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#1 tienuts



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Posted 15 May 2011 - 11:57 PM

A group of us dove the wreck site of the RBJ today, off the coast of Pompano Beach, FL. This wreck site is actually 2 wrecks in one - the Ronald B Johnson sits on top of the wreck of the Corey N Chris at a 90 degree angle in 265 feet of water. It is a breathtaking dive site, which features a really cool swim through - you can swim under the hull of the RBJ where it sits on top of the Corey N Chris.

We had 2-4 seas and overcast skies. Once over the wreck, we found about 1.5 knots of current, and elected for a hot drop. For those unfamiliar, a hot drop is where the Captain finds the wreck on the bottom finder, motors up-current, and drops us the proper distance. The divers enter the water and descend quickly, and if the Captain judges the current correctly, we'll drift into the wreck. Fortunately Captain Oliver is good at this, and we hit the wreck perfectly.

Our total dive time was 10 minutes at 265 feet, followed by 20 minutes at 240 feet, and then what turned out to be 87 minutes of deco for a total runtime of 117.

I shot video using the Sony NEX 5 in a Nauticam housing, with the 16mm lens and fisheye adapter, along with a pair of Mangrove 4L6 lights, while my friend Adrian shot photos using a Canon G9 in a Patima housing.