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    Sunday Services At Terranea Resort

    November 10, 2013

    I haven’t been diving with the Sunday morning Terranea crowd since I got back from diving in Poland.

    I have no valid reason for missing so many weekends, and I was thinking of excuses that I could make to not show up today.

    But why?

    What else would I be doing, if I didn’t go?

    I could ride my bike to breakfast and have my traditional Denver Omlette and beer, which never starts out any of my productive weekend days.

    I have no excuses, and not diving makes me old, so I headed to good ol’ Terranea Resort for some diving.

    Local conditions have been really good these past couple of weeks, and I was surprised when only four other divers showed up – Reverend Al, Eric, Ben and a new-to-the-group diver named Jon P.

    Jon has been diving here before and has 150 dives in three years – that was music to our ears, as we were confident we didn’t have to worry too much about him.

    He also brought beers for afterwards, and that made him that much more cooler.

    We went off the Point, and I must say it was one of the easier, low tide entrances that I could have hoped to make.

    I sat on a rock, feet in the water and waited for a gentle swell to pick me up and carry me out.

    Entry off the Point

    The water was so clear – in some parts, the visibility must have been 30 feet.

    We surface swam 100 yards out to drop on the pinacle.

    Everyone had larger tanks than my Aluminum 80, so I told everyone that I would follow someone until I got low, and would take off from the group.

    We descended…

    Logged SCUBA Dive #456

    Followed Reverend Al and Jon P./SoCal Buddy Diving

    Terranea Resort, Off The Point
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

    In With: 2800 psi
    Out With: 400 psi
    Max depth: 62 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat
    Visibility: 15 to 30 feet in most places
    Water Temperature: 63 degrees
    Air Temperature: 74 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 35 minutes or so

    The statue

    We toured around the pinnacle for about ten minutes before taking a zero heading to shallower water, and a 30 heading to the cove.

    We lost the other two divers, Ben and Eric.

    Part of a reef at Terranea Resort

    Vis was really great

    Part of a reef at Terranea Resort

    Another reef

    A sea... something.

    Another reef with growth

    White nudibachs.

    A schhol of fish pass over.

    A Garabaldi in a reef

    A vacant clam shell.

    A scallop

    A fish hides.

    A horn shark.

    About 25 minutes into the dive, we ran accross the other two, who were also heading back.

    When I was down to 1000 psi, I split from the group.

    At 500 psi, I ascended and broke the surface – I had about a 150 yard surface swim to reach the cove.

    But, that didn’t really bother me, as the visibility was so good, it made for a nice snorkel home.

    A carpet of growth with uni around.

    I made an easy exit and was the first one back; ten minutes later, the rest came ashore with no problems.

    We got a ride up from the pool guy.

    The guy who maintains the pools gave us and our equipment a ride back to the parking lot – the suggested tip is $5.

    Reverend Al, Eric, Jon P, Ben and me.
    Reverend Al, Eric, Jon P, Ben and me.

    Traditional debriefing ensued – beer, potato chips and some interesting conversation.

    I need to start making Sunday mornings a habit again.

    3 Comments »

    1. You’re welcome PSD…I’ve been diving Friday nights with Nice Bob, Swanson and Reefdog so that I wouldn’t mess up the conditions for your triumphant return. See you soon.

      Comment by Chipper — November 12, 2013 @ 5:20 am

    2. Thanks Chipper, we did talk about your absence contributing significantly to great conditions.

      Comment by PsychoSoloDiver — November 12, 2013 @ 7:57 am

    3. That is the best vis I have seen in a long time for you sunday services dive. I need to get back there, I have only done that dive the one time We met you there, get in your dives now, before the fist big storm of the winter.

      Comment by halibug — November 13, 2013 @ 9:45 am

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