4. WEEKEND DIVE & BOATING FORECAST
Good morning. Hope all had a great long weekend. The weather for the weekend is some of the best we have had for water activities. So lets see what we have in store.
Dive Forecast: This weekend should be good for most, if not all, dive sites.
Winds for both Saturday and Sunday are forecasted to be variable in the mornings then southeast at 10 to 17 mph. Water temperature is holding at 82 to 84. Be a great weekend to hit those favored spots, such as, Hedo Point, Channel Crevasses, Suicide Cliffs, Bolo, Horse Shoe and Toilet Bowl. Of course you can also sign up, if not to late, for one of the boat dives through Kadena Marina, Okuma and North of Nago which offers dives to the USS Emmons and other great dive sites off shore in the northern areas. So what are you waiting for?
12 Sept. 0606 @ 2.36 ft 1300 @ 5.41 ft 1742 @ 4.49 ft Range: 3.05 ft
13 Sept. 0754 @ 2.42 ft 1500 @ 5.40 ft 2024 @ 4.61 ft Range: 3.82 ft
Boating Forecast: Can you say SWEET? Light winds for Saturday from the south at 6 - 9 kn then 9 - 12 kn with seas south-southwest at 2 feet. For Sunday light and variable winds from the east at 4 - 5 kn then east-southeast at 6 to 8 kn. Seas in the morning hours will be south-southeast at 2 feet and southeast at 4 feet in the afternoon. Much better then last week.
Safety Tip: Safety and Snorkeling. First and foremost, as with all ocean sports, never turn you back on the ocean. Just as important, never snorkel alone.
Listen to advice from the lifeguards, obey posted warnings, always pay attention to the currents, surf conditions, and surges over rocks. Plan your entry and exit points before you get wet; try to enter and exit from sandy areas. You and your partner should agree on a plan about where you are getting in and getting out of the water, what part of the ocean or bay you are going to explore and how long you plan to be out.
Dont overestimate your abilities, plan conservatively, err on the side of safety. Dont change this plan, once you are in the water, except to make it shorter and more safe.
Never snorkel on windy days. Offshore winds may take you unexpectedly our to sea or make it hard to swim back in and onshore breezes stack extra water, high on the beach making nasty rip-currents as it flows back into the ocean. Onshore breezes also bring in jellyfish.
If you are caught in a current, dont panic; dont swim against the current but rather swim diagonally across it toward shore. Keep going, youll make it.
Dont confront incoming waves head-on, dont try to jump over them and dont turn your back on them; duck under incoming waves before they reach you.
Sunscreen washing off your body pollutes the water and is a major factor in coral death so wear a t-shirt, rash guard or body suit/skin and a baseball cap to avoid sunburn while in the water, waiting until you are out of the ocean and rinsed off to apply sunscreen.
Many things in the ocean sting, most commonly sea urchins, avoid them, do not handle or step on them. White vinegar kills sea urchin stings from embedded spines and, regularly applied, helps to dissolve the spine. Other home remedies for sea urchin, jelly fish and other stings include the application of moistened tobacco, hydrogen peroxide or urine (this latter can be hard to self-administer and will quickly let you know who your real friends are). Like wasp stings, most stings from ocean creatures are not medically dangerous, merely painful nuisance, but its best to be prepared with whatever remedy you choose in your beach kit. Some jellyfish stings and all man-o-war stings are potentially life-threatening and need to be treated at the emergency department of the nearest hospital.
This shouldnt even need mentioning, but of course, if youve been drinking, even a little, you should not go snorkeling. Snorkeling is best done between about 9 a.m. and noon, anyway, so sobriety shouldnt even be an issue.
Dont forget to drink lots of water. Immersion in salt water is very dehydrating and just swimming around youve worked harder, and sweated more, than you realize. Be kind to your skin and rinse yourself and your gear with fresh water immediately after you get out of the ocean and remember to apply sunscreen and wear your sunglasses. Dont overestimate your skins tolerance for beach sun; a nasty sunburn is distressingly easy to acquire and will absolutely ruin your day.
Thats a few of the technique, etiquette and safety tips you should bear in mind remember to heed whatever advice the lifeguards give you--they are seasoned professionals who intimately know their beach; obey posted rules and be wary of riptides and currents. Most of all, spring for a cheap-o ten dollars disposable underwater camera, get in the water and enjoy those fish wont photograph themselves, you know!
Have a great weekend and be safe. This is Ed Dunn with the Kadena Marina Scuba Locker and we will see ya down under.