Seiku Jetty, Bachelor Rock, and North Beach Reef


Seattle, WA. We caught the 6:20 AM ferry from Edmonds to Kingston. The first stop was Seiki Jetty, Seiku, WA. Divers beware, these sites are off the grid! After leaving Kingston mobile data services was extremely limited and cell coverage was extremely spotty. I love disconnecting from the world whenever possible so the lack of data services didn't bother me. Cell coverage on the other hand makes you think twice. It would have been nice to have 911 services in that unlikely event of an accident. Pre dive safety checks and diving within your limits was paramount!

The giant boulders and kelp forest create an amazing habitat for the sea creatures.

GUE Divers Jeremy Freestone (GUE), Don Winslow (GUE), and Douglass Dwyer perform their pre dive checklist. Other divers not shown included Peter Vanags (UTD) and his son Nick Vanags.

Next stop was Bachelor Rock, Port Angeles, WA. Yes, the swim out to the rock is at least 30 minutes. Then you gotta do another 30 minutes to get back to shore! Archis Gore (GUE) and Shashank Tyagi joined us for dives 2 and 3.

The size and number of Sea Urchins is unbelievable. They were literally larger than beach balls!

The last dive was at North Beach Reef, Port Townsend, WA. The weather turned for the worse and our dive only lasted about 10 minutes. The visibility was poor due to the waves and windy conditions and I ended up experiencing vertigo. It's an interesting experience to have the ground move one way, your body move another, and the Eelgrass go a third. On this dive we were hoping to see rock formations and kelp forests. After a long day of fun I finally made it home and into bed at 1:30 AM the next day! I can't wait to visit Bachelor Rock again. It's now my favorite dive site in the Pacific Northwest.