I completed my PADI Open Water Diver Certification today after two awesome days in Monterey, California. It was warm and sunny and the water was nice and calm, visibility was 12 ft. to 15 ft. You may think that having to do four dives in two days in water that ranges from 56F to 58F may not sound like a lot of fun, but while wearing a .5mm skin, a 6.5mm farmer john, and a 6.5mm jacket it’s not cold at all. I only felt cold at a depth of 43 ft. because the thermocline made the temperature drop from 58F to about 50F–that 8F difference was brutal! Luckily, we didn’t stay at that depth for long.

All in all though, it was a great time. It would have been even cooler if Mama was there, but she will finish her certification in Hawaii. The highlight of the trip? Well, apart from going to the Monterey Aquarium on Saturday afternoon, on the final dive I spotted an electric ray that decided to swim around us after we approached it. Uh, we didn’t touch it, which was a good thing. It kicked ass!


  1. I honestly thought you were going to talk about the CISA cert. This just goes to show that I’ve been at work too long.

    #1 by Chad — August 25, 2003 @ 5:56 am

  2. Dude! You need to get your priorities straight–play before work! But, for those of you that didn’t know, as of this week I am also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). Thanks Chad for reminding me!

    #2 by Nugget — August 25, 2003 @ 6:07 am

  3. That’s so cool! Congratulations!

    #3 by Meerenai — August 25, 2003 @ 11:35 am

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