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  • December 27, 2015

    Last Dive Of The Year – Maybe

    This holiday season is getting to me.

    I have gained so much fucking weight – four pounds – that I really wanted to go diving to at least get some exercise.

    Saturday was rough for me; I tried to get some things done and ended up helping a hot chick friend move.

    Why, I have no idea; I busted my ass, because I was dumb enough to tell her I own a truck, and the end result was that she doesn’t have a boyfriend but a “friend who fucks” but she would never go out with me because I don’t have a house and there would be no place for the kids that she wants to play.

    Surprisingly, I have heard that shit so many times before, that I did not go on a drunken depression that night.

    Well, I woke up at 6 AM and looked at the swell map.

    It looked too flat for me not to go to my regular Sunday diving spot.

    The seas were calm.
    The seas were calm!

    Nobody was around.

    Seriously, no divers and the other Terranea Resort patrons were very sparse.

    I was prepared to do another solo dive, like I did last month.

    I was checking out the swells at The Point when Reverend Al came walking down.

    I haven’t seen the Rev since May!

    He was suppose to meet and Dive with Eric (a.k.a. The Professor), who moved to Kansas, but his flight was cancelled.

    We decided to do an easy dive off the Cove.

    We made an easy entrance.

    Me and Reverend Al.
    Me and Reverend Al.

    Pigeon shit cave - Terranea Resort.

    Al said, “Since you are taking pictures, you can navigate.”

    Crap!

    As many times as I have dove here, I still don’t know where I’m going.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #496

    Dove with Reverend Al

    The Cove, Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

    In With: 2800 psi
    Out With: 1200 psi
    Max depth: 42 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat with some waves breaking against the rocks
    Visibility: 10-15 feet
    Water Temperature: 56 degrees
    Air Temperature: 50 degrees, warming to 70 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 35 minutes

    A reef off of Terranea.

    Visibility was OK, and the water was REALLY cool.

    Kelp forest.

    I had no idea where I was going.

    Diving Terranea.

    As the Sun came out, visibility improved in the shallower parts of the dive.

    Our friends pass by.

    The fish are coming back.

    The fish are really coming back since this was made a fishing preserve.

    Diving Terranea

    Kelp forest.

    After 30 minutes, I lead us back to the Cove; we had seen all there was to see.

    Well, not really, but I was getting cold.

    We made an easy exit, even though there was a lack of sand on the rocky beach.

    The debrief.

    Debriefing was short and to the point and consisted of my surplus Christmas Heineken, Reverend Al’s stash of Guinness Blonde American Lager and another beer that I can’t pronounce.

    As we were standing in the parking lot, holding our beers as we compared diving notes, a guy in a suit drove past us in a Cushman and gave us one hell of a stare.

    We held our beers up and wished him a “Happy Kwanzaa” – since it is after Christmas and before New Year’s.

    I’m still wondering why we’re having a decline in divers.

    Maybe it’s because of lobster season, the crappy weather lately or the fact that nobody uses the “new and improved” Divets Forum?

    I haven’t been around enough to chase anyone off.

    To all six of my readers, I wish you a happy and prosperous New Year with lots of safe diving!

    3 Comments »

    1. The regular divers not diving are missing out. 2015 has brought an el nino with warmer than normal water temps, but the best thing has been the better than avg vis, hope for more to come in 2016, merry christmas and a happy new year!

      Comment by halibug — December 29, 2015 @ 11:26 am

    2. Happy New Year Halibug! Vis was OK, but the damn water is getting colder!

      Comment by PsychoSoloDiver — December 29, 2015 @ 7:11 pm

    3. I will have to include in my goals for 2016, get back to Terranea for a Sun Dive to OML.

      Comment by halibug — December 30, 2015 @ 10:47 am

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