Warm water diver living in Florida; planning to relocate to the PNW sometime in the next year or so. I will be visiting my daughter who lives in Mt. Vernon; and looking for divesite suggestions (and any dive buddies already planning or who would be looking) from 16-19 November.
I'm a relatively experienced diver, but my last cold-water diving was in Hoods Canal in the early 70s in a very cold wetsuit.
I have a new drysuit, but less than five dives in the drysuit; none with dry gloves; none with a thick hood; none (yet) in cold water. I will be bringing my own gear except for tanks, so will need to rent tanks for any dives not done with an operator who rents them.
I've already booked an "intro to cold water" set of shore dives in/near Anacortes, so that should help me answer / sort out the most basic issues of weighting and trim. I am PADI EAN Diver and TDI Advance Nitrox certified.
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