5ft of visibility at Old Garden Beach

Batman hood at Old Garden Beach

The winds and seas weren’t pretty on Friday so Matt opted to cancel the AM and PM charters.   I decided to make the best of it and get a quick dive in at Old Garden Beach where it was a sheltered. Myself, Kim M. and Kate C. and James C. met up for a dive in the afternoon.  Old Garden Beach is a good option on weekdays because you can park right on the street. Kate/James were planning on lobstering while me and Kim toted around cameras. Actually that’s…

2 Hour 15 Minute Shore Dive at Old Garden Beach

rEvo rebreathers at Old Garden Beach

Because the marine forecast called for high winds 20-25kts SW with gusts up to 30kts Matt decided to bag the charters for Saturday. Instead I met up with Brie and Scott on their rebreathers to do a nice long shore dive at Old Garden Beach.  Me and Matt were originally supposed to drive the Daybreaker down to Scituate to dive the Pinthis but that would have not been a fun ride in a 10kt boat in those conditions. In fact it would have been long and miserable. Anyway, not wanting to…

Nudibranchs and Beer: Shore diving Folly Cove & Back Beach

I decided to get some open circuit “practice” in on Sunday and Monday and left the rebreather at home. Me and Annie dove Folly Cove on Sunday while Lewis joined us on Monday (Patriot’s Day) at Back Beach.  As much as I hate shore diving I didn’t really want to pay for another two days of charter fees.  It was also pretty windy so I didn’t want to end up getting blown out and then go to a less than optimal dive site.  4 days of diving in row in…

Scootering at Old Garden Beach

It’s been a while since I’ve been in the salt water (ok I just realized that’s a lie..it’s been a while since my rebreather has seen salt water) and had a few things I needed to test.  Most importantly, my aqualung/tear aid repair job on my exhale counterlung.  I also wanted to test my repaired battery on my Suex Xjoy2 scooter, my new Light Monkey bailout system, and lastly I wanted to get some more dives on my Deep Six Fins.  What better place than Old Garden Beach in Rockport,…

Cave diving and drysuit testing at Esperanza

Esperanza Quarry

I made a last minute trip up to Esperanza / True Blue quarry this weekend to dive with my friend Tom H. from Rhode Island.  Tom had already booked a hotel up in West Rutland, VT and was planning on diving rain or shine so I figured he could use the company.  I drove up Friday night and we did two dives Saturday morning.  I was originally supposed to go out with the Daybreaker on Sunday to dive the wreck of the Coyote but strong winds forced pretty much all…

Impromptu “cave diving” trip to Vermont (Esperanza quarry)

Esperanza Quarry This fall has been not been too kind for New England boat diving. As is the usual for fall the weather and winds can be unpredictable. That makes for a lot of blown out dive charters. So what do you do when you already have a rebreather prepped, packed and a car loaded with bailout bottles and a drysuit? Go cave diving in Vermont, of course. What is better than an impromptu trip up to West Rutland, VT for some “cave” diving at the Esperanza Quarry / True…

Diving Canoe Beach in Nahant, MA

This morning I got a nice early dive in before work with a few friends at Canoe Beach in Nahant, MA.     Canoe Beach is one of my old favorite haunts;  It’s a fairly shallow dive with an easy entry and has some very nice underwater topography compared to most shore dives in New England.    A prominent attraction is a rock formation called the “chimneys” which you can enter from the right side and literally go through them and come out the top.  There is also another small…

Easter Dive at Nubble Light

diving nubble light

Not too much to report for the last few weeks since my weekends and weeknights have been busy studying for the USCG captain’s course. Thankfully on Sunday I got a break from class because of the Easter holiday and decided to dive Nubble Light (aka Cape Neddick Light). I’m not a huge fan of chocolate bunnies, color-dyed chicken eggs or zombie resurrected carpenters so I decided to go diving instead.  Diving Nubble Light is always great without the crowds, especially in the winter when the parking lot is not usually completely…

Do you even work? Peirce Island double dip

Just how many times can one dive the same dive site before you get bored?  Lots.   It’s no secret that I’ve been diving Peirce Island practically every other weekend this winter.   Unfortunately with most dive charters getting blown out or not enough people to run, boat diving can be challenging in New England winters.   Since one of my goals this year was so do more macro photography and practice with my camera I’ve been relegated to shore diving and Peirce Island provides endless subjects to photograph and is very…

Frozen dog shit, mud & Peirce Island nudibranchs

The weather in Boston this weekend rivaled the arctic with air temperatures of -9F (-22C) and with strong winds making it feel closer to almost -20F (-28C!).   Not a great weekend for diving as you might imagine but few of us decided to brave it anyway and go diving on Monday (President’s Day) since it was holiday.  Unfortunately the air temperature on Monday wasn’t that much better than Saturday or Sunday; It was around 14F (-10c) when we entered the water if I remember but I think it finally…