to Scuba NorthWest! We appreciate your visit and interest in
some of the best diving around. We are Northwest divers, we
like cold water, we like wind, we like swell, we like surge,
we like to explore the underwater world, and we surely like
to eat seafood. We are not a dive shop, a charter service, or
instructors...we leave that work up to the professionals in
those fields. We simply dive and bring our adventures to you.
So thanks for coming along. Hopefully we can take you away for
a brief time to an underwater world of wonder, and give you
a smile along the way.
How I Love Winter...
Dive year 2016 was off to a slow start. Storms, wind,
and big swells just kept pushing through our favorite
ocean dive sites. We normally pursue inland diving in
the months of January and February, on rare occasion
making a jetty dive during a break in the rain. Excitement
began building when March arrived. The weather always
gives a one or two day window during the month to allow
a run on the Big Blue. The visibility is amazing in
winter, up to 50 feet sometimes, and sealife is everywhere.
We are always itching to get some fresh fish this time
of year. The last seabass fillet was consumed, with
great delight, many months ago, and the kitchen freezer
exists as just a cold empty shell. We had to get out
soon. Out to the ocean for freedom, out to the ocean
for fish. I began prepping the boat on the first weekend
of March. The old girl had been cleaned and waxed for
winter storage...and gently placed in her boat house
back in December. Boats have souls you know and you
need to treat them right. She loves the open ocean and
never lets us down...gets us out, and then gets us back
home. I started viewing the NOAA marine forecast almost
every morning, looking for that one day of 5 knot winds
and a swell under 6 feet. I have been out on bigger
days, but it just becomes work when you're at the helm...keeping
the boat on station, constant attention to surfing each
swell when you finally make the port run. I just want
to get under water, then relax in the sun under blue
sky. The third week of March rolled around...bad weather...agitation.
The fourth week of March...bad weather...depression.
Then the forecast showed the much beloved high pressure
at just the right spot. A multi-day window of low swell
and pleasant breezes. We picked our day...April 1, 2016.
Yeah, I was thinking the same...April Fools Day. Would
the ocean tease us with a beautiful day, then bring
the wind at the last minute, or an oddly timed algae
bloom? Nope. The Big Blue invited us to visit...and,
wow, what a spectacular visit she provided.
The dive knife. What else can I really say? Gotta have
one. I have enjoyed my share of different styles over
the years. A trusted blade is always strapped to my leg,
and sometimes my B.C. The ultimate dive accessory...so
many handle colors, so many shapes. In fact, you need
to have a few on hand so you can wear a different one
now and then...just for fun.