Sailing Around The World

Sharks at 163 Feet, TO DEEP BROTHER


As I mentioned in my last blog I went on a deep dive to find the Gray and White tip sharks. The dive was short but to a new depth for me, 150 feet. I found out from this dive a lot about my limits and how to handle the effects of nitrogen narcosis and to make the dive more complex secondary regulator air leak. As you will watch in the film above you can see the white chum/food floating all around me and the other divers. Then from the dark blue sharks emerge all around us and circle chumping at the food. Some coming right at you like a rocket and then wave off. I was at 163 feet when the sharks appeared and I tried my best to keep them in the shot. After about 2 minutes my secondary regulator began exhausting mass amounts of air and when I looked at my air gauge it was bouncing. Towards the end of the clip you can hear screaming which I found out later was my dive master freaking out over the sharks and taking pictures. You can hear my breathing over his screams. So lets just say all hell was breaking lose for me. So I stopped, closed my eye and the world was spinning behind my eye lids, ok don’t close your eyes. I then focused on my dive watch “depth 154, 156, 157, 160, 163 feet” shit I am going down not up. At that depth I could feel the effects of nitrogen narcosis and new I had to go up slowly to stop the crushing feeling of the weight of water around me. My chest felt like it had a car on it. I knew I had lots of air and I just had to go up slowly and breath. I got a few odd looks from others as I began to rise up to 100 feet but it felt like a release of adrenaline into my blood stream. Everything stopped except my exhausting regulator which was just dumping my remaining air. O well looking at about 1000 psi left after 10 minutes of diving, wow new record on emptying my tank. Up I go and do my decompression stop and surface with a new respect for everything. But after this event I had a great time and big thanks to the dive team and Master!

Thank You,

Jacques

6 responses

  1. Jacques, You are living my dream. From my view here in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan your environment is currently much more desirable than mine. I am a dormant dive master and have a fruitless passion for sailing. I have enjoyed your posts during your passage and now you shore adventures. Enjoy every minute of you travels. Fair winds and following seas.

    May 3, 2014 at 7:14 pm

    • Thanks Ray,
      I have been getting progressively better a pushing my limits. It’s a great time and the diving is always interesting. Thanks again for the good wishes! Jacques

      May 4, 2014 at 1:32 am

      • Raymond Leach

        Deep diving is challenging but normally of short duration and best done when a chamber is within reasonable distance… Be safe.

        May 4, 2014 at 2:01 am

      • Thats for sure but I wanted to try a deep dive because off the coast of Vanuatu Islands there is a Navy battle ship that was sunk during WWII in 45 meters. After this experience I am not going to tempt that deep of a dive especially sense its in the middle of nowhere. I will go play in the volcanoes instead lol.

        May 4, 2014 at 2:44 am

  2. Kathy johnson

    Hi, my name is Kathy and I have followed your great adventure for quite some time. Just so you know, I am living vicariously through you! Take care, and please don,t let the sharks get you!!! happy sailing and I am very glad you are still with us.

    May 4, 2014 at 2:17 am

    • O thank you so much I always love to hear from followers. Thank you for the grateful wishes and I hope I don’t get eaten by sharks too, knock on wood!

      May 4, 2014 at 2:41 am