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    First Dive – Santa Barbara Island Off The Pacific Star

    September 21, 2019*

    Sunrise off Santa Barbara Island.
    Sunrise Off Of Santa Barbara Island

    I awoke to the boat moving with the engines still on… so I thought.

    Yes, the boat was moving with the slight swells, and yes, the generator was on, but there we were, anchored off of Santa Barbara Island at a place called “The Rookery.”

    After a great breakfast of bacon and eggs with coffee, I started to get ready for my first dive.

    The Rookery Off Of Santa Barbara Island
    The Rookery Off Of Santa Barbara Island

    When I turned my air on, air was heard leaking out from my first stage.

    Fuck! This again!

    I just had to get my wrench and tighten down one of my hoses, but I got some strange looks when I was working on my regulator.

    Elwood the Divemaster gave the dive briefing and asked if anyone needed a buddy… everyone was fine.

    I was number one on the roster and number one off the boat.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #511

    Solo Diving, SoCal Buddy Diving

    The Rookery, Santa Barbara Island, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 400 psi
    Max depth: 42 feet
    Waves: Slight Chop, but pretty calm
    Visibility: 15-30 feet depending on where you were.
    Water Temperature: 61 degrees at depth
    Air Temperature: 72 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 47 minutes

    I submerged and swam North-West through a myriad of kelp.

    Kelp Forest Off Of Santa Barbara Island
    Kelp Forest Off Of Santa Barbara Island
    Kelp, fish and reefs of the Rookery, Santa Barbara Island
    Kelp, fish and reefs of the Rookery, Santa Barbara Island

    Conditions last week were reported to be “green and shitty;” this is obviously a big improvement.

    A sheephead off of Santa Barbara Island
    A sheephead off of Santa Barbara Island

    It was a very nice uneventful dive, until, out of nowhere, I was maliciously and deliberately attacked by a Sea Lion…

    Sea Lion Attack!
    Sea Lion Attack!
    A Sea Lion goes for the kill!
    A Sea Lion goes for the kill!

    The Sea Lion encounter can be watched on YouTube: Training Tiny The Sea Lion To Attack

    I heard the boat, and made an easy return…

    The Pacific Star as seen from underwater.
    The Pacific Star as seen from underwater.
    Approaching the swim step.
    Approaching the swim step.

    I surfaced right at the swim step and after a slight struggle getting my fins off, crawled back onto the boat.

    Divers return from the first dive.
    Divers return from the first dive.

    More dives to come! Stay tuned!

    *Due to lack of internet access, and too much to do to write while it is happening, there has been a delay in these posts. Pretend you are in 1990.

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