Diving on-board the SEA LION
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This Past Week
And we're back ... Again
Seems I was a bit premature announcing that we were back in the last posting. Since then we’ve had the five day Atlantic City trip ruined by the weather and several other trips that were cancelled based on the forecasts. Including one that would have gone had we not been paying attention to what the man behind the NOAA curtain was saying. I guess to make up for the rotten forecast on a day with good conditions this week there was a truly outstanding forecast but this time with terrible conditions. The forecast was and I quote “Seas 2’ feet mostly in a SE swell with a period of 12 seconds” and now the actual conditions 4 to 5 foot seas about 5 feet apart coming from at least three different directions this is about as uncomfortable a day as you can imagine.
Saturday the 21st – Delaware The original destination was to have been the Algol in that we had a group of divers onboard that were working on their Advanced Nitrox and Deco certifications, with a 0630 departure. I knew we were in trouble as I ran past the flag company and the car dealer on 34 at 0530 and saw the flags were straight out. Hmmm, maybe NOAA got it wrong AGAIN. To complicate things a bit more one of the divers had a flat and was running late, no problem the Algol’s a big wreck, even if someone was there I was sure we could find a place to park. As I turned the VHF radios on I began to hear chatter about the conditions, seems the Tuna Seaszure was one of the only boats out there and based on his reports the Indy and the Depth Charge were planning on going to the dinner for breakfast. As we headed out the inlet threading our way through the countless fishing boats that were fishing in the inlet rather than going outside it just reinforced the thought that this was not going to be an Algol day. As I cleared the rocks it became readily apparent that it was a Delaware day and even that was in question. After I put a hook in the steamer I made sure that the divers were comfortable with diving in the conditions and after a resounding “SURE” we tied in and sat there for two. The divers did manage two good fluke and a bunch of ling but in that I didn’t have any diggers onboard all of the Delaware’s treasures remained undisturbed.
This week we begin our weekday dives in earnest.
Wednesday the 25th – Atlantic Wreck Divers - Stolt 130’ Sunk November 26, 1964, Thanksgiving day, after colliding with the passenger liner Shalom on the Shalom’s maiden voyage. This November will mark the 50th anniversary of the sinking and as she’s suffered the effects of the sea it’s time to get out there and pay her a visit before she like the Pinta becomes an unrecognizable pile on the bottom. Gene does still have a few spots available and he can be reached at 609-641-7722
Thursday the 26th – OPEN – Fish 100’ or less Just a small group of divers looking to fill their freezers, we have plenty of room and whether you’re a hunter/gather a collector of nautical “junque” as it’s been called or just someone that wants to get out and wet you’ll have a good time. Contact me directly at either 973-887-3337 or on my cell 201-401-4608
Thursday the 26th – Ocean Wreck Divers – 1830 departure for a single tank dive on the reef And now for something completely different… The Ocean Wreck Divers, the club that runs the Tom’s River Flea market has me chartered for a one tank dive out on the reef with a 6:30 in the evening departure. Contact John G. at 732-233-0208 or email email@example.com
Saturday the 28th – Tridents – Fish The Tridents will again be terrorizing sea life with their unique brand of diving. As always with the Tridents we’ll tie in for one and then spend the rest of the day doing “buoy dives” and visiting a number of spots.
Sunday the 29th Lakeland Divers – Stolt 130’ This dive is almost full, to reserve your spot contact Lakeland at 973-887-0194.
Fourth of July weekend? Wasn’t it just Memorial Day? At the moment I have nothing planned other than hanging out on the boat and watching the fireworks. Holiday weekends should be just that a holiday.
NOTE: One thing to keep in mind is that OPEN destinations are really just suggestions on my part, unless the trip is scheduled as a “Special” but If you have somewhere you want to get to let me know and if we have the divers and the weather that’s where we’ll head.
For any of the OPEN boats or if you'd like to get out on any day not listed I can be reached at either 973-887-DEEP (3337) or my cell 201-401-4608 Keep in mind that although The 2013 schedule will soon be on-line there are very often additions to the published schedule.
We are always looking to put together weekday trips. If you're intersted in diving during the week, let me know which day/days work for you and we will try to put a boat together.
We have established a divers e-mail list and if you'd like to be included send the message “ please add me to the SEA LION diver list ” to firstname.lastname@example.org . If you are also available for weekday dives please include the words “ weekdays also ”. If you are only available for weekday dives please include "weekdays only ".
You'll receive information about up-coming dives and trip reports.