Thursday, December 11, 2014

Moby Dick, Puerta Vallarta December 2014

   In my last few hours of an eight day trip to Nuevo Vallarta near Puerta Vallarta(PV), Mexico.  I did a little diving,  I dove with , Vallarta Undersea.If you ask they can supply you with deco gas. My dive-master(DM) had doubles. We dove by Los Arcos a rock formation north of PV. We got down to 120 feet 40 meters.They say it is a 1500 foot 500 meeter deep canyon.  Using a single tank and managing my gas was something I have not done in a long time.I always knew where my DM was with hs doubles. Cool thing about Vallarta Undersea (VU) is they picked me up for $5 US which is cheaper than a cab. I did have to take a cab home. I did see porpoises on the boat ride to the dive shop. Next dive I was picked up and droped off because the direction north to thee Marieatas Islands.
    My wife Judy and I also visited the PV Botanical Gardens,. Great hiking great dinner a must see. Then latter in the week we visited PV Zoo. The zoo was my high point of trip It is a must see. You can feed many animals by hand. You can hold a three month old lion, (for small donation). The

giraffe you pet his nose. The monkeys you hand them food. Very cool old fashion zoo. Also cmae upon Whales the last day of diving. I took pictures with my phone.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Diepolder November 2014

November 2014 Cave Diving Florida

   I took a short four day dive trip with the target area of High Springs, FL. I stayed at the Cadillac Motel which has nice ground level large room with big refrigerator and a nice flat screen. 
   I started diving the eye of Ginny Springs Friday 11/14. The day I arrived for shakedown dive. Next day dove with Austrian Dave and instructor Scott Byars in Madison Blue State Park in Lee, FL 32059. We dove a stage. I had a little trouble due to gauge on stage was pointing down. But in all it was a good dive.
   Next dive was Diepolder three in Spring Hill, FL. A great challenging decompression dive my third at Diepolder Three. 253 feet total of 76 minutes. Next Diepolder Two. Requirement for Two is 3 dives at Three. This was a trimix decompression dive. My mix was 13/52. I also had 50% and 100% deco gas.
   Monday I dove Indian Springs.  This dive I carried a stage because we were at 140 feet for a short time then we were in a room that was about 80 foot deep. We breathed off an 80 cubic foot stage with a 30 % mix then back to back gas with trimix of 26/32. Indian has some of the largest rooms that in a traveling cave or a cave that is not just a big sink. A great cave. A guide is needed like Diep older.
   The last day Tuesday was 2 dives. Little River and Cow Springs. Little River the flow was kick ass. It was hard work the whole dive. Being spit on the way out was dangerous due to the change in depth. We dove it on 32% mix. I did bring Go Pro. The first part of video is ok but rest is spotty.
   Last dive was cow. Cow is another spectacular cave. Very tight on the way in, with tight zigs and zags at the beginning. Then it has an uphill ski rope to pull for about 100yards so as not to destroy the sand base I like to pull... I hit a restriction that I wasn't comfortable with and that was our turning point. 
   On the way out the last restriction to the surface or deco area, I got stuck. Scott tried a little pulling. Instead I backed up and took a solid d ring of belt. Entrance is slightly triangular. Let me in one way but my right side was too large to escape. I backed out took off the D ring and got rite out. Valuable lesson in reaction and being calm. 

   I could see panic and force causing someone to get stuck and not being able to remove gear. This would lead to a disaster. If need be I could have removed my gear and floated it ahead of me. I will practice this, so I will become comfortable in this manovouer. Better to practice it when not needed.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Great Lakes Wreck Diving 2014

