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  • November 26, 2017

    Thanksgiving Weekend Dive and Debrief

    I arrived promptly at 8 am to check the conditions; Reverend Al and other divers were already present.

    For the most part, the Cove was pretty calm with some waves rolling onto shore.

    The Point was a little different because some big swells were rolling into the rocks between lulls; I would have called it, but the consensus was “It is doable, if you are patient.”

    We geared up and headed back down.

    Someone remarked, “If all seven of us make it out unscathed, it will be a miracle.”

    That is not what I wanted to hear, but Reverend Al assured us that all will be fine.

    We made an entry off of the Point!

    We took our time; I waited for a swell to come in.

    As a swell came in, I jumped in and rode the wave out, kicking as another swell tried to push me back into the rocks.

    We all made it in!
    We all made it!

    We noticed that there was one hell of a current pushing us West; we submerged.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #507

    SoCal Buddy Diving With Reverend Al, Nice Rob, Rob, BlueSteel, Joe R. and David

    The Point off of Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 800 psi
    Max depth: 64 feet
    Waves: Calm with occassional chop towards shore.
    Visibility: 10-15 feet but silty, better shallower
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees
    Air Temperature: 76 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 40 minutes

    Visibility looked pretty good on the surface, but cut down to 10-15 feet with lots of silt.

    It took me a while to get down because of problems equalizing; by the time I reached the bottom, everyone was gone.

    I knew swimming against the current was going to suck, so I just headed to the Cove on my own.

    Kelp.  Vis sort of sucked.

    Conditions were not good for photography.

    Fish and kelp.

    I surface by the Point.
    I surfaced after getting lost; I was still at the Point.

    I did a surface swim to the drainage pipe and submerged.

    I finally find another diver!
    I finally found another diver!

    All seven of us surfaced at roughly the same time.

    We make an easy exit.
    We all made an easy exit!

    Debriefing ensued!
    Let the debriefing begin!

    Barbecued Ribs!

    We had a Korean themed debrief with pork ribs, rice, kimchi, dried mushrooms and Ginseng wine from North Korea.

    Ginseng wine from North Korea!

    Made in North Korea
    Ginseng wine from North Korea!

    My video of “Tasting Ginseng Wine From North Korea (DPRK)” can be found here:

    Tasting Ginseng Wine From North Korea (DPRK)

    Now, the mushrooms that I brought back from North Korea had been soaking in water for two weeks, they were still as hard as rocks.

    Barbecued mushrooms - horrible!
    The mushrooms looked like dried dog turds on the barbecue.

    After taking a taste, I decided not to torture my fellow divers with them; they tasted like dried cork.

    Kimchi and rice!
    Kimchi and rice!

    A group photo!
    Me, Nice Bob, Joe R., Reverend Al and BlueSteel.

    Matty joins us for a beer.
    Matty, Cal Poly Pomona student, joins us for a beer after she was waved at.

    Right around this time, Joe disappeared mysteriously like Clark Kent.

    One of the topics of conversation was how different the diving community is now, as compared to 15 years ago.

    Divevets is gone, so are the Sandeaters, The Dive N Surf group has fractured, people have died, gotten sick, stopped diving and moved away; even this blog (so I have heard) is on the decline.

    Even Reverend Al said, “I keep wondering how long I’m going to do this.”

    Until they can perfect underwater WIFI, SCUBA diving may not be as popular with the new generations.

    Until next time!


    1. I could not disagree with you more! How can you say your blog is on the decline? This is the only scuba web site that offers the undiluted truth about diving, drinking, travel, and the state of our country. It keeps getting better and better… just like America. On behalf of all your loyal readers, please continue your important journalistic work!

      Yes, I did disappear rather stealthily. Allow me to explain. Now that I’m reaching late middle age I find young attractive women terrifying. I see only trouble, humiliation, and long prison terms. So I split. Sorry.

      Comment by Joe R — November 27, 2017 @ 8:35 am

    2. The group I have dived with since the early eighties continues to beach dive, dive off our boat, and dive hard in general. Hobbies have come and gone over the years, but we have all agreed, Diving is the best and has kept us motivated all these years. Now at the age of 52, I have a new goal, a beach dive at 70, stay tuned.

      Comment by halibug — November 27, 2017 @ 8:22 pm

    3. Many thanks to you for sponsoring North Korea week and providing all of the food. Of the eight people who tried the DPRK wine, only three have reported symptoms of blindness, certainly an acceptable rate of collateral damage for Dear Leader’s favorite beverage. The ribs were delicious and thanks for not making us eat the dog turds.

      Comment by Rev. Al — November 28, 2017 @ 10:19 am

    4. Thanks for the photos and to experience some North Korean ginseng wine at 35% Alcohol. what actually surprised me was that everyone surfaced about the time especially with the kelp laid over and the current ripping. It was quite a workout to make any headway. If the current had been going the other direction it would have been a nice drift dive.

      Comment by Bluesteel — November 28, 2017 @ 8:11 pm

    5. Should have exited at Pelican Cove (Fishing Access) and had Al run back and get his car.

      Comment by Phil Garner — December 1, 2017 @ 6:58 pm

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