|What's so special about diving in Washington state?|
Posted by Merry on February 22, 2022 at 18:56:19:|
In January, Phil and I made the long trek to the Seattle area on a quest for the mighty tiny Pacific spiny lumpsucker in Puget Sound. It's a different type of diving up there - dive time is based on currents or tides, which are a trade-off for Zen-type shore entries. What, no timing sets or hustling through the surf zone?!
What a beautiful state - magnificent trees, gracious and friendly people! The dive shops are loaded with coldwater gear and give great fills. In a word, we loved it and hope to make it back there soon.
The hospitality and enthusiasm of local divers made the trip fun and memorable. An indispensable guide to that area is pnwdiving.com, run by Eric Askilsrud. Eric updates the latest reported visibility at 23 dive sites, as well as providing dive planning tables for current and tides, plus more.
We dove three sites - Redondo Beach, Three Tree Point, and Keystone Jetty on Whidbey Island. Eric Askilsrud and Dave Hicks advised us safe times to dive and what conditions were typical. I won't lie, visibility was pretty low due to runoff from all the rain we brought with us.
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