Sunday, May 16, 2010

InnerSpace in Grand Cayman

InnerSpace at Dive Tech and Cobalt Coast Resort started officially last night in Grand Cayman.  Joshua, Michael and I all arrived on Thursday afternoon after an all night red eye.  We weren't complaining however when we got off the plane and were greeted by warm breezes about 80 degrees and beautiful blue oceans!

We were picked up at the airport by the resort and about a half hour later were unloading at Cobalt Coast.  Dive Tech really does a wonderful job of putting on this event.  64 CCR divers plus staff this year.  All sorts of units here - Inspiration, Evolutions, Sentinels, Hammerheads, Titans, rEvos, Megs, Kiss, and Optimas.   They range from the newbies/freshly minted CCR divers to crusty old hands that have been around since the beginning of CCR diving!  They divide up the boats so that we have a recreational boat, a normoxic trimix boat and a deep trimix boat.  Of course the boys and I opted for the deep boat!

The first couple of days prior to the open of InnerSpace we did some shore dives as warm up.  First dive was a 180 footer, later that afternoon we did a 150 footer.  The next morning we did a 225 footer in the morning and a 60 footer in the afternoon.  Here in Grand Cayman there is a mini wall and then the big wall.  In between, depending on whether you are swimming from Cobalt or Light House, the distance swim between in 15-20 mins. each way, so you definitely get some exercise.

On the dive at Lighthouse reef yesterday we were cruising along at 225 feet when we saw a turtle come screaming up from the depth at 300 plus feet.  As it got about even with us, it got tangled in a fishing line wrapped around its head and front fin.  Fortunately, we were close enough to help cut it free and it was able to swim to the surface unscathed!

This morning the boats started up and we did a 250 foot dive this morning.  The group on the boat are all quite experienced divers with several CCR Advanced Trimix instructors and divers.  It was fun to not have to worry about anyone besides your individual team!  Nice and relaxing with incredible viz and nice and warm!  It is very quiet down there with just CCR divers on the wall.  I didn't personally see it but other members of the group saw a large hammerhead swim overhead.

Having a great time.  Hope to get the video camera out soon!

Regards,
Randy

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