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Photo Courtesy of Ashley Davis © 2010
|Posted by njue on July 7, 2010 at 10:19 AM||comments (0)|
Well, Ashley, Mike , Cathy and myself headed to Brockville Ontario for some diving June 30th. We started out doing a couple of shore dives. Did a little recon and found the mainline that headed out to the Gaskin. Next day we headed to the Keystorm but first we had o get through custom and some people forgot their passport! (Michael and Cathy) :P. Sooo...after an hour or so of messing around we got out to the Keystorm and had a great 63 minute dive. Later that evening we headed to the Gaskin were we did another 60 minute dive with max depth of 68'. The next day we headed to do another Gaskin dive and then the Lillie Parsons max depth 55' with 3-4 knot currents. A drift dive into a wreck that is turtle, what a cool dive!. We cut the trip short due to 4th of July traffic. So after 3 days of great diivng we headed back home.
|Posted by Jim Fellon on July 4, 2010 at 10:55 AM||comments (1)|
Dove the Troy and Lemuel Burrows yesterday off the dive charter boat Atlantus in Atlantic City. Couldn't ask for better sea conditions, about 2ft, winds around 5 knots. The Troy was a tug boat that was actually sunk twice. After sinking the first time she was raised to be repaired but once raised they saw the poor condition she was in and sunk her again. Visiblity about 15', Kevin K and I circled the boat a few times, The bridge is detached and laying in the sand about 15 ft away. We didn't see any bugs just a few claws, tons of mussels on this wreck. DM Henry Frankel pulled the grapple and we shot over to the Lemuel Burrows. This ship was sunk after being hit by 3 torpedos by a U Boat. Vis on this dive about 10-15 ft. The wreckage is huge and well scattered. Only one lobster was pulled off and it wasn't by me, damn it. My dry suit leaked at my dry glove seal so I got a nice soaking by the time we surfaced. Was a great day diving with KK and seeing Henry again for the first time this year while Jason and the other half of the NJUE crew was diving in Canada. Oh yeah Jason, "have a good conference". Wish I was going out with them today on thier Bar B Q dive!!!! Keep Diving and Be Safe.
|Posted by Steph on June 22, 2010 at 5:43 PM||comments (1)|
Had a blast in NC! Really enjoyed diving on the Boat "UNDER PRESSURE" Out of Hatteras. He will run some light tech trips at a very reasonable cost. We should try to set one up. 6 divers at a time. I am trying to post a video. Hope it works.
|Posted by Jim Fellon on June 19, 2010 at 11:16 AM||comments (1)|
Was out on the Venturo tug yesterday with Jason and the NJUE crew off Belmar. Winds 5-10k, flat seas, visibiltiy 20-25 ft!!!!! What an awesome day. No bugs, some fish were speared, and plus one abandoned lobster pot. Also checked out the armored personell carriers and upside down Sherman tank. Thanks Capt. Doug and crew on the Alliance.
|Posted by Jim Fellon on June 14, 2010 at 6:55 PM||comments (0)|
Great dive yesterday at Dutch Springs, just screwin around. Awesome hour and half in water!!
|Posted by njue on May 22, 2010 at 10:09 AM||comments (0)|
Date: May 22nd 2010
Divers: Jason, Michael, Kevin
Bottom Time: 70 mins
Well we decided to head up to Round Valley and work on our skills prior to finishing the Fundies class. Got up to Round Valley around 1000 hrs and unloaded the truck. Got in the water and headed down to around 20 feet so we could work on our skills. After working on our skills we decided to have a little fun with our scooters. For some reason my Gavin became very heavy!!!!!!! yep ended up being a flooded battery compartment :(. Kevin's SS n-19 was working very well. After 30 mins or so of playing on the scooters we ended the dive. Michael and I decided to do a short second monkey dive which was really fun. All and all we had a fun day working on skills and playing on the scooters.
|Posted by Sherwood on March 24, 2010 at 6:22 AM||comments (0)|
Date: Friday 3/19/2010
Boat: the Poseidon
Divers: Steph, Ken, Dave, John and myself
Location: Spartan Tug
Description: Spartan Tug was sunk as part of the Sea Girt Artificial Reef system
Surface Temps: mid to upper 60’s
Bottom temps: were around 41 degrees
Visibility: was only 3 to 5 feet at best
Ocean Condition: Flat Seas!
