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  • July 26, 2008

    Logged SCUBA Dive #293 – Cleaning Up Vet’s Park

    Veteran’s Park, Redondo Beach, CA

    Dove With Angelshark

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 700 psi
    Max depth: 85 feet
    Waves: Mild swells
    Visibility: 20 feet
    Water Temperature: Comfortably cool, but chilly at depth
    Total Bottom Time: 45 minutes

    This was some sort of unofficial bay “clean up dive” where divers bring ashore a bag of trash and then party in the park to celebrate.

    I took Angelshark up on the offer to buddy up with her; we met in the crowded Vet’s Park parking lot a little after 7:40 AM.

    She and other chick divers admired the Duster; it’s hard not to.

    This was Angelshark’s first ocean dive in a dry suit – that sort of made me nervous, as I have no experience with them.

    She briefly explained how they work; it’s just like operating a BC jacket, except the suit is one big air jacket.

    Angelshark has been diving for three years and has over 600 logged dives!

    “I go diving four times a week, sometimes two or three times a day,” she said.

    We walked out, put our fins on and swam about 50 yards out before submerging.

    Me and Angelshark off of Redondo Beach.

    Me and Angelshark prepare to submerge.

    We descended in 25 feet of water; I followed her over the shelf.

    I wasn’t sure where we were headed, just down to pick up trash.

    I kept accidentally  bumping into her.

    I kept accidentally bumping into her, not knowing where exactly we were going.

    We picked up trash at 85 feet, I was getting a little narced.

    We picked up trash at 85 feet, I was getting a little narced.

    A crab hides in a fox hole.

    A crab hides in a fox hole.

    This is what Angelshark looks like underwater.

    We went up the shelf; this is what Angelshark looks like underwater.

    There’s still plenty of trash above the shelf.

    There’s still plenty of trash above the shelf.

    I followed her back down the shelf to 80 feet.

    We both had 80 cubic feet tanks, but she has smaller lungs.

    I pointed out that I had 1200 psi and we were at 80 feet; I started heading in and she followed.

    Up the shelf and after a nice slow swim and safety stop in, we were in shallow water.

    Angelshark took a fin off before she could touch bottom.

    “I take one fin off first so I can just worry about the other one when I can feel the bottom,” she said.

    I tried that approach and did not like the lack of control while being in the surf zone.

    I again, as always, tripped over the one foot sand step.

    Angelshark helped me up and on my next step tripped over my trash bag.

    A non-macho exit in front of a hot chick is hard to live down.

    Angelshark accidentally caught an octopus, which crawled out of a piece of trash; she had to argue with a Korean woman about why she was “throwing food” back into the ocean.

    “It was so small, why would she want to eat it?” Angelshark asked.

    My bag of trash;  Vet’s Park is a lot cleaner now than in previous years.

    My bag of trash; Vet’s Park is a lot cleaner now than in previous years.

    Wrinkles from the Old Marineland site greeted me; I had brain fade because I didn’t place the face outside of that spot.

    I apologized and said that I must be getting Alzheimer’s. was having some kind of Beach Crab event. was having some kind of “Beach Crab” event.

    Wrinkles and I walked over and checked the scene out.

    Wrinkles is quite popular in the local diving community; she has a dive named after her – the “Wrinkles Dive” every second Saturday of the month, I think.

    “The ‘Wrinkles Dive’ used to be whenever I wanted to go diving, I would just post and people would show up.

    “Now, it’s commercialized to the point I can’t even make my own dives,” Wrinkles said.

    Another great day of diving with a great buddy!


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