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    I’m Back In The Water Again – Terranea Diving and Debriefing

    After enduring more than two weeks of domestic psychological torture, I woke up at my crash pad and thought to myself, “Screw it! I’m going diving!”

    Driving down the long Terranea driveway, there was this staff member that stopped me and asked, “How may I help you?”

    “Can you carry my SCUBA gear down to the water for me?” I replied.

    He pointed to the public lot and said, “Park in there…”

    He disappeared from his post after I parked.

    We had a good crew today, minus Reverend Al; a few new faces were around.

    Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    Diving with TwinDuct

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 400 psi
    Max depth: 57 feet
    Waves: Pretty damn flat
    Visibility: 10-15+ feet
    Water Temperature: In the 60s, with only a slight thermal cline at depth
    Total Bottom Time: 42 minutes

    We entered off the point with no problems what so ever; it was fairly high tide and the swells were minimal.

    TwinDuct Off of Terranea Resort.

    I took this picture of TwinDuct before we submerged… then my camera stopped working; it stayed on, wouldn’t turn off, wouldn’t respond to any of the buttons – crap!

    This only happened once before and now I’m convinced the firmware must have been written by Microsoft – my camera is a 6 Mega Pixel Intova.

    We submerged and continued our dive.

    I am used to following someone when I dive off the Point, this dive I lead the way; except for basic compass headings to get us back to The Cove, we scouted reefs that I had not passed by before.

    We couldn’t find the statue.

    At 45 feet and deeper, there was a ripping current going from East to West; the kelp practically laid on it’s side as we swam against it, not getting very far.

    We had discussed prior to submerging, that exiting the Point today was a possibility.

    The current died down once we were in 35 feet.

    A large school of mackerel (I think?) passed over us and dimmed our lighting.

    Visibility was pretty good compared to recent previous dives – Sheephead, Bat Rays and, believe it or not, White Sea bass were encountered on this dive.

    On the way in, I found a dive knife similar to the one I lost here a few years ago.

    We made an easy exit at the Cove.

    We were greeted by Instructor Ed who had to leave as soon as we started to debrief… he is on the wagon for a bit.

    I was able to open my camera case, take the batteries out and reboot; the camera started to perform normally – yep, must be a Microsoft product.

    I found this diving knife.

    The knife that I scored on this dive; it wasn’t THE knife I lost, but it fit into the sheath.

    Debriefing at Terranea Resort.

    Debriefing took place close to the Casitas, for maximum guest enjoyment.

    Hamburgers and hotdogs on the outdoor stove.

    Not New Chris broke out the grill for our feast of hamburgers and hot dogs; we kept it low key, but guests and passersby looked at us as though we were some sort of homeless transients.

    One golfer even asked us, “So who’s playing football today?”

    “It’s not football season,” I replied.

    “Well, what’s the bumper party for?”

    Now that Terranea is open, this place attracts some extremely hot chicks.

    Now that Terranea is open, this place attracts some extremely hot chicks.

    It’s starting to look like the Old Marineland debriefing again!

    It’s starting to look like the Old Marineland debriefing again!

    If we ever got a hassle by management, we are planning on doing the rich man’s ploy – just start asking the security guard or manager, “Do you even know who we are? Do you even know who we know here? We can have your jobs in a matter of minutes,” and then one of us would pick up a cell phone and start dialing.

    It may not work, but so far we’ve been respectful as always, and haven’t had any complaints.

    My brother, professional debriefer Paul, made a video of today’s debriefing that can be viewed here:

    Click here to view video.

    OML Debriefing


    1. This is a great site that you have here. I have a sports blog myself and I would like to exchange links with you. Let me know if this is possible. Jason

      Comment by Jason — August 17, 2009 @ 10:10 am

    2. Dude, that’s definitely the knife I saw when I did my Saturday dive down the coast towards the point. I saw it a bit further into the reef and moved it out a bit so it would be easier for someone to find. I didn’t have an easy way to carry it back so I left it. Glad it found a home.

      Comment by old chris — August 18, 2009 @ 12:40 pm

    3. I wonder if it’s the knife Dennis lost two weeks ago. I found a filet knife and stuck it in the sand near the statue.
      It was great seeing the snot mobile again. It really brings out the chicks.

      Comment by Phil Garner — August 18, 2009 @ 2:22 pm

    4. Dear Jeff,

      I posted the lost of this dive knife that you found near point a few weeks ago.

      Some divers that were with Claudette found it and stuck in the sand.

      This was first dive knife that I had when I started diving 11 years ago.

      Call me. Thank you,

      Comment by Dennis Gunn — August 29, 2009 @ 11:24 am

    5. OK Dennis, the knife is yours.

      Comment by PsychoSoloDiver — August 31, 2009 @ 7:00 am

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