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    September 29, 2019

    Fourth Dive Off The Pacific Star – Sutil Island

    September 21, 2019*

    I fell asleep on the top deck of the Pacific Star, getting properly baked by the Sun.

    I woke up after hearing the announcement that the gates were open, and we were free to dive.

    Even though the last dive was great, I had no inclination to dive at that spot again, so I decided to rest some more…

    …until I noticed that they had actually moved the boat to Sutil Island.

    Sutil Island.
    Sutil Island.

    I geared up quickly, but was still one of the last divers overboard.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #514

    Solo Diving, SoCal Buddy Diving

    Sutil Island, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 700 psi
    Max depth: 45 feet
    Waves: Pretty calm
    Visibility: 25-50 feet depending on where you were.
    Water Temperature: 64 degrees at depth
    Air Temperature: 78 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 46 minutes

    I'm OK - or is that a symbol of hate?
    I’m OK – or is that a symbol of hate?
    Kelp forest off of Sutil Island.
    Kelp forest off of Sutil Island.
    Kelp forest off of Sutil Island.

    For whatever reason, this dive was a little bit spooky; I thought I saw divers in the distance, only to get closer and find out it was kelp waving in the current, and the light fluctuated depending on the thickness of the kelp on the surface.

    The spookiness did not translate to these photos, however.

    Another diver traverses the kelp maze.
    Another diver traverses the kelp maze.
    Sunshine through the kelp.
    Sunshine through the kelp.
    Fish in the kelp forest.
    Reefs, kelp and fish
    Garibaldi swim around the reefs off Sutil Island.
    Garibaldi swim around the reefs off Sutil Island.
    Garibaldi swim around the reefs off Sutil Island.
    A Bat Ray sleeps on the ocean floor.
    A Bat Ray sleeps on the ocean floor.

    Unlike my previous dives, where I could just listen for the boat, I actually had to surface to get my bearings back.

    I made it back to the Pacific Star without issue.

    Santa Barbara Island, from Sutil Island.
    Santa Barbara Island, from Sutil Island.
    Sutil Island.
    Sutil Island.

    Now, for dinner and the wait until our night dive.

    *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.

    September 26, 2019

    Third Dive Off The Pacific Star At Santa Barbara Island

    September 21, 2019*

    After great taco lunch, it was time to dive the South East Kelp Forest of Santa Barbara Island.

    Again, I was the first one off the boat.

    Off The Pacific Star
    Off The Pacific Star

    After taking a quick surface pee in my wet-suit, I submerged.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #513

    Solo Diving, SoCal Buddy Diving

    South East Kelp Forest, Santa Barbara Island, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 700 psi
    Max depth: 60 feet
    Waves: Pretty calm
    Visibility: 20-35 feet depending on where you were.
    Water Temperature: 62 degrees at depth
    Air Temperature: 79 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 42 minutes

    I hit the bottom at 42 feet.

    The South East Kelp Reef, Santa Barbara Island
    The South East Kelp Reef, Santa Barbara Island
    Me giving the "OK" sign, before it was classified as a racist symbol.
    Me giving the “OK” sign, before it was classified as a racist symbol.

    Seriously: The ‘OK’ Hand Gesture Is Now Listed As A Symbol Of Hate; I will never be able to run for office, if that picture ever got out… well, a lot of other things would stop me anyways.

    The South East Kelp Reef, Santa Barbara Island

    I made it down to 60 feet.

    As a matter of fact, the depth changed often as I traversed the many reefs.

    I had to clear my mask and ended up with a big glob of snot in my eye, which I quickly washed out.

    A sheephead off of  the South East Kelp Reef, Santa Barbara Island
    A sheephead off of the South East Kelp Reef, Santa Barbara Island
    A Garibaldi off the South East Kelp Reef, Santa Barbara Island
    A Garibaldi off the South East Kelp Reef, Santa Barbara Island
    A Garibaldi off the South East Kelp Reef, Santa Barbara Island
    Other divers enjoy the macro-life.
    Other divers enjoy the macro-life.
    Sheephead in the Kelp Forest
    Another Sheephead in the Kelp Forest
    Another Sheephead in the Kelp Forest
    Kelp anchored to a floating rock.
    Kelp anchored to a floating rock.
    Visibility here was pretty good!
    Visibility here was pretty good!

    Again, I listened for the boat and came up right at the ladder.

    Three dives down and two more to go today!

    I climbed up to the top deck for some rest.

    Here is a video from this dive: Diving Santa Barbara Island

    *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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