Dive Trip Report to:
Purpose: Beach Dive
Sunday, 17-Apr-99 EARLY MORNING! My Dive #188
A. Dive Boat / Location: No Boat - Beach Dive Pepper Park
Visibility: 10' - 15'
Seas: 1-3'. It was flat when we arrived at 7:00 am, by 8:00 am as we entered the water the seas picked up to occasional 2'
Water Temp: 72
Skies: Some Clouds, 10 knot wind from the west
Air Temp: 55 at 6 am, 70 at 8 am (Cooooold). It did warm up a little as the day went on - but it was still cold!
C. Dive Information:
Depth & Time: 15' for 59 minutes (had a hard time finding 15' again to decompress). Me: Genesis Nitrox Dive Computer - 15' for 59 min
Air consumption: Me: 3300 lb -> 1500 lb (120 cu ft)
Current: The winds and current were blowing us to the south, there was a medium strength surge as you approached the shore
Description: Well, this was an early dive! We were entering the water at 8 am. Just as we started to go in, the waves picked up to an occasional 2'er! It's real easy to use up 1000 lbs of air trying to put on your fins and get out past the surf. A reminder to those 1st time beach divers - put on your mask and breath from your reg as you go in! A sudden wave or slip and you could be on the bottom! We worked our way out to the 4th reef (my 1st time to the 4th). The first is a strip of grass, the 2nd some rocks, the 3rd has some relief and the 4th some bigger bolders. There's no color as in WPB. We saw some small fish! There was one 2' Snook - Hmmmmm - goood eating. Three undersize bugs under a ledge. A typical Pepper Park Dive - had better, had worste! The shower afterwards was cold! The food afterwards made up for it.
Were planning lots more beach dives this year. We'll be working our way up north, diving the wrecks, looking for gold! We might be able to supply a boat (s) for some dives! We've got a list of dive sites between Sebastian Inlet and Ft. Pierce - Ships, Gold, etc!!
Last Updated: 10-July-2002