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by eh.haole
Wed Sep 07, 2022 2:22 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Snorkeling the Channel Between Indian Island and Marrowstone Island
Replies: 4
Views: 202

Re: Snorkeling the Channel Between Indian Island and Marrowstone Island

Keystone yes that does work, though the slack can be short for surface activities. I gave myself the willies 'freediving' a bit there (to ~12 meters) as you can never really see the bottom (or top) unless you're right by the rocks. Same for Iceberg Point on Lopez. I have not snorkeled the Driftwood ...
by eh.haole
Wed Sep 07, 2022 6:57 am
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: Snorkeling the Channel Between Indian Island and Marrowstone Island
Replies: 4
Views: 202

Re: Snorkeling the Channel Between Indian Island and Marrowstone Island

Life will find a way 🦀 What are some more good snorkel swims? I've been doing 2-4km shore snorkel swims occasionally in a hooded 5mm surf suit 7mm booties gloves whenever it's calm and the vis is good enough to see ~2(+) meters to the bottom. Core seems warm enough with a good pace. A neon shirt, ho...
by eh.haole
Sun Sep 04, 2022 7:50 am
Forum: General SCUBA Discussion
Topic: Major Changes for Point Hudson
Replies: 7
Views: 515

Re: Major Changes for Point Hudson

Life will find a way back I hope 🙏 Are there any other ideas for ways to add more cool naturalish habitat features during this 'opportunity'? Some more reef restoration/dive park kinda stuff that everyone can be proud of? Where will be the go-to dive site for cool encounters while this site is unava...
by eh.haole
Sat Sep 03, 2022 1:47 pm
Forum: Dive Site Listings
Topic: Keystone Jetty
Replies: 22
Views: 12337

Re: Keystone Jetty

How do we think the tides (currents) work at Keystone? Is it something like this? Screen Shot 2022-09-03 at 1.42.32 PM.png Here is a closeup image if anyone wants to try drawing in what they think is happening on either tide : ) I've certainly felt moved there myself Screen Shot 2022-09-03 at 1.41.3...
by eh.haole
Sat Sep 03, 2022 1:23 pm
Forum: Dive Site Listings
Topic: Keystone Jetty
Replies: 22
Views: 12337

Re: Keystone Jetty

How deep is Jack's Reef? My latest glance at the NOAA Bathymetry Viewer (https://www.ncei.noaa.gov/maps/bathymetry/) shows some new data with higher resolution of interesting(?) topographies between 18 and 30 meters (60 & 100ft) depth, ~300 meters @120º, 175º or 220º (~3 jetty lengths in each ca...
by eh.haole
Thu Mar 11, 2021 12:13 pm
Forum: Dive Recaps & Trip Reports
Topic: Salt Creek Exploratory Dives 3/10/21
Replies: 11
Views: 2989

Re: Salt Creek Exploratory Dives 3/10/21

I remember fantastic kelp & anemone gullies right off the point itself in Aug '19. There were lots urchins too, especially "deeper." Will kelp return by summer?

Do we know any sea otter reintroduction specialists? Is it time for another sea urchin foodie fad?
by eh.haole
Wed Oct 14, 2020 2:50 pm
Forum: Find a Buddy
Topic: New Diver looking for buddies
Replies: 8
Views: 4485

Re: New Diver looking for buddies

Anacortes Diving & Supply is a high quality shop and often organizes group/social dives around here (often Rosario Beach & Mukilteo) via their club/newsletter/FB page. Can't go wrong there. I reckon the visibility won't be any good for at least a few days after these storms, and perhaps long...
by eh.haole
Thu Oct 08, 2020 1:35 pm
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 5090
Views: 786282

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

An early nighttime muck dive in Penn Cove last night revealed a couple of things (apart from the shrimp, crab, octopus and jetsam) that I haven't noticed yet during a few "fishless" daytime dives. Anyone care to enlighten me with ids and stories? In a drab soft bottom of clam middens(?) th...
by eh.haole
Fri Sep 25, 2020 3:00 pm
Forum: Diving Education (Recreational)
Topic: Water Depth Mapping Resource
Replies: 5
Views: 6737

