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  • October 26, 2008

    Another Prestine Dive and Debrief At The Old Marineland

    Logged Dive #314

    Old Marineland (aka Long Point, Terranea Resort), Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    Dove with the Not So New Chris

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 1100 psi
    Max depth: 43 feet
    Waves: A few challenging swells at the shoreline, but pretty flat
    Visibility: 10 to 15 feet at 120 reef.
    Water Temperature: About 56 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: About 45 minutes

    I arrived at the front gate a little after 8 AM; the guard was trying to tell us to park at the gate and walk down once we geared up.

    After a few well placed phone calls, we were allowed though the gate; we’ve been going through this crap every weekend with a different guard each time.

    Nick and sort of new diver Jill actually showed up to not only debrief, but to join in the diving as well.

    The divers discuss their strategy and listen to Reverend Al's briefing.

    The divers discuss their strategy and listen to Reverend Al’s briefing.

    A few new faces joined us, among them was John who just got back from a tour in Iraq.

    I sort of tripped on entry, but was able to put my fins on quite quickly – again, I love my spring loaded fin straps!

    Nick and Jill prepare for their macho rock entry.

    Nick and Jill prepare for their macho rock entry.

    Divers off of the cove; the Terranea hotel is in the background.

    Everyone made it in without incident; we swam to the edge of the cove, divided into buddy pairs and agreed to do our best to follow Reverend Al.

    We submerged…

    We followed Reverend Al.

    …and followed Reverend Al; vis sort of sucked until we got towards the reef.

    This is what Jill and Nick look like under water.

    This is what Jill and Nick look like underwater.

    A lobster has been spotted!

    A lobster has been spotted!

    The kelp is back and in full bloom here.

    The reef was pretty clear, visibility wise, but the kelp is back in full bloom, making the dive seem really dark.

    A sunstar.

    A sunstar.

    Fish are abundant at the 120 reef.

    Fish are abundant at the 120 reef.

    A colorful sea blob.

    A colorful sea blob.

    A starfish against a reef.

    A starfish against a reef.

    Chris takes a picture of me, taking a picture of him.

    Chris takes a picture of me, taking a picture of him.

    We lost Nick and Jill after a while, then lost Al and his buddy, then found Nick and Jill again, lost them, and found Al again.

    Coming ashore, I took my fins off a little too soon and was swept back out by a rouge swell that also knocked one of the divers down; Al helped the diver.

    Putting my fins back on, I swam back and made an uneventful exit.

    The debriefing starts.

    With the diving over, the debriefing starts.

    The perfect spot, just outside the Terranea hotel.

    My brother Paul showed up to help us debrief.

    On today’s menu – bratwurst and marinated chicken;  Jill brought the chicken and gave me a bunch of crap for not having a real barbecue (a.k.a. a charcoal grill).

    I told her, “If I knew you were bringing real food, I would have brought my real barbecue.”

    Another view of the hotel that's under construction.

    The usual topics were discussed – diving, politics, diving, food, diving, beer…

    A view to die for!

    We have the best view here that I can remember.

    Everything wrapped up a little after noon.


    1. Amazing blog – love the photos! I’m currently launching a community based scuba diving site, with user article/guides submission, user photos, forums and reviews.

      Currently, I am adding content to the site and I am looking for those inclined to write about scuba diving. Would you consider contacting me (email in comment) about this? I’d love to have you as an author/editor on The Scuba Site!

      Keep blogging!

      Comment by The Scuba Site — October 27, 2008 @ 7:14 am

    2. Hi Psycho,

      Where is the parking lot? You going to show up this sunday? I’m going to join all of you again at OML.

      Comment by Icejon — November 4, 2008 @ 2:03 am

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