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    October 5, 2004

    Logged Dive #84 Advanced Course At Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro

    Cabrillo Beach, San Pedro, CA

    Night time lobster hunting with Instructor John, “Jim” and student Ron T as part of an Advanced SCUBA class.

    In With: 3200 psi
    Out With: 2200 psi
    Max depth: 17 feet
    Waves: 1 foot, calm
    Visibility: 10 feet
    Water Temperature: Cool
    Total Bottom Time: 35 minutes

    We met a little before 7 PM.

    We geared up really quickly and went off the sandy beach.

    We had a long swim to the right.

    There’s lots of kelp; John and I had to free Jim who was caught in the kelp on the surface.

    John said later, “I’d rather have a long surface swim than go off of the rocks.”

    We ascended in 17 feet of water.

    I paired up with Ron, John went with Jim.

    We trolled around looking for lobsters.

    The first one I saw, I grabbed and caught.

    It was legal; it started to attack my light while I was measuring it.

    My first legal lobster!

    Ron was attacked by a red kelp crab.

    I saw him struggling with it and I wondered why he wanted to catch it, but later found out that it had attacked him.

    Ron said later, “That was the first time ever that something attacked me in the water.”

    Ron had the same problem as yesterday; he couldn’t stay down.

    We agreed to burn 300 psi more and then head in.

    It was a short dive, but productive, at least for me.

    John and Jim came out about 30 minutes later.

    Lobster count:

    John: 2
    Jim: 2
    Me: 1
    Ron: 0

    John gave Ron and I our “Advanced SCUBA Diver” C-Cards.

    As I say, “A am certified macho.”

    The Advanced class is now over!

    My first lobster about to be put out of its misery!

    My first lobster about to be put out of its misery!

    A feast fit for a king!

    A feast fit for a king!

    October 4, 2004

    Logged Dive #83 Advanced Course At Malaga Cove

    Malaga Cove, Palos Verdes Estates, CA

    Night time lobster hunting with Instructor John and student Ron T as part of an Advanced SCUBA class.

    In With: 3400 psi
    Out With: 2200 psi
    Max depth: 15 feet
    Waves: 1 foot, very calm
    Visibility: 10 feet but silty
    Water Temperature: Cool
    Total Bottom Time: 25 minutes
    Notable Event: This dive just really sucked!

    We met around 6:30 PM, geared up and walked down about 7:10 PM.

    I briefed Ron and John about what I knew of the area.

    John took us out on the South side of the pool building; that really sucked.

    It was extremely low tide and we ended up crawling over 20 yards of shallow rock before being able to sort of float.

    Once we were out, we started hunting for bugs.

    I was the only one to be able to submerge.

    John apparently forgot his weight belt; we found it later on shore.

    He wasn’t sure if he accidentally dropped it.

    Ron wasn’t properly weighted for such a shallow dive.

    Ron and I separated from John for a while.

    I caught a few lobsters, but they were all short.

    We were only under water about 20 minutes, maybe 25.

    Ron and I called the dive and started going in.

    John was coming in to look for his weight belt.

    We crawled back up over the plain of shallow rocks.

    This dive sucked.

    This was a jinxed dive.

    I discovered the next day that I left my fins down on the rocks!

    I went back the next day, 20 hours later, and they were still there!

    Phew!

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