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  • April 23, 2006

    Logged Dive #175 – DMITing An Open Water Student

    Avalon Underwater Park
    (aka Casino Point)
    Catalina, CA

    Dove with Instructor John, Ron T. and John’s Open Water student Jack* as part of our Dive Master class.

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 2000 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: 1-2 feet, insignificant
    Visibility: 20 feet or so
    Water Temperature: 58 degrees Fahrenheit
    Total Bottom Time: About 30 minutes
    *Student name has been changed.

    We did the traditional skin dive first – we saw a HUGE black sea bass.

    Jack was a little freaked and yelled to us, “What is that? Is it going to hurt us?”

    We swam after it.

    The free dive sort of reminded me how I sometimes don’t like free diving.

    I think I almost passed out coming up from 25 feet; I was dizzy for a bit.

    On the actual SCUBA dive, Jack slipped on the stairs leading to the water; he was all right.

    We all made it out and met at the life preserver/ buoy.

    Jack took a while getting down.

    John fed the fish frozen peas.

    The fish swarmed – Jack tried catching a few.

    We headed over to the Jacques Cousteau memorial.

    John had Jack adjust his BC jacket – something must have happened, like diver malfunction, because as soon as we left the memorial, Jack started to float up.

    Ron chased after him, I went to get John.

    We all surfaced, swam to where it was shallower and continued our dive.

    Jack took his time getting down, which was okay.

    We all made it back and up the stairs without incident.

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