June 3, 2006
Trip Report and Photos
Diving with Ross O.
and Photos © Elaine
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Last weekend Ross O., Beth O., and myself, made a
run on the Orion to an offshore dive site that Ross refers to as "The
Pipes". The pipes are large (12ft) or so concrete pipes that
sit in about 150 feet of water.
Both of us wanted to practice for the upcoming Sea
Diver trip to Osborne Bank - a place where the scenery starts at about
130ft. Ross wanted to practice with his "doubles". I wanted
to practice with my Nikonos V. I haven't had a lot of luck with the
housed camera on dark deep dives. I can set the Nikonos up with the
16mm wide angle lens in basically a "point and shoot" mode
topside before the dive. If I guess at all of the settings fairly
accurately - it should take decent pictures, even if it is very dark
on the dive and my brain cells are filled with nitrogen.
This is Ross with his doubles.
We anchored at the site and began the long trip down
the anchor line. About 10 feet into the descent I noticed that Ross
had a small leak in the back on a connector near one of his tanks.
I pointed at the small stream of bubbles. Ross spun around looking
for a passing fish or shark. I tried again with more signals. Ross
spun around again. On about the third try I finally got the message
across. Ross asked back if it was a "big" leak or a "little"
leak. Gee....I don't know anything about doubles - is a little leak
a little problem or a big problem? I signaled a little leak. Fingers
crossed that I had told him the right thing, we proceeded with the
Shortly past 110 feet or so a large structure came
into view. Visibility looking down must have been almost 40 feet.
Once we were there, visibility seemed more like 20 feet. The pipes
were covered with Metridiums.
During the dive, one of Ross's pressure gauges started
All too soon, our bottom time was over. We made a
slow ascent to the boat. Back on board, Ross fixed his leaks and felt
ready for Osborne. I rewound my film and crossed my fingers - I don't
know, I think they turned out OK. A lot better than what I had done
the previous week on the Moody
Hopefully I'm ready for Osborne too!
Until next time.......