06-20-2006, 11:39 PM
Got off work at 1pm today (in Kill Devil Hills, NC) and my roommate calls to say he really wants to burn his tank of air so he can justify getting a nitrox fill for the weekend. We hit the first shore dive at just before high tide, hoping for some viz at slack tide. There was 8ft (ish) of viz, just not on the wreck, and there weren't too many fish swimming in the sand 25 yards east of the wreck, which is where we could see 8ft...5 minute dive at an avg depth of 20' with a temp of 59 on the surface and 57 on the bottom...cold ass day. We spent 10 times that amount of time swimming back and forth from the wreck. Next, we head for Oregon Inlet...too windy, too much current...we puss out. Drive over the bridge to the boiler wreck (which is about twice as far offshore as the wreck we dove at 3:30) and after looking at how far away it seems and how quickly the sun seems to be fading at 6:15pm, we move on...dejected and only a few hundred psi from full tanks. I take the long way home past a spot that the neighborhood drunk told us is a wreck that him and his friend hook and line fish on and get all kinds of stuff...we're not too picky, so we go with the drunk fella's advice and hit the beach, geared up again...this time its after 7pm and we're not too keen on shooting fish at dusk in low viz in case of pissed off toothy visitors, so we take the guns, but decide no little sheepies or spade. We swim out to the marker for this "wreck", I let out the air in my BC and before I can even get completely submerged, my gun sticks in the sand. No wreck...just a chain and some cable on the bottom...no fish...my dive computer didn't even cut into dive mode until I made a concerted effort to just swim to the bottom and go back to the beach Navy Seal style. This was a sad day of diving, just felt like I'd share so maybe you're diving trip with "shitty" 20ft of viz and chilly 65deg water will seem a bit better.