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  • February 26, 2006

    Logged Dive #172 – Solo Diving The Old Marineland

    Long Point, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
    (aka The Old Marineland)

    Solo Diving

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 600 psi
    Max depth: 65 feet
    Waves: 1-2 feet, calm
    Visibility: 10-15 feet. Maybe 20 in some places
    Water Temperature: Cool, I got cold at times; I’m going to guess 55 degrees Fahrenheit
    Total Bottom Time: 50 minutes

    I was suppose to help with an Open Water class with Instructor John, but there was a bike race at Redondo Beach and the lot at Vet’s was blocked.

    John canceled class the night before.

    So, it was off to the Old Marineland for me.

    The Divevets were there with some Pacific Wilderness groupies and Sandeaters.

    I’m guessing some 30 plus divers were there.

    The water was calm; I went off the Point and made a really easy entry.

    I went to the right a ways after submerging.

    I saw a lobster and grabbed for it.

    I missed, but I don’t have a fishing license for this year yet anyways; I would not have been able to keep it.

    The vis was pretty good, about 10-15 feet; 20 feet in some places.

    There seemed to be a slight current heading North toward the cove.

    I sort of drifted that way.

    I thought I was close to the Point when I surfaced to get my bearings.

    I traveled quite a ways – mostly because I kept kicking to stay warm.

    I exited with no problem.

    It was so calm, I accidentally swam up to the rocks where it was too shallow to remove my fins.

    I crawled up on “friendship rock” and took them off.

    The Divevets had a huge beer and barbecue party!

    Al (of Dennis, Fred and Al), whom this group calls “Reverend Al” invited me over for a beer and a hotdog.

    There were a lot of people partaking in the barbecue and beer festival – not only SCUBA divers, but fishermen and sight seers.

    I actually socialized with people that I didn’t know!

    I’ll definitely be coming back for the next one, I hope!

    I posted a “thank you” to the Divevets’ message board for their hospitality.

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