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    February 24, 2014

    Sunday Dive At Shaw’s Cove In Laguna Beach

    February 23, 2014

    I have a couple of diving buddies that seem to take a while to recover from a dive at Terranea Resort, so I suggested a change in venue for this Sunday’s diving – an easier walk without a rock entry or exit.

    As you can tell from the title, the place chosen was Shaw’s Cove in Laguna Beach, and a really hot young diver named Holly decided to go along with me, unescorted.

    We took the scenic route from the Long Beach ghetto, along Pacific Coast Highway to Shaw’s Cove – a 28 mile, 40 minute journey; I doubt the freeway would have been any faster.

    We geared up as quietly as possible in the residential area, but amongst the car alarms and the yelling of other beach patrons, our respectful efforts went unnoticed.

    Shaw's Cove
    The stairs at Shaw’s Cove.

    Students off of Shaw's Cove
    Student Divers At Shaw’s Cove

    We walked down to the beach and past the four foot deep part of the shoreline, where the waves were breaking.

    Holly and I off of Shaw's Cove
    Holly and I off of Shaw’s Cove.

    We swam out and submerged in 25 feet of water and swam toward the reefs.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #463

    Dove With Holly

    Shaw’s Cove
    Laguna Beach, CA, USA

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 1100 psi
    Max depth: 38 feet
    Waves: Ankle breakers at the shore line, annoying surge underwater
    Visibility: 15-20 feet, some silt
    Water Temperature: 61 degrees
    Air Temperature: 72 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 35 minutes

    Either my navigation sucked, or we had a hell of a current to fight, but it seemed it took us forever to reach the reefs.

    Lagunaq_DSCF5372
    Looking up at the surface – visibility was pretty descent.

    Lagunaq_DSCF5365
    A Garibaldi swims past a part of the reef.

    Big Assed Sheephead
    Big Assed Sheephead!

    Holly underwater
    Holly underwater.

    Shaw's Cove

    Shaw's  Cove

    Shaw's Cove Valley

    There was this annoying surge that was constantly present; as we swam in between the reefs – sort of like underwater valleys – sometimes we would get smashed against one of the sides.

    Shaw's Cove Reef

    Garibaldi at Laguna Beach

    Having plenty of time and plenty of air, we headed back after 30 minutes because we were getting cold.

    We encountered three baby electric rays in the sand – so small I wasn’t in the slightest bit frightened.

    Holly makes a perfect exit.
    Holly makes a perfect exit.

    I forgot to mention in my last post, that Chipper found my dive knife and returned it, after it had apparently slipped off during my dive.

    Thank you again Chipper!

    However, the latch must have really sucked, as getting thrown up against reefs on this dive must have dislodged my knife…

    No knife.
    …The diving Gods have another sacrifice, and a lucky diver will score a nice knife.

    Debriefing consisted of In N Out Burgers in Long Beach – thank you Holly.

    Dog ordering at drive through
    Yes, that is a dog ordering at the drive through window!

    I got some good advice over debriefing – “You are still single because you try and go out with women you already know; you need to meet new people…”

    That’s it!

    Find someone who doesn’t know me!

    But where?

    February 17, 2014

    February Dive At Terranea Resort

    February 16, 2014

    Still sore from training to be a cage fighter, I was determined to ignore the pain and get in a Sunday Services dive.

    I’ve been MIA with the Sunday group for a while, so I also thought I would fire up the ghetto grill.

    The waves looked flat; even the Point entry looked easy for non-macho divers.

    We geared up and headed for the Point.

    I don’t know what it is with me hitting the water, but as soon as I put my fins on and flopped on the calm water to swim out, the water receded, landing me stranded on a boulder, only to have a wave pick me up and slam me against another boulder.

    I shook it off and swam the retreating swell out.

    Vis looked good in the shallows
    Visibility looked really good in the shallows.

    Off of Terranea.
    After a swim out, we descended.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #462

    Dove With Mike, Reverend Al, Eric & Chipper

    The Point At Terranea Resort
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 100 psi
    Max depth: 62 feet
    Waves: Slightly choppy on entrance, flat otherwise
    Visibility: 10-15 feet, but silty
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees
    Air Temperature: 77 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 40 minutes

    Visibility Sort Of Sucked.

    It’s a phenomenon that has yet to be explained, but the fact that Chipper and I are in the same water has an affect on the conditions – the deep water was dark and silty, with 10 foot visibility at best.

    Reverend Al guided us to the statue…

    The statue

    It is nice to see the marine life coming back.

    A Lobster stares
    Lobsters just stare as we swim by, knowing that they are protected.

    Mike saw a shark, but other than that, this was a nice and uneventful dive.

    The water was so calm getting out, I didn’t even power up my camera to catch a potential wipe out on the rocks.

    We devalue the parking lot.
    Traditional debriefing ensued.

    The  ghetto grill.
    Polska Kielbasa and Beer Brats were on today’s menu.

    Group shot for today.
    Today’s group.

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