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    October 31, 2019

    Dive #8 Off The Pacific Star – Keep Out Quarry

    September 22, 2019*

    It’s been a hell of a month, and I know this post has been sort of delayed, but at least I have something for October.

    We made our way to our final dive for this weekend.

    The Cee Rey was spotted going to our next dive.
    The Cee Rey was spotted going to our next dive.
    The quarry...
    The quarry…
    Keep Out Quarry.
    Keep Out Quarry.
    Captain Dave of the Pacific Star.
    Captain Dave of the Pacific Star.

    After careful consideration, Captain Dave anchored at a place he called “KO quarry” – or “Keep Out Quarry.”

    Again, I believe I was the first one off the boat.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #518

    Solo Diving, SoCal Buddy Diving

    Keep Out Quarry, Catalina Island, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 700 psi
    Max depth: 86 feet
    Waves: Pretty calm with light chop
    Visibility: 15-30 feet depending on where you were.
    Water Temperature: 63 degrees, 56 at depth
    Air Temperature: 79 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 42 minutes

    Another diver off Keep Out Quarry.
    Another diver off Keep Out Quarry.
    Interesting reef structure.
    Interesting reef structure.
    Interesting reef structure.
    An abundance of fish, looking towards the surface.
    An abundance of fish, looking towards the surface.

    Again, there was a noticeable thermocline going from 50 to 60 feet.

    I thought I scored an anchor, but it was the ship's.
    I thought I scored an anchor, but it was the ship’s.
    Blocks of rocks.
    Blocks of rocks.
    A sleeping shark.
    A sleeping shark.
    A Garibaldi.
    A Garibaldi.
    A kelp forest.
    A kelp forest.
    Vis was pretty good.
    Vis was pretty good.
    A shark and a Garibaldi.
    A shark and a Garibaldi.
    A strange looking reef.
    A strange looking reef.

    After 40 minutes or so, I made my way back to the boat, eager to have my first sip of the King of Beers, Budweiser.

    Chicken, rice and vegetables, with the King of Beers.
    Lunch time! Chicken, rice and vegetables, with the King of Beers.

    I was talking to Nick about diving all over the world.

    Nick said, “Southern California diving is unlike any diving in the world.

    Anywhere else in the world, everyone hops off the boat in a group and you follow a dive master around.

    Here, you just jump off a boat and you’re on your own; that’s what makes California divers so skilled.

    You can go anywhere in the world, and when they find out that you’re an experienced California diver, they relax because they know you won’t be a problem.”

    I went to the galley and realized, I was the only one drinking Budweiser, The King of Beers.

    I grabbed one, cracked it open, and announced to my fellow divers that there was plenty of Budweiser for everyone to enjoy.

    My offer was declined with slight hostility, not for the offer of the beer, but that fact that my beer was hogging all the space in the refrigerator.

    Nick continued, “Also, most dive boats will set up your gear and do everything for you, except the dive.”

    Good bye, Catalina!
    Good bye, Catalina!
    Until the next adventure!
    Until the next adventure!

    The Pacific Star is a great diving boat with an absolute amazing crew; the food is spectacular.

    The Pacific Star is a top notch local dive boat – I will be back again.

    Does anyone still read this blog?

    *Due to lack of internet access, and too much to do to write while it is happening, there has been a delay in these posts. Pretend you are in 1990.

    October 1, 2019

    Dive Number Seven Off The Pacific Star – Bird Rock

    September 22, 2019*

    After breakfast, Captain Dave took us to the famous “Bird Rock.”

    There was a big debate among the divers whether “Bird Rock” should be called “Bird Island” since “Sutil Rock” is actually called “Sutil Island.”

    Again, I was the first diver off the boat.

    Elwood the DM waits for more divers.
    Elwood the DM waits for more divers.

    I descended…

    Logged SCUBA Dive #517

    Solo Diving, SoCal Buddy Diving

    Bird Rock, Catalina Island, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 85 feet
    Waves: Pretty calm with light chop
    Visibility: 20-30 feet depending on where you were.
    Water Temperature: 63 degrees, 56 at depth
    Air Temperature: 79 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 46 minutes

    I hit bottom at 42 feet and proceeded towards the island… I mean rock.

    Reef structure off of Bird Rock.
    Reef structure off of Bird Rock.
    Reef structure off of Bird Rock.
    Reef structure off of Bird Rock.
    Kelp off of Bird Rock.
    Kelp off of Bird Rock.
    Bird rock.
    A lonely Sea Urchin.
    A lonely Sea Urchin.

    In 20 feet, I surfaced to get a close up of Bird Rock.

    Bird Rock up close.
    Bird Rock up close – that white stuff is not snow.

    I submerged again and went down the reefs to a maximum depth of 85 feet.

    Fish off of Bird Rock.
    Fish off of Bird Rock.
    An ancient beer bottle.
    An ancient beer bottle.
    Off of Bird Rock.

    There were various reef structures that you could swim through.

    Bird Rock kelp.
    Bird Rock.
    A swarm of fish off of Bird Rock.
    A swarm of fish.
    Reef structure.
    Reef structure.
    I found the boat!
    I found the boat!

    I made an easy exit and prepared for our last dive.

    Bird Rock.
    Bird Rock.
    None of the coolers have beer in them!
    None of the coolers have beer in them!
    We depart for our last dive.
    We depart for our last dive.

    Our last dive and recap, coming soon!

    *Due to lack of internet access, and too much to do to write while it is happening, there has been a delay in these posts. Pretend you are in 1990.

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