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    January 14, 2007

    Logged Dive #218 – Bird Rock, Catalina Island

    Bird Rock, Catalina Island
    Diving Off The Mr. C with the Divevets

    Solo diving

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 700psi
    Max depth: 80 feet
    Waves: Insignificant, some boat wake
    Visibility: 25 feet
    Water Temperature: Probably mid-50’s. The air temperature was 38 degrees Fahrenheit when the boat left the dock.
    Total Bottom Time: 40 minutes

    I’ve been sick for the last three weeks with a cold.

    I was very congested and took about three or four Sudafeds before getting on the boat.

    The stupid California Fascist government makes you sign a book when you buy Sudafed now; “Harry Potter” purchased my stash.

    The boat left a few minutes after 7 AM.

    The Divevets that I recognized – Bob, Shanon. Mirek (first time meeting him in person) and Joe (aka “Cabin Boy”).

    Others on the boat claimed to be Divevets.

    The Mr. C chugs through the harbor.

    The boat slows down due to a bilge pump not working.

    Apparently the Mr. C was leaking slightly and one of the bilge pumps didn’t work, so the Captain had to slow the boat down.

    It took two and a half hours to get to our first destination.

    So Bird Rock…

    I was the first one overboard; I had to call the Divemaster over and let him know that “number seven is going over.”

    I swam to the anchor line and planned a very painful submersion.

    The Sudafed did the trick; in no time I was down with little discomfort.

    I went away from the shoreline (I forget the compass direction), through a nice kelp bed and down a steep cliff of rocks.

    I saw many lobsters hiding in the rocks at 80 feet.

    I saw two antennas sticking out between two rocks; I got closer and looked down.

    The bug that I was looking at was about the size of a small dog!

    I came across and collected some nice, shiny abalone shells.

    I started back to the boat.

    I heard the engine, but couldn’t quite spot it.

    I had reverse blockage coming back up and got very dizzy.

    When I broke surface, I was about 20 yards away from the boat.

    I submerged again for the short swim to the back of the boat.

    Taking my fins off, my left boot ripped.

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