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    Zipper? Check. Pee Valve Closed? Check.

    August 28, 2013

    With my need to get more dry suit experience, at least experience where my dry suit actually stays dry inside, I opted for yet another exiting dive at Veteran’s Park.

    I was happy to see the famous Polish Diver Mirek, who dove at the South Pole in 2006.

    I was able to confirm that my level of speaking in Polish could be graded as “horrible,” but, as Mirek said, “They will like you because at least you are trying to speak the language.”

    Mirek also said, “It’s much easier to learn Polish when you are in Poland.”

    I waxed my zippers, geared up and had someone verify that my zippers were completely zipped; I also closed my pee valve.

    Others were waiting for dark; I had to work early the next morning, so I took off solo.

    I made it through the surface chop and descended in 20 feet of water.

    I could tell this was going to be a dry dive when I felt the dry suit squeeze and not water leaking in.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #443

    Solo Diving
    Veterans Park, Redondo Beach, California, USA

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 700 psi
    Max depth: 85 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat with rollers at the surf zone
    Visibility: 10-15 feet
    Water Temperature: 55 degrees at depth, 68 at the surface
    Air Temperature: 80 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 30 minutes or so

    I went West; visibility above the canyon was 10 feet, and once I headed down the canyon, it opened up to 15 feet.

    I actually enjoyed this dive, it seemed to go well, and I just took it slowly – lots of shrimp, yellow crab and I came across a big patch of squid eggs.

    I didn’t take my camera, I wanted to concentrate on my dry suit abilities, or at least getting better at them.

    I turned around at 85 feet and at 60 feet, I went North for a bit.

    When I got down to 1200 psi, I headed in.

    I waited in the surf zone for some waves to pass by before making my mad dash to shore.

    No waves; I was determined not to fall.

    Then, there’s that convenient sand step at Vets… the sand slipped from under my feet, and I fell down.


    I crawled a bit before getting on my feet.

    Dan from Divevets later remarked, “I saw your exit, you’re getting really good at crawling in that dry suit.”

    I saw a diving couple that has been MIA for a couple of years – Ken and Veronica.

    They quit drinking and started skiing and other macho activities.

    Ken lost 80 pounds and remarked he has a lot more money now; they both looked good.

    I debriefed with a couple beers before heading home to the ghetto.

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