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3/22/2003 Hopkin's Deep Reef aboard Escapade by Sami Laine -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Clinton Bauder, Sami Laine
Visibility: 10' - 20' Time:12:44 PM
Temp: 52F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 66FSW Avg Depth: 48FSW
Bottom Time: 0:30 Total Time: 0:47
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:EAN50
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:AL40,AL80
Deco Profile:
min deco + 2,2,2,2,2,2,2
Clinton and I got in some practice off Escapade. The first dive was at the inside edge of Hopkins Deep Reef, which was great for us as we were practicing with multiple stages.

Clinton and I both had double-LP80's, with two AL80's and one AL40' (filled with practice mixes of 32% and 50%). The boat was full of 'advanced class' students who probably didn't know what to think of us, heading in for a 70' dive with 380 cubic feet of gas, each! ;-)

After a quick bubble check and descent drill, we descended to the anchor and switched to the bottom mix stage. Clinton did a quick tieoff, and off we went reeling out, practicing ties. This was my first time carrying two AL80's and one AL40 as stages, and even with heavy nitrox fill in one of the 80's (several pounds heavier than 21/45 trimix would be!) the balance, trim and swimming with them was easier than I expected.

The dive was fairly uneventful, with no unusual critters spied and fairly low visibility of green murk and 'sea snot' (dinoflagellates perhaps?) in the water column. We turned the dive on time and while reeling back we switched off the bottom stage to backgas to get some stage stowing practice, which we need more of... ;-) On the ascent we did a gas switch to 50%, and practiced moving the stages around a bit. We then simulated a switch to O2 at 20' by swapping onto the AL40's. All in all, a good practice dive in ho-hum conditions.