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  • June 23, 2013

    Operation To Map 120 Reef

    To finish Donna The Hot Biker Chick’s DM class, she needs to draw a map of a dive site, so I volunteered to go along with her and assist.

    Holly and Mike decided to tag along with us, even though they were warned, “We are going to go at an awfully slow pace.”

    Donna is ready with her float, GPS, measuring stick and drawing board.
    Donna is ready with her float, GPS, measuring stick and drawing board.

    On entrance, I fell in about three feet of water and rode a receding wave out.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #437

    Dove With Donna The Hot Biker Chick, Holly and Mike
    120 Reef, Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, California, USA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 2000 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: Some rollers on shore, choppy
    Visibility: Six feet
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees
    Air Temperature: 74 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 22 minutes or so

    Conditions were a bit choppy.
    Conditions were a bit choppy.

    We swam to the rocky finger just outside Pigeon Shit Cave where Donna inflated the surface bouy to hold her GPS.

    Current sucked
    By the time she inflated it, the current had pushed us West, way off course.

    We decided to descend and swim to 120 reef.

    I lost Mike and Donna and wound up with Holly – we just started heading toward the direction of 120 reef.

    Vis sucked!
    Visibility absolutely sucked ass.

    After kicking for ten minutes and not knowing where we were, we surfaced to get a bearing.

    We had not moved one inch and were still far away from 120 reef, and to make matters worse, Donna’s surface marker indicated that she was even further off course, but was catching up to us.

    We submerged and followed a heading that would hopefully intersect Donna’s path.

    After another ten minutes or so of underwater aerobics and still not reaching 120 reef, we surfaced to find that we still had not moved very far, but Donna’s marker was floating away from 120 reef.

    Apparently, Donna and Mike were able to make it to the edge of the reef before being pushed back again.

    “This current sucks ass, let’s head in,” I said.

    Holly agreed.

    I slowly took my time to make the perfect exit, but still managed to get rolled on the rocks by an unexpected wave.

    All made it back.
    Everyone made it back, even the divers who went off the Point and fought the current the other way.

    Transport back up!
    We hired a Terranea employee to transport or gear to the parking lot – well, he volunteered, but was tipped accordingly.

    Debriefing begins.
    Let the debriefing begin!

    Group Shot
    Today’s Group of Divers.

    Donna the hot Biker Chick
    Donna The Hot Biker Chick displays one casualty of this dive – her tangled reel.

    CIA drones disguised as birds.
    CIA drones, disguised as birds, patrol the airspace above Palos Verdes.

    All agreed, that today was one of the worst dives here, ever!

    At least nobody was injured and all are alive to make another dive.


    1. One of the easy ways to begin mapping the 120 Reef is to make a layout of the kelp and shoreline.

      Comment by Max Bottomtime — June 26, 2013 @ 4:21 pm

    2. Call us scuba nerds but I love mapping dive sites. A suggestions would be to use a finger spool instead of a reel to help avoid birdnesting of the reel.

      Comment by Dive Wananavu Fiji - Scuba Diving Fiji — August 13, 2013 @ 7:51 pm

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