This past weekend we were able to get in some good diving despite a typhoon earlier in the week. We went to the east coast early on Saturday morning (compared to our normal Friday night late night trip to the coast) and were lucky to hit zero traffic.
We arrived fairly early and were met once again by the friendly staff of Namae Dive Resort and some fellow Korean divers. This weekend would prove to be an exciting one for sure. We would be testing some minor tweaks to our Hollis SMS75 sidemount BCD (the addition of the SMS100/SMS75 back weight system).
The back mounted weight pockets (6 pockets in a semi rigid cloth plate) made trim absolutely perfect for the SMS75. These 2 items should be purchased together by anyone who plans to dive the SMS75 with aluminum tanks or in the ocean. Hands down perfect trim and extremely comfortable.
Despite not speaking Korean there is always a common bond that is shared between everyone as the preparations for the dive are underway. Getting tanks, analyzing gasses, going over equipment checks and pre-dive buddy checks…no matter what language or what training organization they are all very similar processes. This means that we can easily communicate with having to speak.
Once on the boat we were all ready to get into the water, for some this would be their first dive in South Korea, definitely an exciting time. As we descend and tweak our equipment we are once again reminded why we love this hobby so much; for me it is the self awareness and relative quiet that this sport offers.
After 3 fun dives on Saturday (ending the day with a great sunset dive) we were ready to clean gear and BBQ some burgers and roast some potatoes. Once our bellies were full we headed off to bed for an early morning dive (these are always the best dives of the day on the East Coast).
Sunday morning came early and we started the day off with a nice sunrise and a side of Bacon, Eggs, cheese and English Muffin. Now that we had some fuel for the day we were able prepare our gear for our dive and get in the water. One of the best dives at Namae (at recreational depths) are the steel structures (Dive site Red #1). There are 3 large steel structures underwater that are connected via thick line so divers can easily navigate from one to the other. What a great way to end the dive weekend. The only thing that made the trip better was not hitting any traffic on the way