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    Second Dive on the Eureka Oil Rig

    February 3, 2013*

    We were eating a light snack of fruit, chips and dip during our surface interval when the question about the second dive was asked.

    Where should we go next?

    Stay here, or to another oil rig?

    When most didn’t care either way, Dan made the comment that, “You guys vote like women.”

    The captain suggested that we stay for a second dive since, “Conditions won’t be any better at the other rigs.”

    So, we stayed.

    Donna apparently found a more suitable, less macho, dive buddy, so I paired up with Dan.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #431

    Dove with Divevets’ Dan, “SoCal Buddy Style”

    Eureka Oil Rig, California, USA

    In With: 2250 psi
    Out With: 600 psi
    Max depth: 52 feet
    Waves: Pretty calm
    Visibility: Eight to 10 feet, but cleared to 20 feet at depth
    Water Temperature: 54 degrees
    Air Temperature: 74 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 26 minutes

    We descended.

    This was my second dive with my new BCD… I grabbed what I thought was a purge value and ended up pulling my weight pouch out.

    Luckily it was empty, as I still use a weight belt.

    By the time I got down, Dan was gone… well, same ocean, same day, so oh well, we’ll do it “SoCal buddy style.”

    Diving the Eureka Oil Rig

    There’s a floor of beams around the 60 foot mark.

    Diving the Eureka Oil Rig

    I spent most of my time at this depth, cruising around the horizontal beams, trying to take some good pictures as my camera was warning that the battery was very low.

    oilriga3347.jpg

    If I wasn’t so macho, swimming around underneath all those dark beams may have spooked me out.

    I slowly surfaced just as Dan did.

    We started the dive and ended the dive together, so that’s good enough in my book.

    Some divers brought back some big scallops.

    I was also fortunate enough to meet Carl, a friend of one of the hottest celebrity divers in the world – Paris Hilton.

    He apparently has even been to her house; meeting him was better than previously meeting someone who did catering for Paris.

    Maybe one day I will actually get to meet Paris Hilton, or better yet, even dive with her.

    Divevets Divers

    On the way back, it was recommended that I dive in Estonia this year; I am planning to go to Poland and got into a friendly argument when someone told me, “You know Poland is land locked?”

    Uhm, no it isn’t.

    Now for the tragic part…

    With ten divers, how much beer did you think the boat had?

    If your guess was one can of Tecate, you would be correct.

    Luckily, I brought a few Bud Lights and Donna had a few Tecate bottles, so debriefing was light, but that was probably a good idea on Super Bowl Sunday.

    The Pacific Star has a big deck – well, with ten divers it seemed pretty big…

    The deck of the Pacific Star

    And even though their tasty breakfast burrito sat like a rock in my stomach, and they only had one beer in stock for ten thirsty divers, the Captain and crew are very competent, I will be glad to go on another dive trip on the “Pac Star.”

    *Posting of this has been delayed because of the Super Bowl.

    5 Comments »

    1. Thanks for the trip report. I have only done the rigs once and it was pretty nice.
      Glad you had a good time and a light load on the boat. See you back at OML.

      Comment by Bluesteal — February 5, 2013 @ 8:50 am

    2. Give us more hunting details, is it legal to take those tons of Scallops on the rigs, is it frowned upon to take those tons of Scallops, well I do not care about frowned upon, if it is legal I would have loaded up on those tasty Scallops. We once booked a trip to SBI with If I remember correctly, Hollywood divers. To our amazement we were the only divers loading spearguns, gamebags and dive knives to the horrified gasps of the other divers. I guess hunting was frowned upon for that dive trip, but we got some nice Calicos anyway.

      Comment by halibug — February 7, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    3. Hey Halibug!

      It is totally legal to take your limit of scallops, which I believe is five. And they are big scallops, too! Divers go there just to do that, and the oil rigs love it because you’re helping to scrape the supports.

      I don’t believe you can spear around the rigs, though.

      The people that looked at you and your spear guns in horror, probably didn’t want to get shot themselves.

      Good hunting to you!

      Comment by PsychoSoloDiver — February 8, 2013 @ 7:49 am

    4. Good info, I have yet to do a Rig dive and would just go for the beauty of the rig, but a limit of Scallops would be icing on the cake, and I think 10 is the current limit on Scallops.

      Comment by halibug — February 8, 2013 @ 10:35 am

    5. I m just scared of diving. But i did it with my friends once. And that was the terrific experience. While doing it i just feel i am in some another world. The water creatures seems to be busy in their work. Though it was a breath taking experience but i want to do it again:)

      Comment by airboat tour — March 20, 2013 @ 9:19 pm

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