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  • May 29, 2004

    Logged Dive #49 Long Point, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    Long Point, CA
    (aka The Old Marineland)

    Dove with Nick

    I met Nick at 8:00 AM.

    The waves looked exactly like last week — the same conditions.

    I was determined not to get thrown like last week.

    I was very careful and walked out after Nick was in.

    I put my fins on after I was in the surf.

    It sort of sucks because you have no control when you’re out.

    Dennis (of Dennis, Fred and Al) later advised us to put one fin on while on land and the other fin on in the surf.

    We swam to the jetty near pigeon shit cave.

    We submerged; I was hunting, Nick was just sight seeing.

    There was a solo diver there who was hunting with a spear gun.

    I came upon a sheephead that was feeding on an urchin that I had broken open.

    I measured her; she actually helped me by laying flat against my spear.

    That fish was so stupid; I didn’t have the heart to shoot it.

    We swam around the reef and in to the second kelp bed.

    We saw the other spear fisherman pass by again.

    I didn’t think we were at the second kelp bed, so we went East trying to find it.

    At 40 feet, we got quite an aerobic workout fighting the current.

    We surfaced to find that we were way the hell out past our target.

    We swam on the surface until we were a hundred yards to shore.

    The waves were crashing on the rocks.

    We submerged me to the bottom, Nick to 10 feet and went in.

    We surfaced about 20 yards to shore.

    I went in first, riding a swell in and then crawling like hell for higher ground.

    We again talked to Dennis of “Dennis, Fred and Al.”

    He gave us some pointers on boat diving.

    Visibility was good, 20 feet and clear.

    The water was 55 degrees F according to Nick’s thermometer.

    In with: 2900 psi
    Out with: 1100 psi
    Maximum depth: 40 feet
    Waves: 1-4 feet
    Visibility: 20 feet and clear
    Water temperature: 55 degrees F

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