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  • May 22, 2005

    Logged Dive #124 – Old Marineland Solo Diving

    Long Point, CA
    (aka The Old Marineland)

    Solo Diving

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1000 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: 1-3 feet, slow moving
    Visibility: 0-8 feet and very silty
    Water Temperature: Sort of cold
    Total Bottom Time: 45 minutes

    I’m a bit pissed because the WAMU ATM ate my card; oh well, I got off to a late start.

    Ed gave me a spear gun, so I was hoping to shoot some fish.

    My condo deal will be closing soon, so I must practice fishing.

    I got there about 8:30 AM; there were about 10 free divers there with spear guns.

    I asked one of the divers who had a spear gun with eight bands on it what he was planning to shoot.

    He replied, “A SCUBA diver.”

    I gave him a courtesy laugh, but he really came off as an asshole.

    The swells were gentle at the cove and came up three feet or so.

    The swells at the Point were too tough to enter or exit.

    I put my fins on, leaning against a rock and swam off the cove.

    Visibility was 0 feet over the sandy part of the cove; it cleared to 5 feet as I swam out.

    I practiced loading and shooting the gun, taking note where the safety is.

    I didn’t see any fish worth shooting – none!

    I even chummed the water with cracked sea urchins, but to no avail.

    The visibility was just horrid.

    Fumbling with my spear gun, I made an easy exit.

    Other divers were in the parking lot asking about the visibility.

    I said, “It sucks.”

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