The year started out well, a little cold and windy on the first, but a few hardy souls went out for the fourth annual new years day dive. Jan. and Feb. were slow but steady with water temps a little warmer than usual. In March things started to pickup and by April we were diving daily. Then, on the 20th of April BP screwed up and very quickly the perception was that the gulf was coated with oil. In fact the diving around Panama City was very good. It wasn’t until mid June that the oil finally did show up. On June 20th while diving the Hovercraft, oil sheen and tar balls moved across the site. We traveled four miles east to clean water for our second dive, but diving was over for about three weeks until we were sure that the water was clean and safe for everyone.
The rest of the summer was busy. Southeasterly winds kept the oil well to the west of us,and the weather was calm. In Sept. Better Bottom Time was involved with The 3rd Annual Atlanta Aquanauts Dive Fest for SUDS (Soldiers Undertaking Disabled Scuba ). This was our second year of participation and plan to continue helping such a great cause in the future. It is a fund raiser for the program: the more divers we have the more we can donate, look for posts later in the year.
Winter arrived early and has been long and cold, water temps hit 51 and it’s been cold front after cold front keeping temps down and seas up. Things are starting to change, with forecast temps to be in the 70′s by the weekend. With a little sunshine and warmer air, the water will warm up soon!
I hope to post something once a week. I look forward to a great year of diving with all of you. Thanks for your time. Hope to see you soon! Capt. John