|100 Meter Viz - Yearly ReCert Report - 2nd try|
Posted by Patrick on November 13, 2006 at 22:07:31:|
Well, it was time again for the yearly re-certification for some of the CMAR (Coastal Maritime Archaeology Resources) crew. To maintain our ability to dive from Park Service and NOAA vessels and carry out our various U/W archaeology projects and submerged cultural resource work, a re-certification / training session is required. Since I had completed mine earlier this year, I decided to tag along to observe the fun for a change or assist if needed, as opposed to being a participant. The usual routine calls for meeting at park headquarters in Ventura, loading all the gear and participants into a government van and carpooling over to the SeaBee base in Port Hueneme to use their pool. Since the pool opens at Noon, we have early access, and can get most of the testing done before we have to share the pool with the Navy.
After loading up the van (and putting a towel down on my seat) we made the short drive to Hueneme, checked in through base security and parked next to the base’s magnificent pool facility. It is absolutely a spectacular facility; I know it is 25-meters wide, and I believe it is 100-meters in length and immaculately kept and maintained.
The gear was quickly unloaded and Carl & Carol – the recertees changed into their swim gear for their timed 2,700-foot swim.
And the dreaded bailout…
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