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    December 25, 2011

    The 2011 Pagan Dive and Debrief

    This is my first Pagan dive in many years.

    So, what is a Pagan Dive?

    It is an excuse for anyone who dives, but doesn’t have anything to do on Christmas morning.

    In this case, it’s our regularly scheduled Sunday Services dive, just disguised as the Pagan Dive.

    The Pagan Divers

    I got to the dive site a little early and Mirek and I scoped the conditions out.

    They looked fine, except for a few breaking waves at shore.

    At 9 AM, the rest of the group showed up, minus Donna the Hot Biker Chick, who had a scheduled appearance this morning.

    After Reverend Al checked The Point, he decided to be safe and enter off The Cove – the waves were picking up.

    Our group made an uneventful entrance.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #398

    Sort of Dove with TwinDuct, Dennis G., Richard The Brit, Reverend Al and Son
    Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA USA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1500 psi
    Max depth: 42 feet
    Waves: Choppy and the shore line with a few surprises
    Visibility: 8 feet of shit
    Water Temperature: 57 degrees
    Air Temperature: 74 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 23 minutes

    This is my first beach dive with my new camera – I was a little nervous that it would get lost or smashed on entry or exit, even though I had it on a leash.

    We kicked out through the silt in The Cove, and it looked like it would clear a little.

    We all dropped at the tip of the finger, outside Pigeon Shit cave.

    Visibility sucked!

    I tried following the group, but was messing around with my camera and lost them in the silt soup fairly early in the dive.

    I trolled around, but decided to head back in after 20 minutes.

    TwinDuct and Richard The Brit were already on shore.

    The waves were picking up, but I thought I waited long enough.

    I took my fins off – a wave pushed me towards shore – I stood up and began walking – then another wave hit.

    No problems, until the wave started to recede and I lost my footing.

    I fell, and another wave came in and I got tossed, losing a fin in the process as I reached for my camera that had gotten scraped against the rocks, along with everything else.

    I also had an audience watching me from shore – luckily PDP with his video camera was not there, nor any other diver.

    I regained my footing and made it to the dry rocks.

    I looked back and thought, “Well, this is the first time I ever lost a fin in almost 400 dives, 280 of them beach dives.”

    The tips are starting to crack, so I guess this is God telling me to get a newer pair of fins.

    I looked back at the surf zone – a big wave crashed against the shore, and as it receded, there was my lost fin, stranded in a formation of rocks!

    I quickly launched a successful rescue operation before the next wave came in.

    Now on to the debrief…

    Richard the Brit brought some kind of flaming cake – flam-bay (something like that) that was a bitch to light.

    Mirek brought some Tequila; I asked him, “I thought Poles drank Vodka, not Tequila?”

    “We are closer to Mexico here,” Mirek said.

    I broke out the ghetto grill for barbecued hot dogs and pineapple.

    This is the last time we’re using the ghetto grill, before replacing it – the rusted grill has one huge flame in the middle, with no heat around it.

    Yet another fun day of diving and debriefing has all been captured again with the following video.

    It is in 3D – if you don’t have the glasses or hate 3D, you can turn the 3D off using the controls at the lower right.

    If you have anaglyphic glasses, you can chose the color settings using the 3D icon, also.

    To view this video on YouTube, click here.

    December 11, 2011

    Second Dive on The Star Of Scotland, Santa Monica, CA

    After an hour surface interval, we were back in the water again.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #397

    Dove with Joe R. and John J.
    The Star of Scotland, Santa Monica, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 400 psi
    Max depth: 80 feet
    Waves: Flat with some chop
    Visibility: 15 feet
    Water Temperature: 57 degrees
    Air Temperature: 67 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 23 minutes, including an extended safety stop

    We made our way to the bow – we saw a lobster antenna sticking out of a crack in the hull, so thick, it must have been from a bug the size of a large dog.

    We also had an encounter with a baby black sea bass, that was still pretty damn huge.

    The rest of the dive was pretty uneventful.

    I motioned to Joe when I was down to 1000 psi – I was hoping he had a better idea where the anchor line was; I did not want to do a drifting safety stop.

    He brought me back to the anchor line and I started the slow ascent to the surface.

    Joe and John decide to move the anchor – it was on the wreck, with the potential of getting stuck – so, they picked it up and moved it to the sand.

    For whatever reason, they stayed down too long and both had to do a mandatory decompression stop.

    If you ever want to screw with someone doing a mandatory deco stop, try dry humping him – I only heard about this second hand, and I won’t go into the details.

    All made it back alive and well, and my ears were fine.

    Joe tried to charge John for “Technical Dive Training” because of the deco stop, but was nice enough to eventually wave the fee.

    The food and beer helped make the trip back to Redondo Beach a very short one.

    Below is the movie I took.

    If you do not have 3D glasses, you can turn the 3D off.

    Vis was 15 feet, so the movie is a bit green.

    If anyone knows why there are flashes of vertical black lines on the movie, please let me know.

    To view the movie on YouTube, click here.

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