Well, my hernia surgery is done, healed, and my lifting restrictions are no more, so yesterday I took my twin set and a single to the dive shop, and picked them up today. I'm set for diving, but conditions will have to get better for me to get wet. It looks like my pool will allow scuba again sometime after tomorrow. They've had a problem for the lifeguards in that the kayaks over the divers prevented the lifeguards from monitoring the divers from the surface. I talked to the head of the lifeguards, and he said that they've tentatively worked out a solution, by restricting the kayaks for about 1.5 hours to the shallower areas of the pool. They may also have some divers in the water to monitor any divers. So I may again get access to this wonderful pool for my scuba work, and get wet when conditions outside prevent diving in the local river.
Happy New Year, everyone!
John C. Ratliff Diving since 1959, at age 13. Haven't stopped, and still enjoy getting wet.
Wow! Divers, swimmers (I assume), and kayakers in the pool. What the heck kina organization runs this pool, anyway? Are there duck hunters, too? That's my kinda pool!
The THPRD Tualatin Hills Aquatic Center is a large pool. It features both 1 meter and 3 meter springboard and three platforms for diving into a 14 foot deep pool at the deep end, is 50 meters on one side and 25 yards on the other.
They can have a lot going on in the pool simultaneously. So far, though, I don't see SCUBA scheduled on Sundays.
PS, there probably won't be any duck hunting within the pool. There are plenty of places to do that around this area (though you do need to get away from populated areas, got a permit, know where it's legal, etc.). Now, concerning duck hunting, I was explaining one of my worst dives ever to a friend who was also an Oregon State University alumni, and lived in Corvallis.
When I was studying for my degrees in about 1972, I was asked by a friend to help out his friend, who had gone duck hunting in the Corvallis city dump's pond. He reasoned that there were ducks there. So he had his one-man life raft, and took his shotgun out. He did get close enough to the ducks to venture a shot, but just as he was about to shoot, the ducks took off, flying almost straight over him. He stood up in the raft, fired off a shot at some ducks (missing, from what I heard), and the recoil knocked the raft out from under him (or him off the raft, result the same), and he was in the dump's pond, sans his shotgun. It was on the bottom. So this "friend" asked me (and I got a buddy too--crazy college students will do anything) to dive for the shotgun. My buddy and I got suited up in full wetsuit, with gloves (it was winter, after all) and dove the pond where this guy thought he had lost the shotgun. Visibility was zero! We searched with our gloved hands the bottom, which was full of dump debries and sticks, for about half an hour, finding everything imaginable, except a shotgun. We got out, and were given $10 each for our efforts.
I left my wetsuit on, went back to the apartment, got into my shower/bathtub with the wetsuit on and a bottle of Phisohex, and began by scrubbing down the outside of the suit as if it were my body. I then took off the wetsuit, and scrubbed off the inside with Phisohex, and set it up on a hanger to dry. Then I showered myself, and scrubbed myself with the Phisohex (probably three times). It was that dirty a place to dive. I also washed my tank and regulator, fins, mask, etc. I came out without any medical problems, but my dive buddy got boils as he didn't scrub like I did.
This dive occurred on December 20th, 1972. I noted in my dive log for recorded dive #69, the location was "Corvallis Dump, weather "cloudy/rain," depth "10'", bottom time "30" minutes, total time "60" minutes, Air used "1000," water temp. "45" degrees F, Type of bottom--"garbage," visibility--"none." "69. Tried to recover shotgun--no luck but $10."
Now, imagine that second pose while standing in a one-man life raft.
Great story John, thanks for sharing Whenever my wife hears the word "Phisohex" she without fail will tell the story of: her mother learning that they were taking it off the market because it was/is carcinogenic, she went and bought all she could...
John, I am sooooo jealous. When I stopped teaching at our local pool, the new instructor discontinued scuba-drop-in night. I've yet to find a local pool that will allow scuba to try new gear or brush up skills.
When I taught at that local pool, new management decided to maximize income by scheduling kayak role sessions during my scuba classes. They probably figured I was only using the bottom of the pool. Made it tough to practice ascents, but reinforced the need to look up during ascent.