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11/17/2012 Aumentos aboard Escapade by Allison Lee -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Allison Lee, Ian Lee, Jim MacDonald
Visibility: 40' - 50' Time:12:00 AM
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Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
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The BAUE rec boat stayed in the bay at Aumentos and Hopkins Deep. We had some great conditions and sea life encounters, so I just wanted to share the photos and videos from the dives. The viz at Aumentos was excellent, though there was a stiff current that kept us all warm. Rob and Clinton posted some great pictures. We retreated to Hopkins Deep for dive 2, in hopes of avoiding the current, which we did. The viz there was not quite as good; it was clear on top but somewhat murky near the bottom. On the bottom, we saw two molas, one of which let us hang out with him for a while, and the other was on the big end of the molas that we see around here. During our ascent, we were visited by a group of curious sea lions, which stayed with us for pretty much the entire ascent. I posted a video of this dive. It just goes to show you can have some awesome dives even when the weather is not great! My full dive report is here.
10/5/2008 Aumentos aboard Escapade by Mark Lloyd -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Mark Lloyd, Dionna House
Visibility: 10' Time:9:00 AM
Temp: 55F Surge:  
Max Depth: 77FSW Avg Depth: 60FSW
Bottom Time: 0:50 Total Time: 1:01
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double Deco Tanks:
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Dionna and I decided to join Jim and a number of Advanced Open Water Students on the Escapade, Sunday morning. Arriving at the parking lot it was nice and sunny and I was hoping for flat, calm, conditions. As we motored out of the harbor the students were busy with their instructors while we took the chance to chow down on a few pastries.

The bay was pretty flat and Jim chose Outer Aumentos as our first dive site. Dionna and I geared up early and were into the water before any of the students. We wanted to get a good hour in as the students were only doing about 30 mins. Although the vis didn't look too bad on the surface, the bottom was very bad with zero to about 10' at best. It was also fairly surgy which is why things were so messy at depth. I was leading so took a compass reading and kicked out about 5 minutes before finding a nice patch of sand. Dionna wanted to do some bottle practicing and I needed to play with my bottom timer and understand these 130's which I was diving for the first time.

After 20 minutes or so I took a bearing back to the anchor and amazingly enough ran right into it. We still had a bit of time left so we continued on another 10 mins or so, turning around and came back to no anchor. Either we missed it or Jim pulled it up :-)
Dionna sent the bag up and we ascended to a waiting boat. As I was pulling off my fins I felt a sharp jab of pain on my top lip. Looking around I saw a Cormorant swimming away, the little bastard pecked me hard enough to draw blood! With the crew standing there laughing with me, I boarded and got out of my gear.

We then motored over to Deep Hopkins, watching a number of Sea Lions eating bits of Mola Mola. The second dive was pretty uneventful as we wanted to make sure we were back in the boat after 30mins. This time we used the reel to make sure we got back to the anchor, ascended up the anchor line and without any killer birds waiting, boarded the boat. As we headed back Jim spotted a huge Mola Mola on the surface being eaten by Sea Lions. He has a couple of great pictures that he said he would post later.

Overall a nice day for diving but the vis really sucked.
9/10/2005 Aumentos aboard Escapade by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Dionna House, Ian Puleston
Visibility: 10' - 20' Time:2:30 PM
Temp: 53F - 55F Surge: 2'
Max Depth: 70FSW Avg Depth: 50FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double HP100Deco Tanks:AL80
Deco Profile:
Diving off the Escapade on an afternoon charter the swells have picked up so we stayed in the Bay. Few BAUE folks and some Aquan Sports instructors and friends heading out to Aumentos Reef and Ericís Pinnacle. The plan was to get some line practice and stage bottle practice. Ian reeled out for the first dive and at the end of the reel did some stage juggling practice and reeled back in. I just practiced switching from a stage to backgas and clipping the bottle to the left d-ring. Frank gave me some different tubing (band) for stowing my hose. With this one, I did feel like I had to wrestle with getting the hose under the rubber band. Vis was nothing spectacular about 15-20ft. I managed to look up and saw a school of Molaís swimming by above us. I got Ianís attention to late though. We did see a few dead or near dead Molaís at that site. We did see a beautiful juvenile tree fish hanging out in a crevice where it is safe. Colors were very vibrant, with orange cup corals in the background. It was sweet!!!

