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Trip Report West Palm Beach first time UW in a year

Discussion in 'Florida' started by DavidFL, Feb 17, 2021.

  1. DavidFL

    DavidFL Wide-eyed nube in the Pub ScubaBoard Supporter

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    With Pura Vida Divers on MV Aurelia yesterday, having had both COVID vaccines plus two weeks. Dive op did a good job of working with the current transportation/maritime requirements for public health safety precautions; there were 8 divers and 3 crew. This was my first dive in almost exactly a year. First dive site Flower Gardens, second dive on Window 4 (Breakers). Water temps around 74; rain/thunderstorms topside. Wore a 5mil, hood, and a heated vest (that I used!), and was still chilled. Visibility was a little lower than what I remember as 'average', I didn't focus on the camera much while I was refamiliarizing myself with more basic stuff. The group saw a couple of lemon sharks sleeping under the reef; a couple of Goliath's; two spotted eels and at least one shy green moray. Saw a few garden eels in the sand after we ran off the reef on the second dive. Was great to be back in the water. Wake and marina from MV Aurelia resized.JPG Small school of yellow snapper in formation into the current.JPG Anenome and small yellow black striped fish.JPG
     
  2. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Glad you were able to get back in the water. Thanks for the report!
     
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  3. scubadada

    scubadada Diver Staff Member ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Way to go David :) Beautiful Giant Anemone and juvenile Bluehead Wrasse
     
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  4. DavidFL

    DavidFL Wide-eyed nube in the Pub ScubaBoard Supporter

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    :happywave:
    210216 DLG masked up on MV Aurelia charter with Pura Vida divers.jpg
     
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  5. Steve Roquemore

    Steve Roquemore Registered

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  6. deeper thoughts

    deeper thoughts Solo Diver

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    Thnx for sharing
     
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  7. Steve Roquemore

    Steve Roquemore Registered

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    My vest is about 5 years old and has been back to Asia vis California once already for repairs and now stopped working properly again. loved it when it worked.
     
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  8. JimBlay

    JimBlay Divin' Papaw ScubaBoard Supporter

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    I have a Thermulation vest I used to use under my drysuit back in the Midwest/Great Lakes when diving in water in the 40s. I've never used it under my wetsuit. I know technically it's supposed to be capable but I could never mentally get over the thought of using it under a wetsuit. Maybe I'll give it a try one of these days.
     
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  9. Steve Roquemore

    Steve Roquemore Registered

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    Used mine more under my wetsuit than my dry suit and worked fine. in fact it made me prefer my wet suit in when I could decide which to wear. Probably has several hundred dives and was loaned out a lot so I would expect a newer one would last a long time.
     
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  10. Jake 10

    Jake 10 ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

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    Glad you were able to enjoy !
     
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