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  • June 23, 2012

    Second Dive On The Palawan Wreck

    The technical divers were coming back to the boat as Joe and I were jumping off for our second dive.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #409

    Notable Event: Went into mandatory decompression

    Dove with Joe R.

    The Palawan Wreck, Redondo Beach, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 900 psi
    Max depth: 126 feet
    Waves: Slightly choppy
    Visibility: Up to 40 feet
    Water Temperature: 65 degrees, colder at depth
    Air Temperature: 75 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 25 minutes or so, including deco

    Joe descended, and so did I.

    The technical divers were still on their deco stop coming up on the anchor chain.

    I descended and sort of got twisted around; I saw divers, but not the anchor chain.

    I actually surfaced to find the chain and tried again – I think Joe came up to make sure everything was OK, and all was good.

    The Palawan Wreck

    Joe and the Palawan wreck

    Tha Palawan wreck.

    We spent about 10 minutes at the wreck; again Joe had to remind me to get back.

    I would have been a lot more careful if I had been solo diving, but I relied on Joe to tell me when to leave.

    By the time I got back to the anchor line, my computer was screaming that I had gone into deco – not very smart on my part.

    If I needed to make an emergency swimming ascent to the surface, I might be really fucked up by the time I got to the surface.

    I stopped at 50 feet for five minutes, hanging on to the anchor line, watching my Nitrogen levels decrease.

    I slowly went up, stopping every 15 feet or so for a few minutes; at fifteen feet I stopped until Joe gave the thumbs up.

    Joe told me on the surface, “Don’t get used to going into deco.”

    Traditional debriefing on the boat, spilled over into the parking lot of King Harbor.

    One of the divers is a famous video editor named Neno; I had given Professional Debriefer Paul his contact info, but Paul never called, potentially missing out on a very good video editing gig.

    We also talked about someone’s brother who gets laid more than anyone else.

    His secret?

    He doesn’t drink, has a good job and plays the numbers game, not concentrating on any chick who gives him any resistance.

    “He doesn’t drink, so he looks very healthy and doesn’t act like an asshole,” I was told.

    Oh yeah, and his good job?

    He’s a sperm and egg broker.

    Also, another thing that was brought up was when Neno mentioned to me, the first time that I met him several months ago, he said that he was a big fan of my blog.

    Well, apparently I did not show very much appreciation to him initially, but I do have one thing to explain…

    I have met a lot of people personally through this blog, and all of them have been cool; however, about once every two months I do get some kind of a correspondence that could be considered a “death threat” – usually from psychos that think lobster hunting is cruel or nut jobs that.. just don’t like me.

    Well, “If everyone likes you,” you are doing something wrong in life.

    So, fuck the the haters.

    But thanks for reading my blog!

    If you ever meet me and I seem sort of unappreciative for you reading my blog, I don’t mean to be – I just want to make sure you aren’t the guy that emailed me last week, telling me he wants to cut my nuts off.

    I made another lame ass video that condenses today’s events:

    To view this video on YouTube, click here.

    1 Comment

    1. Psycho… Thanks for the video and trip report. I really need to work on my kicking technique.

      Just a clarification: I think any diver doing deep dives and following recreational diving limits, should understand and be able to deal with going into decompression status. It would be wise to prepare oneself for such an event because unplanned delays, such as difficulty returning to the ascent line, are an all too common problem that most divers will eventually experience. Most modern dive computers will provide divers with the information they need to safely and easily resolve a required decompression stop. . Going into “deco” does not have to trigger undue anxiety. It’s really just a matter of expecting it to happen on some occasions, and being prepared. So my advice actually would be “get used to going into deco” by understanding your computer’s routine for a decompression situation, using your skills, knowledge, and common sense to remain safe and complete your dive without unnecessary concern.

      Thanks PSD for your contributions to our diving community. You are our eyes, ears, and soul.

      Comment by Joe R — June 25, 2012 @ 9:52 am

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