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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Claytor Lake

May 19, 2009 · Posted in personal, photos · Comment 

After we dived at the river that morning I then headed to a day on the lake. The water was cold but I still had my wetsuit so I made good use of it there as well.

April Trip to Claytor Lake

It may look innocent, but it was freezing cold water

It may look innocent, but it was freezing cold water

 

Gabor up on the wake board

Gabor up on the wake board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gabor is in a bit of pain after one of his falls

Gabor is in a bit of pain after one of his falls

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos of the Week (3/21)

March 22, 2009 · Posted in art, europe, photography, photos, photos of the week · Comment 

Photos from our visit to Monaco and one photo from the skiing we did.

 

Phantom of Monte Carlo

Phantom of Monte Carlo – 1/160 sec @ F/5.6

 

Sunny Side Down

Sunny Side Down – 1/800 sec @ F/7.1

 

Monte Carlo Bay

Monte Carlo Bay – 1/2 sec @ F/5.0