08/11/2011(Thu) - 1 DiveNo.404 - Seabase[Bonneville, UT]

Diver : Michael Clay
Dive Master :
Buddy : Todd, Desiree
D.Service :
Weather : Sunny
Temp. : 85 Fahrenheit
Ave.w.temp : 81 Fahrenheit
Min.w.temp : 80 Fahrenheit
Diving Suit :
Inner Wear : Bathing Suit
Weight : 4 Lbs
Tank Material : Aluminum
Equipment :
S.I.Time :
Time In : 13:14:51
Time Out : 13:44:06
Dive Time : 00:23:30
Ave. Depth : 13 ft
Max. Depth : 21 ft
Safety Stop.Depth : ft
Safety Stop.Time : min
Tank Capacity : 80 Cu/Ft
Pres. In : 2800 PSI
Pres. Out. : 2500 PSI
Air Consum. : 9.91 Cu/Ft/Min
Visibility H. : 4 ft
Visibility V. : 4 ft
Water Cond. : Smooth
Access : Shore
Water Body : Spring
Tank Gas : Nitrox 40% Rating : ***
Dive Number : 404
Total Time : 332:27
Dive Type : Fun Dive

The dive itself was mediocre. The experience however, was quite fun! We arrived at Seabase at opening. As we were all standing around waiting for the paperwork and watching the orientation video, they called us outside for the feeding. We went out and watched as they through chunks of fish and other food into the water. The nurse sharks would take turns coming to the surface, resting their head on the shore ledge and sucking in the fish. Then the sting rays did the same thing. We also saw many other fish surfacing for food. They give a flat of frozen fish cubes to Desiree so she could feed the fish as well.

After that we went back inside, finished up the paperwork, got our gear and got ready for the dive. I told them that I was an instructor and was teaching a Nitrox class so we all got 40% Nitrox tanks. This also helped since I forgot Desiree's C-Cards. :-) I showed Todd how to check his mix and find his MOD. I helped Desiree and Todd fill out the shop's Nitrox logbook. I later went through the Nitrox class formulas with Todd and gave him the Nitrox basics.

It was finally time to get in the water! We deflated our BC's and everyone was able to sink except for Todd. Luckily, the girl from the counter followed us out to make sure everyting was good. She brought Todd a couple of 2lb weights and we started our descent again. I noticed that Desiree was having difficulty staying down so we surfaced again. The girl came right back out and we asked for a couple more weights. On our third attempt, I decided that I would have a tough time staying down without additional weight. We resurfaced and waited a few minutes but the girl didn't come back out this time. Most likely helping paying customers. :-) I took off my gear, left it floating in the water and ran inside. I came back out with a couple weights for myself and we were finally able to start our dive.

We planned to drop in and skim the perimeter of the basin, while maintaining close proximity. I stayed with Desiree while Todd started following along the side. He got about 5ft away and we lost him. Since I knew this was a poor viz dive beforehand, I had reminded everyone of the "lost buddy" rule before we started. Desiree and I surfaced. A couple minutes later, Todd popped up.

This time we decided to all hold hands. Todd and I put Desiree between us and we dropped and started skimming the floor again. We worked our way to the back corner where the tunnel was that leads to the other pool. We had to stay submerged because there were lots of spiders on the framework above the water's surface and Desiree was starting to freak out.

The other pool was a little cooler than the first one. We swam out to the floats and dropped to the platform beneath. We felt our way around the platform but got bored pretty quickly since we were only able to see about 4ft. With that viz, we saw very few fish and had a tough enough time keeping track of each other.

After about another 5 minutes of that, we decided that we had seen all we were going to see and ended our dive.

As we were walking up the ramp to exit, something bit (or stung) me on my back, several times. I loosened my BC and showed it to Todd. He said that they looked like mosquito bites or something but I was still mostly submerged so we weren't sure what it was. Unfortunately I forgot to ask the spring owners what it may have been. Fortunately however, there were no ill side effects other than an itchy bite on my back.