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    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!

    September 25, 2016

    Another Dive, Another Trip and Lobster Season

    Having not been able to put a SCUBA diving trip together for several years, I stumbled onto the diving trip of a life time.

    It is a group tour in July 2017 that originates in Vladivostok, Russia… and after eight days, ends back in Vladivostok, Russia.

    I wired my deposit last week.

    Other than that, I really shouldn’t say anything else – but I’m sure it will be an adventure.

    Lobster season is coming up, and I’m doing my final preparations – renewing all by licenses, making sure my lights are good and practicing my lobster death grip.

    I’ll be on the Bottom Scratcher this Friday night – yeah, I don’t like big boats for lobster hunting, but it’s slim pickings this year.

    Having stayed the night in Palos Verdes, it was easy for me to show up right on time at 8 am in the public spot of Terranea Resort.

    We went down and checked the conditions.

    Reverend Al and I would have easily made it out from the Point, however, it was high tide and the receding swells and the pounding waves were intimidating.

    Since we didn’t want to perform any rescues, we decided to go off the Cove.

    The crew consisted of Me, Reverend Al, Nice Bob, the other Jeff, Rob and Blue Steel.

    On the way down, Rob blew an O-ring and had to turn back.

    It was an easy entrance and visibility looked promising…

    Going out.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #502

    Dove with Nice Bob and the other Jeff

    120 Reef, Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1500 psi
    Max depth: 43 feet
    Waves: Flat with some extreme rouge waves
    Visibility: 10 feet with some silt
    Water Temperature: 64 degrees
    Air Temperature: 80 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 31 minutes

    We swam to the rocky finger just off of the cave and submerged.

    Vis seemed to be good.

    I followed Nice Bob and the other Jeff.

    The reef

    Visibility was not great and there was a large amount of surge on the bottom.

    Throwing a pass with a sea hare
    Throwing a pass with a sea hare.

    Diving Terranea

    After touring the 120 reef for about 20 minutes, Bob started leading us back.

    It was an all-sand dive similar to Veterans Park; the visibility really sucked – 5 feet at best.

    But, Bob lead us right to the Cove; we all made easy exits.

    As we were walking back, a HUGE rouge wave started towards the beach and crashed into the rocks; every rock on that beach was wet.

    Rouge Wave
    A second smaller wave started to form and I was able to get a picture of that one.

    If we were delayed by five minutes, someone would have gotten hurt during their exit.

    Two minutes later, some people who were sitting on the rocks came up soaking wet.

    We did our traditional debrief in the parking lot…

    Group Shot
    The other Jeff, Me, Nice Bob, Reverend Al and Blue Steel.

    Let’s get ready for Lobster Season!

    Happy Hunting!

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