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First time diving in Seattle area

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwest' started by joakala, Jul 5, 2019.

  1. thatmark

    thatmark ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Baltimore, MD
  2. aldertyler

    aldertyler Nassau Grouper

    Depending on how long you are going to be in the area and how far you are willing to travel, Keystone Jetty is one of my favorite places to dive. I'm fortunate to live only about 15 minutes from the site and dive it regularly.
  3. ScubaGypsy

    ScubaGypsy Divemaster

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Aquidneck Island, Rhode Island (The 'Ocean State')
    There's a wonderful book called "Shore Diving Near Seattle" by Alexander, Maxwell & Kent Wallner that was published in 2008. It's currently out-of-print but you might be able to find copies via the web. What's nice about the book is it has easy to follow directions of each site, including where to park, where to enter, general maps of the dive sites and what you can expect to see.
  4. David Leach

    David Leach Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 50 - 99
    Location: Columbus, IN
    If you are interested in taking the ferry across to Bainbridge Island, there is a dive shop there called Exotic Aquatics. I dove with them on the island a couple years ago and really enjoyed the experience.

    Bainbridge is a beautiful place to visit anyway, so you can do a couple dives, try one of the great restaurants, and make a day of it.

    The specific site we dove was Rockaway Beach, which offered some interesting features including huge numbers of crabs all over the place on the bottom. Exotic Aquatics offers dive guides and equipment rentals.
  5. TTPaws

    TTPaws IDC Staff Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Washington, D.C.
    Don't mean to hijack this, but I may be heading out to Bremerton in mid September as well, and I am looking to bring my rebreather and would love to be able to rent some 2l tanks. Does anyone know of a shop that might be able to rent me a couple?

    How about evening dives spots? Unfortunately I have to work during the day and would like to find some dives after 5pm if possible.

    From what I remember living there years ago the Puget Sound would be drysuit diving.

  6. OrcasC205

    OrcasC205 Angel Fish

    # of Dives: 100 - 199
    Location: Seattle, WA
    @TTPaws I would talk to the people at 8 Diving in Des Moines. They're on the other side of the sound from Bremerton, but are probably the most tech oriented shop in the area. They list 3L O2 or Diluent bottles on their rental page, but maybe can hook you up with 2L bottles. Equipment Rentals
  7. davehicks

    davehicks ScubaBoard Supporter ScubaBoard Supporter

    # of Dives: 1,000 - 2,499
    Location: Seattle
    @TTPaws, ping when when you plan to come to town.

    I'm a Seattle rebreather diver and might be able to hook you up with some bottles and sorb. What unit do you dive and when do you come to town? I do a lot of evening dives including weekly Thursday night club dives at nearby shore diving sites.

    Visit the NWDiveClub.com site to sync up with lots of local divers and dive planning schedules.
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  8. g2

    g2 Divemaster

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Port Townsend, WA
    +1. They can get you set up with evening dives, maybe loan equipment, and just good advice.
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    CYKLOPS Garibaldi

    # of Dives: 0 - 24
    Location: Oregon, USA
    Highly recommend Exotic Aquatics (my daughter and I did our open water cert dives with them). The second day was at Sund Rock - fantastic, low current marine preserve near Hoodsport. We went back there for our first 'independent' dives. There is a staging location and available map. Plenty of other friendly divers as well. It costs 15$ to get into the staging area (private land) but well worth it. They have a Facebook page with more info.

    GPO, Wolf Eel, Lingcod, crab, Plumose Anemone, Rockfish, etc.

    Water temperature is < 50 deg, but we use semi dry wet suits, and my last dive I was very comfortable. The key is really good gloves!

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  10. TTPaws

    TTPaws IDC Staff Instructor

    # of Dives: 500 - 999
    Location: Washington, D.C.
    Thanks I'll do that..

    I'm waiting for the bosses to decide if I'll make the trip, but it is looking like 16 - 20 Sept. I usually get done for the day around 5 pm. I dive an APD Evo + and I'll be able to bring my sorb, just not the tanks.

    As @CYKLOPS was talking about, I was thinking of doing Hoodsport, if I remember correctly, isn't far from Bremerton.

    I'll be in a drysuit as I am seldom diving wet at temps less then 70F. Yes, I am a wimp:rofl3::rofl3::rofl3:

    I'll take a look at the website.

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