North Carolina Diving
Autumn 2016, end of November, we embarked on a 1 week journey to go diving in North Carolina in a city named Beaufort.
It took us 20 hours to drive there from EPSO in Gatineau, Quebec. We left at 4am and did hit quite a bit of traffic in the Washington areal. We arrived close to midnight. Good thing we made arrangements for a late arrival. The shack was a run down place, exactly what you would expect for divers who only care about sleeping, diving, eating, repeat... After brushing some of the cockroaches off the carpet, we were ready to hit our beds... Tomorrow would be a great day!
Day 1, 8:00 - We drove the truck and the trailer around the corner to unload from the trailer to the chartered boat. We arent sure about the boat we are getting ass it has no ladder and we are going to be heavy. The captain told us he's used to it and that he will be dragging our stuff in the boat for us. That being said, we load all the gear and we leave for a 1h30 hour boat ride...
The Indra is a 2125 tons, 328 feet long wreck that used to be a Landing craft repair ship. It was sunk in 1992 in 65 feet of water. We awaited the for the OK from the captain before dropping in the water as they have to hook the boat using a grappling hook. yes, they actually dive to do that... Once we started our descent, we arrived at the wreck and had a great dive. The wreck can easily be penetrated and there are vast spaces in some areas. Most of the time, you see the daylight wherever you go. Some tight spots and some amazing life around the wreck. Visibility was great and water temperature was around 60F. The dive lasted close to 3 hours with hardly no deco since we were on rebreathers. We came back satisfied of this easy dive as a first day of diving.
The second day was on Monday. We were excited that we were going to the Papoose. A 412 feet long tanker sunk in 1942. It lays in 120 feet of water, (we did hit 124 feet) and is surrounded by sand tiger sharks, lots of it... Like crazy everywhere you look! We stayed on the wreck for about 2 hours with a PPO2 of 1.3 and had about 45 minutes of deco with a gradient factor of 30/70. The water was a warm 76F. I was very hot in my dry suit, but still glad I had it. Lots of spaces to visit inside the wreck. Took a bunch of pictures with my new rig. Quite happy.
Tuesday was a bad day. The captain said there was going to be too much wind so the team planned to go shore diving instead, while I would be working a bit as I had a conference call scheduled with a vendor. At 7am the team was ready to go, and I was awake to see them leave as I popped 2 small oranges for breakfast and went to work right away. They guy's came back at around 10am, I was all finished and they were excited as apparently the Captain said we could go out. I simply grabbed my gear and left to be part of the expedition. Little did I know what was going to happen... On an empty stomach, with two acid fruit in my stomach I embarked on a journey I am not about to forget. Waves were huge and the boat was rocking. It didn't take long for me to be sick. I let the guy's go and Gab stayed on the boat as well. I'm not gonna get into any details... I was just plain sick and the guy's came back quite fast as the visibility wasn't too great!
Wednesday was a waste as the wind was simply too strong again.
Thursday, we visited the Aeolus