It’s 5am Hawaii time and we’re up for a dawn dive. I’ve never done this. The crew is trying to make up for the one lost dive the day the prop fouled in a rope. I am not sure I’ll make all six today, especially diving on air (vs. Nitrox). I have no idea what to expect underwater. What do underwater creatures do when they wake up in the morning? I’ll soon find out.
Here’s how today went:
Dive 1: Dawn dive. Splash in a 6:15 am! Awesome to see the sunrise from 60 feet under
Dive 2: HAMMERHEAD SHARK! I deco’d! Whoops!! Partly due to diving on air.
Dive 3: Cuz of Deco could only go to about 30 feet. Very surgey and stormy
Dive 4 – 6: CANCELED. Seems there is a storm out in the Pacific that’s causing major surges. The dive sites are too dangerous. We tried three other spots and it’s the same story. So, it’s 3pm and we’ve broken into the beer and wine. The plan is to snorkel with the Dolphins. We had a false alarm Humpback sighting, but it wasn’t to be.
I am grateful that I get to escape my day to day life and have these adventures. It’s really easy to get New York City tunnel vision. I’ve met folks from around the country – people I would likely not ordinarily include in my circle of friends, but it’s amazing how great it is to experience a connection with strangers that comes out of a shared passion. No one’s mentioning the craziness back on the mainland. No talk of Trump, of shootings, or other such things, thankfully. It’s just pleasant socializing.
So, back to the Kona Aggressor. The boat just came out of drydock and it seems to be jinxed. First there are all of the breakdowns and now the weather. What was supposed to be a six dive day is now a three dive day. The crew feels really bad and as I said, the passengers are being really cool about it. I’ve learned that complaining does you no good. These guys (and gal) work 19 hour days – up by 5am and in bed by 11 pm or midnight. They drive the boat, look after our safety, get us on an off the boat, fill our tanks, clean our rooms, serve our food, do the laundry and fix the breakdowns – they have to be HVAC experts, carpenters, electricians, housekeepers, waiters, navigators and all for what I’m certain is very little money. It sucks that their company doesn’t provide them with better tools — a boat that’s in good working order, to start.
I’m still having the time of my life and will never forget this trip. Here’s to hoping that tomorrow (our last full day) will be a great diving day!
We’re now back in the Kailua-Kona Harbor, unexpectedly. Oh well. Gotta go with the flow! Aloha