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    February 18, 2018

    Back In The Water – I Hope This Is A Trend

    It was Paris Hilton’s birthday yesterday; she is a fellow SCUBA diver, so Happy Birthday Paris Hilton, and congratulations on your engagement and not hooking up with me!

    Yeah, she is not one of my six readers, but it’s the thought that counts.

    There has been a lot of crap going on in my life, however, most of it is still classified.

    On those notes, I looked at the swell map in the morning, and with no other obligations I decided to go diving; conditions looked spectacular.

    I made it down to Terranea Resort and met Ben, the self-described “Gay, Mormon, Atheist” who was taking six newbies from Pacific Wilderness off of the Point.

    Even though they were new, all were very competent.

    One asked me, “What makes this an advanced dive?”

    I answered, “Twenty years ago, this would just be a dive; the standards for open water divers are lower now, so if you go off the rocks on a beach, they consider it an advanced dive now.”

    He was relieved by my answer.

    Entry was easy as pie!
    The water was flat… entry was extremely easy.

    Vis was great near the surface!
    Vis was great near the surface!

    A diver off of the Point.

    Everyone made it out with no problems; we swam out to the drop point.

    Ben went over the buddy assignments, gave instructions on how to get to the cove, and said, “If you get separated from the group, you are on your own.”

    We descended.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #508

    SoCal Buddy Diving With Ben and six other “new” divers… Mak, Nick and others…

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

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 750 psi
    Max depth: 60 feet
    Waves: Flat.
    Visibility: 15-20 feet but silty deeper, better shallower
    Water Temperature: 57 degrees at depth
    Air Temperature: 73 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 42 minutes

    Vis sort of declined going down.

    It took me a while to equalize and I quickly lost the group.

    I never found the statue and memorials of the pinnacle, but continued my dive alone.

    A diver in the kelp.
    A diver in the kelp.

    A reef.

    Cool purple plant.
    Cool purple plant.

    A fish kicks back.

    The Teton reef.
    The Teton reef.

    I give the OK sign.

    Vegetation off of Terranea Resort.

    Interesting under-reef.
    Interesting under-reef.

    I followed my compass headings and ended up…

    I was right on target!

    Everyone made an easy exit.

    We were missing one diver.

    Someone said, “Oh, that’s Mak, he’ll be OK.”

    Sure enough, he was.

    The cove from above.
    The cove from above.

    Ben mentors new Terranea Resort Divers
    Ben mentors new Terranea Resort Divers.

    We had light debriefing with the King of Beers while we told the newbies about the great times we’ve had at this place for almost 20 years.

    More diving soon!

    Stay safe!

    November 26, 2017

    Thanksgiving Weekend Dive and Debrief

    I arrived promptly at 8 am to check the conditions; Reverend Al and other divers were already present.

    For the most part, the Cove was pretty calm with some waves rolling onto shore.

    The Point was a little different because some big swells were rolling into the rocks between lulls; I would have called it, but the consensus was “It is doable, if you are patient.”

    We geared up and headed back down.

    Someone remarked, “If all seven of us make it out unscathed, it will be a miracle.”

    That is not what I wanted to hear, but Reverend Al assured us that all will be fine.

    We made an entry off of the Point!

    We took our time; I waited for a swell to come in.

    As a swell came in, I jumped in and rode the wave out, kicking as another swell tried to push me back into the rocks.

    We all made it in!
    We all made it!

    We noticed that there was one hell of a current pushing us West; we submerged.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #507

    SoCal Buddy Diving With Reverend Al, Nice Rob, Rob, BlueSteel, Joe R. and David

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

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 800 psi
    Max depth: 64 feet
    Waves: Calm with occassional chop towards shore.
    Visibility: 10-15 feet but silty, better shallower
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees
    Air Temperature: 76 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 40 minutes

    Visibility looked pretty good on the surface, but cut down to 10-15 feet with lots of silt.

    It took me a while to get down because of problems equalizing; by the time I reached the bottom, everyone was gone.

    I knew swimming against the current was going to suck, so I just headed to the Cove on my own.

    Kelp.  Vis sort of sucked.

    Conditions were not good for photography.

    Fish and kelp.

    I surface by the Point.
    I surfaced after getting lost; I was still at the Point.

    I did a surface swim to the drainage pipe and submerged.

    I finally find another diver!
    I finally found another diver!

    All seven of us surfaced at roughly the same time.

    We make an easy exit.
    We all made an easy exit!

    Debriefing ensued!
    Let the debriefing begin!

    Barbecued Ribs!

    We had a Korean themed debrief with pork ribs, rice, kimchi, dried mushrooms and Ginseng wine from North Korea.

    Ginseng wine from North Korea!

    Made in North Korea
    Ginseng wine from North Korea!

    My video of “Tasting Ginseng Wine From North Korea (DPRK)” can be found here:

    Tasting Ginseng Wine From North Korea (DPRK)

    Now, the mushrooms that I brought back from North Korea had been soaking in water for two weeks, they were still as hard as rocks.

    Barbecued mushrooms - horrible!
    The mushrooms looked like dried dog turds on the barbecue.

    After taking a taste, I decided not to torture my fellow divers with them; they tasted like dried cork.

    Kimchi and rice!
    Kimchi and rice!

    A group photo!
    Me, Nice Bob, Joe R., Reverend Al and BlueSteel.

    Matty joins us for a beer.
    Matty, Cal Poly Pomona student, joins us for a beer after she was waved at.

    Right around this time, Joe disappeared mysteriously like Clark Kent.

    One of the topics of conversation was how different the diving community is now, as compared to 15 years ago.

    Divevets is gone, so are the Sandeaters, The Dive N Surf group has fractured, people have died, gotten sick, stopped diving and moved away; even this blog (so I have heard) is on the decline.

    Even Reverend Al said, “I keep wondering how long I’m going to do this.”

    Until they can perfect underwater WIFI, SCUBA diving may not be as popular with the new generations.

    Until next time!

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