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    July 9, 2005

    Logged Dive #129 – My Pre-Goldstar Dive Dive

    Casino Point, Catalina, CA

    Solo Diving

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1200 psi
    Max depth: 90 feet +
    Waves: 1 foot, insignificant
    Visibility: 15-20 feet
    Water Temperature: Sort of chilly at depth
    Total Bottom Time: 30 minutes

    This was my dive before I helped staff the “Gold Star” charity dive event that benefits the Sheriff’s Department and decompression chamber at Two Harbors.

    Divers Gear Up For The Gold Star Dive

    Instructor John, Steve from American Diving, Bob from my previous Rescue course were also staff participants.

    American Diving apparently is the sole sponsor to this event.

    I submerged about 8:55 AM.

    The point was not crowded, except on land.

    I went towards the left (North I believe).

    Visibility was okay… about 15 to 20 feet.

    I had to get back at 9:30 AM for an orientation on the event, so I went deep – 90 feet and some change.

    I stayed deep for about 15 minutes, 70 to 90, 90 to 70, etc.

    There seems to be less fish than before, maybe because of the depth or time of year.

    I came across one of the “gold stars” at about 50 feet and was also attacked by a Garibaldi.

    Apparently, the Garibaldi’s will bite at you if you get near their nesting ground.

    I came back up and out with no problem.

    July 4, 2005

    Logged Dive #128 – Independance Day Dive

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

    Dove with Nick

    In With: 3200 psi
    Out With: 1000 psi
    Max depth: 40 feet
    Waves: 1 foot, insignificant
    Visibility: 10 feet
    Water Temperature: Cold in some places
    Total Bottom Time: 45 minutes

    Nick is back for the three day weekend from working contract in Cleveland.

    I brought my spear gun and hoped to go off The Point, however Nick hurt his ankle, so we went out of the cove.

    Nick hurts his ankle quite a bit, and probably for the only reason that he’s so tall.

    I think my spare air broke – I can’t seem to fill it.

    I filled it, couldn’t get the canister off my tank and think I broke a seal or something when I removed it.

    I heard a big, bang! and hiss!

    All the air leaked out.

    There’s no fish off the cove; all the spear fishermen go off the Point.

    The waves were so flat, this would have been the perfect time!

    We entered the water and swam out; we submerged at ten minutes to 10 AM.

    Visibility was ten feet.

    We toured our traditional route off of Pigeon Shit Cave; Nick followed behind me and my spear gun.

    We came across the abandoned lobster trap that I have mentioned in previous dives.

    The water was cold in some spots.

    We surfaced East and rode a current back to our exit spot fairly quickly.

    Dennis and Al were in the parking lot; so were Reyna and a Pacific Wilderness diving instructor – I don’t know his name, but I have seen him around many times.

    I didn’t see any fish worth shooting!

    I will definitely try The Point the next time, if it’s doable.

    We exited with no problems as it was extremely flat.

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