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navychop
09-27-2008, 14:10
OMG, viz must have been 15-20 feet at least, what happened? Up at dark thirty, in the water before 8:00. It varied by depth, dark as night at 80 and lower viz, but at 30-40, we could actually stay buddies at 12 feet apart.

We were good citizens, bring up a sack of junk, shirt, underwear, cans, bottles, cups, the usual.

And along with viz, we actually found 4 boats, an airplane and an assortment of other items.

If visibility keeps improving, I'm gonna hafta go somewhere where I don't need prescription lenses in my goggles:smiley20:

>>yeah, I'm with DIMWIT

CaptainRon
09-29-2008, 19:53
How was the water temp? I'm considering a trip up in about a week or so.

ScubaJ
09-29-2008, 20:49
When we were at Windy Point on Sat, it was 79deg.

CaptainRon
09-30-2008, 13:46
Thanks....

ScubaJ
09-30-2008, 14:18
No prob Ron.

I guess I should add that the thermocline was at around 70ft. So it's 79ish deg down to about 70ft, then the temp drops to 70.

waytooslow
09-30-2008, 15:30
great news. hope it improves even more for nexts week's ST AOW

thevalkyry
10-02-2008, 13:05
We were good citizens, bring up a sack of junk, shirt, underwear, cans, bottles, cups, the usual.

I was spotting all kinds of glass and trash in Travis. Really would have loved to have something to gather trash into. What do you use? Generic plastic trash bag or has someone come up with the perfect trash-collecting accessory for divers that I can go spend more money on? :smiley2::smiley36:

Please advise...

navychop
10-02-2008, 18:08
I grabbed an extra poly mesh bag at the Lake Travis cleanup and keep it in my BCD pocket. You can also look in the stores in the laundry section, they usually have mesh bags, I still have my mesh laundry bag from the Navy, it holds a full load :o)
Maybe a supermarket can give you an onion sack or one from a bag of oranges, and to think....we used to actually buy collecting bags.

dannybot
10-20-2008, 20:41
How's the viz now? My LDS is having a couple classes this weekend 10/25, I was thinking about going, but I am really spoiled to the clear and warm Carribean sea.

texdiveguy
10-20-2008, 20:46
How's the viz now? My LDS is having a couple classes this weekend 10/25, I was thinking about going, but I am really spoiled to the clear and warm Carribean sea.

I would stay home then--LOL. :)

Heavy D
10-20-2008, 21:30
At the scuba park on Saturday, temp was 77 degrees down to about 80' then it dropped to 69 degrees all the way down to 115'. Vis I would estimate at about 10'.

ScubaJ
10-21-2008, 09:52
Yep. We were at the Park on Sun. My computer read the same temp (77deg). My boats depth finder read 77.7 at the surface.
We went in after an advanced class, and the vis was still a great 10-15ft. Vis seemed to be the same at 20 as it was a 80.

ianr33
10-21-2008, 19:19
How is the viz below the thermocline ? Has the famed "windex" layer formed?

Heavy D
10-21-2008, 19:44
How is the viz below the thermocline ? Has the famed "windex" layer formed?
I didn't drop below the thermocline myself but a buddy that was there said that there wasn't much difference. One of the tech guys from the LDS said that it was there, but then he went to 150' so who knows where it actually starts except that it is deeper than 115'.

navychop
10-23-2008, 21:11
Heard last week was about 20ft. Looking to take a dip Saturday myself. Lake temp was listed at 75 degrees- surface.

edl
10-24-2008, 06:39
what mm wet suit did you use I am starting my AOW Nov 2

ScubaJ
10-24-2008, 07:10
HeavyD & I were in Travis last weekend. Surface temp was 78, water temp was 77. Right now the thermocline is at about 95ft.

I dove a 5mm with no hood or gloves and was perfectly fine. I can dive a 3mm down to about 75deg, but get cool after about 45min to an hour, so it depends on how susceptible you are to cold.

This weekend should be great diving weather. Sunny, high around 85. :smiley20:

mitsuguy
10-24-2008, 08:52
HeavyD & I were in Travis last weekend. Surface temp was 78, water temp was 77. Right now the thermocline is at about 95ft.

I dove a 5mm with no hood or gloves and was perfectly fine. I can dive a 3mm down to about 75deg, but get cool after about 45min to an hour, so it depends on how susceptible you are to cold.

