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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!

    November 21, 2016

    Second Lobster Diver Of The Night

    November 18, 2016

    Once everyone was back on board, Nice Bob decided to move to a better spot a few minutes down the coast.

    The visibility looked good on the surface; I was the first one over board.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #504

    Solo Diving

    SECRET LOCATION: 41 73 20 74 68 65 20 43 61 70 61 74 61 69 6e 20 74 6f 6c 64 20 75 73 20 6f 66 66 20 74 68 65 20 49 6e 64 69 63 61 74 6f 72 2e , Palos Verdes, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 2100 psi
    Max depth: 41 feet
    Waves: Surface was flat, some surge at the bottom
    Visibility: 0-3 feet, very silty
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees
    Air Temperature: 66 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 12 minutes

    Visibility was really good, until I got down to the ocean floor, where it turned to three feet at best.

    I swam towards the shore, but I really couldn’t see.

    I surfaced and yelled back to the people on the boat, “Hey, you know the vis is only three feet!”

    Someone gave me the finger, so a submerged and went the other way, away from the shore.

    It got worse – I mean three feet was the best visibility, sometimes I had zero feet.

    After a few more minutes, I really didn’t think I was going to be so lucky as to just stumble upon a lobster already within grabbing distance.

    I called the dive and surfaced.

    Back at the boat, I told the Captain about the conditions.

    He said, “I bet there will be three more lobsters before the night ends.”

    I said, “There won’t be any lobsters coming back, unless someone is very lucky.”

    Called Dive
    Waiting for the other divers.

    Divers made their way back in early.

    Lucky Bob
    Nice Bob was very lucky and stumbled on two lobsters with the crappy visibility.

    Everyone else got skunked on this dive.

    Debriefing
    Debriefing started as divers came back.

    Thanks to a donation by Nice Bob to someone who got skunked and was unable to make the second dive, everyone went home with at least one lobster.

    Debriefing
    Debriefing continued in the parking lot of Rocky Point.

    A $100 boat trip and I only caught one lobster on my first dive.

    However, local lobsters are going for $42 a pound at the fish market – so I don’t feel so bad.

    I paid $100 for a $65 lobster, but had fun doing it.

    Until next time, dive safe and don’t do anything I wouldn’t do!

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