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Hawaii Loa No Go-a

Posted: December 03, 2017

Rob on Angler's ReefSunday's pm dive was memorable for many reasons. Rob van Peer from Christchurch New Zealand went on his first dive on a Discover Scuba with Instructor Scott Wells. We think Rob may have fish DNA. He was a natural, had an amazing time, and will likely be asking Santa for Scuba Lessons. Rob's dad came along on the boat to Snorkel but conditions didn't favor this.

Dad's were abundant today as Will Ranjay joined son Scott for a day of diving. Will is a dental surgeon from Georgia vacationing on Oahu. Father and son had fun on Angler's reef and an experience at Hawaii Loa. :-)

Huy Do and Mary Chamille joined us from San Jose, CA.  It was a sort of reunion as they met Instructor Ed who recently moved to Oahu from San Jose. Fun was had as they discovered Huy and Mary certified in the same shop that Ed worked at in San Jose: Any Water Sports.

Also on the boat was Evan Strouse;  and Sarah Hunt who was enjoying an amazing weeked that included a wedding, trips to the airport, and a dive with Aaron's! Way to live large Sarah!

Our second dive was epic for the wrong reason and a good case example of decision making. We arrived at Hawaii Loa and were looking forward to a fun dive. The current at the surface was stiff enough that when you rolled off the boat and surfaced you were at the back of the boat. Not so stiff that it was an obvious no go because we all expect it to be calmer at the bottom. Not today. We descended and the current on top of the reef was almost as strong. After 7 or 8 minutes it was clear to both Scott and Ed that this wasn't working. Divers were swimming hard to move only a foot forward. Scott made the call to head back to the boat. It was a good judgment. So how do you decide when it's too strong to continue? One method used by intructors is to ask the question "can I tow a tired diver into this current?" Today this was a no.  It was a rare no go at Hawaii Loa.

Pictures from today's dive are below. Enjoy!

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