Florida Scuba: Molasses Reef (06/28/09)

October 21, 2009 · Posted in personal, photos, scuba · Comment 

After our deep dive on the USCGC Bibb, we used our second tank of nitrox (31% oxygen) for this very shallow dive to a max depth of 34 feet on Molasses Reef. The nitrox helped with fatigue and with a strong current. The current during our stay, we were told, was very unusual for Florida. Even so, it was a beautiful dive amongst beautiful animals and other ocean life.

Even though this was a pleasure dive, Laszlo and I practiced kick cycles and compass navigation in anticipation of our navigation dive for our Advanced Open Water certification.

Total bottom time was 52 minutes and I went from 3400 PSI in my tank to only 1800 PSI. Breathing nitrox definitely helped us consume less air, though the shallow depth also helps.

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Life Goal Complete – US Coast Guard Bibb: Wreck Dive

August 19, 2009 · Posted in goals, photos, scuba, videos · 7 Comments 

After learning to scuba dive, I put diving the Bibb on my list of things to do in my life. The U.S.C.G.C. Bibb was the ship my grandfather served on in the Pacific theater during World War 2. I was very young when I learned that the Bibb was sunk off the coast of Florida as an artificial reef. It never occurred to me that I would ever get to see it in person. I had heard a number of stories about the Bibb and was told that during its service in WWII, it was the ship that carried the Admiral of the fleet since the Bibb, being a Coast Guard ship, was one of the smallest of the U.S. Navy fleet.

I brought one of my camera so I got some photos and video of the experience.

A Little Visual History

The United States Coast Guard has a page on the history of the Bibb with a bunch of photos of its early history, so be sure to check that out. Below are some photos my aunt sent me.

Bibb-April-1943
Bibb1944

The picture above actually has my grandfather in it. He’s standing on the deck of the ship looking at the camera, to the left of another sailor in white, just to the left of the deck gun that’s in the center of the photograph. It’s hard to see in the photo of this size, but it’s him.

Bibb-January-1945

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Pleasure Reef, Key Largo Florida

August 12, 2009 · Posted in photos, scuba · Comment 

This was our second dive of the day and was on a reef called Pleasure Reef. It was a shallow dive to abou 26 feet and as a result we stayed down for 41 minutes. I messed around with my new DiveRite compass from K2Scuba. The only complaint I had about the compass was that the wrist strap was way too large. Next time I’ll swap it out for the bungees that it also came with. Towards the end of the dive we started to hear a roaring sound and looked up to see it raining. It only rained for about 5 minutes and stopped. I never even saw a dark cloud the whole day.

Second Dive

Scott, Juanca and Elena

Scott, Juanca and Elena

Laszlo, Scott and Juanca

Laszlo, Scott and Juanca

 

 

Can you find the fish?

Can you find the fish?

Can you find him now?

Can you find him now?

There he is!

There he is!

 

 

Ana and Elena

Ana and Elena

One of my favorite fish: French Angel Fish

One of my favorite fish: French Angel Fish

Ever see it rain under water?

Ever see it rain under water?