  I am having an awesome diving summer. I have been diving in Presque Isle and Alpena Michigan twice. I have been to Paradise, MI at the UP three times. I have been to Port Austin, MI and Grand Marais, MI and Harrisville, MI. I have been wreck diving Lake Superior Whitefish Bay three times this summer, Lake Huron’s Thunder Bay Area and Lake Huron’s Thumb. Honorable Shipwreck mentions are the H.P. Bridge near Harrisville, MI and the A.A. Parker near Grand Marnie, MI in U.P. I have Captain Jitka to thank. I also met a couple of the best wreck divers PERIOD.  Eric and James. I am on my seventh T bottle of H2 (helium) getting ready to head back to the Thumb. With all the helium use I see a re-breather in my future. I have gone as deep as 240 feet. My last six of seven dives were over 200 feet. What a great experience. I traded boat work for the experience. I came out way ahead.
     Wreck diving the Great Lakes is one of the more difficult and rewarding diving activities. I have only heard deep wreck diving in the ocean to be possibly more difficult.
   On the Great Lakes we have to support each other through the whole dive. Quarters are tight and we must be prepared. Seeing wrecks that are fully in tack with mast up from 1860ies WOW!

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sirius Diving Kris Harrison "LIAR" (I didn't twist your arm)

. I was nice and generous to Kris Harrison from Sirius Diving. I introduced Kris Harrison to some wonderful technical divers. I don't think he had a clue of the opportunity I afforded him. Harrison was invited to CCR wreck dive with a Great Lakes charter captain. Captain Jitka also dives a Meg re-breather. On my expense Kris flew into Chicago. On arrival Kris claimed someone stolen part of his re-breather out of his luggage. At first I believed Kris Harrison about the theft. This has to do with honesty. I no longer trust what Kris Harrison has to say. Harrison believes his own lies.
    I picked Harrison up from Midway Airport. Due to the missing parts on his re-breather we filled two more sets of open circuit doubles, stage and bailout tanks per Kris Harrison’s instruction. We blended helium and deco gas. Kris Harrison from Sirius Diving clearly had access to enough gas to dive open circuit for the week.
   During the week Harrison made different excuses why he wasn't diving.(spider bite, alergic reaction to fish then thirds.) Planning the last day of diving, his new excuse was that he did not have enough gas for thirds. Harrison also implicated we were all diving wrong.   Harrison had two sets of doubles full with hypoxic trimix plus plenty of deco and travel gas to choose from. Harrison wouldn’t dive. Ironically tanks were filled per his instruction (plus he helped fill his tanks too.). To dive thirds all he needed to do was math. To use his thirds as an excuse and position as an instructor to try and make us believe we are all diving wrong is shameful. 
    Truth be told, on the ride home(with someone else) Harrison revealed that the only dive he made out of eight, he was cold. If Harrison told the truth we could have helped him with warmer whatever he needed. Because Harrison made himself to be this great Artic diver, his pride or ego would not let him admit to anyone he needed help. 
.  I paid for everything Kris Harrison needed. To my surprise he did not have any money at all. Not 50 cents. Harrison started mooching cigarettes from the hotel owner upon arrival. This also was embarrassing. 
     At dinner the night before the last day of diving, I confronted Harrison. Because of all the different excuses Kris Harrison made not to dive. I commented to Kris Harrison he was acting like a young child not a dive buddy. After my comment Harrison became a delusional monster. In front of my friends Harrison relentlessly insults me while calling me vulgar names. I walked away from dinner and insults to latter find him waiting for me at my room. Kris Harrison was trying to back up his latest excuse with dive theory while insulting me and threating me at the same time. Harrison then threatened to damage my scuba equipment and never stopped insulting me. I ended up being forced to move to another hotel. I came very close to having Harrison arrested for his threats. 
    Earlier this year Kris Harrison and his girlfriend Marielle Pronk stayed at my house for 3 or 4 days. . I also stored and repaired his car, (it was not safe to drive). When I was part way through the repair he told me he had no money.  I asked Harrison  to tell me how and when he will pay me back for work and  parts I installed on his Jeep. Harrison will not even acknowledge the debt. His comment to me was (“I didn’t twist your arm”).Also since Harrison did not show up to wreck dive with his re-breather, (the only reason he was invited), I believe he should man-up and repay me for at least the plane fare expense.(or acknowlege the debt).
