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    July 15, 2007

    Logged Dive #242 – Drift Dive (Hopefully) To The Pt Vicente Wall

    Drift Dive hopefully to the Point Vicente Wall off the Island Diver
    Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

    In With: 2800 psi
    Out With: 700 psi
    Max depth: About 60 feet
    Waves: choppy, extreme on a rare occasion
    Visibility: 10-15 feet
    Water Temperature: 55 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 50 minutes

    Dove with Juan Twenty, Kathy K and Laila

    A group shot of today’s divers.

    Photo By Juan Twenty

    Yet another boat chartered by “Juan Twenty” from the Divevets.

    The boat left the harbor around 9:20 AM.

    Captain Dick stopped shortly outside the breakwater to check the engine as it indicated it was over heating.

    The water level was fine and the engine was not hot.

    He turned around to go back to the dock, but quickly turned out again.

    The plans then changed to dive at the Avalon wreck which was a shorter trip.

    Soon, the plan was back to diving the wall.

    After what seemed like an hour cruise along the side of Palos Verdes, we arrived at the wall.

    We broke up in to two groups of four.

    Our group was Juan Twenty, Kathy K, Laila and myself.

    Each group had a surface marker in tow.

    We submerged to a depth of about 55 feet or so.

    There didn’t seem to be a current.

    Juan and I just sort of followed Kathy K and Laila, who sometimes gestured back at Juan that they didn’t seem to know where they were going.

    I was getting cold and couldn’t even pee.

    Lots of interesting reef structures, very few dead spots.

    There were a few cinder blocks scattering the bottom.

    The depth varied between about 35 and 60 feet, but there was no current here and we couldn’t find the “Point Vicente Wall” which we were suppose to have drifted by; something that Captain Dick later said was very rare.

    We slowly started to surface after 45 minutes or so; I was holding the surface marker line and reeling it in.

    I wasn’t diving with a computer, so I just followed Juan’s profile.

    When we surfaced we came up far from the wall (“The Wall” is marked by a small rocky island off of the Light House), but not too far from where we submerged.

    The other group’s surface marker was several dozen yards away.

    Our group swam over to the other marker.

    Divers off the Pt Vicente Lighthouse.

    Photo By Juan Twenty

    The Island Diver maneuvered to pick us up.

    I crawled on board with my fins still on in the slightly rough chop.

    July 14, 2007

    Logged Dive #241 – South Of Malaga Cove Off John’s Zodiac

    Just South Of Malaga Cove, Off of Palos Verdes Peninsula, CA

    Southern California Buddy Diving with John and Ron off of John’s Zodiac.

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 1100 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: Minor chop, light surge
    Visibility: Five to eight feet, sort of shitty
    Water Temperature: Warm of top, 55 degrees F after 25 feet
    Total Bottom Time: 40 minutes

    Since Margate sucked so badly, we decided to try a spot just South of Malaga.

    John remarked, “I haven’t dove this spot in 20 years.”

    A six pack dive boat was anchored near by.

    I think the visibility was worse in some places here, and I was definitely colder than at Margate.

    I swam around over sand, the few scattered rocks and kelp.

    At one point I was sort of bored.

    I picked up a half of a clam shell, ascended to 15 feet, and dropped the shell.

    I followed it down to see where it would land and if it would flip like a coin.

    The shell rode the water down and landed in the sand.

    OK, yeah I was bored, and visibility sucked.

    I looked for scallops when I came across a reef.

    I was the last one back on the boat.

    Ron off of Malaga Cove.

    Ron and I drank some post-dive Italian beer, which cured my alcohol-induced sickness from last night.

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