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  • August 13, 2004

    Logged Dive #69, Veteran’s Park, Redondo Beach, CA

    Friday the 13th

    Veteran’s Park
    Redondo Beach, CA

    Solo Diving

    In with: 2900 psi
    Out with: 500 psi
    Max depth: 80 feet
    Waves: 3-5 feet
    Visibility: 8 feet above the shelf/ 15 feet below the shelf
    Water temperature: Warm at 40/cold at 80
    Total Bottom Time: 30-35 minutes

    I took today off to have my car worked on – unfortunately my mechanic said that he didn’t have time to repair my differential leak.

    He said, “You have time.”

    I got down to Veteran’s Park about 9:00 AM.

    The parking lot was pretty empty except for an instructor and his two students and one friend.

    I suited up and entered the water around 9:30 AM.

    The waves were a little rough, but I walked out and then put my fins on – that’s the best way.

    I went over the shelf where the visibility was 15 feet and pretty clear.

    Above the shelf, it was eight feet, probably due to the waves.

    At 50 feet, it started getting cold; at 80 feet it was really cold – 50-55 degrees I guess.

    At 80 feet I turned around and went to 60 feet and went North.

    There seems to be more vegetation along the shelf than before.

    There were thousands of small fish – more fish than I had ever seen and a small shark.

    It looked small, so it was probably really tiny.

    There’s definitely more life down there – it’s usually a pretty dead environment.

    I don’t know the name of the small fish; they’re definitely too small to eat.

    I thought I saw a jellyfish, but it ended up being a trash bag.

    I went back in almost on target.

    The waves were four to five feet – a little rough.

    I took my fins off and walked ashore with no problems.

    The instructor and his students were just getting geared up.

    One of the hot chick students asked me how the conditions were.

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