Welcome to our newest forum, Alaska SCUBA diving! I thought I would get it started with an account of a dive I did out in Resurrection Bay some time ago.
I used to have a 17' vee-hull aluminum boat that, surprisingly enough, performed pretty well in rough water. Three of us headed out from Seward to Fox Island, where a wreck is known to lie. The wreck starts at about 30', and runs downslope to I think about 80', if memory serves. At any rate, on our way out there we noticed a boat that appeared to be anchored in deep water, on the approach to Fox Island. I had heard that there was a pinnacle out there somewhere, that came to within 80' of the surface, but the lack of electronics on my boat made it impossible to locate. The dive tables give you 40 minutes at 80' before you have to decompress, so I pulled up next to these guys and found out that sure enough, they were anchored on the pinnacle, with a reading on the depth finder of 84'. They were just leaving, so we tied off on a nearby buoy that someone had left out there, anchored to the pinnacle. The couple I was with didn't want to do a deep dive, so over the side I went, solo. I descended the buoy line to 80', but still was not on the bottom. I could just see the bottom through the murk below me. Thinking that the line on which I was descending must have been anchored down current (and downhill) from the top of the pinnacle, I let go of the rope and swam forward, hoping to catch the upslope and remain at 80' where I would have plenty of time to shoot some fish (I was spearfishing). But I forgot to add air to my BC, and quickly sank to 130' as I was swimming. At that point I could see the bottom and it was covered with large fish . A larger kelp greenling detached itself from the bottom and swam up to me. I poked at it with my hawaiian sling as I punched out for the surface. Too deep.
The current along the bottom was running into the bay, but as I approached the surface on a free ascent, it switched to a surface current going the other direction. By pure chance I surfaced right behind the boat and scared the ** out of Dwayne and Lori when I grabbed the transom. The entire dive took ten minutes; right at the no-decompression limits.
I have always wondered what lived on the pinnacle, and have always wondered if I will ever make it back out there for a dive, but I never did. Alaska is truly a diver's paradise. The true "last frontier" is below the surface of our ocean here, where it is entirely possible that the seascape you are looking at is being seen by human eyes for the first time. Ever.