Re: Water Depth Mapping Resource

super high resolution bathymetry available thanks to the NOAA Hydrographic Survey: https://maps.ngdc.noaa.gov/viewers/bathymetry/ Cool, now I can guesstimate where it was that I clung to a rock/ramp for ten minutes, about 30 minutes into a "late slack" (aka too early start) :crabmode: Scr...
by eh.haole
Tue Sep 22, 2020 11:48 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: The Hunt for NEON Crustaceans! *UPDATED*
Replies: 7
Views: 2949

Re: The Hunt for NEON Crustaceans! *UPDATED*

If they are rare, is it wise to collect them for science? What happens to the collected individuals? Can they be alternatively studied in situ? How does one estimate a safe number of collections that will not adversely affect the distribution of a rare population? Can they be easily sexed or aged? A...
by eh.haole
Fri Sep 18, 2020 4:45 pm
Forum: Introductions (New Visitors, Start Here)
Topic: Technical diver relocating to Anacortes / Bellingham WA area
Replies: 5
Views: 1971

Re: Technical diver relocating to Anacortes / Bellingham WA area

I'm on Whidbey often/seasonally and would be interested in some team tec. I rec-tec from shore around here in a few places, just to 45 metres or so normally. B.C. Canada yeah that would be great as soon as we're permitted entry. A 90+ minute dive on some of the wrecks up there would be pretty cool, ...
by eh.haole
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:14 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: WTB: HP100 Doubles (or 2 matched singles)
Replies: 4
Views: 1365

Re: WTB: HP100 Doubles (or 2 matched singles)

Price range? I have a set of Faber HP100 doubles with bands, valves, bases, nitrox stickers and manifold (bought together as a set from DGX in 2019). Hydros are 09/18 and visuals were renewed on 08/20. Some normal cosmetic marking where the bands sit. I don't dive them as doubles anymore, just a fan...
by eh.haole
Mon Aug 24, 2020 8:38 pm
Forum: Dive Travel - Planning and Adventure
Topic: Dive travel kinda bites right now
Replies: 22
Views: 6706

Re: Dive travel kinda bites right now

Are there any more soft enough tides for Deception Pass this year? I didn't notice any yet. Skyline has your drift potential and is full of species. We got in a bit early this time and I took a (voluntary) ride to 35 metres. It is like a Deception Pass Lite. Consequential and deserving of good timin...
by eh.haole
Wed Aug 19, 2020 7:01 am
Forum: Dive Travel - Planning and Adventure
Topic: God's Pocket keeping deposits for COVID cancelled trips
Replies: 11
Views: 3529

Re: God's Pocket keeping deposits for COVID cancelled trips

How about a little thought experiment where we put ourselves in the other's shoes. Our country's incompetence, denial and defiance has ruined their whole year as a business Blame whoever you think is responsible for letting USA become the greatest covid nation, thus forcing border closures, and lett...
by eh.haole
Fri Aug 14, 2020 6:52 pm
Forum: Everything Else
Topic: D.A.N. Dive Insurance for over 70 in Wa. Update Aug 14 2020
Replies: 1
Views: 1273

Re: D.A.N. Dive Insurance for over 70 in Wa. Update Aug 14 2020

Why is it hard for them to just continue primary emergency care coverage for rare DCS incidents (e.g. chamber), and leave the whole "we think your age might be a general health risk outside of diving-specific/DCS primary care" up to medicare, etc? As a "young" diver, I would be w...
by eh.haole
Fri Aug 14, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 5090
Views: 786282

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

What a beautiful blend of nature and civilization, on your mystical weekday morning! I took a dip there on Tuesday, entering 20 minutes before the NOAA 18ft slack prediction.. and it was already slack by then, due to the weaker flood(?) But no dramas. I won't re-post the light-edged ribbon worm pic(...
by eh.haole
Thu Aug 13, 2020 3:57 pm
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: 797 Softnolime for sale
Replies: 27
Views: 5585

