Finally!! After a hiatus of almost three years, Jim and Sherri were able to get back in the water. We went to West Palm Beach to do some drift diving. While in WPB we dove with Narcosis Dive Company for two days of diving over the weekend.
Captain Alex and the crew were great! We hired a private dive master since we hadn't been diving in 3 years. Our divemaster (DM) Christina Firestone was amazing! We only planned to have her for the first day, but she was so awesome, we splurged and hired her for our second day of dives.
Sherri had been holding at 99 dives since we got back from Roatan, so she finally hit number 100 on her first dive!!
While in WPB we stayed at the Marriott Ocean Pointe in Palm Beach Shores (on Singer Island). We had a room with a beautiful view of the ocean/channel. The resort is spread out so we were hiking between buildings, but our building was a particularily quiet one (thanks Marriott) (Marriott Ocean Pointe Layout).
The following describes the wonderful time that we had - to jump to a particular day, select from the following pull down list
Day 1, Saturday -
On our first day of diving we checked in with the dive company and then met our private DM, Christina, to get oriented for our two-tank boat dives. We went out on the dive boat,
Since it had been so long since we last dove and our dive trip was abbreviated we didn't bring the DSLR with waterproof case. We did have a GoPro Hero 6 with waterproof housing to try out and brought it in the water on the second day, after we were reacclimated to the water. From the pictures and videos we got, its obvious we need to get some filters or lights for the GoPro.
|Hotel||View from balcony||Another balcony view|
|Sherri||Sherri and Jim||Narcosis Dive Boat|
|Boat View||People on Boat||Divemaster Christina|
Day 2, Sunday - Day two of diving dawned warm, bright, and sunny (once the sun came up) and we were ready for a second day of two-tank boat dives. The first dive was a wreck dive on the Ana Cecilia and there were tens (if not a hundred or more) Goliath Groupers around and on the wreck. The dive was for 30 minutes to a depth of 89 feet. The water temp was 81 deg F and visibility was around 30 feet. There was a current on the wreck but the seas were flat. We drifted with the current from the wreck to the next one in line, the
|Goliath Grouper||Goliath Grouper||Goliath Grouper|
|Sherri and Jim||Sherri and Jim||Sherri Fish|
Day 3, Monday (rest day) Done diving, so now we drive from WPB back to Cocoa Beach to spend the afternoon at the Hilton Cocoa Beach, before flying out the next day.
|Hanging on Cocoa Beach|