Testing Testing

December 9, 2018

It's been a winter since my last dive and I've got some new gear and some recently repaired gear. It was past time to get in the water and test things out. An easy shore dive is a good opportunity for that.


The equipment was:

  • A metric Mares Mission 2C Gauge. I needed a pressure guage in metric since, naturally, that's what everyone in New Zealand uses and the compass is really nice to have.
  • A hose elbow on my Halcyon BCD (ruptured on a previous dive) in need of a stress test. 
  • A battery replacement in my ancient Cressi EDY dive computer in need of a soak test.
  • A new amount of weight in need of a buoyancy test.

Everything came through the testing just fine. I really need to figure out how to make proper use of the compass. I can't even remember how to take a bearing.

The dive itself was pretty unremarkable as the conditions weren't very good and the visibility was poor. However, we came across the perfectly hollow shell of a crayfish that had very recently molted. 

The exoskeleton looked alive as the water flowed around it causing the legs and antennae to move. Even though I held it in my hand for at least 5 minutes, I still found myself checking to see if there was actually something in there. It genuinely felt like I was holding the ghost of a crayfish. 

Shelly Bay

Location: Wellington, Maupuia, New Zealand


Dive Number:   126
Bottom Time: 44m
Time In: 3:10 p.m.
Tank In:
Max Depth: 23.00 ft
Table Used:
Mix:   Air
Safety Stop:
Time Out: 3:54 p.m.
Tank Out:
Average Depth: 13.00 ft
Start Pressure Group:
Surface Interval:  
End Pressure Group:


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Everett Toews
TBT: 197h 22m