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    June 16, 2017

    Finally A Dive – And The July Trip Announcement!

    I know, I have not been in the water for a while.

    Sorry!

    I took the day off to take care of some stuff.

    I managed to do a solo dive off of Redondo Beach, just to make sure I still know how to dive.

    On July 3rd, I leave for a diving trip to Vladivostok, Russia.

    If you thought my Albania trip was gripping, wait until you here about this one.

    There will be no internet access for most of the trip, so I will have to leave the stories for when I return.

    Redondo Beach.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #505

    Solo Diving

    Veterans Park, Redondo Beach, CA

    In With: 3100 psi
    Out With: 1200 psi
    Max depth: 100 feet
    Waves: Calm except for the waves close to shore
    Visibility: 5-15 feet
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees
    Air Temperature: 83 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 32 minutes

    Me off of Redondo Beach.

    I made an easy entrance and submerged in 20 feet of water and swam towards the shelf.

    I just swam down the shelf to 100 feet.

    Me at 100 feet.
    Selfie at 100 feet.

    Tiny Lobster
    A tiny lobster.

    Sea Cucumber
    A Sea Cucumber.

    This was a pretty uneventful dive, but I did bring my new underwater camera to test.

    Either I had a big condensation problem, or the camera case leaks a little.

    The water was a little green.

    I got pounded by a rouge wave on the way back in, almost losing a fin, but I walked ashore.

    Redondo Beach

    I’m glad I still know how to dive!

    The organizer of the travel company to Russia was curious about my diving experience.

    More to come!

    February 24, 2015

    The Second Retro-Macho Dive

    February 21, 2015

    Having successfully tested Joe’s retro equipment, and setting the depth record for the regulator at 74 feet, it was now his turn for the dive.

    I needed to get back into my truck to get my own gear.

    I wish I had my keys in easier access, because I now had to peel my newly acquired wetsuit off to get my keys and squeeze back into the thing – the entire process was more strenuous than the last dive.

    Joe is ready!

    Joe was going to do an ultra-macho retro dive – no pressure gauge, no BC jacket and the double hose that I just tested that has no auxiliary second stage – this is how Mike Nelson from Sea Hunt did all his dives.

    I was actually a little nervous, because I would have to deal with any issues that he had, but I had full confidence that he knew what he was doing.

    As we were walking down, Joe said, “You are only going to hold the depth record for about an hour.”

    The dive plan was to go down the shelf, hit depth and then angle over to the “Crab Shack” before heading back in.

    The “Crab Shack” is a bunch of stacked cinder blocks in about 65 feet.

    We made an easy entry and swam out just a little ways before we descended.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #488

    Dove with Joe R.

    Veterans Park, Redondo Beach, CA

    In With: 2800 psi
    Out With: 1400 psi, I think
    Max depth: 85 feet
    Waves: Flat
    Visibility: 15 feet plus
    Water Temperature: 59 degrees
    Air Temperature: 64 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: About 25 minutes

    I followed Joe.

    Macho Joe.

    I was so glad I was in my own equipment.

    Some divers complain that my gear is “old” and maybe it is, but it is not obsolete.

    Macho Joe.

    Joe was a little under weighted and had a hard time staying down, but he made it to the shelf and down to 85 feet.

    Yeah, he was now the record holder for depth with that ancient regulator.

    Fuck!

    If we were having a contest, I may have pushed it a little deeper!

    I had asked Joe if Lloyd Bridges of Sea Hunt may have breathed through that regulator.

    He said, “It is quite possible, he filmed it in the area and it is contemporary with the period.”

    We did the dive plan successfully.

    Unfortunately, no more underwater pictures came out.

    Joe must have iron lungs; he went deeper and lasted longer on that regulator that I had described in my previous post as “It was like taking a drag off a hookah with a clogged bowl.”

    We made an easy exit after surfacing at 15 feet.

    Lloyd Bridges  could have  breathed through this regulator!
    The regulator looks very simple…

    A simple design
    Upon Joe opening it, I realized how simple is really is… a big diaphragm with a little trigger mechanism the size of a match book that opened up an air valve the size of a pen top.

    Diving is a fucking hard job, but someone's got to do it!
    This shirt says it all!

    Debriefing with the King Of beers ensued.

    I may be doing a repeat of my trip to Albania presentation for Dive N Surf.

    I also learned, contrary to what I have been told about “modern equipment,” that when you turn your air on, always point your gauges to the ground.

    Someone was almost blinded when the pressure gauge exploded and threw glass everywhere.

    I have also been told that I need to post more.

    Thank you Joe for the great diving experience!

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