Diving with Naomi

February 21, 2009

Today I took Andrea's friend, Naomi, out diving.  She's an Open Water certified diver who hadn't been diving for a while and she wanted to get in a dive or two while she was visiting us with her family.  We got to the dive shop and Naomi got all of her rental gear sorted out.  So we jumped on the boat and headed out to the first dive site.

We got into the water without a problem and proceeded to descend down the line.  Here's a shot of Naomi on the line.

Naomi on the line

However, shortly after that picture was taken Naomi went into a slight panic and surfaced immediately.  I ascended and popped up beside her.  I tried to talk her into diving back down and we did submerge again but only briefly.  She immediately came back up and said she couldn't continue the dive.

At this point the current had taken us a ways from the boat so we had to inflate our BCDs and make a somewhat lenthy surface swim back to the boat.  Naomi did fine on the swim back.  There was some concern on the boat but I signalled to the boat's crew that everything was under control.  We got back to the boat and she got back on board safely.

There was still lots of time left on the dive so I headed back down...with a BCD completely full of air.  I had forgot to purge my BCD when I began my descent so I muscled myself down the line without even realizing it.  When I finally got to the bottom I had to have zero air in my lungs just to stop from floating back up.

I finally figured out what the problem was and dumped the air out of my BCD.  When I was ascending along with the group I realized that all of the exertion from the dive had really taken a toll on my air consumption.  I surfaced at a reasonable rate but had to hussle to the boat ladder pretty quickly.  I only had 50 PSI left in my tank when I got out of the water.

Statistics


Dive Number:   50
Bottom Time: 45m
Time In: 9:07 a.m.
Tank In: 3000 PSI
Max Depth: 84.00 ft
Table Used:
Mix:   Air
Safety Stop: 3m
Time Out: 9:52 a.m.
Tank Out: 50 PSI
Average Depth: 39.00 ft
Start Pressure Group:
 
 
 
 
Surface Interval:  
End Pressure Group:

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