100 Dives

This past Sunday (May 28, 2017), I logged my 100th dive. It also happens to be the 1 year anniversary of my open water certification. That's 1 dive every 3.65 days on average. It has been quite a ride this last year. Dive #100 was a nice easy one at Philips Outdoor Center, the place where it all started. A lot has changed in this year. I have completed 4 additional certifications (advanced 2 and 3, nitrox, and dry suit). I was perusing my logbook a while ago and reminiscing. Some dives were easy. Some of were difficult. All of them were good experience.

Today's post is a few fond memories of dives from the last year. There are many more, these are just a few highlights that stand out. First, we present 2 videos. The very first underwater video I shot on my first dive as a certified diver, and a highlights reel of my 100th dive.

The very first video Ben shot underwater on his first dive an a certified diver.

Highlights from Ben's 100th Dive.

-During my first checkout dives, I lost a weight pouch on my way out of the water. Total newbie mistake. What I remember was the look of pain on my instructor Ryan Plummer’s face as he went to retrieve it. He was diving a drysuit that day and rather seriously needed to head to the outhouse. Now that I am rocking a drysuit, i truly sympathize.

-My first dive as an official diver. An outing with Tami Leaird-Connelly at Philips Outdoor Center. She introduced me to the friendly fish and took me on a tour. She took good care of the newbie diver that I was. Also my first underwater video came from this dive.

-It was my first Delaware divers outing a day or 2 after my first dive with Tami. A scant 2 weeks after certification. Tami took me (and Cam, but that's a story for another time) on a rather brisk trip around Philips Outdoor Center. 26 minutes to complete a circuit. That’s fast.

-My first night dive. 4th of July dive club meeting. I logged several dives that weekend and was exhausted. The night dive was during the fireworks show. I planted myself on a boat at 12 feet to watch the show. I'm fairly certain I fell asleep. It's still the record for my lowest air consumption rate.

-The natural features navigation dive of my advanced Cert. A circuit of the quarry. The visibility on the back wall was so bad that the only way we could navigate was by following the shadow line. Keeping to one side of the darkness.

France Park

-Early dives at France Park, where I managed to lose Cam...twice.

-My first drysuit dive. What a trip.

-The first time I had water in my drysuit. And refused to call the dive while freezing my rear off. All because of a leaky glove. (See this post)

-December 23. Scott Johnson and I were out for a dive. Visibility was less than 2 feet. I could touch things I could not see. We aborted at 10 minutes because we couldn't see each other, much less where we were going,  the water was 39 degrees, and his neck seal was leaking.

-A day of mishaps involving 2 frozen regulators, missing weight, 2 trips to the dive shop, and a great, if very cold, dive. (See this post)

-The New Years day dive. Launch day for Underwater.World. A special day and a great dive.

-A cold dive at Philips Outdoor Center. The visibility on the bottom had cleared and we could see things that we had never seen before.

-Many moments of “perfection”. Times when things are clicking. Buoyancy is perfect and I can lose myself in the experience. These become more frequent and natural with time and practice.

There are so many more. Every dive has been educational in some way. So what’s next? A trip to the Bahamas this summer, and a list as long as my arm of places I want to dive. More exciting content to come on Underwater.World. And...Another hundred dives. Or maybe more. Diving is about diving. Getting wet, enjoying the experience and becoming a better diver.