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  • May 31, 2004

    Logged Dive #50 Ship Rock, Catalina, CA

    Ship Rock, Catalina, CA

    Boat Diving!

    Diving off the “Bottom Scratcher.”

    Dove with Nick

    Okay, finally this is my fist boat dive!

    We left Pier C in Long Beach around 6:45 AM.

    We were all given a number to reconcile who was still underwater; I was lucky number 13.

    Me looking macho off of Ship Rock.

    We stopped at Ship Rock around 10:30 AM; that is NOT snow on those rocks.

    I asked the Dive Master Sean what “the trick” was to Ship Rock.

    He said, “Watch the current and you can go deep very quickly.”

    Me off of the Bottom Scratcher.

    Nick and I entered shortly thereafter.

    We went down to the bottom just off the back end of the boat.

    We touched bottom at about 80 feet; the anchor was at 110 feet.

    I wrote to Nick on the clip board that I wanted to touch 100 feet.

    He waited while I swam toward the bottom.

    Going down to 100 feet off of Ship Rock.

    I touched 103 feet down.

    I touched 103 feet and swam back up to 80.

    We made our way slowly up the embankment, observing and taking pictures.

    Fish swarm off of Ship Rock.

    A kelp forest off of Ship Rock

    I don’t know what these are, but they look cool.

    Once on the surface, I signaled to the boat that we were okay.

    “Bubba” the chase boat pulled us back to the boat.

    I was cool, but the captain explained that he picked us up because of the women on board.

    In with: 3000 psi
    Out with: 600 psi
    Maximum depth: 103 feet
    Waves: Insignificant, 0 feet
    Visibility: 50 feet
    Water temperature: Cold at 103 feet, warm above 40 feet.
    Total Bottom Time: About 30 minutes

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