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    June 17, 2007

    Logged Dive #231 – Margate Diving Off Of John’s Zodiac

    Margate, Palos Verdes Estates, CA

    Dove off of John’s Zodiac

    Southern California Buddy Diving With John and Ron T.

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1200 psi
    Max depth: 50 feet
    Waves: Rough Chop; 2 foot swells
    Visibility: 15 feet; silty
    Water Temperature: Cold at 50 feet
    Total Bottom Time: About 35 minutes; my “water resistant” watch has finally stopped working.

    I picked up Ron at his home is Redondo Beach at 7 AM and met John at the Redondo Marina.

    John’s Zodiac.

    We too a bumpy ride out to the massive kelp bed off “Margate” in Palos Verdes and dropped anchor.

    John gives a dive briefing.

    John said the trick is to inflate your BC, throw it overboard, jump over and put your gear on in the water.

    I was the first over board.

    I swam down to 40 feet and explored from there.

    There’s an interesting set of reefs, kelp and abundant life.

    There was quite a slight surge, even at 40 feet.

    I came across an old anchor that was caught in the kelp.

    It I could have cut the chain, I would have kept it.

    I ascended to 20 feet a few times to warm up.

    I surface to get my bearings and made it back to the boat.

    John was already on board.

    I took my BC off, hooked it to the side of the boat, threw my weight belt in and climbed in the boat.

    It was a task easier than I could ever have imagined.

    June 16, 2007

    Freediving At Malaga Cove

    Malaga Cove, Palos Verdes Estates, CA

    Free Diving/Kayak Diving With Ed

    Max depth: 15 feet
    Waves: 1-4 foot rolling swells
    Visibility: 5-10 feet, sort of silty
    Water Temperature: Cool
    Total Ocean Time: 30 minutes or so.

    There’s been red tide that’s kept me out of the water of a couple of weeks.

    Ed bought a two person inflatable Diveyak that has never been in the water.

    It’s been gathering dust for about a year.

    I picked Ed up and we split for Malaga.

    A lot of divers were there; Long Point is now closed for beach access.

    Revered Al, his buddies and a few other divers checked out Ed’s Diveyak.

    Me and Ed with his Kayak.

    We put our spears and the rest of the equipment in the kayak, carried it down to the rocks and launched it after a precarious walk over the rocks.

    When the Diveyak was in the water, the tubes started to cool and the boat started to sag.

    I pumped more air in with the “foot pump,” holding it against my chest.

    We paddled out, fighting a surface current that was running parallel to Rossler’s pool – or at least that’s what it used to be called.

    I hard a hard time sitting comfortably.

    Ed was in the front, I was in the back. The seat was in my way and I actually ended up sitting on top of it.

    We dropped anchor.

    SCUBA divers were all around.

    I thought to myself, “Why did we even take this kayak out here? We could have made it this far from shore.”

    I guess we just had to test the diveyak.

    We dove over and did our free diving.

    Me, freediving off of Malaga Cove.

    Me with my spear gun.

    I hunted; Ed didn’t buy a fishing license yet, so he just dove.

    Fish were scarce, the visibility wasn’t too great.

    Once back on the boat, we drifted and paddled to the sandy beach.

    Ed on his kayak.

    I remember when my wetsuit held my beer gut in.

    I remember when my wetsuit held my beer gut in.

    I hoped out in waist deep water; a wave picked up and dumped Ed out of the boat.

    Luckily, everything was strapped in.

    We made it ashore safely.

    I had the bright idea of deflating the kayak to make it easier to carry.

    Even without air, that thing is heavy and cumbersome for one person.

    We eventually made it back up the hill for some beers and a barbecue at Ed’s place.

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