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Dive Logs for Vance Stevens
PADI open water scuba instructor #64181
Dive 415-416
October 25, 2001
Abu Dhabi:
Barrier Reef, Delta Buoy area

Diving with: Greg Heinricks
Dive buddies: Dusty and Omar
Others in dive party: a couple of kids, one of whom was named Alex, and one of whom diddn't speak to us
Conditions: warm, pleasant
Visibility: not good, 5 meters
Wetsuit combo: Scuba Pro .5 mm neoprene skin
Weight: 6 or 8 kg
Diving from:Greg's boat the Argentina

My 415th Logged Dive since 1991

Dive site: Greg headed north and arrived at the site after a slow 45 min. Sadly, he asked that I not use my GPS on 'this one'. Judging by depth and topography, he appeared to be in the Delta Buoy / Barrier Reef part of town
Training conducted: none, fun diving

Data from dive computer:

Time down on dive computer: 9:42
Max depth: 12.9 meters
Time started up from chart: 44 min.
Dive time from computer: 47 min
Min Temp: 30° C
Nitrox 21% (normal air), no deco

PSI/Bar in: 200
PSI/Bar out: 80

Pressure group out, from tables or wheel: n/a

Description of dive:

Pretty boring. We went down the anchor line in a bit of a current and decided not to wait there for Greg and the kids, because my guys wanted to move off. So I led them in a square over the coral. But due to the current skew when we completed the square we were not in site of the boat or anchor line, so we just returned to an area of the bigger corals and hung out there.

We saw a sea snake poking into holes, obviously looking for something tasty. He tried all the holes he could find and got his head and all his body he could into each hole. It was interesting to watch and tempting to grab his tail while his head was unable to retaliate. We didn't of course (and survived the dive). The snake didn't appear to come up with any morsels within the amount of attention span we were willing to invest.

In the end we surfaced maybe 100 meters far from the boat, but because I had favored upcurrent moves as much as possible during the dive, we at least were helped by the current to return to it.

Surface interval: 42 min.
Pressure Group in: n/a

My 416th Logged Dive since 1991

Dive site: same as before
Training conducted: none, fun diving

Data from dive computer:

Time down on dive computer: 11:28
Max depth: 13.6 meters
Time started up from chart: 41 min
Dive time from computer: 44 min.
Min Temp: 30° C
Nitrox 21% (normal air), no deco

PSI/Bar in: 200 bar
PSI/Bar out: 70 bar

Pressure group out: on computer, calculated for kids' benefit to show them large safety factor, but did not record calculation

Description of dive:

Even more boring than the first one. Greg had suggested a different direction to check out an anchor on the bottom but again we didn't wait for him, just headed that way and back again. When Omar ran low on air we surfaced, in about the same place as we had the last dive, which means on this one I had gone past the anchor off the bow of the boat and carried on. We got wet.

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