So we finally got back out to the South Korean East Coast to log some dives. It is hard to admit but this first trip wasn’t that easy to get excited for. The video from this past weekend (except for the first driving video) was all shot with the GoPro Hero 4 Black in 4k resolution. If you have this camera and are editing video be prepared for some extremely large file sizes and long upload times to get 4k resolution from YouTube.
A special thanks to Namae Scuba (www.NamaeScuba.com) for once again providing some excellent dive facilities and diving, we wouldn’t have had a great weekend with out you! Preparing for dive trips isn’t hard just moderately time-consuming since you don’t want to forget anything back home, hours away. This is especially true since this was the first ocean trip for the PRISM 2 eCCR. We wanted to check everything multiple times to ensure we had what we needed and everything worked correctly. We also were preparing for testing out the Hollis DX300 dry suit and the 500SE regulator & DC7 first stage.
Thankfully BOB (bright orange ball in the sky, aka the sun) was out in full effect the days prior to the trip which really helped motivate all of us to start preparing food, equipment and willingness to make the trip. So was it worth it? DEFINITELY! This trip had some of the best visibility that we have seen in a very long time. Plus we met some new divers Jonathan and Stacey as well as making some new Korean dive buddies (even celebrating a birthday).
Saturday started at a perfect pace, relaxed and fun…we hit the beach to test out new configurations, new equipment and re-familiarize ourselves with our equipment (like the PRISM 2). Thankfully so because some of us needed to adjust weighting from previous dives and for others this was the first time diving in this temperature water. So many people ask…”isn’t it cold??” OMG Yes! It was freezing (on the hands) but our dry suits kept (most of) us warm. The water was a lovely 6-8C / 42-46F…definitely C.O.L.D! Thankfully that didn’t stop us from hitting a second dive on Saturday to explore the dive site West Ridge (13-24m deep) where we say great viz around the artificial concrete cube reef. After we got back from the dive we cleaned gear grabbed some coffee and dinner in Gangneung to relax.
Sunday started early with some of us getting up to watch the sun rise and warm our faces…others decided to sleep in a bit before our 0930 dive. This dive is one of our favorites, early morning, very calm and our favorite site…Steel House! This site has 3 giant 10 meter steel structures that are approximately 25m apart attached by rope to easily find each other. There are lots of new growth and during the summer months lots of fish around the structure. As we descended on the steel structure we were astonished by the amazing visibility we had. The water was simply amazing, blue, clear, and no surge or current…amazing!
After the dive we warmed up and cleaned equipment in preparation for the long trip home. We thought we would beat all the traffic home however there was a huge forest fire that spanned the expressway on all sides which slowed all traffic down to a grind. It did provide a great opportunity to capture some cool video of 8 or so helicopters gathering water from the local lake to help put out the fire.
For those of you looking for the Hollis DX300 review please check back later this week. We will post our thoughts on Hollis’s newest drysuit.