On my first dive I followed the shot line down into the murky green water with no visibility to speak of; I could barely see my computer let alone the shot line on the way down. When I had reached the bottom I knew I must have been pretty close to the wreck as something was blocking almost all the sunlight from above making it almost pitch black. I could barely make out the line going over the wreck; at this point I let go of the line briefly and checked my PO2 before continuing to tie in. That was a mistake! In that brief time I had lost sight of the shot line. I knew I didn’t move as I was solidly planted on the ocean floor, so where the heck did the line go! Okay, no worries I just headed straight for the big shadow and then bam there was the Spartan, or at least what little I could see of her. At this point I found a good place to tie my reel in so that I could do a sweep to find the missing shot line and finish up my tie in, easier said than done. With little to no visibility, trying to find your missed place shot line is like finding a needle in a haystack. After about 30 minutes or so I finally ran into it on the other side of the wreck. Prior to this thoughts were going through my head as to should I just shoot a lift bag from the wreck and come up and try again, but luckily that wasn’t needed. Once I was able to tie in and shoot the shot weight back up to the surface I contemplated staying down and continuing the dive, but decided to go back up and let the others know what they were in for and to let them know I was alright after the long ordeal with the tie in process. Once back on the surface I was greeted with everyone staring at me! “What? I had to hide my loot I had found down on the wreck before sending up the bag :’)” Anyway, they were thinking the worst; I believe it was Steph who thought that I had stumbled upon a Russian sub that had sucked me up and moved on. That’s because after I had went down they had lost the sonar hit of the wreck and were seeing nothing on the bottom at all.
On the next dive I went in with Ken who was on a set of doubles, of all things! I think he said that he hated his Optima and rebreathers in general and was going back to open circuit? Just kidding, he was in the process of sending his Optima back for its annual maintenance. So anyway, down we went into the darkness till we hit the wreck and from there we did some searching. We found a couple of grapnel hooks lying along the wreck in the sand but no sea life to speak of. After about 50 minutes on the bottom and some minor “weighting” issues that my “dive buddy” was having we called it quits, untied from the wreck, and headed for the surface.
Once back on board we fired up the grill and cooked up some good old hamburgers and hotdogs along with all the other munchies that everyone brought; you would have thought we were feeding a crew of 20!
Once again, even though the visibility was, well…it sucked; we all had a great time on what was truly Lake Atlantic.
|Posted by Dan Wright on March 21, 2010 at 8:35 AM||comments (0)|
At 7am on 3/20/2010, Doug Card steered his and Barb's boat, the "Alliance" out of Shark River Inlet towards the wreck of the "Coney Island", some 20 miles offshore. Seas were nearly flat, sun was out, and no winds. The air temps were warm, in the 60's. Today was the last day of winter/first day of spring combined. We would actually begin the dives in the winter and end in the spring as it was to change seasons sometime after 1pm. We are all excited to put the cold winter behind us. Onboard we had: Sherwood Probeck with his rEvo, Tony Hilbert with his rEvo, John Thomas with Notrox in his doubles, Doug Card with 32% Nitrox in his 85's, myself with a Hammerhead and Barb who goes along for the ride on her boat. John Thomas brought chili enough for all of us to share, very tasty and he spared no expense in making it himself, Thank you John! The rest of us brought chips and snacks, was it Tony who brought the coffee pot? We did have starbucks coffee all the time while out there.
We were over the wreck by no later than 8:30am, Doug found the "Coney Island" right away. We tossed in the danforth anchor with large float ball, that John had neatly arranged as to not foul up as it deployed. I splashed in on snorkel to shoot some beauty shots of the boat and hopefully divers plunging in. I did get Tony doing a giant stride off of the "Alliance's" new stern entry door, what a great new addition for diving!! Thank you Doug. John and Tony sent the lift bag up with the danforth anchor after they tied us in, the signal for all is good. Sherwwod and I geared up to do our dive. The wreck lies in 127' of water down to the sand. The water temps were between 39-42 degrees. Vis was 10-15 feet, better than we expected actually considering how bad the weather has been. No wildlife to speak of, John came up with a bag of mussels. Plenty of places to explore in this wreck, lots of openings in the deck to penetrate. We will go back to this one soon. No surge of current this day, we couldn't have asked for better conditions! Only a couple complaints about the cold, personally it didn't bother me, I was excited to go out.
