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    July 16, 2014

    Diving The Ruby E Wreck

    July 12, 2014

    Back on the boat from my first dive, I took off my BCD and sat down.

    I started to get a little sick – like dizzy – and it felt like my dry suit was constricting.

    Then I figured out, yes, my dry suit is constricting because the release valve is open and I was getting dizzy because the boat was tossing up and down in the swells.

    I unzipped my dry suit and stared at the horizon while repeating the mantra, “I am macho, to puke is to be non-macho.”

    I felt better after a while.

    Captain Jeff of the Pacific Swann provided chicken noodle soup and Mike C. provided smoked salmon to eat while we did our surface interval.

    The boat motored over and moored onto the marker for the Ruby E.

    After 45 minutes, divers were heading back into the water – Donna and I were the first two over.

    I felt cold water leaking into my dry suit.

    I gave my zipper a quick jerk to seal it and that stopped the leak.

    Captain Jeff on the Pacific Swann

    We swam to the bow line and descended.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #470

    Dove with Donna The Hot Biker Chick

    The Ruby E Wreck
    San Diego, CA USA

    In With: 3100 psi
    Out With: 600 psi
    Max depth: 83 feet
    Waves: Choppy on the surface
    Visibility: 10 to 15 feet
    Water Temperature: 54 degrees
    Air Temperature: 78 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 32 minutes

    Donna going down
    Donna going down.

    Exploring the Ruby E

    I haven’t dove the Ruby E. for probably seven or eight years – a lot has changed.

    There are no solid walls above the deck and it looks like the hull has partially collapsed.

    Donna and I ventured inside…

    Inside the Ruby E

    Inside the Ruby E

    Fish  under the stern of the Ruby E.
    Fish under the stern of the Ruby E.

    Ruby plaque
    The Ruby E – 1934 – 1989

    Apparently, the Ruby E was originally a smuggler’s boat until being turned into a Coast Guard vessel.

    Ruby E wreck

    Off Gassing over the Ruby E
    Off Gassing over the Ruby E.

    In a way, I like diving this wreck better than the Yukon because it’s much smaller and less intimidating.

    Me and Donna
    Me and my diving buddy, Donna The Hot Biker Chick.

    The Pacific Swann is a comfortable six-pack diving boat run by Captain Jeff.

    Soup, snacks, water, weights and completely filled tanks were available for the excursion – he did the best to make our trip as enjoyable as possible, and he succeeded.

    However, unless you enjoy diesel exhaust, don’t sit at the rear of the boat while the engines are on – a feature that heavy smokers should appreciate.

    Apparently, Captain Jeff has a real job during the week and the Pacific Swann is his “weekend warrior” project.

    Bob and I went directly back home after the boat docked; his excellent driving ability to weave in and out of slow moving traffic got us back within two hours.

    February 4, 2013

    Second Dive on the Eureka Oil Rig

    February 3, 2013*

    We were eating a light snack of fruit, chips and dip during our surface interval when the question about the second dive was asked.

    Where should we go next?

    Stay here, or to another oil rig?

    When most didn’t care either way, Dan made the comment that, “You guys vote like women.”

    The captain suggested that we stay for a second dive since, “Conditions won’t be any better at the other rigs.”

    So, we stayed.

    Donna apparently found a more suitable, less macho, dive buddy, so I paired up with Dan.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #431

    Dove with Divevets’ Dan, “SoCal Buddy Style”

    Eureka Oil Rig, California, USA

    In With: 2250 psi
    Out With: 600 psi
    Max depth: 52 feet
    Waves: Pretty calm
    Visibility: Eight to 10 feet, but cleared to 20 feet at depth
    Water Temperature: 54 degrees
    Air Temperature: 74 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 26 minutes

    We descended.

    This was my second dive with my new BCD… I grabbed what I thought was a purge value and ended up pulling my weight pouch out.

    Luckily it was empty, as I still use a weight belt.

    By the time I got down, Dan was gone… well, same ocean, same day, so oh well, we’ll do it “SoCal buddy style.”

    Diving the Eureka Oil Rig

    There’s a floor of beams around the 60 foot mark.

    Diving the Eureka Oil Rig

    I spent most of my time at this depth, cruising around the horizontal beams, trying to take some good pictures as my camera was warning that the battery was very low.

    oilriga3347.jpg

    If I wasn’t so macho, swimming around underneath all those dark beams may have spooked me out.

    I slowly surfaced just as Dan did.

    We started the dive and ended the dive together, so that’s good enough in my book.

    Some divers brought back some big scallops.

    I was also fortunate enough to meet Carl, a friend of one of the hottest celebrity divers in the world – Paris Hilton.

    He apparently has even been to her house; meeting him was better than previously meeting someone who did catering for Paris.

    Maybe one day I will actually get to meet Paris Hilton, or better yet, even dive with her.

    Divevets Divers

    On the way back, it was recommended that I dive in Estonia this year; I am planning to go to Poland and got into a friendly argument when someone told me, “You know Poland is land locked?”

    Uhm, no it isn’t.

    Now for the tragic part…

    With ten divers, how much beer did you think the boat had?

    If your guess was one can of Tecate, you would be correct.

    Luckily, I brought a few Bud Lights and Donna had a few Tecate bottles, so debriefing was light, but that was probably a good idea on Super Bowl Sunday.

    The Pacific Star has a big deck – well, with ten divers it seemed pretty big…

    The deck of the Pacific Star

    And even though their tasty breakfast burrito sat like a rock in my stomach, and they only had one beer in stock for ten thirsty divers, the Captain and crew are very competent, I will be glad to go on another dive trip on the “Pac Star.”

    *Posting of this has been delayed because of the Super Bowl.

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