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    June 26, 2007

    Logged Dive #233 – Veteran’s Park Solo Dive

    Veteran’s Park, Redondo Beach, CA

    Solo Diving

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 1100 psi
    Max depth: 80 feet
    Waves: 1-2 feet
    Visibility: 10-15 feet
    Water Temperature: 52 degrees over the shelf
    Bottom Time: About 30 minutes

    In an attempt to be social, I posted on the Divevets that I was diving here at this time and anyone was welcome to show up.

    Well, nobody did.

    I entered the water a little after 9 AM.

    No other divers were around, at least from what I saw.

    I made an easy entry, putting my fins on in the water.

    The swells were very manageable and would have been easy for even a beginning diver.

    I submerged to 20 feet and headed West over the shelf.

    There it was, the black darkness over the edge that welcomes every diver here.

    I started going down and it got REALLY cold; I had to pee in my wetsuit to enjoy the 15 seconds of spot warmth.

    I slowly went North and looked at all the trash and many crabs that were sticking out of the sand.

    There’s supposed to be some kind of an artificial reef that the local divers have been assembling brick by brick over the shelf.

    I wasn’t able to find it.

    Getting cold and sort of bored I headed back up the shelf to warm up and do my safety stop.

    I practiced my buoyancy and slowly made my way back in.

    Two divers were exiting just ahead of me.

    I believe one was a student and the other was an instructor.

    They had deco bottles and were wearing dry suits.

    I’m assuming that they’re tech divers?

    One of them confirmed the temperature over the shelf was 52 degrees.

    June 17, 2007

    Logged Dive #232 – North Of Margate, Diving Off John’s Zodiac

    North of Margate, Palos Verdes Estates, CA

    Dove off of John’s Zodiac

    Southern California Buddy Diving With John and Ron T.

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1200 psi
    Max depth: 50 feet
    Waves: Choppy
    Visibility: 15 feet
    Water Temperature: Cold at the bottom
    Bottom Time: About 35 minutes

    Me in the foreground looking like a macho diver.

    We boated just North of Margate; maybe a five minute journey around the kelp and anchored.

    I threw my BC overboard, jumped in and tried putting my jacket on.

    I kept getting tangled.

    After a few tries, I was ready to submerge.

    I had a hard time equalizing this dive and the last dive.

    It must have taken me five minutes to get down to 40 feet.

    I toured around looking at some very interesting reefs; they look like stairs or ruins from an ancient city that’s now underwater.

    I saw and chased after a huge White Sea bass – four feet long at least.

    John later said that he saw four or five of them circling around.

    I was getting cold, so I made it back to the boat and in.

    John hops in the zodiac after his dive.

    Five minutes later, John followed.

    Ron surfaces with some fresh sushi!

    Shortly after that, Ron surfaced with an Uni (sea urchin) and a scallop which he kindly shared with me.

    Ron cuts a scallop in half.

    Sushi, St. Pauli’s Girl and a bumpy ride back to the harbor topped this trip.

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