Three of the five divers went in for a second dive, I managed to get a few shots of Tony using available light, as my substrobes failed for some reason.....maybe because I dropped it like a knucklehead. Sherwood pulled the anchor for us, Thank you Sherwood! We were back to the dock by about 2:30pm. It makes such a difference the speed of the "Alliance" over the older "Poseidon". Doug has made some nice additions to his vessel. Looking forward to going out again real soon! Dive safe and often...http://www.wrightcreativeserices.com
|Posted by njue on February 26, 2010 at 11:57 AM||comments (0)|
What could have been our last dive on the Poseidon Vessel was excellent. We were scheduled to depart at 0700hrs. Up at 0500hrs loaded the truck with Kevin Krowicki and out to start our journey. Once on I-295 we meet up with Dave Barnes who was following us in his truck. We arrived at the boat docks at around 0645 hrs, just a little later than we wanted to. Stephan, Ken, Dan Wright and Sherwood were already there shoveling snow off the boat. I have to say that after the big snow storms we had a few weeks ago the boat was loaded with snow. They did a good job cleaning out the snow from the deck of the boat. Once they were through we grab their shovels and started cleaning off the bow of the boat. As I was shoveling the snow off the boat I couldn’t help but take a minute to take in thoughts of our winter diving. Cold winter air we were breathing, ice and snow that surrounded the boat and best of all a few great friends to enjoy this day with. Stephan, Sherwood, Ken and Dan were all diving CCR’s while Kevin, Dave and I were diving OC. After the boat warmed up and was cleaned off we decided on the G.A. Venturo tug wreck. The Venturo was sunk as an artificial reef in 1996. It sits in 80 feet of water, and the main deck is around 65ft. Also sunk around the wreck is, five armor personal carriers that sit off the stern. As we headed out the seas were quite nice, but few miles out and it turned a little nasty. Ken and Sherwood would be tying us in today. Around 45 minutes later we saw the shot come to the surface, that’s our sign that they had a successful tie-in. Because of the seas we decided to tie off at the bow today. Once we were tied in Kevin, Dave and I geared up for our dive. I splashed first but not before Dan could get nice pictures of me (thanks Dan) I went down to 20 feet and waited for the rest of my team to come down. Around 5 minutes later I could see Dave coming down the line motioning to me that it was just the two of us. Later I found out that Kevin had a problem with his inflator so he couldn’t get down. As Dave and I descended down the line we saw Ken and Sherwood hanging. Ken and I exchanged and few hand signals and went our separate ways. Once down the line I could see that we were tied into one of the armor personal carries. Visibility was about 30 feet. I could see two small lines going off in two different directions. I figured Ken and Sherwood probably laid the line but wasn’t sure because of the debris that the lines already had pickup. I retrieved my reel and tied off next to the line that was already in place. I wanted to be sure that it was Ken’s or Sherwood’s line before following it. Dave and I swam 30-40 feet and came to the stern of the Venturo. Once there I confirmed that the line was the other teams and decided to retrieve my line since it was a relatively short swim back to the starting point. While I was untying my line Dave came up to me and showed me that his Atomic M1 was free flowing. Dave gave me the thumbs up and I returned the signal to confirm his decision. I stowed my reel and we moved to the anchor line, which was 5 feet or so away. Dave had already switched to his alternate air source. I went over to Dave and helped him shut the primary regulator. Once the regulator was shut down we waited a minute or so and turned it back on which fixed the free flowing. We decided to continue on the dive. The rest of the dive went great; Dave and I penetrated what we could and had a total run time around 40 or so minutes. Once back on the boat Stephan and Dan went in for their dive. A little while later we could see their SMB hit the surface giving us the signal that they had popped the anchor. We pulled in the anchor line and started heading back to the shore. Once again this was a fantastic day of diving, the seas calmed down to nothing and the sun was out shinning bright. It’s a shame that the boat is probably sold, I am going to miss diving on that boat. But that’s not the end of our adventures, it just the beginning our dive season. If you want more information about the wreck here is a link. http://njscuba.net/reefs/site_nj02sg_venturo.html
|Posted by njue on February 26, 2010 at 11:56 AM||comments (7)|
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