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Old 04-21-2013, 17:12   #1
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GNG Divers Thread - Spring Edition

Hey Guys,

It's warming up, and my gills were as dry as I could stand!


Lets see some new photos/stories about diving in 2013!


Hit up the local rock quarry, and did some diving. Only lasted about an hour in the water. The day started at about 30F, went up to 35 or so, but the sun came out so it wasn't as bad as I was afried it would be.
Water ranged from 48-52F. Wasn't that bad , save for my feet and hands. Need better quality booties and gloves that don't leak so badly.


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Found a few fish that didn't make the winter:
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Pictures stink, but that's all the better I could manage with frozen fingers, murky water, and a dirty lens. Actually, I just do not take good photos.
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Old 04-21-2013, 18:12   #2
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Looks fun, also looks like a good fishing hole, our locall rock quarry flooded I bet 50 years ago, They say some fish there are as big as a small boat. Can't fish or dive there though.
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kool pic's.. how deep did you dive?
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Looks fun, also looks like a good fishing hole, our locall rock quarry flooded I bet 50 years ago, They say some fish there are as big as a small boat. Can't fish or dive there though.
Such a shame! Hating seeing good water that's not accessible to fish and enjoy!


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Only made it to 28-29 feet. Got too cold to go over to the far (deeper) side where it's almost 40'. Next time.

I need to start doing cardio though! Whew am I out of shape. Not a single dive lasted over a minute! I want to blame some of that on shivering but still..
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My first dive was about a month ago. 36* air temp with snow blowing sideways. 33* water, 103' for 20 minutes, 30-40' visibility. Two lingcod and 6 or 8 carp. Couldn't go last weekend but I'm told it's up to 35*.

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My first dive was about a month ago. 36* air temp with snow blowing sideways. 33* water, 103' for 20 minutes, 30-40' visibility. Two lingcod and 6 or 8 carp. Couldn't go last weekend but I'm told it's up to 35*.

Picture from last summer
That's what I'm talkin' about!

What suit you wear? What kinda spearing setup were you running?

I thought Lingcod were saltwater?( that's one fish I know nothing about though!)
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Love that green water, btw. Where was that photo taken?(roughly)
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No spears this trip, we were too stinkin cold and figured that if armed we posed a danger to ourselves or others.

Lingcod are a weird fish, look more like an eel. I had never seen them before either though I've dove there many times. Bass, walleye, brown trout and carp are pretty common. Last year I saw a sculpin for the first time.

I have an older Typhoon drysuit that was fitted with replaceable neck and wrist seals. Two layers of drysuit underwear, wet hood and gloves, AL 80 plus a 19 ft pony bottle, about 30 pounds of lead (lost count after 25, neither of us could sink).

It was a great dive and we were both beat after, literally crawled out.

Yellowtail Reservoir is on the Montana / Wyoming border. 500' deep, 75 miles long and about 100 yards wide. In the summer 70* is not uncommon. Very cool place. We were on the Montana side.
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haha! I'm not going out until a bit later. I just have a 7 mil wesuit, so it'll be at least the end of May before I'm going down.
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Good stuff! Doesn't the chilly water just sap your stamina, though? Would warmer water help ya stay under longer?
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Year round diving in SoCal. However, I'll humor Geofri: Saturday 20th April 2013, Santa Cruz Island.

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March 2013 at Santa Rosa Island.

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February at Anacapa Island.

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January 2013 off Catalina Island.

There's always gotta be a joker, but I'll stick with the mermaid and my new fins.

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I've got about 20 dives in this year.

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http://youtu.be/e3rV4eAVSUk
Where was that (Florida cave/spring/aquifer?)?
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Where was that (Florida cave/spring/aquifer?)?
Yes, that was Jackson Blue.

You can see our clothespin at the second T while exiting. The original penetration was about 1700' somewhere close to the start of King's Bypass.

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No pictures, unfortunately, have to get an underwater camera already! But last weekend I dove Eagle's Nest, which is apparently somewhat of a well-known cave-diving site.

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First time in any real cave so I decided not to test my limits - we stayed in the main ballroom, only hit ~125 because we were on a 30% fill (its what we had in the tanks). Still managed to hang out next to the grim reaper before we hit MOD, but couldn't make it past the main ballroom. Sure was cool in there, but I'm gonna need my speargun and the gulf dives back now.

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No pictures, unfortunately, have to get an underwater camera already! But last weekend I dove Eagle's Nest, which is apparently somewhat of a well-known cave-diving site.

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First time in any real cave so I decided not to test my limits - we stayed in the main ballroom, only hit ~125 because we were on a 30% fill (its what we had in the tanks). Still managed to hang out next to the grim reaper before we hit MOD, but couldn't make it past the main ballroom. Sure was cool in there, but I'm gonna need my speargun and the gulf dives back now.

The Eagles Nest is an advance cave dive.

NSSCDS and the NACD state

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This isn't an open water dive site. Please don't get it shut down again by dying. Did you happen to read the Grim Reaper Sign?

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Here's the story of the last guy that died there. He lacked cave training as well.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publics...ty-are/1049287

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The men were experienced divers but had no cave-diving certification, said Sgt. Donna Black of the Sheriff's Office.

Authorities and diving experts said divers without advanced cave-diving training should not even think of trying Eagle Nest.

"Once you get in there, you find out it's a different beast. It's only for the more experienced divers," said Victor Echaves of the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, which owns the property.
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This isn't an open water dive site. Please don't get it shut down again by dying. Did you happen to read the Grim Reaper Sign?
Of course I did. I didn't just swim around it and not look at it. They certianly aren't ambiguous, huh?

Lots of people dive Eagle's Nest without Trimix. Heading down the solution tube and clipping onto the main rope so you can swim around the ballroom and play with the catfish is hardly an advanced cave dive, and the guy who was with me had been there dozens of times, had all his shiny certifications, and was watching out for me the whole time. Don't be a typical ******* cave diver. The rest of us can enjoy holes in the ground perfectly fine, too, so long as we're not stupid about it.
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Here's the story of the last guy that died there. He lacked cave training as well.

http://www.tampabay.com/news/publics...ty-are/1049287
Who cares about cave training in their case? That idiot was using a rebreather he wasn't trained for and had the wrong mix. And he died. Don't screw around with your gasses if you don't know how. THATS what gets you dead.

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Of course I did. I didn't just swim around it and not look at it. They certianly aren't ambiguous, huh?

Lots of people dive Eagle's Nest without Trimix. Heading down the solution tube and clipping onto the main rope so you can swim around the ballroom and play with the catfish is hardly an advanced cave dive, and the guy who was with me had been there dozens of times, had all his shiny certifications, and was watching out for me the whole time. Don't be a typical ******* cave diver. The rest of us can enjoy holes in the ground perfectly fine, too, so long as we're not stupid about it.
You are doing a dive well beyond your training.


The most renowned cave agencies in North America consider it an advanced cave dive but I'm sure you and your "trust me dive buddy" have a better understanding of the system.

Don't be the typical ******* OW diver that thinks he knows what's up and then get's killed. That's all I'll say about it.
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You are doing a dive well beyond your training.


The most renowned cave agencies in North America consider it an advanced cave dive but I'm sure you and your "trust me dive buddy" have a better understanding of the system.

Don't be the typical ******* OW diver that thinks he knows what's up and then get's killed. That's all I'll say about it.
AOW, actually. But lets not get hung up on technicalities of who's paid more money to a dive shop for their certifications.
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