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    August 14, 2005

    Logged Dive #138 – Diving As A Safety Diver, Casino Point

    Casino Point, Catalina, CA

    I dove as a safety diver with Instructor John’s Open Water class.*

    In With: 3100 psi
    Out With: 1900 psi
    Max depth: 50-60 feet
    Waves: Insignificant
    Visibility: 20 feet plus
    Water Temperature: Seems like it’s getting colder
    Total Bottom Time: 35 minutes
    *The names of students have been changed, probably because I don’t remember them to begin with.

    John tried the skin dive again with Leeza.

    She got really nervous, she took her mask off and asked, “Can we go in now?”

    John took her back in.

    Young Hottie and Green Horn had graduated and decided not to do any more dives.

    So it was six divers: John, myself, the three students from his newer class… and Pedro.

    I took up the rear of the line; one of the students kept hanging back, sight seeing.

    John changed depths regularly; 40 feet to 200 feet to 40 feet.

    Pedro either crawled on the rocks or floated up trying to keep up.

    When he went too high, he pulled himself down using the kelp.

    We all came ashore without incident. The water level seems deeper than before, it came up to the fourth or fifth step.

    Logged Dive #137 – Safety Diver For John’s OW Class

    Casino Point, Catalina, CA

    I dove as a safety diver with Instructor John’s Open Water class.*

    In With: 2400 psi
    Out With: 1000 psi
    Max depth: 65 feet
    Waves: Insignificant, High Tide
    Visibility: 20 feet plus
    Water Temperature: Cold at depth
    Total Bottom Time: About 30 minutes
    *The names of students have been changed, probably because I don’t remember them to begin with.

    The same students went as last time; Leeza was snorkeling on top.

    This was Pedro and another student’s “check out” dive.

    When Pedro finished his emergency swimming ascent, he swam over to the buoy and pulled himself down the rope to submerge.

    He then started doing his bazaar trapeze act trying to stay down as he held on to the rope and chain of the buoy.

    After the check outs, we followed John down to the barge that had the opening to squeeze through.

    We all made it through, me taking up the back.

    The barge has apparently moved some.

    John checked everyone’s air and motioned to everyone to follow.

    Pedro was facing away, holding on to the barge; two other students were taking pictures of themselves.

    I swam back, got their attention and motioned to follow.

    We went back to the stairs fairly quickly.

    Apparently, Pedro was getting low on air and didn’t let anyone know.

    One of the students was doing too much sight seeing and got lost for a few minutes.

    We all exited from the stairs with no problem.

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