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    August 21, 2016

    500 Dives And Still Alive!

    I arrived at Terranea Resort a few minutes after 8 AM, to what was going to be my 500th dive.

    There were maybe eight or nine divers there, but only three regulars – Reverend Al, BlueSteel and Libertarian Ted.

    It was decided to go off the Point.

    Unlike most other dives, I was actually waiting on the rest.

    Expert entrance.
    I was the first to enter and watched the others make easy entrances.

    The group off the Point.

    We swam out and dropped right on the statue…

    Logged SCUBA Dive #500

    Dove with Reverend Al, BlueSteel and Libertarian Ted

    The Point, Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1000 psi
    Max depth: 60 feet
    Waves: Some surge but manageable
    Visibility: 10 – 15 feet
    Water Temperature: 69 degrees
    Air Temperature: 75 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 46 minutes

    The lady and memorial
    The Lady of the Point, plus a new addition…

    Photo by Reverend AL

    Memorial rocks – “Shanon Wesserling Final Dive 2012″ “Dennis Gunn 1940-2016 A great ??? a dive buddy”

    I want a rock when I die.

    Reef At Terranea Resort.

    We followed Reverend Al.

    Reef At Terranea Resort.

    Amazingly, these pictures look like the hundreds of other pictures that I’ve taken here.

    Reef At Terranea Resort.

    Reef At Terranea Resort.

    A block reef.
    A block reef.

    Stringy Blobs
    The Sun Stars are gone, but I have noticed these weird stringy blobs have been appearing more frequently.

    This was a nice, uneventful dive.

    Silt out.
    When visibility sucked, we surfaced.

    A smooth exit.

    I tripped over a rock on exit, but everyone else seemed to have made it out just fine.

    During the dive, we headed shallower earlier than usual; I still had 1000 psi in my tank, which is rare for a Point to Cove dive.

    I was pleasantly surprised to see Nick, Jill (a.k.a. Jilly-fish) and their son Ben; they showed up just for my 500th dive and to check out the diving scene, which they’ve been missing for several years.

    Grilling ribs

    Jill brought Korean ribs, kimchi and potato salad; I had no issues being the cook!

    Korean ribs!

    My dive buddies.
    My dive buddies for my 500th dive – BlueSteel, Libertarian Ted, Reverend Al and Myself.

    Ben, Nick, Jill and Me.
    Ben, Nick, Jill and Me.

    Me and Ben
    Me and Ben as Reverend Al photo bombs.

    The debriefing

    We were amazed at what people will go to to avoid parking fees…

    Parking Wars

    During our debrief, some psycho Russian sounding chick, who was a passenger in another vehicle, got out of the car and ran to a newly vacant parking spot as someone else was trying to pull in.

    She yelled, “You can’t park here, this is my spot!”

    The driver who was trying to park yelled back, “Lady, I was waiting, I’m next in line – it doesn’t work that way here.”

    Psycho Chick Steals a parking spot

    The psycho woman actually sat down in the parking spot.

    The guy acted like he was leaving and then started to back up into the space.

    The lady screamed – I didn’t see exactly what happened.

    The guy in the car yelled, “Call the police!”

    “I am calling them right now,” she said.

    During this time, the car that the lady came out of found another spot and parked; nobody appeared to be physically injured; obviously the woman is mentally damaged.

    I think that was the same psycho woman that was yelling at diver Irish Andy a year ago, telling him that if he was done with his business at Terranea, he needed to leave so she could park.

    Andy told her, “When I leave, I’m going to make sure you don’t park here.”

    Thanks again everybody for all the years of diving – great memories.

    Thanks again to Jill for the food.

    Until next time!

    September 19, 2015

    The 2015 Heal The Bay Redondo Beach Pier Dive

    It’s that time of year when people all over the world stop throwing cigarette butts and trash all over the place and clean up the coast.

    Redondo Pier

    Yes, I’m referring to the Coastal Cleanup Day of 2015.

    Dive N Surf handled cleaning underneath the pier – they closed the pier to fishermen and provided support to the volunteer divers who were picking up trash underneath the water.

    I haven’t been diving in over four months, mostly due to a sickness from hell that I acquired while in Iowa; my sinuses and inner ear were so clogged up, there would have been no way I could have submerged.

    I was given a prescription of antibiotics – the “Z Pack.”

    I think they are just sugar pills because they didn’t do anything.

    Anyway, I am better now!

    TwinDuct and me.
    Photo compliments of TwinDuct.

    TwinDuct and I prepare for the dive.

    Tony gives the dive briefing.
    Tony gives the dive briefing.

    The divers start down.

    TwinDuct and I were a little out of sync as far as being ready for the dive.

    I was fully geared, sweating my ass off and really needed to get in the water, so I decided to go solo.

    I also figured that since I hadn’t been in the water for a long time, if I got in trouble, I wouldn’t burden anyone else.

    I made an easy entrance.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #492

    Solo Diving

    Under the Redondo Beach Pier and down the canyon, Redondo Beach, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1000 psi
    Max depth: 78 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat with some waves breaking on shore
    Visibility: 15 feet plus
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees, colder in the canyon.
    Air Temperature: 84 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 31 minutes

    Just like in lobster hunting, the first divers under the pier get the coolest stuff.

    That’s why my time under the pier netted zero trash.

    Under the pier.
    Under the pier.

    Pier pilings.
    Pier pilings.

    I decided to head South and into the canyon.

    After a five minute swim, I felt a cold blast of water coming up from the canyon.

    Down the canyon.
    I headed down the canyon.

    Other divers
    Other trash divers had my same idea – coming back with no trash is really embarrassing.

    A mask.
    I scored a mask!

    A bottle
    A bottle.

    This was a nice and uneventful dive that gave me the confidence to finally get back into the water.

    As I was swimming in, I encountered divers walking in – I had no idea I was in five feet of water.

    I made an easy exit, thanks to Dive N Surf Joe who kept me from falling over as I was dragging my trash bag ashore.

    My collection of trash.
    My collection of trash – a mask, two bottles, assorted socks and t-shirts and other garbage.

    The trash collection
    The trash dump – all trash is sorted and checked for sea life, that is thrown back.

    Debriefing with the King Of Beer ensued…

    It was nice to catch up with people I haven’t seen for a long time.

    Chris, Mirek, TwinDuct and Kelly.
    Chris, Mirek, TwinDuct and a new diver from Boston named Kelly.

    Kelly is interested in diving Terranea Resort, so I gave her my phone and pager number – I wasn’t drunk, obnoxious or acting desperate, so she may actually call me one day.

    It is great to be back in the water!

    More dives to come!

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