I had a great dive today on the Brenton Reef Lightship (LV39). Matt and Marissa nailed the shotline drop and we were right on it.
Since Matt was having some slight technical difficulties I decided to join Josh and Nate on their dive. Diving with them is always great because that means you’re almost guarantied entertainment and some good pictures especially with Nate 🙂 It’s like having your own personal photographer. Visibility was at least 25ft in some spots judging from horizontal distance from strobes.
Brenton Reef Lightship (LV39)
Max depth: 176fsw
Runtime: 65 minutes
Water Temp: 40f at bottom and 49-51f on deco. Although Nate’s deco singing/tunes need some work.
Bailouts: 21/35 and 50% (AL80s)
I’ve attached some of Josh’s photos since I didnt bring a camera or GoPro on this dive. I hope he doesn’t mind; they’re watermarked so I’m not trying to steal them. Comments were already made about my backwards bottle labels. I’ve already replaced them with new ones due to mild OCD.
I forgot that I left out one “minor” detail and that was my rEvodream (secondary redundant PPo2 monitor) apparently shit the bed on me doing that dive. Not normally a huge deal but it happened on a 180ft dive. Luckily I knew that my Shearwater Petrel has 3 valid cells and new cells so I opted to continue the dive. rEvo police will probably tar and feather me for doing that. For those unaware that is one of the advantages of diving a rEvo rebreather. It has redundant ppO2 monitoring systems that don’t share O2 cells, wiring or batteries. Because of that I was able to continue and/or end the dive while staying on the rebreather rather than bailing out.
A little history, my rEvodream had actually started “acting up” in March this year while I was down in Florida. I suspect that I had a short or water in the HUD cable because what would happen was my rEvodream HUD would momentarily turn off and then go right back to normal. It happened a few more times after I got back from Florida but then suddenly it started working perfectly again.
Because I was already in Florida I actually had purchased a brand new “used” rEvodream from AddHelium for a hot spare backup. I just never got around to installing it because ironically after Florida my current rEvodream started to “act” normal again. I guess I know what I will be doing tonight/tomorrow. 🙂