I am officially goofiest diver, ever. Last weekend I forgot my weight belt, and the weather was quite sucky. So was not bothered much, dropped Bert to the dive site, as he was the DM of the day, and then left for a nice coffee and breakfast. At the end I had a relaxing day.
Soon after the breakfast I was already getting withdrawal symptoms. All week was tough to go through. And knowing that we would be diving at Halibut was making me more impatient.
Sunday came, along with some northern winds and we ended up at Old Garden Beach (even though that one also faces north). And I realized that again I did not pack my stuff properly. I had decided to dive wet last minute but forgot to put my wetsuit and boots, and had removed the undergarments for the drysuit!!! What a pain!!!
My angel dive center, Cape Ann Divers, suggested a farmer john as an undergarment. I knew it was not going to be fun, but not being able to dive would be worse. So that’s how I dove: a wetsuit inside a drysuit! Man, that is uncomfortable! Could not even reach my fins, buddy Jason had to put them on for me. I know not the safest way to dive, but I made sure I was close to my buddy this time 🙂
The dive started, the viz was not too bad, 10-15 ft, considering the rolling waves. We kept 0 degree bearing, hit the reef then passed it. Then it was sand and many lobsters around for a while before it became sand dollar land. I haven’t visited this part of Old Garden Bech before. There was nothing but sand dollars, but it made me feel like there is something really cool and we will find it. Maybe scallops, a torpedo ray, something. Just after I looked at my buddy to see if he is still willing to go further (he is in wetsuit and it was getting cold) there it was. A goosefish!!! It was just sitting there waiting for us. Once he saw us he waved his lure to say “Hi!”. Great times!
I am so amazed that still after all these dive I see something new every dive! A not so great day becomes a memorable day which I will probably remember after days. Both of us being photographers we kept turns in taking bazillion photos at every possible angle of the poor creature. And then finally we headed back, satisfied with the dive.
We head back with 180 degree and came to realize that there was a strong current towards west. As we were swimming parallel to the shore to get back we were greeted by a school of stripers. I am happy see those, I think I didn’t see any last summer. Seeing more of different fish is always good!
At the end such a great dive at Old Garden Beach. You never know what you will see under the water, it is full of surprises.
87 mins, 49 ft, 54 F, 15 ft viz