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  • October 12, 2014

    Sunday Diving With Instructor Ed

    My old friend and original SCUBA diving instructor, Instructor Ed, called me a few days ago wanting to dive.

    Ed in 2002
    Ed in 2002.

    He is now pretty much retired, but doesn’t want to sit around and let his arteries harden.

    He brought a potential future student with him by the name of Jo.

    Sunday is usually my dive at Terranea Resort, however, Ed wanted an easier dive just to practice and make sure he still knew how to dive.

    We decided on Veterans Park in Redondo Beach.

    When I first began to dive, Redondo Beach was part of my training – diving Veterans Park and then heavy debriefing at the pier.

    There’s nothing like trying to relive the past – when I remember life as being better.

    Me and Ed.
    Instructor Ed and I get ready for our first dive together in many years.

    I also needed to test my underwater housing that leaked a few weeks ago and ruined my camera.

    I am now down to my reserve camera that I bought for a backup on dive trips.

    I got a lot of compliments and comments on my custom wetsuit…

    The rip in my wetsuit.
    I have a rip in my wetsuit to allow pee to escape.

    I don’t normally have people take pictures of my butt, but I just wanted to see how bad the rip really is.

    At least my swim trunks sort of match my wet suit.

    The waves were sort of annoying, but manageable; we were off.

    I made it out, but Ed apparently dropped his snorkel upon entry.

    I swam back into the surf zone in a futile attempt to find it.

    Ed waved me on; I swam back out and waited for him.

    Ed entered and immediately went under.

    I waited, and waited… 10 minutes later I realized that the reason I learned to solo dive was because of Ed.

    I didn’t see any bodies floating around and nobody was yelling for help, so I continued the dive on my own.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #477

    SoCal Buddy Diving With Instructor Ed; a.k.a. Solo Diving

    Veterans Park, Redondo Beach, CA, USA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1000 psi
    Max depth: 100 feet
    Waves: Some annoying waves, but good once out
    Visibility: 15-18 feet
    Water Temperature: 68 degrees
    Air Temperature: 72 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 30 minutes

    I swam West and down the canyon; I pressed the buttons on my camera housing – all was fine.

    I got as deep as 100 feet and then turned around.

    I had thoroughly washed and resealed my camera housing prior to this dive – it was obvious to me that my camera got flooded due to my lack of housing maintenance.

    I made a perfect exit and once ashore I saw Instructor Ed.

    He was not comfortable surface swimming without a snorkel, so he just went under and continued on his own.

    I wish he would have told me first.

    He also forgot Vaseline to oil down his mustache, so his mask was constantly leaking.

    The waves started to pick up.

    Waves  were up.
    I saw a rouge wave toss an exiting class.

    I saw a lot of people who I have gotten to know over the years, but haven’t seen in a while because I don’t dive here regularly.

    Joe R, Penni and Sam
    Joe R. and his diving crew – Penni and Sam.

    I offered Joe and his group a beer, but Sam is on the wagon, so they all declined in a token of solidarity.

    Here is a shout out – Hi Joe, Penni and Sam!

    I now officially have seven readers of this blog!

    Now, it was on to debrief at Quality Seafood on the pier.

    Quality Sea Food
    Quality Sea Food at the Redondo Beach Pier.

    Local lobster is $33.90 a pound.
    Local lobster is $33.90 a pound!

    We debriefed with local crab, sea snails, mussels and oysters… oh, and beer.

    We haven’t been here for a long time and things have certainly changed.

    You now have to pay in advance to park, and the beer prices at Quality Seafood are now outrageous.

    Back in the day, a large bottle of Pacifico went for $2.50; since the founder Pete retired, the price is now $10 a bottle.

    Group Shot
    Instructor Ed, Jo and me.

    When we used to hang out there years ago, it was predominantly a Mexican crowd, complete with a mariachi band that would travel from table to table.

    Young people at Quality Sea Food

    Now, it seems like a younger crowd of European and Asian descent.

    Another perfect day of trying to relive the past!

    2 Comments »

    1. Thank you Psycho for the shout-out in your blog. It was great seeing you and your boys at Vets. Sam says he’ll be ready for that beer in about nine years. The innovative modifications you have made to your wetsuit caused quite a lot of INSERT WORD HERE [interest, curiosity, shock, disgust, panic].

      Comment by Joe R — October 13, 2014 @ 9:06 am

    2. Cool day at vets, , but what caught my eye is 33 dollars per lb for local Lobster That would explain the heavy increase in commercial traps out there, and throw in the fact that they now have to dodge the MPA’s. More traps in less ocean with more divers and an explosion of hoop nets,,,, hope this ends well.

      Comment by halibug — October 13, 2014 @ 2:34 pm

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