used a compass on this dive (not included with rental). Got kinda' too far off (with LOUD boat engine sound) and had to surface by a buoy to get return bearing.
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18 1/14/02 Cozumel, Mexico solo   ~100' 25' 0:48 10:19 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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Caribbean cruise with Sheryl's family. Dove in Cozumel at Chankanaab State Park. Rented gear from RZ Explorers. Although I dove solo, I was in close proximity to other divers and especially snorkelers. Basically a safe solo shallow-water dive. First dive with new camera (24 exp. / 800S). Saw (and attempted to photo) many fish and coral. Even an underwater cave FILLED with fish. Had some sinus problems throughout while ascending.
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17 2/11/01 Bonne Terre Mine (MO) Shan L   ~100' 54' 0:42 9:31 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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Bonne Terre Mine, route #3, with Jim. Had a bad (continued) difficulty with sinuses while ascending. This picture is from Bonne Terre Mine's web site.
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16 2/10/01 Bonne Terre Mine (MO) Shan L   ~100' 43' 0:48 8:49 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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Bonne Terre Mine, route #4, with Nick Larosa. Elevator Shaft, Smoking Pipe (slurry pipe). Had a bad squeeze that took a while (less than an hour) of surface time to clear. I did not have an underwater camera on this dive--this picture is from Bonne Terre Mine's web site.
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15 2/10/01 Bonne Terre Mine (MO) Shan L   ~100' 41' 0:48 8:01 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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Bonne Terre Mine, route #2, with Nick Larosa. Key hole, Steps, Opera Window. This picture is Shan and me on a walking cave tour.
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14 2/10/01 Bonne Terre Mine (MO) Shan L   ~100' 44' 0:44 7:13 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
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Bonne Terre Mine, route #1, with Nick Larosa. Initial test of skills, tour, Porous Ledge, over Time Clock Shack, etc. This picture is a thumbnail of the map of the mine.
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13 1/13/00 Hawaii (Oahu) John   ~65' 45' 0:42 6:32 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location [MORE]
Second dive from charter dive with Captain Bruce's (Buddy was participant from Maryland). Saw numerous fish, caves, etc, but missed the giant human-sized turtles that the other groups saw. By my charts (NAUI dive tables), I FAR exceeded the limits. I am (and was) trusting the tour people who said that we had up to 1 hour for the 2nd dive based on a surface interval of 1 hour (with their computer-monitored TRUE average, it must work out fine...).
This picture is from the place we stayed on Oahu.
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12 1/13/00 Hawaii (Oahu) Tim   ~200' 92' 0:30 5:50 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location [MORE]
Wreck dive via dive charter with Captain Bruce's. Buddy (Tim) was just another participant. The wreck was Mahi, a 186' WWII mine sweeper, which has been voted the fourth best wreck dive in the U.S. by Rodale's SCUBA Diving Magazine readers. It was the sister ship (made at the same time in the same place) as the Calypso (Jacques-Yves Cousteau's ship). It was sunk by Daycore for an artificial reef. I saw about 15 tiger rays, and lots of other fish. We even saw dolphins and whales from the boat on the way there.
This picture is from the place we stayed on Oahu.
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11 7/?/99 Birch Lake (IN)     ~3' 24' 0:09 5:20 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
Short swim around with Matt and his students. The 3 actual dives were pretty short, but fun. Probably had more fun skin diving off Shan's boat while Matt was down with his students, than the actual dives.
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10 7/?/99 Birch Lake (IN) Matt F   ~3' 36' 0:14 5:11 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
Came back to shore to a pier that belonged to a friend of Matt's. Had to surface while Matt did skills with his students, then went back down (see dive #11). Borrowed Shan's computer (he stayed on the shore).
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9 7/?/99 Birch Lake (IN) Shan L   ~6' 84' 0:14 4:57 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
Went out with Matt, 2 of his students, and Shan on Shan's pontoon boat. We went to the bottom of the lake where it was too cold for me (I was in a wet suit ; Shan was in a dry suit), so we turned around and headed back up. The bottom had a "moonscape" look to it.
Other Technical Info: SAC rage: ~32
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8 7/5/99 Waubee (IN) Matt F   ~6' 18' 0:40 4:43 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
Eighth open-water dive for scuba certification (NAUI required 5 open-water dives, and we did 3 optional dives). This "Fun Dive" completed my scuba certification.
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7 7/5/99 Waubee (IN) Matt F   ~3' 21' 0:50 4:03 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
Seventh open-water dive for scuba certification. "Fun Dive."
Other Technical Info: SAC rate: ~21.
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6 6/28/99 Birch Lake (IN) Matt F   ~3' 33' 0:29 3:13 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
Sixth open-water dive for scuba certification. Skills worked on: compass out and back.
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5 6/28/99 Birch Lake (IN) Matt F   ~3' 50' 0:28 2:44 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
Fifth open-water dive for scuba certification. Skills worked on: tows and assists, snorkel-regulator exchange, hovering, compass surface swim.
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4 6/12/99 Birch Lake (IN) Matt F   ~3' 20' 0:28 2:16 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
Fourth open-water dive for scuba certification.
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3 6/12/99 Birch Lake (IN) Matt F   ~3' 32' 0:39 1:48 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
Third open-water dive for scuba certification. Skills worked on: gear removal/replacement (surface and underwater belt and BCD), controlled emergency swimming ascent (CESA).
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2 5/31/99 Birch Lake (IN) Matt F   ~10' 20' 0:28 1:09 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
Second open-water dive for scuba certification. "Tour for fun."
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1 5/31/99 Birch Lake (IN) Matt F   ~10' 31' 0:41 0:41 Thumbnail picture of dive or dive location
First open-water dive for scuba certification. Skills worked on: mask removal, regulator recovery, alternate air source breathing and ascent.
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[Original Dive Log Page]
I originally logged my dives in the "Diver Training And Recreational Logbook" that NAUI provided during my training. I eventually replaced that dive log with this web page, so that I could hyperlink to pictures. In 2007, I went back and added photos of the original dive log pages, so that I could keep the original signatures, dive shop stamps, and other paper information all in the same place.
[NAUI Safe Scuba Diving Practices]
[Training Requirements, Qualifications and Recommendations]

ABR = "Average Breathing Rate"
Vis. = Visibility
Water°F = Minimum Water Temperature
Total Time = Cumulative Time Spent Underwater In My Lifetime (Hours:Minutes)

 

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