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Edmonds Underwater Park – Dive 42

Sunday the husband and I went for our first dive as just the two of us, no dive master and no one else planning the dive for us. We’d been planning to get out and do this since last year but hasn’t made the time and space to actually get out and do it. Part of what was blocking me was my concern about the tides and currents. I was trying to find a good day and time that wouldn’t sweep us out to sea or wear us out so badly that we were grumpy and turned off local/unassisted diving.

We’d finally settled on using the Edmonds Underwater Park as our testing ground so it was just a matter of finding a day when we weren’t swamped and could basically spend the whole day getting there and back, doing the prep and cleanup.((Boat/guided dives are so much easier!)) Even so the tide charts were killing me with the high current, which I didn’t understand at all because there are folks out there diving at times that were totally at odds with the charts. I could not for the life of me figure out why what I was reading in the tide guide was so at odds with what people were doing. Finally I was able to make sense of it – the site is current insensitive! Current is always under a knot in both directions, which I could finally spot in this chart. Even with a big margin for error, I feel a lot better about getting out there at pretty much whatever time works with my schedule and the 1 hour (each way) commute.
It’s a good thing we went. We learned a huge amount about how our equipment works, how to communicate and generally just ended up in a great place. We only did one tank though – the viz was under 10 feet and it was just a mess with mud and algae.

However, we did see a bunch of interesting stuff the best of which was a baby Big Skate in the shallows as we were wading out. It only had a wingspan of about 8 inches, so it was really tiny compared to the 3 foot span they have as adults. I also managed to spot 2 Dall’s Dendronotid nudibranchs. Their fringes are beautiful when they flow in the waves. We also saw a bunch of what I assume are common critters to the park: huge lingcod, tubenose, kelp crab, rock crab, dungeness, and what was either a juvenile cabezon or a blackeye goby. I’m super glad that I picked up some illustrated encyclopedias of the local sea life to be able to identify these critters.

This dive also served as a great reminder for me as to why I have short hair. Long hair and rubber seals/neoprene hoods meant that I always ended up with lots of hair on the ground and in my hands  I really don’t miss that.

 

  • Gear
    • drysuit
    • steel short tank
    • heavy duty neoprene hood and gloves
    • Apollo split fins
    • 24 pounds (4 on the back)
    • Ziegler Ranger BC
    • molded mouthpiece (still loving it)
    • tights, polypropylene socks, wool socks and polypropylene pants
    • 2 layers of polypropylene shirts, my heated shirt (which I never turned on), long sleeve tshirt
    • flannel undergarment
  • Dive 1
    • 55F
    • Max depth: 25 feet
    • 34 minutes

 

Crossposted from Journey to the Center, comment here or there with OpenID.
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