Archive for April, 2006

April 30, 2006 – by Peter Donahue

April 30, 2006

The word is out.  Easy Diver is back in the water.  We plan to have two students with us – one a beginner looking for a refresher course and one a PDIC instructor crossing over to NAUI (wise choice).

When I arrived at the boat, the two students were there and 1/2 dozen hanger-onners (regular customers).  So, somehow the boat was full and we headed off on our adventure.

A howling wind out of the north pushed us into Niles Beach where we made a day of it.  From a teaching standpoint, everyone did well.  Underwater, Chris saw:

  • crabs
  • sea grass with little perriwinkles on every blade
  • orange flopper stoppers cut loose from some sailboat last season
  • lots of rubbish
  • bright red encrusting sponge
  • crabs
  • more crabs
  • still a few more crabs

So we didn't observe a lot of underwater animals.  We were mostly interested in performing skills.

Laurent Dubois helped Paul and, after the trip, handed in his final paperwork to become the newest NAUI Instructor in New England.  He has been working with us over the winter and now is one of the family.  Welcome, Laurent!

NAUI Divers Photo of the troops by Trish.

The water was warm enough to be comfortable for Chris and Andrew as they swam around the perimeter.  Jim looked for the two pound weights again (but still didn't find them either).  Paul Ingersoll bailed out several times and successfully passed his cross over water work.

On a personal note, my little brother turned 50 years old today.  I'm not sure how old that makes me, but I'm sure it's more than that number.  And yesterday, my 16 year old nephew hit his first home run in a high school baseball game and, in fact, it was the winning run.  Congrats, Billy!

A good weekend.  See everybody next time.

 Peter, smiling. Pete, photo by Pete, using Trish's camera.

Getting Started Again

April 29, 2006

Today is Saturday, April 29, 2006.  It is breezy from the NE but totally sunny.  A good day to take a quick trip to check out all systems, including the new transmission, the re-packed packing gland, the new depth sounder, and the newly reinforced swim platform.

Pete powers down the Annisquam river to a Blynman bridge that is too close to the incoming tide.  We have to wait only a little while for an opening because the Cape Ann Marina is having an in-water boat show which causes the bridge to need to be opened for each new test driver.

We head over to Niles Beach's mooring ball and pull its slimey whip through our bow line.  No knots and easy release when the time comes.

Jim Castelli and I are tasked with trying to find two 2 pound weights that were lost last Sunday by Andrew.  He's back again for more ditching and donning with Pete and The Capt.  Tricia is in charge of turning off the switch to the engine when the buzzing sounds and she's masterful at it.  Pat's hammering and sawing in the city for a charity she's involved with.

Meatball soup hits the spot after 1/2 hour and 1000 pounds in the cold Atlantic.  Visibility wasn't bad at all – about 15 feet.  I saw:

  • sea star with its legs curled in scallops around itself
  • razor clam half out of the sand
  • naked decorator crab, which I brought up for Tricia to examine
  • moon snail egg cases (three)
  • skate egg cases, called Mermaid's Purses
  • empty quohog shells
  • bottles, both whole and shattered

It was a lot warmer in the water than it was at this time last year.

We never found the weights.