We have a winner for the SPI Dive Week photo week. The winning photo was based on the sharpness of the image as well as combining the fish life with the Texas Clipper. Congratulations to Jennifer Idol from Austin Texas.
Divers went out to the Texas Clipper on Saturday. Rio Grande river is flooding to to 4 days of very heavy rain. Visibility was some 20 feet with water temperature at 84 degrees.
Fall is here and today it brought lots of rain and wind meaning we had to postpone today’s dive trip. Hopefully we will have a break in the weather by the weekend so we can continue on with the spectacular diving we have all been enjoying. We are starting to fill up Saturday spots in October. If anyone is looking to get a few dives in before winter now is the time to sign up!
Man have we been spoiled. Seas were 2 – 4 feet, but in comparison to the less than 1 ft seas we have had, they felt much larger. Inspite of the seas, visibility is still in the 80 to 100 ft range and water temp is 84 at the surface and 81 at depth. Currents were moderate today and divers reported seeing numerous fish including schools of snapper, spades, triggers, barracuda, damsels, wrasse, rays, octopi, arrow crabs, squirrel fish and a Texas flag.
This has truly been a special week for diving in South Padre Island. In the 25 years that we have been diving the waters of the Gulf of Mexico we could not recall divers ever diving more than 3 consecutive days with us. Of course we never had the Texas Clipper in that time either. Well now have a new record!! 3 divers who have dived 4 days in a row with us. Congratulations to Mark, Rob and Brian! And thank you to all the divers that made the opening weekend of the 3rd annual SPI Dive Week one to remember!
Sea Sports of Houston came back out to the Clipper for Day 3 of Dive Week. They enjoyed diving from the Double Sunshine so much yesterday, the requested it again for today’s dive. Since seas cooperated by laying nearly flat, we were happy to oblige. Water again was very clear, 80 to 100 ft and divers have enjoyed getting to spend ample time exploring all that the Clipper has to offer.
We saw record numbers of divers today on the Texas Clipper as groups from Houston, San Antonio, Austin, Dallas and Oklahoma joined us for what were near perfect conditions. Seas were so flat, divers could have skipped stones across the surface during their intervals. Water was BLUE and viz was 100 ft down to about 110 ft. Conditions were ideal for photo taking!! To accommodate all of the divers we even had to take out two boats.
SPI Dive Week kicked off a day early with divers from Sea Sports of Houston getting an early jump on the festivities. They were treated to calm seas and excellent visibility up to 80 ft. Water temps were in the 80s.
A dive out to Little Sara with divers, snorkelers and spear-fishers. Currents were a little strong and the top layer of the water was green from recent rain runoff. On the rig divers reported visibility around 70 ft and also stated that the water blued up below the 20 ft level. Lots of big barracuda on the rig.
Trip to the Texas Clipper. Visibility was 80 ft and the water temp was 83 down to the bottom.