"Weekend Dive & Boating Forecast" Continues!

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"Weekend Dive & Boating Forecast" Continues!

by: Edo Heinrich-Sanchez | .
Kadena Air Base | .
published: July 04, 2015

Motivated by this simple reason:

"Try to keep just one person from making a dreadful mistake."

Yesterday we were saying goodbye to Ed, wondering who would continue his legacy.  In his last post, Ed Dunn wrote

"I hope someone will pick this up and continue it. Hate to see it end after a little over 12 years. To all of you that used it for your command safety briefs, presentations and your individual use, I thank you. To the many resources that I used for the forecast thank you."

Without missing a beat, Tim Goulah will be providing the forecast.  He has offered to make available the "Weekend Dive & Boating Forecast" to local publications as a public service.

Tim said, " it's there for safety, so the better the dispersal the better off it will help someone out." 

Ladies & Gentlemen,

With the announcement of Ed Dunn's upcoming departure from Okinawa, and his end of the dive and boating forecast, I will be stepping up to provide the weekly dive and boating forecast.  I will make every attempt to keep up the high standards that you have come to expect from Ed's weekly report.  As I get used to correlating all the information into one place, I ask that you please bare with me.  Any suggestions on how I can provide better information to our local dive and boating forecast is appreciated.  Your patience and support during this transition, is much appreciated.  Please contact me at okidiveandboatingforecast@gmail.com if you have any questions, concerns,recommendations or would like to be added or removed from this weekly email list.


Happy Fourth of July, let's all have a safe and fun long weekend, as we celebrate the birth of the USA.  To all those that are serving or have served in the past,  thank you for your service and dedication to keeping America strong.  Please be safe and remember to watch out for each other on this long holiday weekend.  Get out there and enjoy what Okinawa has to offer.

Dive Forecast:  The holiday weekend is not looking great for diving.  At the time of compiling this forecast we are in East/West Danger.  There are currently 3 systems affecting weather to our south, and may contribute to bad conditions throughout the weekend.   If the Sea Conditions change please use caution when entering the water, as winds are forecast to shift directions throughout the weekend and may make some areas less than advisable for diving.   Please check the latest forecast prior to undertaking any in water activities, if we come out of Sea Condition E/W Danger.

Boating Forecast:
Friday July 3 - Breezy whitecapping conditions, moderate choppy seas Seas WSW 1.3 m @7 sec.  Winds SSW 10 - 17 knots throughout the day

Saturday July 4 - light winds with a slight chop, Seas WSW shifting to SSW 1 m at 8 sec, Winds SSW shifting to S 9 - 14 knots throughout the day

Sunday July 5 - light winds with slight chop small short period wind waves.  Seas 1 m at 10 sec. Winds SSW  shifting to WSW at 7-11 knots

Monday July 6 - light variable winds, small long period swell Seas 1 m at 10 sec. Winds WNW shifting to NNE 2 - 4 knots

Please check the latest forecast prior to any in water activities if we come out of Sea Condition E/W Danger

Tidal Information:
July 3 - low tide 01:44 at .83 meters  / high tide 07:31 at 2.18 meters / low tide 14:12 at .07 meters / high tide at 20:41 at 2.08 meters

July 4 - - low tide at 02:26 at .79 meters  / high tide at 08:13 at 2.19 meters / low tide at 14:52 at .09 meters / high tide at 21:20 at 2.09 meters

July 5 - low tide at 03:08 at .76 meters  / high tide at 08:57 at 2.15 meters / low tide 15:34  at .17 meters / high tide 22:01 at 2.06 meters

July 6 - low tide 03:55 at .75 meters  / high tide 09:45 at 2.07 meters / low tide 16:18 at .30 meters / high tide 22:44 at 2.02 meters

In lieu of the weekly safety tip from DAN (Diver's Alert Network), I advise with the long weekend and changes in the forecast that you all please check for the latest wind, weather, and tidal information.  I'm including some useful sites to bookmark for this when you're on the road to check.  Please be safe and have fun in whatever water activities you decide to participate in.

www.shogunweather.com - general weather forecast & links to sea conditions
www.magicseaweed.com - wind and wave forecast
www.maedamisaki.jp - link to Maeda Point website & Webcam
www.usno.navy.mil - link to Joint Typhoon Warning Center, weather system tracking and updates
www.jma.go.jp - Japan Meteorological Agency - Japan specific weather and advisories

My name is Tim Goulah, and I am a PADI Course Director at Kadena Marina.  I love to teach scuba diving which I have done since 2009 and have made it my full time career now at Kadena Marina. 

I'm a former Marine and I've been on Okinawa for over 15 years.  I love the island, it's food & people.  I enjoy traveling to dive in new locations, and have been to Hawaii, Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Dominican Republic, and many of the Islands in the Yaeyama chain. 

My favorite dives in Okinawa are to dive the historic USS Emmons, and Yonaguni Island with the Yonaguni Monument & schooling hammerheads being the main attractions.  I enjoy wreck diving, and underwater photography, and my dream diving trip is to do a Galapagos live aboard someday.

I hope to be able to keep up the high standard of the "Weekend Dive & Boating Forecast". 
Please contact me with any questions, comments, or requests to be added or removed from the direct email list at okidiveandboatingforecast@gmail.com

MESSAGE from World O.C.E.A.N. NGO edo@okinawaocean.org
To all you divers and beachcombers, remember that the "Ryukyu International Cleanup is coming up in September in partnership with "Lets Do It World Cleanup, Ocean Conservancy International Coastal Cleanup and Cleanup The World all working with UNEP so get ready, to cleanup your favorite beach or dive spot.  Don't forget its sea-turtle nesting season so no camp-fires on the sand please.  Leave only your footprints.  To participate please contact edo@okinawaocean.org

PADI Project A.W.A.R.E. is the underwater partner for the International Coastal Cleanup.