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  • September 25, 2004

    Logged Dive #78 Long Point, Palos Verdes, CA

    Long Point, CA
    (aka The Old Marineland)

    Solo Diving

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 400 psi
    Max depth: 54 feet
    Waves: 1-3 feet
    Visibility: 10-15 feet
    Water Temperature: Cold in some places
    Total Bottom Time: About 45 minutes
    Notable Event: Lost a fin going out.

    Due to a hangover, I didn’t dive last week.

    I’m taking an Advanced Diving Course from Instructor John.

    Anyway, I got down to Log Point around 7:30 AM.

    I met two divers, one named Mike(?); they were asking about the local dive spot and where they should go out.

    I told them it was high tide and I was going out on the point; they said that they would follow.

    They were two “GQ” looking guys.

    The guy Mike decided to push their weight belts down using a baby carriage.

    It was a funny site and I wish I had a camera.

    I went off the point after putting my fins on.

    I started to kick and I felt something strange; I looked down and noticed that my right fin had come off!

    Shit!

    I have learned looking for lost equipment is usually a waste of time, but I saw it a few feet away in 12 feet of water.

    I tried free diving for it but I kept floating back up, so I tried using my regulator, but kicking down with one fin is nearly impossible.

    So, I followed it around as the waves kept crashing against the rocks.

    One wave lifted the fin up and I managed to grab it!

    Phew!

    I swam out after looking like a flailing dork and rested.

    I watched the “GQ guys” go in.

    I swam out to the South-East and went down.

    There’s a lot more fish here than off the cove, or so it seems.

    I went down to 54 feet where the reef seems to end; it was cold.

    There didn’t seem to be much of a current.

    The environment is very similar to that off the cove’s rocky point; kelp, sheephead, sea bass, uni, etc.

    At 1500 psi I started North to beach at the cove.

    It was deeper than I remembered, so I surfaced and found myself way off course!

    I had been down to 30 feet.

    I submerged, followed my corrected course and surfaced at 15 feet.

    I almost got hit my someone casting a fishing hook from the rocks, which I think was done on purpose.

    Oh well, fuck him; I be back for him and kick his ass.

    With not much air left, I had a longer surface swim than I would have liked.

    I exited with no problems, walking ashore and tripping only once.

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