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    November 26, 2017

    Thanksgiving Weekend Dive and Debrief

    I arrived promptly at 8 am to check the conditions; Reverend Al and other divers were already present.

    For the most part, the Cove was pretty calm with some waves rolling onto shore.

    The Point was a little different because some big swells were rolling into the rocks between lulls; I would have called it, but the consensus was “It is doable, if you are patient.”

    We geared up and headed back down.

    Someone remarked, “If all seven of us make it out unscathed, it will be a miracle.”

    That is not what I wanted to hear, but Reverend Al assured us that all will be fine.

    We made an entry off of the Point!

    We took our time; I waited for a swell to come in.

    As a swell came in, I jumped in and rode the wave out, kicking as another swell tried to push me back into the rocks.

    We all made it in!
    We all made it!

    We noticed that there was one hell of a current pushing us West; we submerged.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #507

    SoCal Buddy Diving With Reverend Al, Nice Rob, Rob, BlueSteel, Joe R. and David

    The Point off of Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 800 psi
    Max depth: 64 feet
    Waves: Calm with occassional chop towards shore.
    Visibility: 10-15 feet but silty, better shallower
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees
    Air Temperature: 76 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 40 minutes

    Visibility looked pretty good on the surface, but cut down to 10-15 feet with lots of silt.

    It took me a while to get down because of problems equalizing; by the time I reached the bottom, everyone was gone.

    I knew swimming against the current was going to suck, so I just headed to the Cove on my own.

    Kelp.  Vis sort of sucked.

    Conditions were not good for photography.

    Fish and kelp.

    I surface by the Point.
    I surfaced after getting lost; I was still at the Point.

    I did a surface swim to the drainage pipe and submerged.

    I finally find another diver!
    I finally found another diver!

    All seven of us surfaced at roughly the same time.

    We make an easy exit.
    We all made an easy exit!

    Debriefing ensued!
    Let the debriefing begin!

    Barbecued Ribs!

    We had a Korean themed debrief with pork ribs, rice, kimchi, dried mushrooms and Ginseng wine from North Korea.

    Ginseng wine from North Korea!

    Made in North Korea
    Ginseng wine from North Korea!

    My video of “Tasting Ginseng Wine From North Korea (DPRK)” can be found here:

    Tasting Ginseng Wine From North Korea (DPRK)

    Now, the mushrooms that I brought back from North Korea had been soaking in water for two weeks, they were still as hard as rocks.

    Barbecued mushrooms - horrible!
    The mushrooms looked like dried dog turds on the barbecue.

    After taking a taste, I decided not to torture my fellow divers with them; they tasted like dried cork.

    Kimchi and rice!
    Kimchi and rice!

    A group photo!
    Me, Nice Bob, Joe R., Reverend Al and BlueSteel.

    Matty joins us for a beer.
    Matty, Cal Poly Pomona student, joins us for a beer after she was waved at.

    Right around this time, Joe disappeared mysteriously like Clark Kent.

    One of the topics of conversation was how different the diving community is now, as compared to 15 years ago.

    Divevets is gone, so are the Sandeaters, The Dive N Surf group has fractured, people have died, gotten sick, stopped diving and moved away; even this blog (so I have heard) is on the decline.

    Even Reverend Al said, “I keep wondering how long I’m going to do this.”

    Until they can perfect underwater WIFI, SCUBA diving may not be as popular with the new generations.

    Until next time!

    November 12, 2017

    Dive Report – Death Off The Oil Rigs

    I’m on a roll; I wanted to get back into the water again.

    Plus, I promised to bring some North Korean wine and mushrooms to barbecue for debriefing.

    I’m returning to my old macho self – all I have to do now is get back to cage fighting, but I just have a feeling I will get my ass beaten down more so now, than before.

    At least my beard isn’t coming in grey.

    Anyway, I made it down to Terranea resort a little before 8 am.

    It was very obvious that we were not going to go diving.

    I met Reverend Al, Jeff, Nice Bob and a diver named Jiles.

    Big waves off of Terranea Resort.

    Foam off the point at Terranea Resort.

    I don't think we'll be going.

    Checking on the conditions.
    Jeff and Reverend Al confirm my judgement.

    Even the cove looked shitty.

    Looking for illegal aliens and terrorists!
    The NSA looks for illegal aliens and terrorists off of our coast.

    On the radio this morning, I had heard that there was a diving accident off of the oil rigs.

    One diver apparently had an uncontrollable descent and disappeared, another diver got the bends and had to go to the hyperbaric chamber at Catalina.

    Jiles apparently was on the trip, so I can give you a third or fourth hand account of what happened.

    It was on the Pacific Star dive boat that was chartered from some Meet Up group.

    Two buddy divers were diving off the Elly oil rig when one of the divers, who was in his 50′s, lost consciousness.

    His buddy noticed that he did not have his regulator in his mouth and was descending rapidly.

    The buddy chased him, trying to put the regulator in his mouth and make him buoyant.

    The unconscious diver just kept sinking; at 170 feet the buddy couldn’t do anymore and did a rapid ascent to the surface to get help.

    The buddy was flown by the Coast Guard to the Catalina hyperbaric chamber.

    According to current local news, the Coast Guard had found the body of the other diver in more than 200 feet of water.

    A toast to no diving!
    A toast to no diving!

    We will try the North Korean debrief barbecue the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

    Local news regarding the diving tragedy is here:

    Dead Body of Missing Diver Recovered Off the Coast of Long Beach

    Update: Search for diver missing off Long Beach coast suspended on Sunday

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