Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dive 171 - with the Grosse Pointe Farms Dive Team

I was invited this morning to go diving with the Grosse Pointe Farms Dive Team at one of their practice dives at Union Lake.

This was a casual practice dive, not a training dive so I was able to tag along.

It was a cold and rainy day so we were already wet before getting into the lake. The water temperature was 43 degrees on the dive computer but certainly felt a lot colder. This makes me want my heated vest, which is still being worked on.

As part of the dive we ran a line between one of the boats and the pontoon boat that serves as a dive platform to complete a course between a number of sunken boats. We also did an out of air drill and I blew a lift bag that we used to do an ascent drill on, which worked out pretty well with everyone doing a nice job managing their buoyancy and holding all the stops. Surfacing during the ascent drill was really chilling, and the air felt even colder than the water, so we quickly deflated the lift bag, stowed it back in my pocket and descended to retrieve the dive flag and return to shore.

Total dive time: 40 minutes and a great if cold time had by all. We then went to get some coffee and to warm up and share diving stories. Grosse Pointe Farms residents can rest assured that they have a very capable and professional dive team available to them in case they are needed.

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