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  • January 21, 2004

    Logged Dive #24 Long Point, CA

    Long Point, CA
    (aka The Old Marineland)

    Solo Diving

    The weather was nice, the waves were only four feet.

    The regular beach divers Dennis, Fred and Al were there; Nick also came down to watch.

    Nick’s going through NAUI classes right now.

    Always make sure your air is on.

    Always make sure your air is on.

    Walking Down.

    Dawning My fins to go out.

    Entering the water, the waves declines sooner than I thought and I was beached until a wave picked me back up.

    Kicking out.

    The water was cool, the visibility was 10 feet and soupy.

    I swam around the kelp bed at the tip of the point.

     Under that kelp bed is a bunch of small caves and big rocks.

    I saw a huge lobster backed into one of the caves.

    I rode a huge wave coming back in.

    Crawling out.

    Crawling Out.
    In with 3100 psi
    Out with: 1200 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    water cool
    waves 4-6 feet
    Underwater 45 minutes

    The trek up the hill at Long Point.

    Carrying all my crap back up.

    Carrying all my crap back up.

    January 17, 2004

    Logged Dive #23 Long Point, CA

    Long Point, CA
    (aka The Old Marineland)

    Solo Diving

    Holy shit!

    It had been raining a few weeks ago and was very cold since.

    I thought, “OK, there’s no surf alert, and the weather is warmer; I’ll go diving.”

    I arrived at Long Point about 9:00 AM. I walked to see the surf — 6 foot plus waves.

    The kelp beds were swishing around.

    OK, I went anyway.

    I saw two other divers go in before me.

    It was tough getting in, the waves were large.

    There was nothing to see.

    Five foot visibility at best.

    I also could hear the perpetual crashing of the waves on the rocks.

    I swam through the first kelp bed, but didn’t see any kelp.

    I wasn’t going to waste my energy.

    I got out early.

    As I was coming out, three other divers were going in.

    I said, “If you’ve never dived off of rocks before, today is not the time to start.”

    In with: 3100 psi
    Out with: 2000 psi
    Max depth: 30 feet??
    Waves 6 feet plus??
    Water temp: cold

    I dove with my new regulator; I think the depth gauge is bad.

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