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    May 21, 2006

    Logged Dive #181 – More DMITing – Another Class At Vet’s

    Veteran’s Park, Redondo Beach, CA

    Dove with Instructor John, his friend Jim, and John’s Open Water students* Tom and Jerry as part of my Dive Master course.

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1900 psi
    Max depth: 60 feet
    Waves: 1-2 feet
    Visibility: 5-10 feet
    Water Temperature: 61 degrees to 57 degrees Fahrenheit at depth
    Total Bottom Time: 30 minutes
    *Student names have been changed.

    These two students were several years older than me – at least I hope so because they looked old!

    They had already been to Catalina, so this was their second set of dives.

    The waves were so calm, I walked out and put my fins on.

    John asked me if I thought one of his students was wearing a hood that was too tight; he was looking a bit cyanotic – purple.

    I submerged; the rest followed with no problem.

    John did the basic checkout skills with Tom and Jerry while Jim and I watched.

    We then followed John down the shelf and back up and out with no problems.

    I did lose sight of one of his students because of bad visibility towards shore, but he surfaced safely about 15 yards away from us as we were coming ashore.

    The student that had a tight hood took it off – the color came back to his face.

    May 13, 2006

    Rafting The Kern River – May 13, 2006

    The Kern River has been flowing pretty well from snow this last Winter, so it’s time for us to do some local rafting.

    Well, a three hour drive for John is “local;” he has been known to drive to Las Vegas just for lunch.

    We check the river’s death count before going in to town.

    We checked the Kern River’s death count before going in to town.

    From what I have been told, most of the deaths are attributed to drunk people without life jackets.

    At least I would have a life jacket.

    We had a slight problem with a valve that caused a delay of two hours.

    We had a slight problem with a valve that caused a delay of two hours.

    But soon we were on the river…

    But soon we were on the river…

    Launching from the Kern River.

    This is the way the operation basically worked:

    In shifts, we would take turns loading the raft on to the van…

    The raft is ready for another trip.

    The driver would drive the Guide (John) and the paddlers up the river just past “The Power Plant.”

    The raft would launch from there.

    Coming in…

    The van would meet them down river at a park in Kernville.

    The whole process would start over for the next trip.

    The trip down river took about 40 minutes.

    Me and Ed ready for our turn down the river.

    Ed and I are ready for our trip down the river.

    I believe we got four trips in today, maybe as many as five.

    We scout out our next rapids adventure.

    On the way home, we scouted out potential new rapids for our next trip.

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