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    November 5, 2017

    Back In The Water – Finally!

    I woke up to a solid blue swell map around Palos Verdes.

    Even the slight rain couldn’t be an excuse to stay away.

    Calm seas at Terranea Resort.
    I arrived at 7:30 am – it was calm.

    A couple of divers in the parking lot commented if they should be concerned that there are no other divers around.

    I told them that we usually meet at 8 am.

    “So, we’re not going to come out all glowing from Fukushima?” he asked.

    “I can’t promise you that,” I responded.

    I met some of the regular crowd – Reverend Al, Randy, Ben and Rob.

    They agreed to take an inexperienced diver such as myself.

    Diving off the point.
    Everyone made an easy entry off the Point.

    Back in the ocean!
    Back in the ocean!

    Logged SCUBA Dive #506

    Dove with Reverend Al, Rob, Ben and Randy

    The Point off of Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    In With: 3100 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 66 feet
    Waves: Calm with mild swells against shore
    Visibility: 10-20 feet but silty
    Water Temperature: 64 degrees
    Air Temperature: 82 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 44 minutes

    This was a routine dive from the Point to the Cove.

    Diving off of Terranea Resort.

    Diving off of Terranea Resort.

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    Diving off of Terranea Resort.

    Sheephead off of Terranea Resort.

    Diving off of Terranea Resort.

    Diving off of Terranea Resort.

    Diving off of Terranea Resort.

    We surfaced and had to do a surface swim a few hundred yards to an easy exit.

    Kayakers off of Terranea Resort.
    Kayakers off of Terranea Resort.

    O'm back!
    I brought a can of Budweiser with me on the dive; the can was mushy at 60 feet and was too warm to drink when I got back on land.

    Traditional debriefing!

    Traditional debriefing ensued!

    I plan to be back next Sunday with my the ghetto grill and North Korean wine and mushrooms.

    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!

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