Scuba Diving

I was encouraged to try diving after an incredible day of snorkeling in the reef outside of Puerto Morelos, MX.  At the end of the day I told Aurora (our guide) that I had enjoyed that day better than any of the other snorkeling I had done and she said some thing to the effect of, “well, that’s nothing — you need to get under the water to really see the good stuff”.  I decided to get my basic cert before heading back the following year and I was hooked immediately.  I got my PADI Open Water Cert at Underwater Sports in Seattle, WA, moved on to Advanced Open Water at YSS Dive in Hoodsport, WA, and got my nitrox cert at The Cortez Club in La Paz, MX.  Hm… where will I get my next cert? 

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Night Dive at Mike's Beach Resort

Lilliwaup, WA - February 19, 2021

This was one of my first night dives, which I did during my AOW cert with Katherine Yackel at YSS Dive in Hoodsport, WA.  We saw sea stars, kelp crabs, tons of shrimp (look closely at the footage along the boat — all those little white dots are shrimp eyes glowing in my lamplight), and the star of the evening was a stubby squid that Katherine spotted: a cute little purple blob about the size of a plum.

Mike’s Beach Resort is a series of rambling accommodations on the waterfront of the Hood Canal.  They are specifically geared for divers, with an air fill station and spaces to clean your gear.

YSS Dive is a PADI 5-star Shop that leads dives, teaches, and has an excellent shop both in person and online, and they have two charter boats.

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Two-Dive day at Triton Cove and Pt. Whitney

Hood Canal, WA - April 9, 2021

This was one of my first night dives, which I did during my AOW cert with Katherine Yackel at YSS Dive in Hoodsport, WA.  We saw sea stars, kelp crabs, tons of shrimp (look closely at the footage along the boat — all those little white dots are shrimp eyes glowing in my lamplight), and the star of the evening was a stubby squid that Katherine spotted: a cute little purple blob about the size of a plum.

Mike’s Beach Resort is a series of rambling accommodations on the waterfront of the Hood Canal.  They are specifically geared for divers, with an air fill station and spaces to clean your gear.

YSS Dive is a PADI 5-star Shop that leads dives, teaches, and has an excellent shop both in person and online, and they have two charter boats.

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A picture of me in my dry suit with the Seattle skyline behind me.

85 Pounds of gear, a strong back, and a smile on my face

The first dive in my dry suit, at Alki Cove in Seattle, WA. My weight was off, I had floaty feet, and the viz was crap, but I came up smiling anyway.

Diving Index

I have spent so many hours hunting the internet for species identification, and have found some fabulous sites.  Professional and Citizen researchers are out there doing incredible work, and here are a few that I’ve found.