Long Point, Palos Verdes, CA
(aka The Old Marineland)
Dove with Nick
In With: 2900 psi
Out With: 1200 psi
Max depth: 40 feet
Waves: 1-2 feet, calm, except upon exit
Visibility: 5-10 feet at best, silty
Water Temperature: 47 degrees Fahrenheit, according to Nick; cold!
Total Bottom Time: 47 minutes
I met Nick around 9 AM; I sort of had a hangover from last night.
We went off the cove.
It was fairly calm going in with only a slight motion of the one to two foot swells.
The water seemed very cold.
When we submerged, my head felt like it was freezing.
Since Nick is out of shape and I had a hangover, we both agreed to go slow.
There was a seal swimming around us for a while; I don’t know if Nick saw it or not, but I think something spooked him.
The vis was very silty.
We traveled East, up the coastline, never getting deeper than 40 feet.
We had plenty of air after 30 minutes, but we headed back because we both were cold.
We swam back to the cove, avoiding some fishermen.
As we were approaching the surf zone, we were pounded by maybe three or four large swells.
Nick hurt his ankle, or was it his knee(?), coming ashore.
I took my fins off, but ended up diving back into a swell trying not to get smashed against the rocks.
I would was up, then fight the undertow – I crawled out and got pushed several times hoping that no really big wave would hit.
By the time I was on shore, Nick was already out.
Looking back at the water as we walked up, the surf zone was calm.
Just my luck!