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Month: August 2004

Royal Palms Ledge Dive

Royal Palms Ledge Dive

Dive Stats


* 2004.08.29 – 10:28MST
* Royal Palms Ledge, Grand Cayman, BVI
* Jeanya and Pat
* 52 ft max depth
* 38 ft avg depth
* 60 ft visibility
* 44 minutes dive time
* 29 deg C water temperature
* 3200psi start
* 1300psi end
* 8lbs weight

Details


Boat relocated to West shore. Anchored at a point almost directly (~1/2 mi or so) offshore from Marriot Beach Resort Hotel.

Dive site featured a massive coral head w/ large overhangs. Large crack/canyon through center of coral formation is a nice sanctuary for sea life.

Crossroads Dive

Crossroads Dive

Dive Stats

* 2004.08.29 – 8:58MST
* Crossroads, Grand Cayman, BVI
* Jeanya and Pat
* 87 ft max depth
* 61 ft avg depth
* 40 ft visibility
* 37 minutes dive time
* 29 deg C water temperature
* 2900psi start
* 700psi end
* 8lbs weight

Details


Boat dive; departed Don Foster’s south of George Town and proceeded to south coast, near SW tip of island.

Dove along wall at the intersection of two large coral reef structures which form an area known as “Crossroads”.

Swam in group w/ divemaster and 8 divers.

Oro Verde Dive

Oro Verde Dive

Dive Stats


* 2004.08.28 – 10:19MST
* Oro Verde, Grand Cayman, BVI
* Jeanya and Pat
* 54 ft max depth
* 41 ft avg depth
* 50 ft visibility
* 46 minutes dive time
* 30 deg C water temperature
* 2900psi start
* ? psi end
* 8lbs weight

Details


Wreck dive from boat. Swam around perimiter and debris from “oro Verde”, a WWII cargo vessel subsequently used for illegal drug trade between KY and South America.

Bow and stern hulls partially intact; center section collapsed. Ship not visible on map image. Predates sinking, or shipwreck relocated during massive hurricane Ivan, which occurred just a few weeks after the dive?

Governors Reef Dive

Governors Reef Dive

Dive Stats


* 2004.08.28 – 8:49MST
* Governor’s Reef, Grand Cayman, BVI
* Jeanya and Pat
* 54 ft max depth
* 36 ft avg depth
* 50 ft visibility
* 43 minutes dive time
* 29 deg C water temperature
* 2900psi start
* ? psi end
* 8lbs weight

Details

Boat dive; departed Don Foster’s south of George Town and proceeded several miles north along the west coast to a point offshore from the Governor’s mansion.

Only Jeanya and I on boat along with 3 crew.

Jeanya worked on skills with Gabriel; Pat buddied with David.

Saw nurse shark, approximately 2m in length, hiding under a rock ledge.

Aquarium North Dive

Aquarium North Dive

Dive Stats

* 2004.08.27 – 10:12MST
* Aquarium North, Grand Cayman, BVI
* Pat and Sky
* 50 ft max depth
* 33 ft avg depth
* 60 ft visibility
* 42 minutes dive time
* 30 deg C water temperature
* 3000psi start
* ? psi end
* 10lbs weight

Aquarium North


Proceeded in boat to a point approximately 1/2 the distance between George Town and the NW tip of Grand Cayman.

Separated from group with buddy ‘Sky’. Followed coral ridge south from boat and explored coral reef fingers which trail off towards deep sea.

Saw extremely large (~1m) lobster.

Dragons Hole Dive

Dragons Hole Dive

Dive Stats

 * 2004.08.27 – 8:56MST
* Dragon’s Hole, Grand Cayman, BVI
* Pat and group
* 91 ft max depth
* 59 ft avg depth
* 75 ft visibility
* 36 minutes dive time
* 29 deg C water temperature
* 3000psi start
* ? psi end
* 10lbs weight

Details

 

Boat dive; departed from Don Foster’s south of George Town and proceeded ~5mi to a point west of the north coast.

5 divers plus 1 divemaster and 1 videographer in group. Stayed mostly with large group. Deepest dive to date.

Saw large green turtle which swam with the group.

Don Fosters Shore Dive 2

Don Fosters Shore Dive 2

Dive Stats

* 2004.08.26 – 9:46MST
* Don Foster’s Shore, Grand Cayman, BVI
* Pat and Instructor
* 49 ft max depth
* 26 ft avg depth
* 40 ft visibility
* 32 minutes dive time
* 29 deg C water temperature
* 3000psi start
* 10lbs weight

Details


Entered water from ladder on rocky shore at Don Foster’s dive shop.

Map shows approximate location of shore, based on recollection of walking distance from downtown George Town to the shop.

During dive, saw baby shark, ~1.5m long, sleeping under rock outcrop.

Don Fosters Shore Dive 1

Don Fosters Shore Dive 1

Dive Stats


* 2004.08.26 – 9:11MST
* Don Foster’s Shore, Grand Cayman, BVI
* Pat, Jeanya and Instructor
* 14 ft max depth
* 10 ft avg depth
* 40 ft visibility
* 24 minutes dive time
* 29 deg C water temperature
* 3000psi start
* ? psi end
* 10lbs weight

Details

Jeanya’s open water dive to complete certification.

Entered water from ladder on rocky shore at Don Foster’s dive shop. Made several ascents and descents. Experienced heavy rainfall and slightly rough sea surface during surface swim.

Map shows approximate location of shore, based on recollection of walking distance from downtown George Town to the shop.