This past weekend we conducted the PADI Advanced Open Water diver course and several nitrox dives. While this weekend didn’t give us warm, sunny beautiful days we did have some great diving and good visibility (for the most part). We were pretty lucky on the way to the coast because we didn’t hit much traffic at all. We arrived at Namae Dive shop early and immediately prepped for diving.
On Saturday we conducted 3 dives: Underwater Navigation, Search and Recovery and then finally Peak Performance Buoyancy. Saturday gave us some good visibility and we wanted to take advantage of it because Sunday was predicting 40km/hr winds around noon. This weekend we decided to skip the BBQ and go into Gangneung for some great BBQ pork and beef with delicious sides.
Sunday we woke up really early to make sure that we got in on the first dive for the day. Wake-up call was at 0600. We met downstairs around 0645 to grab some quick pastries before our 0730 dive. Going out from the harbor the seas were flat and the air war fairly warm. We hopped in the water and completed our Deep dive. On the way up we noticed that the seas were getting rough, our safety stop required some good buoyancy skills. The wind had definitely picked up meaning that we would have to push up dive two.
Once we were back at the shop we took about a 2.5 hour surface interval to make some breakfast sandwiches…MAPLE BACON, eggs and cheese! Yes, maple bacon! After a proper breakfast we suited up for our last dive of the weekend and the last dive of the day due to weather conditions. We hopped on the boat and got in the water…finally the egg made it to depth. After some tricks with an egg at depth we explored around some massive rock formations and saw a school of small fish, some nudi’s and even a shrimp (not too bad for Korea). We had to put our navigation skills to use this dive because the seas were so rough that the line had snapped while the boat was moored. We swam to the pre-determined direction and launched an DSMB to begin our ascent. On the surface the waves had really kicked up and we were glad to get back into the boat instead of be on the surface in the water.
Once back we cleaned our gear, hit the warm showers to clean up and packed up. Logging dives as we cleaned up and conducting final checks we finally left for home. Traffic wasn’t too bad until we were about 1.5 hrs from home where we hit deadlocked traffic. So we took several detours and definitely the scenic route home. All-in-all this was a great weekend that definitely put those Advanced Open Water diver skills to the test…congrats to Andy for completing his certification, well deserved!