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  • September 26, 2004

    Logged Dive #79 Advanced Course at Redondo Beach

    Veteran’s Park, Redondo Beach, CA

    Dove With Instructor John as part of an Advanced SCUBA diving class

    In With: 2700 psi
    Out With: 800 psi
    Max depth: 103 feet
    Waves: 1-4 feet
    Visibility: 15 feet
    Water Temperature: Cold at 100 feet
    Total Bottom Time: About 30 minutes

    I met John at 7 AM; we made a plan and entered the water at 7:45 AM.

    The dive watch that I bought yesterday leaked the minute I entered the water.

    “Freestyle” watches suck; this was my first dive with the watch.

    We submerged to 25 feet and did a checkout:

    Buddy breathing
    Emergency swimming ascent
    mask clearing
    weight belt off/weight belt on
    regulator ditch and recovery

    John then had me take my mask off, hold his hand and swim with him for what seemed to be about 20 yards.

    It didn’t bother my eyes, but the water and compressed air going up my nose was annoying.

    We then went over the shelf and out to 96 feet.

    John stopped me – his gauge read 103 feet.

    For this record, I’ll go with John’s gauges.

    It’s pretty much barren at 100 feet.

    John had me release all the air out of my BCD jacket and try and ascent.

    I had no problem and John later said that I was properly weighted.

    I re-inflated my BCD and we started in – me leading the way.

    The bottom is uneven when it starts going up to higher ground, but I just headed East; John followed.

    We came up the shelf and ran into a trash marker – a bucket of cement.

    I knew I was right on target.

    John was impressed that I hit it right on the mark; it was some luck, too.

    We surfaced at 10 feet and I walked ashore.

    It was a little rough.

    I had trouble taking my fins off since I put them on so tight; I fell walking out.

    John advised, “The dive went really well, just blow bubbles when you have the second stage out of your mouth and ‘tighten up’ to reduce drag.”

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