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    May 31, 2004

    Logged Dive #50 Ship Rock, Catalina, CA

    Ship Rock, Catalina, CA

    Boat Diving!

    Diving off the “Bottom Scratcher.”

    Dove with Nick

    Okay, finally this is my fist boat dive!

    We left Pier C in Long Beach around 6:45 AM.

    We were all given a number to reconcile who was still underwater; I was lucky number 13.

    Me looking macho off of Ship Rock.

    We stopped at Ship Rock around 10:30 AM; that is NOT snow on those rocks.

    I asked the Dive Master Sean what “the trick” was to Ship Rock.

    He said, “Watch the current and you can go deep very quickly.”

    Me off of the Bottom Scratcher.

    Nick and I entered shortly thereafter.

    We went down to the bottom just off the back end of the boat.

    We touched bottom at about 80 feet; the anchor was at 110 feet.

    I wrote to Nick on the clip board that I wanted to touch 100 feet.

    He waited while I swam toward the bottom.

    Going down to 100 feet off of Ship Rock.

    I touched 103 feet down.

    I touched 103 feet and swam back up to 80.

    We made our way slowly up the embankment, observing and taking pictures.

    Fish swarm off of Ship Rock.

    A kelp forest off of Ship Rock

    I don’t know what these are, but they look cool.

    Once on the surface, I signaled to the boat that we were okay.

    “Bubba” the chase boat pulled us back to the boat.

    I was cool, but the captain explained that he picked us up because of the women on board.

    In with: 3000 psi
    Out with: 600 psi
    Maximum depth: 103 feet
    Waves: Insignificant, 0 feet
    Visibility: 50 feet
    Water temperature: Cold at 103 feet, warm above 40 feet.
    Total Bottom Time: About 30 minutes

    May 29, 2004

    Logged Dive #49 Long Point, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    Long Point, CA
    (aka The Old Marineland)

    Dove with Nick

    I met Nick at 8:00 AM.

    The waves looked exactly like last week — the same conditions.

    I was determined not to get thrown like last week.

    I was very careful and walked out after Nick was in.

    I put my fins on after I was in the surf.

    It sort of sucks because you have no control when you’re out.

    Dennis (of Dennis, Fred and Al) later advised us to put one fin on while on land and the other fin on in the surf.

    We swam to the jetty near pigeon shit cave.

    We submerged; I was hunting, Nick was just sight seeing.

    There was a solo diver there who was hunting with a spear gun.

    I came upon a sheephead that was feeding on an urchin that I had broken open.

    I measured her; she actually helped me by laying flat against my spear.

    That fish was so stupid; I didn’t have the heart to shoot it.

    We swam around the reef and in to the second kelp bed.

    We saw the other spear fisherman pass by again.

    I didn’t think we were at the second kelp bed, so we went East trying to find it.

    At 40 feet, we got quite an aerobic workout fighting the current.

    We surfaced to find that we were way the hell out past our target.

    We swam on the surface until we were a hundred yards to shore.

    The waves were crashing on the rocks.

    We submerged me to the bottom, Nick to 10 feet and went in.

    We surfaced about 20 yards to shore.

    I went in first, riding a swell in and then crawling like hell for higher ground.

    We again talked to Dennis of “Dennis, Fred and Al.”

    He gave us some pointers on boat diving.

    Visibility was good, 20 feet and clear.

    The water was 55 degrees F according to Nick’s thermometer.

    In with: 2900 psi
    Out with: 1100 psi
    Maximum depth: 40 feet
    Waves: 1-4 feet
    Visibility: 20 feet and clear
    Water temperature: 55 degrees F

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