It’s a beautiful day today. Blue sky, calm-ish seas, cool breeze in the air.
The nitrox air compressor is broken; it seems the Kona Aggressor has a few problems. The customers have remained cool and calm throughout. Whether it’s a cabin door that won’t stay closed (me), a leaky AC (my neighbors), a prop fouled by 7-inch rope, and so on, everyone has been extremely understanding. However, when you mess with a diver’s air, it’s a different thing altogether. Diving on air not nitrox is tougher when you’re doing five to six dives a day. Enriched air allows divers to lengthen no-decompression limits, shorten surface intervals and get an added safety buffer for decompression sickness. All this to say, we can go deeper, stay down longer, and have a shorter time between dives.
The food is absolutely fantastic. There’s a chef on board and he has the touch. We’re all over eating but hey, it’s OK when you spend five hours a day diving.
Here’s what a typical day looks like:
6am wake up
6:30 am Hot breakfast to order
7:00 Dive 1 – normally a deeper dive, one hour
8:00 – 10:00 am rest, snack
10:30 – Dive 2, one hour
11:30 – 12:00 – Rest
12:00 — lunch, rest, socialize
2:00 Dive #3 , one hour
3:00 – 4:00 Rest
4:00 Dive #4, one hour
5:00 – 6:00 rest
7:00 Dive # 5, night dive, one hour
8:00 HOT SHOWER! WINE! BEER
8:00 – 9:00 most people are crashed out in bed
Repeat six times!!!
It’s a full day that leaves very little time for much else. I find that I like hanging out with everyone and spend little time in my cabin.
So, it’s not an easy day. Getting ready is a drag, pulling on a skin tight, wet, wetsuit and taking it all off five times a day is a workout in and of itself. The water temperature is in the high 70s which is quite cold when you’re down there for an hour so we all bundle up — 5ML+ wet suit with layers, hats, gloves, etc. Getting out of the water is really hard cuz it’s so darned cold!!!
Gratitude. I am grateful for all the friends I’ve made along the way. My jobs have been my greatest source of friendships and I tend to think of them in phases.
Update: it’s 5am Hawaii time and we’re up for a dawn dive. This is exhausting. I am going to publish now and edit later. There literally is no time to write or read with this schedule!!!