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    August 23, 2009

    Sunday Services At Terranea Resort

    Another relaxing Sunday of diving and debriefing.

    I have gotten some emails asking if I dive anywhere else other than Terranea Resort and Veteran’s Park – yes, I have plans to dive elsewhere and do other activities, but the time has not quite come yet.

    Apparently, Terranea Resort opened at the worst possible time for the Hotel and Resort industry as an article in the Daily Breeze states, the lenders are taking steps on foreclosing on the property.

    I hope things work out for the resort as management has been nothing but hospitable towards us divers.

    Sort of a thin crowd today; a lot of the divers had hangovers from Saturday night, so we all decided to go to 120 reef and not risk fighting a current from the Point.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #347

    Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    Solo Diving/SoCal Buddy Diving

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 42 feet
    Waves: Ocean was flat, but challenging waves on the shoreline
    Visibility: 5-7 feet
    Water Temperature: In the 60s
    Total Bottom Time: 45 minutes

    It was approaching high tide and the swells that rolled into the rocks were deep – ankle high, then waist high; I made it out with little problem.

    Everyone seemed to have their buddy situation taken care of; I decided to go it alone.

    The ocean off of Terranea is getting more crowded…

    A paddle boarder, two divers and a fishing boat.

    From left to right – a paddle boarder (or god-like figure walking on water?), two divers and a fishing boat.

    I submerged and went 120 degrees on my compass.

    120 reef.

    I approached a dark blob in the water; as I got closer it was the beginning of the reef.

    Vis was five to seven feet - good maybe foir some macro photography.

    Vis was five to seven feet – good maybe for some macro photography.

    A Sunstar.

    A Sunstar.

    Other pictures of 120 reef:

    120 reef off of Terranea Resort

    120 reef off of Terranea Resort

    120 reef off of Terranea Resort

    I ran across Not New Chris and his buddy.

    I ran across Not New Chris and his buddy.

    A diver scouts for lobsters before the season begins.

    A diver scouts for lobsters before the season begins – I didn’t see any this dive.

    Starfish cling to a reef.

    Starfish cling to a reef.

    At 1,000 psi I started heading in; I could hear the swells crashing against the rocks and moving all the pebbles around at the shoreline.

    High tide was coming in fairly quickly; I stood up in waist high water when a few large swells pushed me up against a rock, then swept me back out.

    I struggled for a few minutes, being patient to make a final exit when I got a leg cramp; thanks to my machismo, I ignored the pain.

    I finally rode a swell in and was able to crawl behind a large rock, take my fins off and walk ashore – this was not a very graceful exit.

    Let the debriefing begin!

    Let the debriefing begin!

    Today’s menu was beer, bratwursts and hotdogs, in addition to the usual strange looks from first time guests, not used to our bumper parties.

    Biplanes buzzed around the resort.

    Biplanes patrolled the shoreline looking for illegal aliens and terrorists.

    Traditional debriefing continued until noon.

    Traditional debriefing continued until noon.

    August 16, 2009

    I’m Back In The Water Again – Terranea Diving and Debriefing

    After enduring more than two weeks of domestic psychological torture, I woke up at my crash pad and thought to myself, “Screw it! I’m going diving!”

    Driving down the long Terranea driveway, there was this staff member that stopped me and asked, “How may I help you?”

    “Can you carry my SCUBA gear down to the water for me?” I replied.

    He pointed to the public lot and said, “Park in there…”

    He disappeared from his post after I parked.

    We had a good crew today, minus Reverend Al; a few new faces were around.

    Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    Diving with TwinDuct

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 400 psi
    Max depth: 57 feet
    Waves: Pretty damn flat
    Visibility: 10-15+ feet
    Water Temperature: In the 60s, with only a slight thermal cline at depth
    Total Bottom Time: 42 minutes

    We entered off the point with no problems what so ever; it was fairly high tide and the swells were minimal.

    TwinDuct Off of Terranea Resort.

    I took this picture of TwinDuct before we submerged… then my camera stopped working; it stayed on, wouldn’t turn off, wouldn’t respond to any of the buttons – crap!

    This only happened once before and now I’m convinced the firmware must have been written by Microsoft – my camera is a 6 Mega Pixel Intova.

    We submerged and continued our dive.

    I am used to following someone when I dive off the Point, this dive I lead the way; except for basic compass headings to get us back to The Cove, we scouted reefs that I had not passed by before.

    We couldn’t find the statue.

    At 45 feet and deeper, there was a ripping current going from East to West; the kelp practically laid on it’s side as we swam against it, not getting very far.

    We had discussed prior to submerging, that exiting the Point today was a possibility.

    The current died down once we were in 35 feet.

    A large school of mackerel (I think?) passed over us and dimmed our lighting.

    Visibility was pretty good compared to recent previous dives – Sheephead, Bat Rays and, believe it or not, White Sea bass were encountered on this dive.

    On the way in, I found a dive knife similar to the one I lost here a few years ago.

    We made an easy exit at the Cove.

    We were greeted by Instructor Ed who had to leave as soon as we started to debrief… he is on the wagon for a bit.

    I was able to open my camera case, take the batteries out and reboot; the camera started to perform normally – yep, must be a Microsoft product.

    I found this diving knife.

    The knife that I scored on this dive; it wasn’t THE knife I lost, but it fit into the sheath.

    Debriefing at Terranea Resort.

    Debriefing took place close to the Casitas, for maximum guest enjoyment.

    Hamburgers and hotdogs on the outdoor stove.

    Not New Chris broke out the grill for our feast of hamburgers and hot dogs; we kept it low key, but guests and passersby looked at us as though we were some sort of homeless transients.

    One golfer even asked us, “So who’s playing football today?”

    “It’s not football season,” I replied.

    “Well, what’s the bumper party for?”

    Now that Terranea is open, this place attracts some extremely hot chicks.

    Now that Terranea is open, this place attracts some extremely hot chicks.

    It’s starting to look like the Old Marineland debriefing again!

    It’s starting to look like the Old Marineland debriefing again!

    If we ever got a hassle by management, we are planning on doing the rich man’s ploy – just start asking the security guard or manager, “Do you even know who we are? Do you even know who we know here? We can have your jobs in a matter of minutes,” and then one of us would pick up a cell phone and start dialing.

    It may not work, but so far we’ve been respectful as always, and haven’t had any complaints.

    My brother, professional debriefer Paul, made a video of today’s debriefing that can be viewed here:

    Click here to view video.

    OML Debriefing

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