|North Coast backpack dive|
Posted by Eric S on August 24, 2008 at 22:32:47:|
Last weekend a small group of us on the North Coast decided to try a backpack dive. Now, I know that this may not be a big deal to many of you Socal veterans, but in our case this was quite a step forward.
In short, all of us met at Gerstle cove in the morning after the rest of the clan did a classic North Coast ab dive at South Gerstle over the wreck. I pulled up at about 8:30 and saw Brian standing on the bluff watching Tao, Kevin, and Jerry in the water working the reef for abs. After everybody got out we headed to north Gerstle for our backpack dive.
Weighting seemed to be the issue initially. Each diver realized how much weight needed to be shed to be able to do this. I think this was a critical lesson in every aspect of diving; weighting.
I would say it was all a great learning experience even with the adverse conditions. The water was calm enough in the cove but visibility was the main detractor.
Here are a few pics from the day:
Tao getting ready
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