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    December 19, 2009

    The Divevet’s Underwater Christmas Scavenger Hunt Dive

    Since the underwater Chistmas Tree decorating is getting old, the Divevets came up with a holiday scavenger hunt.

    Twenty numbered and weighted tennis balls were dropped in the ocean off of the stairs in 30 to 60 feet of water.

    You were allowed to find only one ball.

    At random, a beginning number would be picked; the person holding that numbered ball would start by picking a present and opening it.

    The next number would then have the chance to pick another prize, or steal the first prize.

    It would continue on, with each diver either stealing another’s prize or opening a gift; if your prize was stolen, you picked and opened another gift, which was also subject to being stolen.

    Prizes could only be stolen twice; after that, it was safe.

    That’s the way it was suppose to work and conditions were excellent.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #365

    Veteran’s Park, Redondo Beach, CA

    Dove with Airborne (This is not a misprint)

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 60 feet
    Waves: Flat, with ankle breakers in the surf zone
    Visibility: 15-20 feet
    Water Temperature: About 58 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: About 35 minutes

    Airborne, my arch Divevets rival, asked if he could dive with me – probably because of my lobster hunting abilities.

    We submerged and went South, along the edge of the canyon.

    I am still a little congested from being sick, but was able to get down fairly easily.

    Now, the tennis balls were green and grey, tied with white sting and weighted with a cement block.

    How easy do you think these things were to find in the ocean, even in ideal circumstances?

    I found one, Airborne two; Airborne was nice enough to give one to Professional Debriefer Paul.

    Ascending, I had reverse blockage – Ouch!

    Pretty much, out of twenty tennis balls, only six were found.

    The rules changed and everyone was just given a number by lot.

    After a masive feast of hamburgers, hotdogs, Korean food and chicken, the prize festivities started.

    Rather than a narrative here, I will wait for the video to come out.

    All I can say is, I got burned!

    I stole a boat trip, which was stolen from me.

    Then I got a cool dive knife, which was stolen from me.

    Then I picked a gift and low and behold it was a reel, which I blindly traded for a smaller reel!

    One of the women flashed Dan so she could exchange her lame prize for a diving knife.

    My camera was used for some underwater footage for Professional Debriefer Paul’s spectacular video of this event, which is scheduled for release Sunday evening.

    Photos from the event can be found here, on the Divevet’s Flickr page.

    December 15, 2009

    California Diving Conditions and Humor Report

    The weather here has been less than ideal for diving; it rained heavily for several days last week and, of course, the bacteria in the run off is always a concern after a storm.

    I have also been sick for the last week with a winter cold – coughing and congestion do not go well with diving.

    However, that does not mean I can’t fill my next entry with some funny diving related items that I have seen over the last week.

    The first feature was pointed out to me by the Mayor of Old Marineland, Max Bottomtime.

    There’s a lot of local diving references in this video.

    How will Adolf Hitler take it when he is not allowed to go on a dive trip without Advanced Certification?

    Watch the video and find out…

    To view this video on youtube, click here.

    They mention the “Warhammer Maneuver” towards the end of this video.

    If you are like me, and didn’t know what the Warhammer Maneuver is, here is a discussion thread on the topic.

    Now for the joke of the week, this one, compliments of Crazy Ivan:

    MISSING MAINE WIFE

    The day after his wife disappeared in a kayaking accident off the coast of Maine, a man answered his door to find two grim-faced State Troopers.

    “We know it’s late, sir, but we have some information about your wife,” said one of the Troopers.

    “Tell me! Did you find her!?” the husband shouted.

    The Troopers looked at each other.

    One said, “We have some bad news, some good news, and some really great news. Which do you want to hear first?”

    Fearing the worst, the ashen husband said “Give me the bad news first.”

    The second Trooper said, “I’m sorry to tell you, sir, but this morning we found your wife’s body in the bay.”

    “Oh my God!” exclaimed the husband.

    Swallowing hard, he asked, “What’s the good news?”

    The Trooper continued, “When we pulled her up, she had 6 twenty-five pound snow crabs and 12 good-size lobsters clinging to her.”

    Stunned, the husband demanded, “If that’s the good news, what’s the great news???”

    The Trooper answered, “We’re gonna pull her up again tomorrow.”

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