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12-01-2003, 10:36 AM
Hellloooooo Fellow Divers, Just wondering how deep you diver or what is the deepest dive you have done.
I am a Dive Master and have mades dives all over the Channel Islands. My deepest dive to date is 185ft. on a single tank (Steel 95).
12-01-2003, 11:37 AM
I'd say I'm totally detoxed because I've been up about 7 or 8 years now (got married), but I've enjoyed some dives in Florida's sink holes to 100' or so. I'm certified (SSI) as a deep diver, but the first step is only 100'. You pay then in (25'?) increments, and I was diving weekends, so I didn't pay past 100'. There's plenty to see <100' anyway. Not to mention staying away from the caves! I yearn to dive again; it's been entirely too long.
12-01-2003, 11:48 AM
Hey Thonz, didn't know you were a diver.
When I lived near the warm, clear water of the Atlantic, I was diving almost constantly. I've just about quit since moving to the left coast, though. Too bloody cold, murky water (unless I drive south and spend the ducats to dive the Islands), and impossible to decipher the fishing regs.
Enough complaining though... basically I'm just spoiled by NC and Florida diving. Also, the older I get, the wimpier I get.
Deepest dive was on the German U-boat, U-352 off Morehead City, NC. My computer tells me I bottomed out near 140'. The trip was on the tail of a major winter storm, and the surge at the bottom had me holding on to the wreck the whole time. You know it's rough when there's surge at 140'! Wasn't much fun, overall. Got seasick on the surface and stayed nauseous throughout the dive.
Never got the chance to go back to that wreck, but I'd love to hit it on a classic day.
I've done a ton of 100-120 foot dives while spearfishing and lobstering, many of those at night (my favorite time to dive!). Never touched that 185 mark, and probably never will. Although I'd love to go dive the Monitor one day.
For sightseeing, I prefer the shallower dives, though. Good light and colors down to 60', plus the extended bottom time. Man, you hit some of the patch reefs in the FL Keys and stay down for an hour or more! Can't beat that!
12-01-2003, 12:34 PM
Speck, I agree about the sight seeing or bug hunting, shalow waters 30 to 60 ft is just fine. I have done most of my Loster hunts in 20ft of water. There is nothing like diving at night, it's got to be by far the best time to dive.
A few years ago I ended up buy a Dry siute for winter dives, it works great. I used in July one time and almost killed myself from being so hot, I still don't know what I was thinking. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-bag-on-head.gif
12-01-2003, 05:23 PM
Pushed the 160' mark couple of times off Mexico on some wrecks using twin 72s. Use to be really into diving before marriage. Kids and no time = no dives!
Been looking to go back out. Miss the lobster. Use to love to pick up big reds off San Nicolas Is.
12-01-2003, 05:30 PM
I have dived, and have the weird pleasure of having dived deeper freediving than with tanks. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-rolleyes-green.gif
With a tank = 80 feet
Without a tank = 96 feet
I don't think I'll ever freedive that deep again. Just too scary... http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-shakehead-blue.gif and irresponsible for me... (Not to say that others shouldn't so it, just not me!)
12-01-2003, 08:07 PM
With tanks, 120 feet off the east end of Catalina, many, many winters ago.
Without tanks, just guessing here (no depth gauge when I'm freediving), but I'd say maybe 65 feet (one time in Hawaii, going after a speargun on the bottom, about 1/4 mile out..........actually pretty good shark story, scared the wits outtta me.......have to post that up sometime). Normally dive in the 15-40 foot range on the outside of the kelp off P.V. (course, I'm diving less and less as I get older, only a couple times this past year for whites)..
Hey...........we need to post up some pics.....think I'll start a thread...........
Me, I'm CHICKEN S--T. Always have GW in the back of my mind, I'm a freediver and stick real close to shore. Usually 15 ft. is about max, blew an eardrum years ago going what I thought was deep , 40 ft. following my very experienced dive buddy to the bottom. Did not know about equalizing and paid the price, very sick, grey colored puppy by the time I made shore. Don't dive much anymore with the reduced abalone limits, tags, punch cards etc. and the butchered rockfish seasons. Sure was nice snorkeling in Hawaii this summer , snorkeled probably 6 times in a 10 day visit. Most (ALL) of my diving is in No. CA between the Golden Gate and Ft. Bragg, Real cold , ruff and sometimes real murky, just the opposite of Hawaii. I would move over there but there is not enough hunting for my likeing! You guys depths, especially freediving are quite impressive. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-bowdown-purple.gif http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-faces-toast-beers.gif
If I recall without my log book in hand, I dove to 165' at the canyon in the Red Sea. Probably the only time I really felt narced, and I have dove the 130'-150' several times. Would like to get some tech training and go 200'+, but all the new equipment and lots to wear while diving is holding me back.
Have freedove to 50'.
01-15-2004, 01:43 PM
Hi, I am Thonzberry JR. I am training to be a JR Life gurd at Hoover High School.But when I'm older my dad will take me diving http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/smiley-peta-sucks-sign.gif
02-15-2004, 06:43 AM
The deepest dive I did was in Honduras (Roatan) down to 104'--that was guided with a master diver. It was cut short by a gal that narc'd and got goofy down at those depths. Personally, never got into it to the point where I wanted to try out a mix to enable deeper diving.
