Dive #109 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2010 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

95h
22m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
12:00PM

Bottom Time:
51 minutes

Maximum Depth:
61 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
700 psi

Weather Conditions:
80F

Surface Conditions:
Calm

Surface Water Temperature:
76F

Bottom Water Temperature:
76F

Visibility:
100+ feet
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March 21,
2002
TUNNELS
GRAND TURK, TURKS & CAICOS ISLANDS, BRITISH WEST INDIES
BOAT DIVE
VIDEO
Debbie (divemaster), Linda and John (buddies), Graeme, Lynn, Lauren (CT), Michael (divemaster), another boat of 6-7 divers, plus 2 more boats from Grand Turk(!)
Photo
Linda follows the other divers down through the cut
Videograph by Rich Torkington in TCI 2002 
Dive Journal: From Windmills, Debbie quickly unties and heads over to Tunnels, hoping to tie up and claim the spot while we are doing our surface interval. She succeeds in doing this. While were offgassing and starting our preparations, another couple of boats approach, stop short, and toss anchor onto the reef so they can dive at the same time. Debbie is understandably annoyed with this disregard for the reef and that too much diver traffic at one site is always less enjoyable for all.

Johnny and I will be buddies again, and so we plan to dive at shallower depths while the other divers go through the tunnel. This works out well since Linda did not dive here last time (Dive #090). Linda will be videographer this dive as well.

John was very fun to dive with he is now quite comfortable clearing his ears and controlling his depth. We slowly followed the other divers down the slope, then stayed about even at 50 while they descended through the tunnel. We had fun chasing their bubbles, and eventually we both started doing space flips mid-water over the wall.

Linda takes some good video of some black jacks here. She later ascended to continue swimming with us, and we traded around using the camera. Johnny got some nice shots of a black durgeon, and also some great shots of other divers. I caught a few frames of a blue-hued trumpetfish, and also a pair of cute goatfish who posed on a ledge.

Goodbye Salt Cay and Turks & Caicos Islands! Diving here has been relaxing, beautiful, relaxing, interesting, and relaxing. The quiet scene topside on Salt Cay is just what we had hoped for.

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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 Sea
Mask:
U S Divers
Protection:
3mm full wetsuit
Regulator:
SeaQuest
Spectrum XR2
plus Oceanic
Slimline octopus
Weight:
10 lb
Water Type:
Salt
Video Equipment:
Sony DCR-TRV11 digital handycam in Top Dawg housing