My long journey to getting a new drysuit, which is still not over, kept me out of water this winter. Frankly, I am not going to complain, I am surely fed up of feeling cold. All this time I couldn’t even think about getting my foot in water, even inside a drysuit. But, man, did I miss it!
Finally, nice warm day with good tide timings coincided this saturday and I said I am going in. Last year my first wetsuit dive was at 50F. It was a bit colder than that this time, but you never know your limits unless you try them.
The ongoing construction rendered Peirce Island one of those long walk, high fitness required sites. I am nothing close to fit, that explains the back pain accompanying me as I write these words. But it is totally worth the trouble.
I am happy the nudibranchs still around in full force. I missed the F. verilli fest, but bushy backs (D. frondosus) were all over. I do not know if they can get any bigger but these are the biggest I have ever seen, at least 3-4 inches. And when they are this big you can actually see all different patterns they have on their backs. They all had some unique pattern, lines, patches, blotches, etc. ,pretty cool.
I didn’t stay down too long, I wanted to reserve some body heat to allow me to walk/swim back close to the car. But, I can say I did handle the cold pretty well. The trick is to add warm water inside your suit, boots, gloves before getting in so that you don’t loose bunch of body heat warming up the cold water rushing in.
I came out satisfied with the dive, however short it was, realizing that I really missed this. I am happy the season is here now, drysuit or not! 😀
36ft, 31 min, 42F
Buddies: Bert Perry, Mike Macdonald