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    July 17, 2004

    Logged Dive #65 – The Old Marineland, RPV, CA

    Filed under: Beach Dives,SCUBA Dives

    Long Point, CA
    (aka The Old Marineland)

    Dove with Nick
    In with: 3100 psi
    Out with: 700 psi
    Maximum Depth: 40 feet
    Waves: 1-3 feet
    Visibility: 15 feet/soupy
    Water temperature: Cold in some places; I’ll guess 55 degrees F
    Total Bottom Time: 45 minutes

    This morning I bought two Aluminum tanks from some dude named Mario.

    I met him on the 4th of July while getting my tanks filled at Sports Chalet.

    I met Nick at 9:15 AM.

    He was slightly late “because of Donald Trump.”

    No other divers were around, just fisherman.

    It looked like it was low tide.

    I walked out to enter and put my fins on.

    It was easy!

    Nick waited a few minutes before coming in.

    The waves were only 1-2 feet, but they rolled in over the rocks.

    We took the same course, more or less, as we did July 9, 2004 (see ).

    Visibility was not that great – 15 feet and soupy.

    Coming in I was following the bottom and almost ran into the tail of a resting Sand Shark. I think I’ll stay 3-4 feet above the water from now on.

    Nick banged his knee coming out while riding a wave in.

    I walked out with no problem.

    July 16, 2004

    Logged Dive #64 Redondo Beach, CA

    Veteran’s Park
    Redondo Beach, CA

    Solo Diving

    In with: 2800 psi
    Out with: 800 psi
    Maximum depth: 87 feet
    Waves: 1-2 feet, negligible
    Visibility: 20 feet/crystal clear
    Water Temperature: warm, but cold at 87 feet
    Total Bottom Time: 35 minutes

    It’s Friday and I’m taking vacation.

    I did a solo dive off of Veteran’s Park around 11:15 AM.

    It was a hot day and a lot of people were at the beach.

    The waves were so calm and the visibility was great.

    Maybe 20 feet, but it was crystal clear.

    Two other divers were around.

    Some small kids asked about what was under the water.

    “Trash and small fish,” was my answer.

    I went down the shelf and followed it to 87 feet.

    I turned around, and was still at 87 feet.

    Something was wrong I thought.

    I ascended about 10 feet and the needle on my gauge dropped to 75 feet instantly.

    I guess it was stuck.

    I was a bit lonely down there.

    What if I saw a shark?

    Oh well, mind control is the key.

    Easy Out, no problems.

    There’s a lot more to see there when it’s clear.

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