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  • February 6, 2008

    Logged Dive #275 – The Dive That Sucked – Veterans Park, Redondo Beach

    Veterans Park
    Redondo Beach, CA

    Solo Diving

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1000 psi
    Max depth: 60 feet
    Waves: Some large sets of swells up to five feet.
    Visibility: 10 feet or so at best
    Water Temperature: 55 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 35 minutes or so

    Well this was a really stupid dive!

    I arrived and geared up around 5 PM; Mirek was coming back from diving and didn’t say anything to me about the sucky conditions.

    The rest of the Divevets were slowly showing up.

    I asked Shanon, “What does it look like?”

    “It looks like the ocean,” she said.

    I geared up and started walking towards the stairs; out of the corner of my eye, this skinny homeless looking guy was approaching me.

    I looked over and it’s one of my coworkers!

    Yes, I have a “real” job to keep from being homeless.

    My coworker’s mouth dropped open and he said, “I always thought of you as a cubicle jockey, fat, beer swirling non-macho kind of a guy.

    “I never would have imagined that you went SCUBA diving.”

    I swore him to secrecy and continued down to the beach.

    The swells were fairly large; I would have canceled any classes – if I was an instructor and if I was teaching.

    I made it through the surf zone, swam out and submerged in 20 feet of water.

    Mirek had reported seeing two lobsters at the end of the line that went North; I followed the line to some sort of anchor.

    Some crabs were sleeping…

    A sleeping crab

    …others were ready to attack…

    A crab readies for attack

    Continuing West, it suddenly became really dark; I looked up and was under a huge school of mackerel.

    I continued on, but noticed that it wasn’t getting any lighter.

    I then realized that the sun was probably close to setting and I did not bring a light!

    I went South along the bottom of the shelf at 60 feet trying to find the “Monument,” but couldn’t.

    I went back up the shelf; it was getting darker…

    Dumb as me without my light.

    Crap, I should have brought my light!

    I swam along the bottom slowly making my way back and surfaced in 15 feet of water in pretty large swells.

    I took my time getting ashore, breathing off my regulator as I let the swells push me back to the sand.

    I couldn’t figure out if it was just dark because of the evening sunset, or if the visibility really sucked.

    Mirek told me, “The vis is only 5 feet in the canyon.”

    Well, as I said, I should have brought a light.

    I gave Dennis G. a report that the conditions were OK; I didn’t realize that vis sucked that bad.

    We did our traditional debriefing in the parking lot.

    Some new divers showed up and introduced themselves.

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