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  • May 14, 2011

    Freedom Dive #1 At Redondo Beach!

    After almost two weeks of freedom from Psycho Woman, I decided to get back into the water for a short dive to see whether or not I need a refresher course.

    A number of Open Water classes were being taught, as usual, in addition to Rips, Rocks and Reefs having a course.

    Veterans Park - Redondo Beach

    Logged SCUBA Dive #379

    Veterans’ Park, Redondo Beach, CA

    Solo Diving

    In With: 2400 psi
    Out With: 1000 psi
    Max depth: 50 feet
    Waves: Some pain in the ass waves coming towards shore
    Visibility: 10 feet above the canyon, better at depth
    Water Temperature: 57 degrees, colder at depth
    Air Temperature: About 70 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: About 25 minutes

    The surf was up towards the shore, but I made an easy entrance.

    I was cameraless and, having left my hood at the Santa Monica crash pad, hoodless.

    I submerged in 15 feet of water and swam towards the canyon – the water felt fairly warm.

    As soon as I started over the canyon, it got really f’ing cold – ice cream headache set in big time.

    My stay at 50 feet was short lived – I was just too damn cold without a hood on.

    Visibility was 10 feet at best above the canyon, but seemed to open up at depth.

    I saw the usual assortment of sand, trash and crabs – my camera wasn’t needed at all on this dive.

    After messing around above the canyon lip, testing my buoyancy while trying to sing Dean Martin’s Volare, I headed in – underwater is the only place I don’t get complaints when I sing.

    Of course, as it always happens, the waves picked up on my exit.

    I skillfully made my way, walking, to one feet of water when I slipped on the sand and got thrown by an incoming wave – right in front of the entire Rips, Rocks and Reefs class.

    A couple of their Dive Masters came over to see if I needed help.

    I stood up and thanked them for their potential assistance – they probably couldn’t tell how macho I really am.

    It is nice to finally go home to the Long Beach Ghetto, but word about my new found freedom has been getting around.

    I went to a local watering hole for a beer, and when I came out, four young chicks were hanging all over my car.

    The chick magnet Duster.

    I don’t know if women like me for who I am, or if they just like my car?


    1. Try the canyon dive at night, we always find it a much more interesting dive. The lights bring out what little color there is down there against a black background, and you can also focus on the plankton like creatures in the water column. With lights it seems like the population of Pipefish doubles, a very interesting animal in great numbers it this site.

      Comment by halibug — May 16, 2011 @ 12:04 pm

    2. Good to hear you’re getting wet and enjoying life post PW.

      Comment by Ivan — May 16, 2011 @ 8:01 pm

    3. So you may scuba dive deep into a canyon with no head protection, but before you explore the depths of those chicas, that hood better be in place.

      Comment by Not So New Chris — May 24, 2011 @ 8:41 pm

    4. I hope the bee-atches had the decency to open your door for you! 🙂

      Comment by I Are Diver — May 28, 2011 @ 12:15 am

    5. Thank you

      Comment by Waterbear — June 3, 2011 @ 1:18 pm

    6. Beautiful, thank you!

      Comment by Waterbear — June 3, 2011 @ 1:19 pm

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