Posted by: OMS-I | March 16, 2011

Puerto Rico Report: Day 5

Our last day of diving in Puerto Rico was definitely the best by far. Divers out on the water for the fifth day of diving were treated to great surface conditions, nearly unlimited 100’ visibility, spectacular marine life, and refreshing 81°F water.

Our first dive began early in the morning on Falling Rock Wall just before lunch with a maximum depth of around 100-105′.

The second dive on No Name Reef was the a mid-level dive to help off-gas from the deep dive with a maximum depth of around 60′.

These were two great reefs to wrap up the week of diving. We had a great time and experience with Island Scuba (out of Guanica, Puerto Rico) and we hope to go dive again with them again soon.

Posted by: OMS-I | March 15, 2011

Puerto Rico Report: Day 4

Divers out on the water our fourth day in Puerto Rico found the sun had brought light winds and calm seas along with great visibility.

The water “cooled” to a pleasant 79°F. Visibility was significantly better for both dives around 75’ despite the shallower depths

Our first dive began on the Aquidilla Reef just before lunch with a maximum depth of around 40-45′.

The second dive on Crash Boat Reef was the shallowest of the week with a maximum depth of around 30′.

Both reefs offered an excellent variety of marine life and helped to demonstrate the different varieties of sea life in the different oceanic zones to the Marine Ecology students on the trip. Sadly, tomorrow is the final day of diving though we plan to make the most of it with an advanced/computer deep dive.

 

Posted by: OMS-I | March 14, 2011

Puerto Rico Report: Day 3

Our third day out on the boat was for a twilight and night dive in the bioluminescent bay.  It was a beautiful clear night with light to moderate winds and relaxing ocean swells. Even though the water maintained 81°F after sundown, it felt a little cooler than during the day dives. Visibility for both evening dives was approximately 50-75’.

Our first dive began before sundown for a twilight dive on the first reef with a maximum depth of around 75-80′.

The second dive was a little bit shallower with a maximum depth of approximately 60′.

Both reefs offered divers the opportunity to observe the day to night change in marine life during the two dives. During the twilight dive, divers were able to observe marine life from both the diurnal and nocturnal niches. By the night dive, the transition to nocturnal life had completed. All the divers had a great time and enjoyed the starry ride back to the dock.

 

Posted by: OMS-I | March 13, 2011

Puerto Rico Report: Day 2

The weather was sunny and beautiful again as we continued diving with our second day of boat diving. The ocean swells died down and the surface was nice and calm much to the relief of our divers. The winds were a little bit more noticeable, and the water was a comfortable 82°F. Visibility for both dives was approximately 50-75’.

Our first dive began mid-morning on the Matthew Reef with a maximum depth of around 70′.

The second dive was a little bit shallower on the Hatchet Reef with a maximum depth of approximately 55-60′.

Both reefs had an abundant variety of marine life, and all the divers enjoyed their time out on the water.

 

Posted by: OMS-I | March 12, 2011

Puerto Rico Report: Day 1

The group finally arrived after a bit of a flight delay yesterday, but we couldn’t wait to begin our diving in beautiful Puerto Rico.

The weather was sunny and beautiful as we started our first day of boat diving. Swells were approximately 3-4′, the winds were light, and the water was a comfortable 82°F.

Our first dive was on the Andreas Reef with visibility approximately 75-80′ and a maximum depth of approximately 55′. There was a great variety of aquatic life with many schools throughout the reef.

The second dive was a dusk/twilight dive on the Laposes which may account for the slightly less visibility of approximately 50′. Maximum depth was again approximately 55′. There appeared to be less marine life on this reef compared to the first dive, but it was still a great time underwater.

Posted by: OMS-I | September 19, 2010

Dive Weekend Report: 9/17-19/10

We had a great time diving this weekend, despite the pesky mosquitos. Our group consisted of 13 divers completing basic scuba checkout dives and 3 divers completing specialty certifications (2 for Rescue Diver and 1 for Training Assistant).

The surface temperature was 82°F down to approximately 20′ where the temperature dropped to approximately 80°F. The divers did encounter another thermocline in the water column that gave a bottom temperature of 75° at 94′. Visibility was reported to be 8-10′ throughout the water column.

The divers were able to find the new helicopter that has been placed in the Tenkiller Scuba Park (old Area D boat ramp) and said that it is a great addition to the existing “wrecks” (small boat, bus, and small plane fuselage).

Everyone had a great time and are looking forward to the weekend trip in October (check out our event calendar on our Facebook page or contact the shop for more information).

Posted by: OMS-I | July 6, 2010

Lake Tenkiller – July 5, 2010

Three of our CSW staff took the opportunity of the extended holiday weekend to log dive time and enjoy a little underwater relaxation.  They expected conditions similar to those back in May, and were not disappointed given the number of thermoclines throughout the water column.  The divers completed the dives in Pinnacle drysuits with lightweight undergarments, and two of the divers used a technical double-tank configuration for the first two dives.  The first two dives were made in the “scuba park” at the old boat ramp (Area D) and the third dive was made at the platforms at Crappie Point (see below for the specific details of each dive).  There was an unconfirmed rumor that a Tenkiller area dive shop had added a helicopter to the scuba park, but this could not be confimed as the boat and plane were the only two “wrecks” visited (found) during the dive.  Between the second and third dives, the divers took the opportunity to refuel and extend the surface interval by visiting Big Daddy’s for lunch.  They did return to Big Daddy’s after the third dive for the ritual milkshake prior to returning to Tulsa/Collinsville.  All in all, it was a great day and the divers cannot wait until they can return for more diving fun.

Dive 1
Max depth: 108′; Visibility: variable – 3-5′, 7-12′, 10-20′, 10-15′; Surface temp: ~90°F, several thermoclines, Max Depth temp: 58°F.

Dive 2
Max depth: 50′; Visibility: 3-5′, 5-10′; Max Depth temp: 71°F

Dive 3
Max depth: 99′; Visibility: variable – 3-5′, 10-15′, 5-10′; Max Depth temp: 69°F*

*Unsure if this recording is an anomaly. The 2 computers worn by one of the divers both recorded this temperature. Verification among all of the divers is being done. An abnormally high temperature recording at depth may be due to the slow accommodation of the sensors after the extended exposure to warm temperatures during the surface interval.

Posted by: OMS-I | July 3, 2010

Lake Tenkiller – May 29, 2010

A couple of CSW staff members took a day to go do some fun diving and a little self directed training. Because of the Memorial Day weekend crowds, we chose to dive over at Crappie Point. There was a bit of congestion right over where our flag had been anchored while the divers were on the surface interval. One boater attempted to anchor close to our flag, but lost his anchor so he moved on.

Dive 1: Max depth 30′, visibility 3-7′, ~90°F surface/70° depth
Dive 2: Max depth 70′, visibility 10-15′, 62°F depth

All in all, it was a good day capped off with a late lunch and milkshakes at Big Daddy’s (just outside Tenkiller State Park). We are looking forward to getting back for more diving later this summer for more fun diving for our staff.

Posted by: koshi3050 | October 14, 2009

Cozumel, MX – October 2009

Dive reports will be posted soon. Hopefully a few pictures or video clips will be available as well.

Safe Diving…

Posted by: OMS-I | October 7, 2007

Dive Weekend Report: 10/5-7/07

The weekend diving at Lake Tenkiller was amazing. At Area D, we had visibility of about 10-20 feet down to about 88′ in depth with comfortable temperatures ranging from 62-68°F depending on depth. Over the course of the weekend, 5 students received Basic certification, 7 divers received Advanced certification, and 3 divers received Rescue Diver certifications.

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