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    July 30, 2006

    Logged Dive #198 – Yet Another DMIT Stint At An OW Class At Vet’s

    Veteran’s Park, Redondo Beach, CA

    Dove with Instructor John and his Basic Open Water class.*

    In With: 3100 psi
    Out With: 2100 psi
    Max depth: 50 feet I believe
    Waves: 2-5 foot swells, mellow
    Visibility: 15 feet and clear
    Water Temperature: Cool – 69 degrees on the surface, 57 degrees at depth
    Total Bottom Time: About 20 minutes
    *Note: Student names have been changed.

    This is the make-up dive today.

    John told me this was going to be a short day because “they only have one chance to get through the surf.”

    I was the first one through the surf zone.

    Pancho called it quits almost as soon as he hit the water.

    The divers as I remember them – Me, John, Spike, Mohammed, Gomez, Morticia, Suzuki and her husband Arrogant Asshole.

    I had to swim after Morticia as she was heading towards Palos Verdes.

    She was exhausted when she got out and was breathing through her regulator to stay comfortable.

    Apparently Suzuki made it out on her own.

    I descended first, the rest followed fairly quickly.

    Morticia had breathed her tank down to 1500 psi and a few other students weren’t far behind on air.

    Suzuki’s husband, Arrogant Asshole, told her not to swim backwards because “your pipe will be in the water;” I guess Mr. Expert Diver doesn’t know what to call a snorkel.

    Vis was pretty good – an instructor said the vis was only 5 feet, but it ended up being 15 feet and very clear; the instructor must have been on crack.

    John was so warm he took his hood off underwater and accidentally dropped his mask.

    Luckily, the vis was good enough so he could find it.

    We followed John to about 50 feet over the shelf – he checked Morticia’s air and we all turned around.

    I was the first one ashore.

    Suzuki and her Arrogant Asshole husband started ashore; Suzuki actually got turned around and started heading back out until a wave hit her.

    Suzuki washed up and was so tired that she couldn’t crawl; she yelled that the “stuff” was too heavy.

    Someone from another class came over and helped us take off her gear.

    After talking with Pancho extensively, the only reason that he is taking SCUBA lessons is to clean underneath his boss’ newly purchased boat; his boss was paying for the lessons.

    John advised Pancho, “If your boss is requiring you to take SCUBA lessons to clean his boat, I would find another boss.”

    I had a boss at one time that; had he owned a boat, he probably would have put me through something similar.

    July 23, 2006

    Logged Dive #197 – OW Class At Avalon

    Casino Point, Catalina, CA

    Dove with Instructor John’s Open Water Students.*

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 2400 psi
    Max depth: 50 feet
    Waves: Insignificant
    Visibility: 15-20 feet when not stirred
    Water Temperature: Cool
    Total Bottom Time: About 20 minutes
    *Note: Student names have been changed.

    After lunch and giving ex-student Jodi a hassle about the rip in the butt of her rental wetsuit, we prepared for the third and final dive.

    The group leaders from the last dives were responsible for the same people on this dive.

    We were to all submerge and follow John to the barge.

    Upon John’s recommendation, Pancho didn’t even attempt this dive.

    It took several minutes for everyone to submerge and meet on the bottom at 30 feet; one student turned back when he wasn’t able to equalize.

    We then followed John who was off to the barge – we were a total of 12 to 13 divers.

    We followed John down to 50 feet where he turned to take a head count.

    Someone was missing.

    John signaled that he was going up to look around.

    We waited… and waited…and waited.

    I kept checking air; we were at 50 feet.

    The students stirred the bottom and vis was almost zero in some spots.

    The vis was so bad that I had a hard time keeping count.

    John swam down and motioned for me to swim to the surface and help someone back.

    I surfaced and found Gomez floating on the surface.

    Gomez was practically crying that he couldn’t stay down or keep up.

    He was saying that he didn’t want John to yell at him.

    We swam back to the stairs and exited with no problem.

    The rest of the group came in only several minutes behind us.

    Jim was REALLY PISSED at Arrogant Asshole.

    He was pushing his wife Suzuki along at 50 feet – she was down to 400 psi.

    Jim ordered her to surface; Arrogant Asshole was waving Jim off and giving him the OK sign.

    Suzuki’s husband, Arrogant Asshole, is a real dumb-shit know-it-all.

    He gave a speech on the history of Catalina in the taxi over to the point.

    He also told everyone how he’s dove all over the world – but doesn’t seem to own any equipment, he was diving with rental gear.

    This guy is going to end up killing his wife if he’s not careful.

    Me, John, Jodi and Jim try and relax after a stressful day!

    The boat ride back was a joy.

    John, Jody, Jim, girlfriend Jane and I sat at a table drinking beer and exchanging diving stories.

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