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  • April 6, 2014

    Sunday Dive Report And Update

    I’ve been taking a mini-vacation since Wednesday.

    I might as well because unless I can come up with $10,000 fast, I won’t be able to afford an out of country diving trip this year.

    I fired my accountant and headed up to Leo Carrillo State Beach to camp the night with an old female friend of 20 years.

    Me at Leo Carrillo State Beach

    No, I didn’t do her and literally, it was a trip; we both realized how strange this world really is.

    Ed and I at Berth 55

    Friday, I went out to lunch with my original SCUBA Diving Instructor, Ed; I haven’t seen him since 2012, at least.

    At 65, he’s taken up long distance hiking and is now planning on getting back in to SCUBA diving.

    The Mr. C
    We spotted the Mr. C at Berth 55.

    Saturday, I rode my bike to Lona’s City Limits Cantina for breakfast – which killed the rest of the day, since my breakfast consisted mostly of beer.

    The good thing is, I woke up Sunday morning at 5 AM and told myself, “Self, you need to go diving today, you’ve been mighty lazy lately.”

    I actually arrived a little before 8 AM to a pretty empty parking lot.

    After checking the conditions, a total of five divers had shown up – Reverend Al, Nice Bob, Randy, Ben and another Mike.

    Conditions were doable, but the visibility question remained.

    My plan was to dive 120 reef; that way if visibility sucked, I could head back anytime, instead of being trapped swimming to the cove from an entry off the Point.

    It was low tide, and we made an easy entry off the sandy portion of the Cove.

    The Cave at Terranea Resort
    The cave at the beach.

    We swam out and submerged.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #466

    Dove with Reverend Al, Nice Bob and Another Mike

    Terranea Resort (a.k.a. Old Marineland)
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

    In With: 2800 psi
    Out With: 700 psi
    Max depth: 42 feet
    Waves: A few annoying waves, good if timed right
    Visibility: 10-12 feet
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees, 54 degrees at depth
    Air Temperature: 74 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 55 minutes

    Visibility didn't look that great
    Visibility initially didn’t look that great.

    Reverend Al scored a golf ball!
    Reverend Al scored a golf ball!

    Visibility was spotty, better at 20 feet where there was more light…

    Diving Terranea Resort - 120 reef

    Diving Terranea Resort - 120 reef

    Diving Terranea Resort - 120 reef

    Diving Terranea Resort - 120 reef

    Diving Terranea Resort - 120 reef

    Diving Terranea Resort - 120 reef

    Diving Terranea Resort - 120 reef

    Diving Terranea Resort - 120 reef

    Diving Terranea Resort - 120 reef

    Diving Terranea Resort - 120 reef

    Diving Terranea Resort - 120 reef

    Diving Terranea Resort - 120 reef

    Diving Terranea Resort - 120 reef

    Diving Terranea Resort - 120 reef

    We made an easy exit at the sandy part of the Cove.

    I was surprised to see Instructor Ed at the beach, waiting for our arrival.

    We saw a couple getting married…

    A couple gets married.

    I yelled, “Sober up and think about what you’re doing man! Don’t ruin your life!”

    Someone gave me the finger; I continued walking.

    Looking down at the Cove.
    Looking down at the Cove.

    A group shot to the divers from today.
    Today’s group of divers.

    Me and Instructor Ed.
    Instructor Ed and I.

    We debriefed with a few beers and talked about diving, only to be interrupted occasionally by the passing motorist asking, “Are you leaving?”

    We must plan a Summer diving event… ideas?




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