Re: Re: Nice Conditions at Dume

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Posted by Craig H on March 29, 2011 at 10:03:13:

In Reply to: Re: Nice Conditions at Dume posted by JohnC on March 28, 2011 at 18:18:22:

We park at Westward Beach. ($8 credit) It is a 100 yard walk over loose sand to the water and a several hundred yard swim to the pinnacles. Current is always an issue and may be very strong. When diving with those with less experience at the site, we descend on the seaward side of the outer rocks, explore the wall for 20-30 minutes and spend the remaining dive time working our way back over the sand. A 6" dive knife or critter wand is a good idea to anchor yourself against retreating surge and/or pull yourself forward when working your way back across the bottom. This takes a large part of the workload off your legs. It usually takes 20 minutes over sand to reach Westward Beach underwater. Check your compass heading frequently as current can imperceptibly change your direction in less than a minute. Be careful not to exit too close to the rocks as constructive interference from oncoming and retreating swells will instantly turn a two foot wave into a four foot wave. Many fins have been lost here, mine included.

If you find yourself without enough air to return underwater and the current is too strong, it is possible to swim around to the point to the east and exit in the cove.

Seahunt is right, the current may switch direction around noon.

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