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    October 1, 2019

    Dive Number Seven Off The Pacific Star – Bird Rock

    September 22, 2019*

    After breakfast, Captain Dave took us to the famous “Bird Rock.”

    There was a big debate among the divers whether “Bird Rock” should be called “Bird Island” since “Sutil Rock” is actually called “Sutil Island.”

    Again, I was the first diver off the boat.

    Elwood the DM waits for more divers.
    Elwood the DM waits for more divers.

    I descended…

    Logged SCUBA Dive #517

    Solo Diving, SoCal Buddy Diving

    Bird Rock, Catalina Island, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 85 feet
    Waves: Pretty calm with light chop
    Visibility: 20-30 feet depending on where you were.
    Water Temperature: 63 degrees, 56 at depth
    Air Temperature: 79 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 46 minutes

    I hit bottom at 42 feet and proceeded towards the island… I mean rock.

    Reef structure off of Bird Rock.
    Reef structure off of Bird Rock.
    Reef structure off of Bird Rock.
    Reef structure off of Bird Rock.
    Kelp off of Bird Rock.
    Kelp off of Bird Rock.
    Bird rock.
    A lonely Sea Urchin.
    A lonely Sea Urchin.

    In 20 feet, I surfaced to get a close up of Bird Rock.

    Bird Rock up close.
    Bird Rock up close – that white stuff is not snow.

    I submerged again and went down the reefs to a maximum depth of 85 feet.

    Fish off of Bird Rock.
    Fish off of Bird Rock.
    An ancient beer bottle.
    An ancient beer bottle.
    Off of Bird Rock.

    There were various reef structures that you could swim through.

    Bird Rock kelp.
    Bird Rock.
    A swarm of fish off of Bird Rock.
    A swarm of fish.
    Reef structure.
    Reef structure.
    I found the boat!
    I found the boat!

    I made an easy exit and prepared for our last dive.

    Bird Rock.
    Bird Rock.
    None of the coolers have beer in them!
    None of the coolers have beer in them!
    We depart for our last dive.
    We depart for our last dive.

    Our last dive and recap, coming soon!

    *Due to lack of internet access, and too much to do to write while it is happening, there has been a delay in these posts. Pretend you are in 1990.

    September 30, 2019

    Dive Number Six Off The Pacific Star – Eagle Reef

    September 22, 2019*

    After last night’s dive, there was some debate about where we should dive once we reached Catalina Island.

    We were suppose to do the back side, something that I have never experienced, but the conditions were reported to be green and crappy.

    Captain Dave said that he would anchor on the backside and move if conditions were bad.

    Between the beer, the mountains of food and the boat moving constantly for the last 24 hours, I developed what felt like acid re-flux disease.

    I did not sleep very well.

    At around 4 o’clock in the morning, I heard these massive bangs on the side of the boat as we rocked back and forth.

    I didn’t smell smoke and I wasn’t wet, so I was determined to sleep through, or try and sleep through, the disturbance.

    After what seemed like an hour of bang, slosh, bang, slosh, the engines fired back up and the boat took off.

    I’m only going to guess that we were anchored on the back side, and that we were now on our way to the front side.

    I woke up promptly at 6 AM to pound coffee and eat bread; First gate time was 7 AM and the real breakfast would be served afterwards.

    We were anchored outside of Two Harbors on the East side.

    I had to take a piss really bad, so I was ready to go when the gates opened at 7 AM.

    This is what I look like when I pee in my wet suit.
    This is what I look like when I pee in my wet suit.

    I descended…

    Logged SCUBA Dive #516

    Solo Diving, SoCal Buddy Diving

    Eagle Reef, Catalina Island, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 100 feet
    Waves: Pretty calm with light chop
    Visibility: 15-25 feet depending on where you were.
    Water Temperature: 63 degrees, 55 at depth
    Air Temperature: 71 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 47 minutes

    I reached bottom at 40 feet and proceeded East.

    It was fairly dark and very green.

    Eagle Reef.
    Eagle Reef.
    Small fish off of Eagle Reef.
    Small fish off of Eagle Reef.
    Eagle Reef.

    I went all the way down the East side of the Reef and reached 100 feet in the sand – nothing to see, just bragging rights.

    There was a big therocline at about 60 feet where the water temperature dropped into the 50’s.

    A Garibaldi.
    A Garibaldi.

    I serenaded myself with some underwater rap.

    Heading back to the boat.
    Heading back to the boat.

    I made an easy swim back to the boat, with just an easy exit.

    Divers come up the swim step of the Pacific Star.
    Divers come up the swim step of the Pacific Star.

    I had a breakfast burrito to recharge for the next two dives.

    The last two dives, coming soon!

    *Due to lack of internet access, and too much to do to write while it is happening, there has been a delay in these posts. Pretend you are in 1990.

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