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    August 14, 2011

    Sunday Services SCUBA Diving at Terranea – Where was everybody?

    The swell reports were good and there were no local posts about bad conditions – it’s time for my dive of the week.

    Not too many divers showed up; I dove with a group of four regulars, as reported below.

    A few other recognizable faces were there, too.

    I decided to follow the leader and go off the Point.

    It was fairly high tide, and we picked a spot that should have been easy to enter.

    The water swept in, I flopped down and tried to ride the receding wave out – unfortunately, another one came in and pushed me back.

    It was like riding in a washing machine, sort of – it wasn’t that bad; well, I got out and really everyone else did, with no problems.

    Row boats in the back.

    There were some row boats that passed by with some dude yelling – “Stroke! Stroke! Stroke!”

    Logged SCUBA Dive #387

    Dove with Reverend Al, Nice Bob, Not New Chris and Dry Suit Greg
    Off the Point, Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 60 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat, but the ones that came were slow.
    Visibility: 15 feet plus
    Water Temperature: 59 degrees, slightly colder at depth
    Total Bottom Time: About 40 minutes

    Vis was good.

    We swam out to find the pinnacle, and submerged – Visibility seemed good!

    Looking up from 50 feet.

    Looking up from 50 feet.

    We stayed at 50 feet for probably 20 minutes.

    An orange thing - yeah.

    You would think I would know what these things are – I don’t, but I’ve never seen one in orange.

    A Nudibrach.

    To compete with Max Bottomtime, here is a picture of a nudibranch – oohh, ahhh!

    Pictures of some of the reef:

    Terranea Reef.

    Terranea reef.

    I’m having a nice dive – I wasn’t sure who I was diving with at this point, but all of a sudden, Dry Suit Greg dumps a weight belt and drops his light…

    A dropped weight belt.

    Oh, my God!

    Greg must have dropped his weight belt and needs help putting it on?

    Greg inflated a lift bag.

    Wait, hold on… Greg still has his weights on.

    Greg pulled out a lift bag and started to blow it up.

    It was very clear that he found a weight belt and has every intention to keep it.

    Greg carries the weights with a lift bag.

    Even though the weight belt was still heavy, the lift bag helped, and that is how he completed his dive and brought the belt to shore.

    Everyone made an easy exit – Greg and I first, with the other three following about 10 minutes behind.

    Terranea Debriefing.

    Debriefing was traditional.

    Inflatable Surf Boards.

    Not sure what the deal with this is, but are these inflatable surf boards?

    A good day of diving!

    By the way, I have applied for my passport so I can go to Albania next year, but my application was rejected.

    Apparently a “Certified copy of your birth certificate” doesn’t mean a ” copy of a certified copy of your birth certificate.”

    Business will be taken care of tomorrow.

    August 9, 2011

    Body Of SCUBA Diver Found After 17 Years

    17 years sounds like a long time ago – and then I realize that was only 1994; my diving gear is older than that.

    The victim was a technical diver, certified and prepared to go to the depths described in this article:


    SOURCE: The Widsor Star

    The body of a diver who disappeared 17 years ago in Lake Tahoe’s deep, frigid waters has been found, authorities in El Dorado County, Calif., confirmed Monday.

    The well-preserved body of Donald Christopher Windecker was discovered July 23 on an underwater shelf 80 metres below the surface. A remotecontrolled mini-submarine equipped with a robotic claw raised the remains on July 27.

    Windecker’s body was clad in a wetsuit and buckled into a weight belt and air tank. The scuba gear bore a certification from 1994, officials of the El Dorado County Sheriff ‘s Department said. Just beyond the ledge where Windecker’s body was discovered, the lake plunges to a depth of 500 metres.

    News reports at the time of his disappearance described Windecker as a 44-year-old former city planner from Reno, Nev., who set out for a dive on July 10, 1994. Accompanied by a friend, Windecker planned to swim to a depth of about 30 metres.

    Trouble occurred toward the end of the dive, however, when the pair began to ascend.

    The complete article can be found here, at The Windsor Star.

    Another, more in depth article, can be found here.

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