  I should have recognized Kris Harrison psychotic behavior the year before. In Mexico after a cave dive Harrison got in a physical fight with a tourist German cave diver. Harrison was upset about the way the German diver ran his reel to the gold line.(This guy was someone he did not even know.) Remembering this incident, abusive comments and his threats, Harrison frightened me. His response was to threaten me, when I needed time  alone in the room.
  Harrison has had a most impressive résumé.Witnessing his  behavior,  Harrison is no longer  as a  instructor I would recomend. At this point in  Harrison shows the signs of going through a mental break down. . Harrison is a burden to whoever has to deal with him.
   I did not drive Harrison back to Chicago being afraid of him. I  didn’t want to hear  insults and name calling. Instead  I paid a friend to drive him.  
    Kris Harrison’s acts like he believes he is your instructor all the time. His excuses shouldn’t be a lie. Golden Rule why you’re not diving doesn’t include making up excuses and lies to fit your ego. With Harrison's credentials he should have set an example.  
   Great lakes diving is very hard and cold. I brought extra gear for Harrison. I had 3 finger mittens and a 7 mil hood, even a thicker undergarment and a DUI 200 dry suit. Kris Harrison thought he could dive cold without this gear and or preparation. Harrison froze his ass his only dive. During his dive, to my surprise Harrison couldn’t get his deco tanks on without help in the water. He looked like a Great Lake rookie. This is all correctable and normally not made into a big deal. A big problem Harrison has is his ego in his way. An exsample of his ego is every timeI have mentioned some of the best cave divers in the world. Kris Harrison has insulted every one.                                                                                
     I hope SDI/TDI have a warm water wreck C card. Harrison sure is not a cold water wreck instructor. As a Great Lake shipwreck diver, we always take each other’s help. It is very hard to gear up without help. The work starts with days of preparation... Harrison ego would not let him listen to me his former cave student, on what he needed. Kris Harrison said he started diving in ice cold water and knew how to dress. I guess Harrison forgot!
     I am embarrassed I was so gullible. Kris Harrison was abusive to me and is no longer fit as an instructor. Harrison was only invited to dive the re-breather. I tired of his  days of different excuses not to dive. I was fearfull  Kris Harrison may try and physically harm me. I reminded Harrison I would call the police if there were any more threats. The last day I asked if my car was safe? He just called me names, then asked why I don’t want him in my car, Harrison was just strange.
   In an email, Kris Harrison now claims he shouldn’t have certified me in full cave. Harrison is acting like a defiant child whose parent has corrected him.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Trimix Diver and Advanced Cave with Staging IANTD

I completed my trimix training with Scott Byars in Spring Hill, FL. I dove in a cave to a depth of 270 feet. I am certified to dive to a depth of 330 feet.
   The previous certification of normoxic trimix allowed me to dive to 200 feet. There are many wrecks basically untouched at between 180 and 240 feet. 
    I also completed my Advance Cave with Staging. This was a skill course that took me three trips to Florida, and about 12 dives to complete. This advances my ability to control extra tanks and helped me get my equipment set to the point of familiarity. The two classes complement each other because of the handling of multiple tanks (stages)

   Like most classes you sometimes think you can finish them in a specific time. Trimix is 4 dives and lots of math.  I completed in the minimum. Staging is up to the instructor. I am glad I had to work for staging. It without a doubt helped me in the skills I need to develop to become an elite diver.

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Diepolder T Mix Down 240 feet

  1. I was student passenger the last 3 days with a 2 hour ride each way doing dive planning with T mix. My instructor does not dive a computer. My VR computer was spot on 3 days in a row to his decompression schedule. Most importantly I understand dive planning CNS and how to get there. It reminded me of cramming for a test and the good feeling when you know in your mind you can do the math. Best I did my training in some special places. Eagles Nest and Diepolder. Thanks Scott Byars from Explorations Unlimited.