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    End Of The Year Dive Off Palos Verdes

    December 29, 2013

    I arrived promptly at 8 AM, extremely tired from getting about three total hours of sleep.

    I was hanging out with this hot chick the previous night; I wasn’t drinking since she doesn’t like drunks, so I had to endure the side affects of insomnia.

    A good sized crowd showed up, along with some divers we had never seen and a few kayakers.

    After changing the camera housing seals after my flood last dive, I took an empty housing on this dive to check for leaks.

    We all had geared up by 9:10 – the Point looked a little rough, but the Cove was fine.

    Reverend Al, Holly and I, made a perfect entrance into the nearly flat water that was disturbed only by a few rolling swells against the shore.

    We waited for Ted and his buddy, submerged and went to the right, the opposite way of 120 reef.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #459

    Dove With Reverend Al and Holly

    Terranea Resort
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

    In With: 2800 psi
    Out With: 1100 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: A few rollers at the shore, flat otherwise
    Visibility: 10 feet, 15 feet some places
    Water Temperature: 58 degrees
    Air Temperature: 78 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 35 minutes

    After about three minutes I checked my air – I was at 2,600 psi, but every time I took a breathe the needle would drop to 2,000.

    Obviously, my air wasn’t all the way on; I must have bumped or rubbed against something on the way out.

    I swam up to Reverend Al, showed him the problem and he turned the air all the way on.

    There was a mild surge that made it challenging not to run into my surroundings, whether it be a reef, another diver or kelp.

    Visibility wasn’t all that great, but there were some spots that reached 15 feet of visibility.

    After 20 minutes, Holly signaled to me that she was getting cold.

    I signaled to Reverend Al, that we were turning around, Holly seemed a little pissed.

    I would rather turn around when someone is getting cold, than turn around when someone is cold.

    We slowly made our way back to the cove; I helped Holly off with her hook, almost tearing her head off in the process.

    My camera case was bone dry on the inside!

    I want to test in at 120 feet before putting my camera inside for a dive.

    The group shot
    The Sunday Dive Crew

    I brought Polska Kielbasa since Dash had mentioned that he was bringing his barbecue.

    When no grill was fired up, I asked why.

    It seems that nobody brought anything to grill, and when I told them I had, the barbecue was lit.

    The barbecue during the debriefing.
    Dash tenders the debriefing barbecue.

    I was really tired, and kept the debriefing at a minimum.

    And so ends another year of diving – I have slacked this year with only 30 dives.


    1. Hey Psycho, no responses to this wonderful post, well, I will. You need to get out more, get some good bug hunting dives in, try some spearfishing. I recently dived from my kayak in an area near the northern most LB wall and did something I have not done for years, got the 4′ riffe gun refurbished and speared on SCUBA. Wound up with 2 7lb Sheephead and a 3.5lb Calico, great eating. look foreward to more posts.

      Comment by halibug — January 10, 2014 @ 12:42 am

    2. Good to hear from you Halibug! Yeah, with the new year, I have to get a new fishing license. I also found out a close family member has Cancer, so I haven’t done any dives this year.

      However, I’m on a boat Super Bowl Sunday morning and I may go for a mental health dive at Vet’s this Wednesday. Sorry for slacking.


      Comment by PsychoSoloDiver — January 13, 2014 @ 7:51 am

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