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  • July 10, 2016

    We Are Back In Business! Diving Again After El Nino!

    Holy crap!

    Writing this post, I just realized I haven’t been diving at all this year!

    I am now ashamed, but beach diving conditions have sucked that much, and I haven’t been able to get on a boat either.

    I woke up, checked the swell map, and could not come up with an excuse to not show up at Terranea Resort – and I’m a good liar to myself.

    I met Reverend Al and Randy… we checked the conditions.

    The ocean was flat, the foam was gone.

    Flat conditions.
    The Point looked do-able, but we opted for the Cove and 120 reef, in case visibility sucked so bad, we could easily call the dive.

    All three of us made an easy entrance…

    Logged SCUBA Dive #497

    Dove with Reverend Al and Randy

    The Cove, Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1000 psi
    Max depth: 42 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat
    Visibility: 10-15 feet
    Water Temperature: 64 degrees
    Air Temperature: 75 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 42 minutes

    Going Down.
    We surface swam all the way out, and dropped near 120 reef.

    We decided that Randy would lead; he didn’t have a compass, so we all agreed that that would make the dive more interesting.

    Reverend Al, the master of underwater navigation, said that he would lead us back when done.

    Following my leaders.

    Visibility was not that great, but I did not care.

    Reef off of Terranea Resort

    We took a slow, steady course, re-exploring the 120 reef that we have been to many times before.

    The storms and swells have rearranged the familiar shore and seascape.

    Feeding The Fish
    We fed the fish.

    A Black Sea Bass
    The highlight of our dive – a Black Sea Bass, the size of a Trabant!

    The Black Sea Bass hung out with us for a bit.

    After about 35 minutes, Reverend Al lead us back to a perfect, spot on and easy exit.

    Revereand Al, Randy and Me.
    Reverend Al, Randy and Me.

    What a wonderful day!

    I will take 10 to 15 of visibility than no diving at all!

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