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    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!

    July 20, 2015

    Non-Diving Report And Other Things

    I really wanted to get back in the water Sunday.

    Even though it rained the previous day, the swell maps made it look calm and the sun was out.

    Well, I was the ONLY diver who showed up at Terranea Resort, and I quickly discovered why…


    The water was pretty green and foamy with some occasional waves that could be a problem.

    I stayed out.

    And in other news…

    I have been requested to re-present my adventure of diving and touring Albania in 2012 to the Dive N Surf Dive Club. The story is a little dated, but still entertaining – things constantly are getting better in the most under-rated country in Europe, and it is seriously a trip you may want to consider.

    Diving Albania Presentation
    My Last Dive N Surf Presentation.

    Albania is a beautiful, almost untouched country, right on the Ionian Sea and with the dollar so strong now, it is a true bargain.

    See what you are missing, and even if you aren’t a diver, it would still be an adventure and a great trip.

    If I have enough seriously interested people, I am willing to arrange a group trip to Albania next year.

    Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2015
    Time: 7 PM
    2nd Half Sports Grill!
    516 N. Sepulveda Blvd.
    Manhattan Beach, CA 90266

    I have been told to cut out the boring parts and keep it to 30 minutes.

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