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  • August 5, 2012

    Getting Used To Cold Water Diving Again!

    I have been back in the United States for two weeks, still recovering from my epic trip to Albania.

    I am doing a final write up on my trip, but in the mean time, for those who are curious about my vacation, you can watch the video on my new YouTube Channel.

    I arrived a half hour late from our usual meeting time of 8 AM; I had to find my core warmer – something I did not bring to Albania with me.

    Of course, it was on my balcony, right where I left it a month ago.

    Jordon and two newer regulars, Bob and Dennis, showed up – that is it.

    No Reverend Al, no Nice Bob, no Chipper, no SCJoe… since Airforce Chris left, attendance has been down, knowing that there will be a shortage of beer.

    All four of us entered off the Point.

    The first thing I thought was, “Holy crap, I forgot how cold the water is here!”

    Logged SCUBA Dive #420

    Dove with Jordan, Bob and Dennis
    Terranea Resort
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA USA

    In With: 2800 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 60 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat with an occasional roller
    Visibility: Up to 15 feet
    Water Temperature: 56 degrees
    Air Temperature: 72 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 40 minutes or so

    We surface swam out and then descended “around where the pinnacle probably is.”

    Weird centipede things

    All over the place are these weird, transparent centipede like things.

    I don’t know the name, but I have never seen them so abundant.

    Reef At OML

    Reef at OML

    Reef at OML

    At 2000 psi, we headed to the cove.

    Reef at OML

    Reef at OML

    Is this an albino nudibrach?

    The plan was to stay deeper going back than usual; which made a more interesting dive than normal.

    The problem was, I ran low on air around the half way mark and had to surface swim back.

    I couldn’t take my fins off soon enough, and I ended up washing up on the rocky beach still trying to take the first one off.

    I am getting worse at exits.

    Shish Kabobs for debriefing

    Professional Debriefer Paul brought some shish kabobs and potato chips.

    It was a very small group today, but the diving was nice… and cold.

    3 Comments

    1. I wanted to see if the curse was truly over so I stayed clear today. The long centipede looking things are called “Salps.” Abalone or Nudi? Dorid (Nudi)?

      Comment by Chipper — August 7, 2012 @ 10:35 am

    2. The Salp chains are a sure sign of cold water moving into the area. Many spots along the coast that were warming very nicely this summer have turned over to cold green water. We did a dive in south Laguna and the water temp was down 10 degrees from the dive before, and loaded with those same Salps.

      Comment by halibug — August 8, 2012 @ 3:22 pm

    3. Great writeup. I recently moved from Canada to Mexico and although I do love the warm water, I miss the cold water diving. It’s a whole different animal. But in reality it was the caves that brought me back to Mexico… not so much the pretty fish in the ocean

      Comment by Erik — September 3, 2012 @ 11:06 am

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