Dive #274 - Rich Torkington's Dive Log
Copyright 2012 Rich Torkington Mesa, Arizona

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Bottom Time to Date:

240h
19m


Dive Info:

Dive Start:
10:00 AM

Bottom Time:
40 minutes

Maximum Depth:
65 feet

Safety Stop:
3 minutes

Beginning Air:
3000 psi

Ending Air:
1100 psi

Weather Conditions:
Sunny 84F

Surface Conditions:
1' chop

Surface Water Temperature:
81F

Bottom Water Temperature:
81F

Visibility:
50-75 feet

Gas:
Air
274
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October 29,
2012
FRIAR'S CRAIG / ASTA REEF
BRIDGETOWN, BARBADOS
BOAT DIVE, Westside Scuba
 
Linda, Janel, John, other divers on boat
West Side Scuba Centre
westsidescuba.com
Barbados
Kori learned this command REALLY well
Photo by Rich in Barbados 2012 
Barbados
Divemaster Jess and Koriel
Photo by Rich in Barbados 2012 
Barbados
Koriel readying for backroll
Photo by Rich in Barbados 2012 
Barbados
Well done
Photo by Rich in Barbados 2012 
Barbados
Preparing to descend onto Friar's Craig
Photo by Rich in Barbados 2012 
Barbados
Linda and Janel on Friar's Craig
Photo by Rich in Barbados 2012 
Barbados
John and Janel explore the wreck
Photo by Rich in Barbados 2012 
Barbados
Turtle above Asta Reef
Photo by Rich in Barbados 2012 
Barbados
A rare photo of diver Rich
Photo by Janel in Barbados 2012 
Barbados
Great to see Janel and John back on a dive boat!
Photo by Rich in Barbados 2012 
Dive Journal: My whole immediate family has arrived in Barbados! The VIPs include Mom in from Pennsylvania, John and Koriel in from LA, and a special appearance from Janel in from Madrid.

Koriel is doing a Discover Scuba source today. She's got an order to watch a PADI instructional DVD and settles in front of the diveshop TV. When I go in to stow my shoes in a locker, the video is completely stuck on the image of a diver in a pool staring out from the screen. The caption beneath says "Come Here" and the video stutters forward like 1 frame every 10 seconds. We both crack up.

Once everyone is ready, all divers pile into vehicles for the drive down south. We are launching out of Bridgetown again, instead of up here on the west side.

We start out back in Carlisle Bay, and Koriel receives some early instruction on gearing up and how to exit the boat. It's hot so many of us jump in the water to cool off. From this vantage, we are treated to Koriel's very first backroll with gear. She does great.

Koriel and instructors will spend an hour in the shallows of the bay while we go do our first dive. Off we go.

We return to the site we dove last Thursday. The plan this time, however, is to start on the wreck, called Friar's Craig, and then finish again on Asta Reef. This way we'll be sure to explore the wreck.

The wreck is pretty cool, in pieces on the ocean floor. The best part for me is seeing Janel and John dive again. I can safely say that John really enjoys diving, and Janel just adores it. Both of them are immediately comfortable under water after a long layoff. Janel last dove in Thailand, I think, 3 years ago. And John, wow, it might have been as much as 6 years ago in the US Virgin Islands.

Finishing the wreck exploration, we tour Asta Reef for a while and spy a turtle near the end.

When we surface, we head back over to Carlisle Bay to pick up Koriel and the instructors.

Check out the rest of this day on Barbados (Koriel did the authoring on this day), and if you want, read further about the whole trip.



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Info:
Fins:
Tusa Xpert Zoom Splitfin
Computer:
None
Tank:
80 ft3 Aluminum
BCD:
Rented
Dive Type:
BOAT, West Side Scuba Centre
Body of Water:
Carribean Sea
Mask:
Tusa Visio Tri-Ex
Protection:
3mm Oneill full
Regulator:Rented
Weight:
10 lb
Water Type:
Salt
Video Equipment:
PowerShot S95 in housing