|Quick north coast dive report|
Posted by Eric S on March 14, 2009 at 10:14:37:|
Friday (yesterday) I had no work on the books so I decided to go diving. I called up a friend who is also self employed and also had nothing on the books for that day. He is very new to diving and has been hounding me to go ever since he got his open water.
Gerstle cove was flat. There was only about a 6" shore slap at the beach. The vis was stellar at 30 - 40 feet. I couldn't have asked for a better day. Our first dive we went in and just cruised around the cove. I just wanted to see how he was weighted and get him oriented. This was only his 4th dive out of open water. His weighting was perfect, he did hid math and out of deduction and luck he nailed it right on. Pretty amazing considering everything he had on was brand new gear.
After we came back in I told him I needed to do a straight backpack dive to test the performance of the newest plate sans BC. He said he wanted to try backpack diving so that's what we did. I knew his weighting was perfect to do this, so I wasn't really worried about it. We snorkelled out to the middle of the cove and started our dive. He took to backpacking immediatly. He was buzzing around like a fish. He glided around with his arms to his sides and changed direction and steered using his body. He had more fun that any other newbie I've ever dove with.
He loved backpacking so much he doesn't want to go back now. I told him that there is a time and place for backpacking but on some dives he'll need the wing.
He made me proud.
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