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  • April 4, 2009

    SCUBA Diving Veteran’s Park, Redondo Beach, California

    Logged SCUBA Dive #338

    Veteran’s Park, Redondo Beach, CA

    Solo Diving

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 111 feet
    Waves: Breaking on shore, but pretty flat once out
    Visibility: 5 to 8 feet
    Temperature: 56 degrees, colder at depth
    Total Bottom Time: About 35 minutes

    Having not been in the water since the end of lobster season, I needed to test my diving skills to avoid a refresher course.

    I met my friend Nick; I though he was going to dive with me, but he just came to collect money and drink beer.

    Reports from returning divers didn’t get my hopes up that conditions were spectacular, but I did hear the key words – “It’s diveable.”

    I made an easy entry into the water

    Students Enter Off The Sand

    A lot of diving students were at Vets Park.

    I submerged in 18 feet of water and hit the bottom before I saw it.

    I headed West to go over the shelf and look for better visibility.

    A crab smiles for the camera.

    A crab smiles for the camera.

    A second crab muscles in on the shot.

    A second crab muscles in on the shot.

    Vis I would have to admit, really sucked.

    Actually, to put it in divers’ technical jargon, visibility really sucked ass.

    I headed down to 111 feet and got a little narced; and what do narced divers do at 111 feet when they’re solo diving in bad visibility?

    I started practicing my singing – singing through my regulator.

    After all, who was I going to annoy?

    Me singing through my regulator.

    I hummed the theme song to Gone With The Wind, Hawaii Five-0, and sang my rendition of El Rey and I Walk The Line; I really have no idea why I chose those titles.

    I made my way back to the edge of the shelf and slowly ascended the canyon wall.

    I was heading back in, slowly swimming, accomplishing my safety stop at the same time when I came across something that scared the shit out of me.

    What is it?

    I couldn’t recognize what it was…

    Sea junk terrorizes the ocean floor

    … it’s just sea junk!

    I surfaced in 10 feet of water just steps away from where I went in.

    Debriefing took place in the parking lot with Nick and the Saturday morning Divevets crowd.

    1 Comment

    1. Kool Report. Charlie and I did a skills dive at Vets a few weeks back, just to keep our skills up. That Sea Junk would have freaked me out too….Kind of looks like a Severed head.

      Comment by FrankPro1 — April 7, 2009 @ 5:42 pm

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