Gorgeous, Glorious, and Warm

What a beautiful day we had today – full sun with high wispy clouds and light breeze from the south.  The air was warm, but not hot at about 78 degrees.  We had Tom and Catie Childress, Deb Greenhalgh and Fred Ward and Jon Bulman as customers along with Kathy Cardinale, Pat Walsh, Peter Donahue and me as crew.  The Captain was in charge of it all.

With the breeze forcasted to be freshening from the south, we decided to head north.  Folly Cove sounded good to everyone, so we planned our dives with that in mind.  As we rounded the point, I could see that the cove was almost empty.  One dive flag hugged the cove’s wall and there was a group getting suited up on the beach.  I wasn’t surprised to see so little activity because it was almost exactly dead low tide.  Diving the cove from the shore at anything other than high tide can be challenging because you have to negotiate the popples and rocky shore entry with all your gear on.  It’s tough going.

I anchored off the point on Folly’s west side.  Jon, Peter and Catie were working together on skills and Jon’s NAUI Instructor rating.  Catie was “the student.”   Tom and I dived under the boat at 55 feet.  We later learned from Peter that the water was 55 degrees down there.  Deb and Fred worked the wall, looking for anemones to video.   I found a lobster hiding on the sandy bottom under a lost divers flag and Tom helped out by herding flounder towards the camera.

For the second dive, we moved into the little cove next to the Lobster Pool restaurant on the east side of the cove.  It was about 40 feet under the boat with an incoming tide bring exceptionally clear water that was also frickin’ freezing.  Visibility was between 20 and 30 feet in the cold and 10-15 feet above the thermocline in the shallows next to the rocky wall.  We saw lots of fish in the nooks of the wall and Catie caught a crab for the video which she showed me very confidently.  There was no surge and I found a hollowed out area in the wall to use for a set-up, close-up where I could look up into the sun and have the camera be able to see into my mask without any artificial light. 

Peter and Jon worked with Catie again for practice with a “student” in open water.  She was very helpful in just being herself.  It gave Jon a chance to experience what it will be like when he teaches his own classes.

As we packed up to go home, I counted 15 boats moored in the cove and five dive flags among them.  I guess everyone had the same idea today.  “Let’s find some calm water with good visibility and just relax.”  Works for us!

Tomorrow’s expected to be just like today.

I won’t complain.

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