For the second dive at Ericís Pinnacle I got in some reel practice. I wasnít going to go the distance that we went on the first dive, we headed NW to check out some small reefs close by Erikís Pinnacle. Vis was still about 15-20ft We were visited by a large curious sea lion that was managing to visit all the dive teams for a fin tug or two. It was all good. Great opportunity to practice or try out different things. Especially when we all have a sense of humor with some mistakes. ;-).

1/10/2004 Aumentos aboard Escapade by David Chamberlin -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, David Chamberlin
Visibility: 20' - 25' Time:10:15 AM
Temp: 54F Surge: 4'
Max Depth: 72FSW Avg Depth: 54FSW
Bottom Time: 0:55 Total Time: 1:01
Bottom Gases: EAN32,30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
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After a good dive at Mono Lobo, we went over to check out Outer Butterfly. The swells were up there, so we decided to motor back to Monterey. We wanted to dive Ball Buster, but there was someone on it already, so we headed over to Aumentos.

The vis here wasn't quite as good as in Carmel and there were more particles suspended in the water. But you certainly can't sneeze at 20-25' vis.

We headed WSW and wandered around the rocks and pinnacles. We were greeted by both a male and a female Sheephead early on. The male was being a bit shy and quickly headed the other way. We caught up with the female again toward the end of the dive.

A sea lion joined us at the end of the dive. Played with me for just a bit, but then took off. We were hoping for another extended visit like last weekend, but that didn't happen.

On the way back I saw a ray buried under the sand. I flagged Clinton down, but by the time I turned back around it was gone. I didn't get a good enough look to know exactly what kind. I'm guessing a bat ray.

Another great dive, another great day. Gotta love winter!

11/1/2003 Aumentos aboard Unknown Boat by Peter Gelbman -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Ian Puleston, Peter Gelbman
Visibility: 10' - 20' Time:1:40 PM
Temp: 55F Surge: 10'
Max Depth: 62FSW Avg Depth: 40FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:41
Bottom Gases: EAN32,21/35Deco Gases:O2
Backgas Config: Double LP80,LP104Deco Tanks:AL40
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5 @ 20' on O2
for the heck of it
3rd dive at Aumentos, along Chase reef. Most folks on the boat were tired and ready for home, including us, so we just planned a short training dive. Fairly green and a little surgy. While doing mid-water drills, Ian's 2nd stage started to freeflow. I was wondering why he had started to do a valve drill before finishing our s-drills until I realized he was having a real problem. Unable to solve the problem by tightening down the reg, he left his right post shut down and we head down out of the surge to sort things out closer to the bottom. Ian swapped regs with O2 bottle, still no joy, clearly his o-ring was blown. Briefly ran some line with him on his backup reg just to get in some quick reel practice, then aborted - all good things must come to any end...
7/20/2003 Aumentos aboard Escapade by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Gary Banta, Peter Gelbman, Nick Radov
Visibility: 30' Time:5:00 PM
Temp: 52F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 52FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:47
Bottom Gases: EAN32,30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80,LP104Deco Tanks:
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And yet more drills. Gas sharing at 20ft. This time we each took a turn leading the team from 20ft down to 50ft, then back up again. We're finally starting to get the hang of sticking in formation and communicating effectively but still need more practice. Damn I'm tired...
6/15/2003 Aumentos aboard Escapade by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Gary Banta, Peter Gelbman, Nick Radov
Visibility: 10' - 30' Time:9:45 AM
Temp:   Surge: 2'
Max Depth: 58FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:39
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80,LP104Deco Tanks:
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The boat had to anchor broadside to the swell so we were getting tossed around pretty well on the surface. And there was a surface current running so we just did a free descent off the stern instead of swimming up to the anchor line. This dive was mostly skills practice: more gas sharing, some no mask work, and then staying in team formation while ascending under a lift bag.
1/4/2003 Aumentos aboard Escapade by Sami Laine -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Sami Laine, Peter Gelbman, Nick Radov
Visibility: 10' - 25' Time:9:47 AM
Temp: 55F Surge: 10'
Max Depth: 82FSW Avg Depth: 66FSW
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 0:52
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Single,Double LP104,AL80Deco Tanks:
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min deco
Goobering around the reef with Nick and Pete, a simple scenery dive. Big surface swell caused considerable surge, that increased during the dive until at 35 min runtime it created a sandstorm obscuring visibility.

We did not locate anchor in limited vis, so we activated plan B and Nick & Pete shot a bag. The boat crew reported that it popped up less than 20ft from the boat, but there was a bit of current that moved us off during the ascent. Still, a short swim back.

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