Re: 797 Softnolime for sale

Just to nerd out about canisters a bit further, In this paper , they put Simon Mitchell on an exercise bike, generating a standardized 2.0 L/min of CO2, with a breathing rate of 44 L/min (22 breaths per minute--quite high for sustained breathing). His 2.64kg (avg.) of sofnolime lasted 202 minutes (a...
by eh.haole
Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:53 am
Forum: Critter Watchers - PNW Marine Life
Topic: Whidbey Island Critters
Replies: 5090
Views: 786282

Re: Whidbey Island Critters

Amazing, truly a small lens back in time, and into the parallel planet in which humans remained in ecological balance!
And I bet the enclosed waters were often clearer--even this clear--as well
by eh.haole
Thu Aug 13, 2020 9:42 am
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: 797 Softnolime for sale
Replies: 27
Views: 5585

Re: 797 Softnolime for sale

If you are pushing a 5.5 pd scrubber 6 hours in our colder waters, you are a greater risk taker than me. Our Megs are rated at 3.5 hours, I push to 4, maybe 4.5 if all scooter dives. My understanding is that before CE, cave divers were going with a rough "one hour per pound" rule of thumb...
by eh.haole
Thu Aug 13, 2020 8:24 am
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: 797 Softnolime for sale
Replies: 27
Views: 5585

Re: 797 Softnolime for sale

For example if I suspected a packed canister of being potentially stale, I might be more conservative on the duration and conditions of use, such as the type of dive, and/or dump it more often. Presumably a margin of variation is acceptable for shallower shore dives with low workload and low likelih...
by eh.haole
Thu Aug 13, 2020 7:43 am
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: 797 Softnolime for sale
Replies: 27
Views: 5585

Re: 797 Softnolime for sale

It'd be a shame for good material to go to waste if the hydrate is still functionally intact. More of a shame though if misused with poor outcome, yes. Sounds like a highly advanced consideration for someone who is confident in their abilities to judge risks, efficacy and appropriate use circumstanc...
by eh.haole
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:56 pm
Forum: Dive Travel - Planning and Adventure
Topic: God's Pocket keeping deposits for COVID cancelled trips
Replies: 11
Views: 3529

Re: God's Pocket keeping deposits for COVID cancelled trips

Were you (original poster) dealing directly with GP yourself? Or was this a booking through a third party (shop or organizer)? I could imagine a resort telling a shop that their group booking slot & deposit has been bumped ahead...please understand, etc etc In those cases however, the shop/organ...
by eh.haole
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:59 am
Forum: Buy/Sell/Trade Dive Gear
Topic: 797 Softnolime for sale
Replies: 27
Views: 5585

Re: 797 Softnolime for sale

Ok thanks I am interested given they have a stated shelf life of 5 years. That is if nobody else needs them soon, like by the end of week/month. I don't want to be a hoarder since I still have a full unopened keg
by eh.haole
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:49 am
Forum: Dive Travel - Planning and Adventure
Topic: Dive travel kinda bites right now
Replies: 22
Views: 6706

Re: Dive travel kinda bites right now

I've experienced them, on either side of the actual slack--which I would define as the time, however brief, when they are not strongly in effect in the typical diving area. Then again I have only gone when the predicted max currents on either side of the switch are less than ~3.5kt.
by eh.haole
Wed Aug 12, 2020 9:10 am
Forum: Dive Travel - Planning and Adventure
Topic: Dive travel kinda bites right now
Replies: 22
Views: 6706

Re: Dive travel kinda bites right now

I've been focusing on hitting Deception Pass, Skyline and Keystone off slack to work on skills Wait. You've been diving them off slack ?? I'm hoping to do a long weekend shore dive trip to hit Salt Creek, Seiku and some other random sites out on the peninsula. A camp/dive trip to Salt Creek or Lake...