Well, Kirk and I went diving for the first time since getting our Dive certifications. We decided to hook up with one of the people from our dive class who was going to dive with a bunch of friends from Stanford. So, we hooked up this morning and went out and dove Breakerwater Cove with the Sea Lions. Yep, with the sealions. We had a long swim out along the coast guard pier, which had several hundred Cormarants, and several dozen sea lions. When the Cormorants migrate in they drive most of the sea lions off of the pier and down the coast. Most of the rocks and pier is white from their crap. Oh well. It is kind of startling to see a bird swim past you when your 20 ft under the water. So, I guess I don’t have all bad to say about them.

While diving today, about 40ft down we had maybe 7-8 sea lions swim around near us. It was pretty neat to see. They are amazingly agile in the water. The visibility was pretty good once you got down a ways. Maybe 30 ft or so visibility. Water was in the mid 50’s. I was wearing a 7mm farmer john style wetsuit, so had 14mm on the body. I fiind it a touch too constrictive and clausterphobic. It sure keeps a person warm though. I did decide on my second dive to try my 4mm surfing wetsuit. It fits better and is not nearly so constricting. And what do you know. I was cooler, but warm enough to enjoy myself, and I didn’t even really notice the coolness unless I was thinking about it. So, from now on I’ll probably just use it instead.
I did have a slight problem on the first dive. Being a diabetic diver can be interesting. As an insulin dependant, type 1 diabetic on a pump, I have to take some precautions while diving. Well, I didn’t take enough precautions, I got lucky. I started my day with a bagel for breakfast giving myself a bolus of about 75% of what I normally would have with a blood sugar, bs, of 180. When it came time to dive my b/s was 233. Which is about where I wanted it. Roughly 200 or so. Got dressed, chatted with the other divers, then ended up swiming out along the surface for about 20 minutes or so. Loooong swim out. Dropped down to about 40 ft and was having fun for the first ten minutes or so, then started to feel a little odd. Wasn’t sure if it was the cold water, tight wetsuit, or what. So I kind of drifted and took it easy for a minute. Nope, somethin wasn’t right. Tagged my dive buddy and let him know I was headed up to the surface. Once I got to the top I knew my b/s’s had dropped. And like a bloody IDIOT I didn’t have any forms of sugar on me. It was in the jeep, a 20 minute swim back. IDIOT! Kirk bobbed to the surface and I told him I had to head back. Sorry. He went back down to inform the rest of the crew and I started the swim back. 10 minutes or so later I’m not even a 1/3 back and the exercise isn’t doing anything for my b/s’s but make em drop more. I finally gave up. Told Kirk I was climbing up the “Do not climb on” rocks and walking back in before I was really in deep crap. So I dropped out of my BC (Bouyancy Compensator) and handed it off to him. Crawled over the kelp and up the rocks.

By the time I got back to the Jeep my bs was 60. Not dangerous yet but NOT good either. If I hit about 40 I’m hurtin and not thinking too straight, low 30’s and I’m in deep crap and have almost no higher brain functions working. Anything lower and it’s 911 time cause I’m doing the funky chicken. Well, considering I started the dive at 233 and an hour later I was at 60 means I was dropping roughly 2.5-3 points a minute on average, and most of that drop was probably in the last 30 minutes. So I was about 8 minutes of swimming away from being in some deep crap and about 12 minutes away from 911 time, and was a good 10-15 minutes of swim time from the shore the way I was feeling. So, now I carry TWO three musketeer bars in my BC. One in each pocket. It’s not the best fix, but it’s better than being an IDIOT and dying.

Anyhow. After some sugar tabs and two candy bars later I wandered back out the Pier and down the rocks to where Kirk was bobbing with my BC. That’s the thing about being a diabetic. One minute your withing minutes of doing an ambulance trip and 10 minutes later your fine. Well, while bobbing there waiting for me Kirk almost peed himself he got so startled. Seems a Sea Lion got a hankering to mess with him and his pretty neon yellow fins. Snuck up underneath him, grabbed a fin, and pulled down. I picture the scene from Jaws where the swimmer suddenly dunks down like a bobber, well, that was Kirk. Scared the tar out of him for a second till he saw the sea lion pop up and check him out. I guess he was thinking about the scene from Jaws too, at least for that first few seconds. hehe…

Well we finished off our air there and saw a few more sea lions, star fish, flat fish, anemones, etc. Oh ya, there are, what appear to be, underwater craters in the area. They are about 2-3 ft across and about 1ft or so deep. A bunch of em there. Just like the surface of the moon, or bomb craters. No idea what made em. I’ll be trying to find out. Strange phenomena. Well, since the site was getting pretty busy, the open water dive classes dive there, we decided to go dive Otter Cove, right down from my house. We had heard it was pretty nice. They lied. It was awesome!

Getting into and out of the water was ugly, a lot of surge, lots of rocks and kelp, and rolling waves. However, once you got out a hundred yards or so. Wow! The sea grass was alive around us. Lot’s of rocks with canyons between. Everything was covered in sea grass, kelp, soft corals, you name it. Fish all over the place. Once we got out a ways we dropped into this sandy area about 25-30 feet down that was like in a dream. Tall towers of kelp going up to the surface where they covered the surface like a green roof. It was like being in a cathedral. The fish weren’t afraid of us and would get withing a few feet if not closer. It was an amazing dive. Kirk had a camera with him. So we’re hoping some of the pictures turned out. I would love to be able to share some of the views we had from that dive. FYI. I finished that dive with a blood sugar of 110. Darn near perfect.

Well, enough of me blithering on about the dives we did today. I can’t bore everyone too much yet. There are more and more and more dives coming up in the future. (-: