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  • August 21, 2016

    500 Dives And Still Alive!

    I arrived at Terranea Resort a few minutes after 8 AM, to what was going to be my 500th dive.

    There were maybe eight or nine divers there, but only three regulars – Reverend Al, BlueSteel and Libertarian Ted.

    It was decided to go off the Point.

    Unlike most other dives, I was actually waiting on the rest.

    Expert entrance.
    I was the first to enter and watched the others make easy entrances.

    The group off the Point.

    We swam out and dropped right on the statue…

    Logged SCUBA Dive #500

    Dove with Reverend Al, BlueSteel and Libertarian Ted

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

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1000 psi
    Max depth: 60 feet
    Waves: Some surge but manageable
    Visibility: 10 – 15 feet
    Water Temperature: 69 degrees
    Air Temperature: 75 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 46 minutes

    The lady and memorial
    The Lady of the Point, plus a new addition…

    Memorial
    Photo by Reverend AL

    Memorial rocks – “Shanon Wesserling Final Dive 2012″ “Dennis Gunn 1940-2016 A great ??? a dive buddy”

    I want a rock when I die.

    Reef At Terranea Resort.

    We followed Reverend Al.

    Reef At Terranea Resort.

    Amazingly, these pictures look like the hundreds of other pictures that I’ve taken here.

    Reef At Terranea Resort.

    Reef At Terranea Resort.

    A block reef.
    A block reef.

    Stringy Blobs
    The Sun Stars are gone, but I have noticed these weird stringy blobs have been appearing more frequently.

    This was a nice, uneventful dive.

    Silt out.
    When visibility sucked, we surfaced.

    A smooth exit.

    I tripped over a rock on exit, but everyone else seemed to have made it out just fine.

    During the dive, we headed shallower earlier than usual; I still had 1000 psi in my tank, which is rare for a Point to Cove dive.

    I was pleasantly surprised to see Nick, Jill (a.k.a. Jilly-fish) and their son Ben; they showed up just for my 500th dive and to check out the diving scene, which they’ve been missing for several years.

    Grilling ribs

    Jill brought Korean ribs, kimchi and potato salad; I had no issues being the cook!

    Korean ribs!

    My dive buddies.
    My dive buddies for my 500th dive – BlueSteel, Libertarian Ted, Reverend Al and Myself.

    Ben, Nick, Jill and Me.
    Ben, Nick, Jill and Me.

    Me and Ben
    Me and Ben as Reverend Al photo bombs.

    The debriefing

    We were amazed at what people will go to to avoid parking fees…

    Parking Wars

    During our debrief, some psycho Russian sounding chick, who was a passenger in another vehicle, got out of the car and ran to a newly vacant parking spot as someone else was trying to pull in.

    She yelled, “You can’t park here, this is my spot!”

    The driver who was trying to park yelled back, “Lady, I was waiting, I’m next in line – it doesn’t work that way here.”

    Psycho Chick Steals a parking spot

    The psycho woman actually sat down in the parking spot.

    The guy acted like he was leaving and then started to back up into the space.

    The lady screamed – I didn’t see exactly what happened.

    The guy in the car yelled, “Call the police!”

    “I am calling them right now,” she said.

    During this time, the car that the lady came out of found another spot and parked; nobody appeared to be physically injured; obviously the woman is mentally damaged.

    I think that was the same psycho woman that was yelling at diver Irish Andy a year ago, telling him that if he was done with his business at Terranea, he needed to leave so she could park.

    Andy told her, “When I leave, I’m going to make sure you don’t park here.”

    Thanks again everybody for all the years of diving – great memories.

    Thanks again to Jill for the food.

    Until next time!

    5 Comments »

    1. Thanks for the dive reports and congrats on the 500 dive milestone!

      Comment by halibug — August 22, 2016 @ 3:15 pm

    2. Congrats on the big 500! BTW, the stringy things are sea hare eggs.

      Comment by Max Bottomtime — August 22, 2016 @ 8:06 pm

    3. Congratulations on making it to 500. You are one of America’s most macho divers, like Mike Nelson.

      Comment by Joe R — August 23, 2016 @ 11:15 am

    4. You are outrageous! I salute your bravery!

      Comment by Walter Angler — September 2, 2016 @ 2:43 pm

    5. Congrats on hitting milestone #500!
      I Love reading your blogs! I have been reading for years. was wondering if you have any good contacts for small charters that would take 2-5 divers out during lobster season. I’m so tired of big charters and rookies messing up my hunting. I still usually limit out but small charter would be a fun change. I’m from Utah and am approaching dive #400. Any help would be great. looking forward to reading your next report.
      Thanks for the great time living through your diving.
      Gary

      Comment by Gary Sanderson — September 14, 2016 @ 2:16 pm

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