Seattle Dawn Diving

There isn't much better than waking up a little early on a Wednesday morning and getting into the water by 6:30am for a dawn dive before work. Entering when it's still dark and doing a night dive at depth to emerge from the water as the sun is just rising over the city is a pretty spectacular experience, and I'm glad I'm able to make it a weekly routine!

seattle sunset

 I've been in Seattle for just over a month now and already began to make the diving connections that lubricate all fun diving experiences. Though a work colleague of mine who helps out part time at a local dive shop (5th Dimension Scuba) I've begun to "meet people, have fun, and do things" as the PADI course curriculum recommends. Haha. The dive shop needed an instructor to run a weekly fun dive and it sounded like a great opportunity for me to both dive more, and help out, so I now run weekly Wednesday morning dawn dives at Alki Cove 2. 

Great deal for all involved!

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This particular week was the first one I've run, and only a friend of mine showed up in the end (I guess it was a little early for everyone else). It was still an amazing dive though, as you can see from the video posted here. There's something special about night diving conditions, the animals come out, there's an eerie alien feel to the underwater landscape, and if diving is an exercise in sensory deprivation and isolation, night diving conditions take that to a whole new level. I certainly love the feeling of gliding over a dark underwater landscape, alone in my thoughts...it's very peaceful. 

Casey (my friend who came) and I got in the water by 6:30 am, swam out to the furthest buoy at Cove 2 and dropped straight down to a depth of around 70ft. From there we swam along the line down to about 110ft, turned around and swam back, taking longer on the way back to enjoy the surroundings and continuing past the buoy line to check out a series of awesome wooden pilings covered with anemones. Very cool. 

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The dive was great, dry suit held up well, and it was my first time using a new dive light which is as bright as the sun as it turns out, so required some tricky video editing to negate some of the washing out that occurs with such a bright light. 

Dive safe!

Michael