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    January 23, 2005

    Logged Dive #102; 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, who I know from Long Point

    In With: 3100 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 80 feet
    Waves: Insignificant
    Visibility: 30 feet
    Water Temperature: Cold – someone said it was 54 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 45 minutes

    Nick hurt his ankle, so I took his spot.

    I had credit and reservations for the same boat and destination for February.

    We left Long Beach at 6:45 AM.

    I had number 13 again, as I requested.

    I think the same people from the last two trip attempts were on this boat.

    Dolphins swim along side of the boat.

    It was the same crew from the last time, Captain Greg, Bobby the Deck Hand and…

    Debbie, the cook of the Bottomscratcher.

    …Debbie the cook!

    The dive master in his orientation said, “Everyone needs a buddy, no exceptions.”

    I didn’t want to risk being banned from diving after the first dive, so I asked to be “buddied up” with someone.

    Indian Rocks, Catalina, CA

    The Dive Master asked a few of the members from, I guess, their dive club.

    Everyone declined, so he went over and started talking to an Instructor that was teaching a class.

    I thought, screw this, I’m not diving with an Open Water class so I begged Tim and Reyna to follow them.

    Tim seemed a little concerned about my diving skill level.

    “How deep can you go?”

    I said, “130 feet.”

    Anyway, they were both very nice and I told them I was just out to follow them.

    Once off the boat, we submerged and headed away from the shore.

    The environment resembled a lightly decorated White Point.

    We went down to 80 feet.

    Tim and I were both hunting lobsters; Reyna was behind us collecting Sea Shells.

    Apparently, this is routine for them.

    We started heading for the rocks; it got progressively shallower as we went towards them.

    The environment changed to resemble what I envisioned Catalina should look like.

    I spotted a few lobsters, none of them legal size.

    Tim and Reyna were in dry suits and had 1600 psi when I got down to 500 psi.

    I broke off and went back to the boat.

    I had to swim back over the kelp as “Bubba” the chase boat wasn’t feeling too well.

    January 15, 2005

    Logged Dive #101 at Long Point With The Sandeaters

    Long Point, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
    (aka Long Point)

    Dove off the Cove with Melvin P. and Andy from the Sandeaters.

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1000 psi
    Max depth: 45 feet
    Waves: 1-2, insignificant
    Visibility: 10 feet
    Water Temperature: Cold
    Total Bottom Time: 40 minutes

    After an hour surface interval, I decided to do a second dive.

    I have two tanks and I brought both.

    Melvin and Andy followed as I entered off the cove.

    They wanted to go East along the shallow side.

    I wanted to check on the lobster trap; so, I politely bailed on them.

    It took a while to find the damn trap; I had to surface three times to find the “aligning” rocks.

    On the third descent, I was tired of re-equlizing; I landed almost right on the trap.

    The trap was there and still closed, with no lobsters in them.

    The jars that were in there and full of fish meat were still in there, but the fish meat had turned to white mush.

    Oh well, I haven’t seen lobsters for a while.

    Maybe that’s why there’s no commercial traps around here anymore.

    I took my time getting back on shore, but we had all agreed to meet back in 45 minutes.

    We all made it back in with no problems.

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