Santa Rosa

My 10th dive was at a new dive site: Santa Rosa off Olango Island, Cebu, Philippines. This dive spot is near the long pier where most visitors arrive at and depart from Olango.

I would prefer not to make the featured image a mesh bag of trash, but the most significant aspects of this dive all involved this bag.

First of all, I picked up a large metal can very early on in the dive. It is heavy enough to have affected my buoyancy quite a bit. I had to inflate my buoyancy compensator device (BCD) so I would not drag along the seafloor. I actually had to add air a few times, which helped limit the duration of this dive to only 39 minutes.

I normally hold the mesh bag with a BCD strap. However, it was so heavy that it dropped twice.

We swam to the wall and descended to about 20 meters or so. I suddenly started floating upwards. The heavy mesh bag dropped, so I was suddenly too light. I quickly descended to 30 meters to retrieve it.

A few minutes later, it happened again. This time my dive buddy retrieved it. He had a metal clip that he was able to secure the bag with, and we clipped it back onto my BCD before the end of the dive. It was good extra weight, and made our safety stop easier.

The most important thing was walking along the pier back to the dive center. Another diver with only a few dives more than me saw the mesh bag and started asking questions. He said he saw about 10 pieces of debris, and he seemed to really like the idea of bringing a mesh bag and doing clean up on his future dives.

So, if I motivated another diver to start cleaning up the ocean floor, then this was easily my best dive to-date.

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