Dive Florida - Reefs, Fish, Blue/Green Water

Dive Trip Report to: The Reefs of West Palm - 03-Jan-2004
Purpose: To Dive the Reefs and Wrecks of Florida

Dive Reports:

Dive #1: My Dive # 457
A. Dive Boat / Location: The Rampage , The Princess Ann
B. Conditions:
Visibility: 30 to 40 ft
Seas: 1 to 2 ft.
Water Temp: 74 deg
Skies: Sunny, Clear Blue Sky's - Typical of Florida!!
Air Temp: 80's
C. Dive Information:
Depth and Time: Me: Genesis Nitrox Dive Computer - 94 ft for 24 min
Air consumption: Me: (80 cu ft) 3300 lbs - ??, 36 % NITROX, PO2 1.38
Current: Mild to Medium to the north
Description: Well this was my first dive with this particular dive buddy. I'll dive with most anyone, just remember you a dive partner, I'm not a dive master or whatever, so if you get yourself in trouble, you'd better be able to get youself out. I was diving NITROX, partner air. The deal was when my dive partner ran out of air, we'd both go up as this was our first dive. Dive partner hasn't been in the water in a few months. Well the trouble began as we descended on the Princess. There was a medium strength current. I held onto the wreck, dive partner stayed 5 ft above the wreck kicking like hell!! Reminds me of diving with Air Force Mark on the Duane! I could watch his air gauge go down as I was holding on, relaxing, taking slow breaths. Rule of the road - on a wreck, in any kind of current, you hold on and pull yourself around. Make sure you have good gloves. There's usually a current on wrecks. Why fight the system trying to kick just to stay still when with a few fingers you can hold on and conserve air. Well after 10 min, my diver partner was down to 1000 lbs of air and I signeled for both of us to go up. By the time I was 10 ft up, he was on the surface. Didn't even do a 3 min stop at 15 feet! There's a chamber ride looking for a time to take place! Sure hope he has DAN!! It was a short dive.
I did see some cuda. At the north end of the wreck, there was one 4 ft cuda with a fish hook in his mouth and about 30 feet of string trailing behind. I was tempted to tie off the string on part of the shop - but feared I couldn't get away fast enough!!

Dive #2: My Dive # 458
A. Dive Boat / Location: The Rampage , Breaker's Reef (Yep, it's just off the Breaker's Hotel in 55 feet of water)!
B. Conditions:
Visibility: Same as above - about 30 feet.
Seas: Same as above 1 - 2 - 3 feet
Water Temp: 74 deg (And the cold was getting to me on this dive)!
Skies: Sunny, Clear Blue Sky's - Typical of Florida!!
Air Temp: 80's
C. Dive Information:
Depth and Time: Me: Genesis Nitrox Dive Computer - 59 feet for 59 min [I really do like NITROX and my steel 120's for the breakers reef dive - you can get a lot of bottom time]
Air consumption: Me: (80 cu ft) 3200 to 700 lbs, 36% NITROX, PO2 1.00
Current: Medium. There was enough current to happily carry us along!
Description: Well on this dive, I told my partner I was staying down till my computer said go up or I ran out of NITROX. I know my computer would let me stay down for 2 -3 hours but my air/NITROX with he steel 120's would only last about an hour. I asked the dive master to let me stay down when she went up. That she did at the end of the dive. It was a nice drift, saw a 6 ft odd color nurse shark, lots of very pretty fish and reef and colors - typical of the Breaker's Reef. After the DM handed me the ball, I continued to drift. Down to about 800 lbs of air, I was considering going up when I spotted a bug. Trying not to breath tooo hard, I got him! One fresh bug for dinner!

My Catch next to the boat's Dive Master

Last Updated: 25-Jan-2004

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