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    December 30, 2016

    Year End Post And Updates

    I have to say, this year sucked for me and SCUBA diving.

    I didn’t get into the water until July because of the weather and conditions, one of our main diving characters – Dennis Gunn – died in February, another has developed health problems, the opening night lobster boat was cancelled because the Captain broke his back and by the end of this year, I have logged seven dives.

    Seven dives – that is my total for the year and an all time record low.

    A big part of my diving problem after lobster season began was that New England Divers was in the process of moving and I was not able to fill my high quality Luxfer Aluminum tanks from the 1980s.

    Even though my tanks pass visual inspection and hydro, both Pacific Wilderness and Dive N Surf told me to never bring my tanks back in their shop again.

    Of course, Sports Chalet and Sea D Sea told me the same thing and both are out of business.

    As a matter of fact, I had to rent tanks when I went on my last lobster boat.

    And that reminds me, I caught only one lobster this year, too – which is still more lobsters than 2015, so I guess it’s not all bad.

    I have also put a deposit down on one of the most insane SCUBA diving trips by rational standards.

    This trip isn’t until July of 2017, but if you thought my diving trip to Albania was crazy, this next trip may just top it.

    Also in the news, Fukushima radiation has been detected on U.S. West Coast.

    Now, I don’t even go through the porno-scanners at the airport, opting for the metal detectors or a gate massage, so I will have to buy and bring a Geiger Counter and check radiation levels along with other diving conditions before I go in.

    Sorry for being a stranger, but I wish everyone a great and prosperous 2017 – unless you’re a terrorist or a Communist.

    One thing is for sure – 2017 will be a very interesting year.

    November 21, 2016

    Second Lobster Diver Of The Night

    November 18, 2016

    Once everyone was back on board, Nice Bob decided to move to a better spot a few minutes down the coast.

    The visibility looked good on the surface; I was the first one over board.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #504

    Solo Diving

    SECRET LOCATION: 41 73 20 74 68 65 20 43 61 70 61 74 61 69 6e 20 74 6f 6c 64 20 75 73 20 6f 66 66 20 74 68 65 20 49 6e 64 69 63 61 74 6f 72 2e , Palos Verdes, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 2100 psi
    Max depth: 41 feet
    Waves: Surface was flat, some surge at the bottom
    Visibility: 0-3 feet, very silty
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees
    Air Temperature: 66 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 12 minutes

    Visibility was really good, until I got down to the ocean floor, where it turned to three feet at best.

    I swam towards the shore, but I really couldn’t see.

    I surfaced and yelled back to the people on the boat, “Hey, you know the vis is only three feet!”

    Someone gave me the finger, so a submerged and went the other way, away from the shore.

    It got worse – I mean three feet was the best visibility, sometimes I had zero feet.

    After a few more minutes, I really didn’t think I was going to be so lucky as to just stumble upon a lobster already within grabbing distance.

    I called the dive and surfaced.

    Back at the boat, I told the Captain about the conditions.

    He said, “I bet there will be three more lobsters before the night ends.”

    I said, “There won’t be any lobsters coming back, unless someone is very lucky.”

    Called Dive
    Waiting for the other divers.

    Divers made their way back in early.

    Lucky Bob
    Nice Bob was very lucky and stumbled on two lobsters with the crappy visibility.

    Everyone else got skunked on this dive.

    Debriefing
    Debriefing started as divers came back.

    Thanks to a donation by Nice Bob to someone who got skunked and was unable to make the second dive, everyone went home with at least one lobster.

    Debriefing
    Debriefing continued in the parking lot of Rocky Point.

    A $100 boat trip and I only caught one lobster on my first dive.

    However, local lobsters are going for $42 a pound at the fish market – so I don’t feel so bad.

    I paid $100 for a $65 lobster, but had fun doing it.

    Until next time, dive safe and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do!

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