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  • August 14, 2016

    Another Sunday… Another Dive… and More News

    While getting air on Saturday at New England Divers, I found out that Steve, the old manager of American Diving, died recently.

    Me, Lauri and Steve.
    Me, Laurie and Steve – 2006

    Steve goes back to the very first times that I have ever dove – I bought my original equipment from him.

    I left pretty early today and expected to get to Terranea Resort about 7:45 AM.

    However, the 405 on ramps at Long Beach Blvd. and Pacific Avenue were both closed; I had to back track and get on at Orange Ave.

    Then, the transition ramp to the 710 South was closed, so I had to take the 110 South.

    After all the last minute change of courses, I ended up showing up at 8:15, only to find everyone already geared up and ready to go.

    I told them not to wait for me, and they had no problem with that.

    Not feeling rushed, I took my time gearing up.

    I decided to do a nice leisurely dive off the Cove to check out 120 reef and then maybe the Garden.

    I made an easy entrance.

    Me off of the Cove.
    Me off the cove.

    Vis looked to be good!
    Vis looked to be good!

    I submerged.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #499

    Solo Diving

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

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1100 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat
    Visibility: 15 feet, less in some places
    Water Temperature: 69 degrees
    Air Temperature: 74 degrees, overcast
    Total Bottom Time: 40 minutes

    I submerged just outside the rocky finger off of Pigeon Shit Cave and headed to 120 reef.

    Visibility wasn’t as good as I expected, but it was still very enjoyable.

    Going through the kelp.

    I made my way through the kelp forest.

    Going through the kelp.

    Fish off of Terranea Resort

    It’s nice to see the fish coming back in abundance – the marine preserve is working out, in my opinion.

    I headed back after 25 minutes and swam to the Garden on the other side of the Cove.

    Pier remnants
    Remnants of the old Marineland Pier.

    A school of fish
    Another school of fish.

    I headed in as the others, who went off the Point, were exiting; everyone made it out easily.

    Debriefing was a diver’s reunion – Joe R., Tony from Dive N Surf and even the long gone BlueSteel graced us with their attendance.

    Of course, a lot of the regulars were there too – Reverend Al, Nice Bob and Ben.

    Kenneth From Divevets
    Kenneth from Divevets even showed up for the debrief.

    The ghetto grill and the group
    We cooked sausages on the ghetto grill as we drank beer, to all the snooty looks of the rich people trying to find a free parking spot.

    We caught up on all the news since conditions have sucked for the past few months.

    Apparently, Divevets has long ago peaked, and since they threw everyone off the message board, nobody goes there anymore.

    The website administrator bailed state, others quit diving, others have developed health problems and still others have died.

    I think I will just enjoy the times as they occur… nothing lasts forever, even though I have been dumb enough to think they will.

    Debriefing

    I plan to be back next weekend; Kenneth said he would bring his drone to document our entrance off the Point.

    3 Comments »

    1. Is this site suppose to be viewed on a phone, or is the design just a throw back from the WebTV days? Just curious. Carry on.

      Comment by Jay — August 15, 2016 @ 9:08 pm

    2. Thanks for the write up. It was great reconnecting with you guys. That’s sad news about Steve from the old American Diving.

      Comment by Joe R — August 16, 2016 @ 9:44 am

    3. Sad. I knew Steve for about 25 years and hadn’t heard he died last January. Unfortunately there was a comment in his obituary in the Daily Sleeze…”He lived his life in the oceans of So. California which ultimately caused his demise by cancer.”
      Steve loved the ocean, except on Sundays when Nascar was on TV. I’ll miss him.

      Comment by Max Bottomtime — August 18, 2016 @ 10:05 pm

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