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    May 31, 2009

    Another Pre-Opening Dive At Terranea Resort

    This morning was gloomy and it sprinkled on and off; but, once at Terranea Resort, it was apparent that conditions were going to be spectacular.

    It was low tide, the ocean was as flat as a lake and we could see submerged rocks from the cliff.

    Since I hate crawling over slimmy and barnacle encrusted boulders at low tide, I was planning an entrance at the cove, but when I heard a woman was going to enter the Point on her first dive here, I decided to follow the group.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #342

    Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    SoCal Buddy Diving With The Sunday Morning Divevets Crew

    In With: 3200 psi
    Out With: 1000 psi
    Max depth: 53 feet
    Waves: As flat as a lake
    Visibility: 15 to 20 feet
    Temperature: 58 degrees, colder at depth
    Total Bottom Time: About 45 minutes

    The dangerous boulder entry.

    We all made a very careful and uneventful entry over the slimmy boulders.

    We swam out to try and find the statue; I told Reverend Al that I would try and follow him, but I was technically going solo, so “Don’t worry about me.”

    Al had two other divers that he was escorting.

    Vis was pretty damn good.

    Vis was pretty damn good!

    Ten divers were in the water, so it wasn’t too long before I became seperated from Al; I went off on my own.

    I could not find the statue on this dive.

    An orange sea blob.

    An orange sea blob.

    A reef off of The Point.

    I really need to buy an external flash; I’ve been going flashless lately to avoid the “scatter back” from internal flash photography that occurs underwater.

    Unfortunately, under the massive kelp beds, the light was pretty dim; my camera had to take longer to expose and by that time a surge or current had moved me and the camera.

    A reef off of The Point..

    Visibility was good enough to practice some macro shots of the reef.

    A reef off of The Point..

    This area is what makes Southern California beach diving so great!

    A cool looking sunstar.

    I spotted another sunstar on the way back to the cove.

    After 45 minutes, I made an uneventful exit at the rocky cove.

    Mean Bob DMed the exit.

    Mean Bob was nice enough to DM the exit.

    The debriefing begins.

    Professional Debriefer Paul showed up to test our new “Debriefing Limits” with Terranea Resort.

    Debriefing continued without hassle.

    With a slight rain and a few “Soft Opening” guests at the resort, we drank beer and even barbecued with no hassle.

    This may be Diver Todd’s last dive here before moving to Florida – he’s another victim of California’s shitty economy.

    May 30, 2009

    The SCUBA Show At The Long Beach Convention Center

    It’s once again time to check out the annual SCUBA Show at the Long Beach Convention Center.

    I decided to stay away from the lectures this year unlike last year, as I did not find them too interesting for a destitute, local beach diver who can’t afford to travel.

    The Scuba Show.

    The SCUBA Show banner is green – probably to resemble the crappy conditions here lately.

    Lots of floor space.

    It was pretty easy to get lost – lots of displays.

    California Wreck Divers.

    The California Wreck Divers had a booth.

    A little display from the Newbern wreck off of Old Marineland.

    A little display from the Newbern wreck that’s off of Old Marineland

    An Ocean themed art gallery.

    An impressive ocean themed art gallery.

    The SCUBA theater.

    The SCUBA theater.

    A little native flavor adds to a travel display.

    A little native flavor adds to a travel display.

    A new feature in dive safety - a LED lighted Diver Down flag.

    A new feature in dive safety – a LED lighted Diver Down flag.

    Dive equipment, dive travel packages, SCUBA charities and various other odd booths, like beef jerky and hand lotion, covered the enormous convention floor.

    I saw many of my old and new diving friends, so beyond the $12 entrance fee, $10 parking and $7 beers I would say it was worth it to kill a few hours here again.

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