This weekend should be great diving weather. Sunny, high around 85. :smiley20:

Yup... I was there with HeavyD... that's exactly what my computer logs agree with as well... I wore a 3mil and was completely comfortable... If the weather keeps up though, it's not gonna be that way for long...

dannybot
10-26-2008, 21:32
How's the viz now? My LDS is having a couple classes this weekend 10/25, I was thinking about going, but I am really spoiled to the clear and warm Carribean sea.

I would stay home then--LOL. :)

I went anyway, knocked out deep and night diver specailties (although I already had 35 deep dives and 7 night dives). Conditons were pretty dismal: temp 73-75 deg water, viz 1" to 5', and didn't get any better all the way down to 94 ft.

texdiveguy
10-26-2008, 22:59
How's the viz now? My LDS is having a couple classes this weekend 10/25, I was thinking about going, but I am really spoiled to the clear and warm Carribean sea.

I would stay home then--LOL. :)

I went anyway, knocked out deep and night diver specailties (although I already had 35 deep dives and 7 night dives). Conditons were pretty dismal: temp 73-75 deg water, viz 1" to 5', and didn't get any better all the way down to 94 ft.

Well the water temps sound good,,,,but like you say viz was not Caribbean. Hey you got in some diving so life sounds pretty good!!! :)

ScubaJ
10-27-2008, 08:42
Yep, that sounds about like Lake Travis. Great one day/weekend, no so much the next.

I didn't get any diving in this weekend, so your one up on me. :smiley13:

navychop
10-28-2008, 21:59
Went on Sunday the 26th to Bob Wentz Park, right around the corner from Windy Point park. Drove down the boat ramp to drop off the gear. Vis 6-12, water temp at the surface was 75, at 80 feet 73 degrees. Not much different. 2 dives, one heading south, the other north. Getting ready for Playa, Cenotes, and Coz next month. Woo hoo!

texdiveguy
10-28-2008, 22:05
Went on Sunday the 26th to Bob Wentz Park, right around the corner from Windy Point park. Drove down the boat ramp to drop off the gear. Vis 6-12, water temp at the surface was 75, at 80 feet 73 degrees. Not much different. 2 dives, one heading south, the other north. Getting ready for Playa, Cenotes, and Coz next month. Woo hoo!

So they again are allowing you to drive down to the rocky ledge with gear.....that means the lake is 20-22 feet low??

navychop
10-29-2008, 22:24
The end of the boat ramp was not even in the water. You could see tracks in the mud. The lake is quite low. We drove down 3/4 of the way down the ramp, then drove to the right to what looks like a 3 foot wall. Dropped off the gear and saved quite a walk. Some of the no wake buoys were sitting on dry ground.

mm_dm
10-30-2008, 07:33
Late in the season at Lake Travis, BYOW (bring your own water) time. :smiley5:

Don't forget your repelling gear to get down to the water:smiley20:

shawnwill36
10-31-2008, 10:34
anyone diving this weekend

ianr33
10-31-2008, 13:04
Thinking of going to Windy Point on Saturday. Not been there for ages and I'm getting nostalgic !

Current lake level is 657 so the bottom is probably at around 140.

edl
11-01-2008, 08:01
Ill be there Sunday starting A.O.W class looks like it will be a nice weekend
for diving

Heavy D
11-01-2008, 19:06
I was at Travis today. It's still pretty decent as lakes go. Lowest temp I recordeed today was 73 and I went down to 108'. That is where you could feel the thermocline start. Vis was probably 10' in most places.

The water temp felt good and the weather out of the water was great.

ianr33
11-01-2008, 19:31
Conditions at Windy Point were pretty decent. 72 degrees and 10 feet of greenish viz above the Thermocline at 100 feet. 59 degrees and 5 feet of very black viz below.Noticeable taste of hydrogen sulfide on the bottom. Normal for this time of year but still nasty!
Right at the Thermocline there is a 2 foot deep milky white layer where the viz is maybe 6 inches.

texdiveguy
11-01-2008, 19:34
Nice drop in temp at the thermo...enough for a good shiver!!

ianr33
11-01-2008, 19:42
Nice drop in temp at the thermo...enough for a good shiver!!

Thats what drysuits are for.............

Probably not going to stay this good for long. A few cold nights , everything will turn over and the viz will be gone.