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When you admit it’s not just a sore shoulder

I remember sitting at my computer, thinking about all that ibuprofen I’ve been popping for the last 18 hours… and wondering… why is the dull aching pain in my shoulder still constantly there…

By | 2021-04-09T13:17:16-07:00 April 8th, 2021|Resources|Comments Off on When you admit it’s not just a sore shoulder

Diving in Kona, Hawaii

I absolutely LOVE diving in Kona, Hawaii (the Big Island). The fish are colorful, much of the diving is accessible from shore, and the water is warm and blue. Most of my love of Kona, and my experience with the many dive sites, I can credit to my friends Terry & Donna Miller (of Black Rock [...]

By | 2016-02-19T14:18:24-08:00 February 18th, 2016|Dive Sites|Comments Off on Diving in Kona, Hawaii

Alki Fishing Reef

There are two main ways to do this dive, from a boat or scooter from shore.  As a boat dive compared to other spots in the PNW it's good, but as a shore dive it's awesome! Plan to splash 30-45 minutes before slack on flood before ebb so you have the current at your back [...]

By | 2021-01-05T08:49:43-08:00 January 31st, 2015|Dive Sites|Comments Off on Alki Fishing Reef

Floating Deco Station

The shipwreck diving platform is a combination of two elements: the down line system and the free floating deco station. It requires four people to easily deploy these two apparatus. Surface Support, Safety & Expedition Divers will all help deploy these tools. To setup the down line system, the first thing you need to do is hook the wreck. [...]

By | 2015-01-30T07:42:42-08:00 January 30th, 2015|Resources|Comments Off on Floating Deco Station

Surface Support Team Member

We are always looking for energetic individuals to assist in our dive operations. Surface support and safety divers are an integral part of our team and their assistance is greatly appreciated. A single individual will often carry out both positions of surface support and safety diver due to limited space on the boat. Pre Dive Over 18 Willingness [...]

By | 2015-01-30T00:51:48-08:00 January 30th, 2015|Skills|Comments Off on Surface Support Team Member

Safety Diver

The role of the safety diver is a critical one for deep diving operations. It helps ensure the safety of everyone involved and generally makes the exploration diver's lives a whole lot easier while doing the deco time on the line. Often the safety diver also plays the role of surface support team member before [...]

By | 2015-01-30T00:46:31-08:00 January 30th, 2015|Skills|Comments Off on Safety Diver

My Favorite Pacific Northwest Shore Dives

One of the best things about the Puget Sound is that we have a ton of good to great local shore diving. I'm told by divers that have moved away to Oregon or even some areas of the tropics like Thailand, it's the biggest thing they miss. Always having to plan for a boat to [...]

By | 2015-02-10T10:53:11-08:00 June 3rd, 2014|Dive Sites|Comments Off on My Favorite Pacific Northwest Shore Dives

Dive Propulsion Vehicles (DPVs)

There are a number of great Dive Propulsion Vehicles (DPVs) available. I personally love my Dive-X CUDA 400. If I had more loot when I bought my scooter, I'd probably have an 1150 just for the increased run time. I rarely use what I have, but when you're trying to plan thirds, a CUDA 1150 sure gives [...]

By | 2014-06-03T21:27:46-07:00 June 3rd, 2014|Gear|Comments Off on Dive Propulsion Vehicles (DPVs)

Pacific Northwest Dive Clubs and Groups

Online dive forums and resources can be a great source of information and help you get excited about learning new techniques, exploring new dive sites or areas, and meeting new dive buddies. Always remember that people's opinions vary, as does their actual experience and knowledge on a subject..so just be aware of that as you get [...]

By | 2021-04-10T09:59:36-07:00 June 3rd, 2014|Resources|Comments Off on Pacific Northwest Dive Clubs and Groups

PB4Y Privateer

One of my favorite local tech dives is the PB4Y Privateer in Lake Washington, which I affectionately call just "the bomber". It sits in roughly 150' and is only about a 15-17 minute scooter ride from Warren G Magnuson Park. This is NOT a tech-reational dive, nor one I'd do on deep air. The lake [...]

By | 2020-04-18T10:09:24-07:00 June 3rd, 2014|Dive Sites|Comments Off on PB4Y Privateer