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    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!

    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.

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