With friends, I've only gone down to 50-60 feet. Last dive with tanks I've did was up in Hood Canel (Washington State) and loaded up with a limit of dungeness crab 6 years ago--was solo on that trip so limited my depth to 30'. (not smart, I know).
I've had fun diving up at Lake Almanor diving for crayfish--thick as golfballs at a driving range up there.
I used to do a lot of free diving for abalone. The deepest I know I dove was 40' on a wrecked barge @ Lake Tahoe. I spooked the hell out of myself up in Mendocino--had found a 'trench' where abalone lined it like cobblestone on a day with great vis. (50'). So, with my 5 mil suit and 28 lb belt dive down (was solo), got two with my ab iron, and discovered that I was very negatively boyant when I kicked off the bottom--my ego kinda got in the way 'cause I was not about to kick off my weight belt nor let go of the abs. Almost decided to but was making enough progress towards the surface. Anyway, was glad to take that big gulp of air when I reached the surface.
wmidbrook - as long as your comfortable diving I don't see any problem going solo. I enjoy diving solo as I get to do what I want to when I am down. On dive boats I never dive with someone they try and pair me up with I just go solo. Hood canal is a sweet spot, love sund rock and octopus hole.
02-20-2004, 06:22 PM
Hey Drix.............do you use a pony bottle for a secondary air source when you solo dive??? I have been thinking about a pony setup. I used to do a lot of solo diving in shallow depths with 80AL tanks...........using a minimum of 800lbs as my deadline to being surface acent.
05-01-2004, 07:34 PM
i have advanced open water certification. have been down to 100 feet in wisconsin rock quarries, i have not been in the ocean but would like to if i ever leave the frozen tundra.
12-03-2004, 10:51 PM
I'VE BEN CERTIFIED SINCE DEC. OF 03. ONLY HAVE A BASIC OPEN WATER, BUT IVE BEEN A S DEEP AS 85 FT. IN JAMACIAN WATERS.
DIDN'T SEE ANYTHING DIFFERENT THAN YOU WOULD SEE AT 15 FT. JUST ALOT COOLER AND DARKER.
I'VE ONLY LOGED ABOUT 15 DIVES, MOSTLY CAT,HUNTINGTON AND SAN CLEMENTE COAST. I SURE WOULD LIKE TO MEET SOME DIVERS AND TRY SOME INTERESTING SPOTS SOMEDAY.
MY BUDDY RUNS THE "EL DORADO" OUT OF LONG BEACH SPORTFISHING. HE HAS A CONTACT ON A DIVE BOAT, MAYBE WE CAN GET A GROUP TOGETHER FOR A DISCOUNT CHARTER. ALWAYS WANTED TO DO A NIGHT DIVE.
ALSO, IM LOOKING TO GET MY ADVANCED OPEN WATER. IM NOT INTERESTED IN USING SPORT CHALLET AGAIN, ANYONE HAVE A SUGGESTION. I LIVE IN SOUTH CORONA, AND MY OFFICE IS NEAR GLENDALE. I WOULD LIKE INFO ON A CLASS BETWEEN THOSE 2 AREAS.
12-08-2004, 08:51 AM
Seven Licenses and 120 feet is the deepest. Couldn't imagine needing to go much deeper unless wreck or wall diving. I only did it to get a picture I wanted but in doing so blew my profile and had to abort the rest of my dives in the Caymans for that day. http://www.jesseshunting.com/forums/style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/thumbs-down-little.gif I use a 100 cubic inch steel Genisis short fatty.
01-14-2005, 12:04 AM
the deepest i ever got was 150 in the maldives, good stuff. my second was 140 in singapore while wreak diving old jap zeros, amazing ( no offence to any one on the jap thing, i just cant spell the whole thing, yes im dumb)
01-27-2005, 07:41 PM
Deepest I've ever been was 125 in a old lime quary.Havent been down in about 2 years.I Really miss it.
01-27-2005, 10:16 PM
I don't dive, so whats narc'd mean, the bends or something?
01-28-2005, 06:49 AM
Narc'd stands for Nitrogen Narcosis. It is a condition that ocures while you breathe air at a depth of around 100 feet below the surface. While you are breathing the nitrogen in the air is stored in the blood cells which can lead to a feeling much like being intoxicated. This condition affects some people more than others. I have not experienced this myself but many have.I guess that I just havent been deep enough for the feeling.
04-10-2005, 04:21 AM
Did a wall dive on Big Island of Hawaii off old Kona Airport to 135' with tanks, without tanks freediving to 60 feet while spearfishing here on Maui, and on Oahu.
05-07-2005, 10:07 PM
Not sure with tanks....way to long ago! Certified in 69'. Did most of my spearfishing from the late 70's thru mid 90's (Pacific Coast Champ in 83). I've freedived beyond 100, but couldn't get exact, sometimes hunting, other times just testing myself dropping along the anchor chain. BTW, anyone seriosly interested in a custom Riffe Bluewater?, I think that's what their calling it now. This is a low production, hand-fitted model from Jay's garage. Includes a breakaway trailing line. Looking for 700.00 OBO.
06-25-2005, 10:01 AM
Been freediving for abot 20 years, never have scuba'd. Deepest freedive was 75' when checking on a 55 lb yellowtail a buddy shot in Tortuga Bay.
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