Dive #49 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

37h
23m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
10:30AM

Bottom Time:
47 minutes

Maximum Depth:
66 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3200 psi

Ending Air:
800 psi

Weather Conditions:
Sunny 85F

Surface Conditions:
1' swells

Surface Water Temperature:
85F

Bottom Water Temperature:
82F

Visibility:
100+ feet
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July 17,
2000
NW REGION OF THE MARINE RESERVE
GLOVER'S REEF ATOLL - BELIZE
BOAT DIVE
 
Breeze (divemaster), Linda and Andreas(buddies)
Glover's Atoll Resort - Belize
http://www.glovers.com.bz/
Photo
Preparing our equipment on the Northeast Caye dock
Photo by Carol Torkington in Belize 2000  
Dive Journal: We are thrilled to be back in paradise on the tiny island of Northeast Caye in the marine reserve of Glover's Reef Atoll. This island is and will always be one of our favorite places on the earth!

The skies are a bit grey today and the wind is making some swells outside the atoll. Breeze takes us on a course north and west across the atoll to a mini-wall that is protected from the weather.

It is a simple out-and-back tour of the mini-wall, one with a flat bottom at 75'. A great introduction back to Belizean waters. There are fabulous coral formations accented by unbelievable vase, tube, and barrel sponges everywhere. A smallish sea turtle, maybe three feet long, swam directly beneath us - way cool.

In one crevice we spied the huge head of a green moray eel. Over the reef we enjoyed large schools of blue chromis and Spanish hogfish. On this first dive of the dive trip, we spotted and identified all four angelfish: rock beauty, grey (my friend), french, and queen. Breeze is really good as a divemaster - he seemingly loves the reef and guides us slowly.

At the dive end, Linda is cold, despite the pretty warm water temperatures. We enjoy diving with Andreas, a German tourist also on the island. Also on board are nitwit Gary (self-proclaimed divemaster) and Elena (his Russian wife), who dove separately from the group. From their conversations, we gather that this is Elena's first dive ever.

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Info:
Fins:
Mares Avanti Quattro
Computer:
U S Divers Matrix
Tank:
80 ft3 Al
BCD:
SeaQuest Spectrum 4
Dive Type:
BOAT
Body of Water:
Caribbean
Mask:
U S Divers
Protection:
3mm shorty
Regulator:
SeaQuest
Spectrum XR2
plus Oceanic
Slimline octopus
Weight:
8 lb
Water Type:
Salt
Video Equipment:
None