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  • June 29, 2008

    Logged dive #288 – Another great Day Diving At The Old Marineland

    Long Point (aka The Old Marineland), Palos Verdes, California

    Solo Diving, So Cal Buddy Diving

    In With: 2200 psi
    Out With: 700 psi
    Max depth: About 50 feet
    Waves: Small swells, but with a few predictable surprises
    Visibility: 20-25 feet
    Water Temperature: 64 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: About 35 minutes

    I arrived at Long Point about 30 minutes late; I was able to park in the last remaining illegal spot in the tiny lot.

    The parking lot was jammed with divers – regulars and new comers.

    Reverend Al said that he was going to try The Point; I didn’t check conditions for myself, but nobody was holding beers in their hands, so I geared up and followed Reverend Al and his group to the boulder entrance.

    It's a long walk to the Point from the parking lot.

    WARNING:  Boulder entries are potentially dangerous and should be reserved exclusively for macho divers.

    WARNING: Boulder entries are potentially dangerous and should be reserved exclusively for macho divers.

    Others make the boulder entry.

    I made it out with no problem.

    Me off of the Point.

    We waited for everyone else to make it out.

    The diving crew waits for the rest.

    I looked underwater to preview the visibility…

    Vis looks great!

    …it looked spectacular!

    I had used my tank previously to clean my regulator, so I went diving with a short filled tank.

    I told reverend Al that I was going to follow the group to the Pinnacle, and then take off on my own after five minutes.

    I followed the divers to the Pinnacle.

    We descended; I had a hard time equalizing, but managed to follow the group down with the great visibility.

    The Pinnacle.

    The Pinnacle – Underwater architecture at its best.

    A colorful reef at Long Point.

    I hung out around the Pinnacle for maybe 10 minutes.

    Divers off of Long Point.

    Fish near a reef.

    There were a lot of fish here!

    A reef off of Long Point.

    A diver at Long Point with a deco bottle?

    A diver at Long Point with a deco bottle?

    He later told us, he wants to practice carrying it.

    If he needs practice carrying gear back up the hill, he can carry mine!

    I broke away from the group and started towards the cove for an exit.

    A strange spanish shawl?

    There was some weird kind of nudibrach that I had never seen before – it looked like a bleached Spanish Shawl.

    A Sun Star

    Another Sun Star!

    Just think, two years ago, I had never seen one; now they’re all over the place!

    An abundance of kelp is returning to Long Point.

    An abundance of kelp is returning to Long Point.

    I was running low on air and did a surface swim of about 100 yards to the cove.

    I used about 200 psi of air looking for a lost fin from last week – no luck.

    Exiting at the cove.

    Juan Twenty was nice enough to be the unofficial Dive Master upon exit, while Cyber the attack dog kept watch.

    Diver debrief in the parking lot.

    After another macho walk up the switchback trail, the divers heavily debriefed with an assortment of domestic and imported beers.

    Another perfect day of diving at the Old Marineland!


    1. And to think some people go to Hawaii to dive! Suckers!

      Comment by Tom — July 1, 2008 @ 6:13 am

    2. You’re pictures are really awesome. Do you make video too?

      Comment by karen van staeyen — July 1, 2008 @ 8:37 am

    3. Great underwater shots! Yeah, make us some Vids..!!!!

      Comment by threio — July 1, 2008 @ 9:14 pm

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