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    January 23, 2005

    Logged Dive #104, Geiger, Catalina Island, CA

    “Geiger”, Catalina, CA
    Diving off the Bottom Scratcher Boat

    Solo Diving

    In With: 2700 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 50 feet
    Waves: Insignificant
    Visibility: 20 feet
    Water Temperature: Cold
    Total Bottom Time: 50 minutes

    A bagpipe concert.

    We were treated to a bagpipe concert.

    Tim and Reyna didn’t have air by the time we reached this spot.

    This was the last dive, so I didn’t care if I got banned from diving for going solo.

    “Same day, same ocean,” is “Southern California Buddy Diving.”

    I jumped off the boat and submerged to 40 feet.

    I went towards the shore and found many reefs with the biggest lobsters that I have ever seen.

    I mean, one must have been at least 10 pounds!

    I just couldn’t reach them.

    My hand got caught on a piece of sunken bamboo (it really was bamboo!), as I tried to free myself, the stick went in to the lobster hole.

    Luckily for the lobsters, they did not jump out in to my hands.

    I looked up as a class of divers passed by.

    It must have been a sight for the students to see a solo diver accidentally prodding a lobster hole with a stick; purely by accident of course.

    I dove around toward the end and ran across the anchor line.

    A few more feet further, I went over an underwater cliff that went down to 50 feet.

    I swam around until I got to 500 psi and then I ascended to the top, right under the steps, right on target.

    Just kickin’ it, waiting for the rest to return.

    For a Dive Master that was sooo concerned about people diving solo, he never cared that I always came up alone.

    Captain Greg of the Bottomscratcher

    I kicked it with Captain Greg most of the way back.

    There was a severe lack of single hot chicks on this boat.

    Captain Greg explained to me the nature of the Dive Boat business.

    You could have $400,000 invested in the boat, but might only make $50,000 a year as the owner and Captain.

    The crew basically makes minimum wage plus tips.

    At the end of the trip, Bobby the deckhand gave his usually good bye, “You’ve cheated death another day.”

    Another great day of diving aboard one of my favorite boats!

    Reyna, Tim and Me on the way back.

    Reyna, Tim and Me on the way back.

    Logged Dive #103, Emerald Bay at Indian Rocks, Catalina, CA

    Emerald Bay at Indian Rocks, Catalina, CA
    Diving off the Bottom Scratcher Boat

    Dove with Tim and Reyna.

    In With: 2700 psi
    Out With: 200 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: Insignificant
    Visibility: 30 feet; some parts very clear
    Water Temperature: Cold, but warmer than the last dive
    Total Bottom Time: 50 minutes

    On Tim and Reyna’s return from the last dive, Tim brought up a good sized lobster.

    He apparently caught it right after I had split from them.

    After a surface interval of a little over an hour, all three of us were back in the water and headed for the lobster holes.

    It was a very shallow dive, not getting deeper than 40 feet.

    I brought my camera along.

    I grabbed for a few lobsters, but no luck.

    A diver off of Indian Rocks.

    I kept losing Tim and Reyna in my greedy quest to catch lobsters in the day.

    Catalina Kelp Forest.

    A diver off of Indian Rocks.

    I separated when I ran low on air.

    I did a long surface swim back to the boat, through thick kelp which I got caught on many times.

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