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  • August 28, 2011

    SCUBA Diving Terranea Resort

    Instructor Ed is back in town from his cross country trucking career!

    Ed is back at Terranea.

    Sitting in a truck for weeks at a time makes it hard to fit back into his wetsuit.

    Ed met a couple of his friends to go free diving.

    The water looked a little rough – some chose The Point, a few others, including myself, chose to dive The Cove.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #388

    Dove with Air Force Chris and Dennis G.
    Off the Cove, Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 700 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: Slightly surgy
    Visibility: 2-12 feet at best
    Water Temperature: 54 degrees
    Air Temperature: 75 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: About 45 minutes

    Dennis G. and Not New Chris (from now on referred to as “Air Force Chris”) and I, made an easy entrance into the water.

    Instructor Ed and his two friends went off on their own to free dive; I told them, “Don’t shoot the big fish with the bubbles coming out of it.”

    Divers off of Terranea Resort.

    We swam to the edge of 120 reef and descended.

    I was 10 feet away from Chris and Dennis, but by the time I reached the bottom, they were nowhere to be found.

    I looked around… I did a full 360…the visibility absolutely sucked.

    I surfaced to look for their bubbles, but looking for the bubbles of two experienced divers can be challenging; it was a futile effort.

    I re-submerged and went towards 120 reef; sure enough, through the absolutely crappy visibility, I found them…

    Bad visibility.

    I made it a point to just follow Chris, that way if I got lost, I could blame him.

    At best, we reached pockets of 12 feet of clarity; at worst it was a total silt out.

    The vis sucked.

    Flashlights still makes the vis suck.

    But, when the visibility is low, you just need to go macro…

    When the vis is low, go macro.

    Sea Urchins.

    After about 30 minutes, Chris surfaced to get a bearing…

    Dennis and I waited… and waited… we surfaced.

    Chris had descended, but couldn’t relocate us; we all met at the surface.

    “This vis sucks,” Chis said.

    Nobody argued.

    We re-submerged and swam to the “Garden.”

    Pea Soup vis.

    Visibility got worse; we eventually surface swam to our destination and then descended again.

    The “Garden” as it is known, is to the right of the cove, facing the ocean.

    Visibility wasn’t that much better there either; we ran in to the group coming from The Point.

    Everyone made a perfect and professional exit.

    Visibility coming from The Point was reported to be 15 feet at maximum.

    Instructor Ed, Moo, Shawn and me.

    From left to right – Instructor Ed, Moo, Shawn and me.

    Moo is the person, 20 plus years ago, who got instructor Ed into SCUBA diving.

    Ed gave me some of the gear that I still use, but I found out that Moo gave Ed some of that equipment.

    Apparently, my console was originally Moo’s – he bought it new in the late 1970s and was amazed it is still around and that I am still using it.

    Debriefing at Terranea Resort.

    Debriefing was traditional – hot dogs, garlic bread, mango, chips and the King Of Beer!


    1. Yeah I hear you, vis has been crappy for a long time now with some good vis coming and going. You cant complain though, we divers just have to go with the flow. Seems like the cold water and huge kelp growth over the last few years has been great for the kelp beds and fish pops, but bad for the vis. Now we know what the central coast is like. Just keep counting down to the lobster opener, we do not need good vis to grab the big bugs, thanks for the cool report.

      Comment by halibug — August 29, 2011 @ 12:16 am

    2. Nice information! I’m really enjoying reading your blog here!

      Comment by Troy — September 1, 2011 @ 11:42 pm

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