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    July 27, 2008

    Logged Dive #295: SCUBA Diving The Avalon Wreck, Palos Verdes, CA

    The Avalon Wreck, Palos Verdes, California

    Diving With Mike C. from the Divevets.

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 700 psi
    Max depth: 70 feet
    Waves: Pretty calm with some sporadic chop
    Visibility: 15 to 20 feet
    Water Temperature: Sort of cold at depth
    Total Bottom Time: About 40 minutes

    I dried my camera housing out and spit on the lens to hopefully prevent it from fogging up on this dive.

    Mike and I descended down a marker that was placed over some part of the wreck.

    At a depth of 70 feet, my camera housing fogged up again.

    At a depth of 70 feet, my camera housing fogged up again.

    Vis was not as good as the last dive.

    Mike strung a line from near the anchor line and we swam to the crane; we ended up touring the whole wreck.

    During the safety stop, my camera unfogged.

    During the safety stop, my camera defogged; this is the only underwater picture that I took today that’s worth a shit.

    One of the divers told me, “Just put your camera in the microwave for about 20 minutes – that’ll dry it out!”

    A suggestion that I got from Mike was to put those silicon packs that absorb moisture in the camera case.

    We break out the deco bottles.

    We broke out the deco bottles.

    Mirek tries to hand Dan a beer, who went for a swim to collect some markers.

    Mirek tries to hand Dan a beer, who went for a swim to collect some markers.

    Mike C. and macho me.

    Mike C. and macho me.

    Debriefing on the way back to Redondo Beach.

    Debriefing on the way back to Redondo Beach.

    A passing shot of the beautiful Palos Verdes Penninsula as Mike flashes his tit for the camera.

    A passing shot of the beautiful Palos Verdes Penninsula as Mike flashes his tit for the camera.

    Seagulls launch a deadly poop attack on an innocent boat.

    Seagulls launch a deadly poop attack on an innocent boat.

    Once back at the dock, Dan took off and some others went out to eat; I had to leave and attend to some work.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #294: SCUBA Diving the Palawan Wreck, Redondo Beach, CA

    The Palawan Wreck, Redondo Beach

    Diving With Mike C. from the Divevets.

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1100 psi
    Max depth: 120 feet
    Waves: Pretty damn calm
    Visibility: 30 to 50 feet, spectacular!
    Water Temperature: Sort of cold at depth
    Total Bottom Time: About 25 minutes

    To stay in practice and make sure I still know how to boat dive, I signed up on the Island Diver for a half day of wreck diving.

    Due to the depth and current at the Palawan, the boat was limited to the people with Advanced Certification whom the Divemasters knew.

    I got a good laugh when someone pointed out a liability release form who listed the relationship of the diver’s emergency contact as “bitch.”

    My dive computer was still set to metric measurements.

    I told Dan, “So I shouldn’t go any deeper than 130 meters?”

    Dan looked at it and was able to figure out how to change my dive computer to feet and Fahrenheit.

    Who the hell thinks in metric anyway?

    Think gas is expensive on land?

    Think gas is expensive on land?

    But look, you get a 20 cent discount if you buy $4100 worth of diesel fuel!

    There were no chicks on this boat as very few women are macho enough to do such a deep cold water dive.

    I buddied up with Mike C. who had dove this wreck before.

    Self portrait off the back of the Island Diver.

    A self portrait off the back of the Island Diver.

    Down the anchor line, we saw practically the entire ship at a depth of 70 feet; the visibility was spectacular and there was no current at that depth.

    I started taking pictures of the ship and other divers when I noticed they were all fuzzy.

    My camera had fogged up!

    The air temperature was almost 80 degrees and humid and when I descended to that depth and 62 degree water temperature, my camera had fogged up.

    Fuck!

    We headed to the bow; Mike even penetrated the hull a little ways.

    The visibility and scenery was spectacular, but unfortunately, my camera was rendered useless due to the condensation.

    Luckily, thanks to the buddy system, you can see Mike’s pictures of the dive here.

    We spent a total of 12 minutes at 120 feet before heading to the anchor line for a slow ascent to the surface.

    I spent three minutes at 50 feet and five minutes at 15 feet to out gas.

    A great dive!

    Captain Dick asked us where the anchor landed.

    Someone said, “You did a great job, the anchor landed right inside the wreck.”

    “Inside the wreck?”

    The anchor is stuck.

    That is probably the reason that the anchor got stuck.

    So now, the joke was, “Dick can’t get it up!”

    Dan and Bob geared up to go down and free the anchor.

    Dan and Bob geared up to go down and free the anchor.

    Within 10 minutes, the anchor was freed.

    Within 10 minutes, the anchor was freed and we were on our way to the Avalon.

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