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    Logged Dive #284 Long Point Beach Dive and Barbecue Party

    Long Point (aka The Old Marineland), Palos Verdes, California

    Solo Diving

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 800 psi
    Max depth: About 45 feet
    Waves: Small swells, almost as flat as a lake
    Visibility: 8 to 10 feet, but with a lot of silt
    Water Temperature: 54 degrees at depth, warmer on the surface
    Total Bottom Time: About 45 minutes

    Reverend Al had to go find the guard to have him unlock the parking lot; apparently, the
    guard did not know that was one of his duties.

    So, running 30 minutes behind schedule, I geared up and took the torturous walk down to
    the rocky beach.

    It was really low tide, and I almost slipped a few times on the exposed slimy rocks.

    The air temperature must have been 90 degrees – I was sweating profusely from the walk
    down and entering the cool 54 degree water felt really good.

    Me off of the Terranea Resort.

    The Terranea Resort is in back of me; it’s getting larger by the week.

    I submerged and followed my compus heading to 120 reef…

    120 Reef Off Of Old Marineland

    120 Reef Off Of Old Marineland

    120 Reef Off Of Old Marineland

    120 Reef At Old Marineland

    There was a lot of silt in the water, but everyone who dives here knows the old saying,
    “When the visibility is low, go macro.”

    120 Reef Off Of Old Marineland

    At 45 feet, the reef ended, so I started heading in; there’s big patches of sand
    between reefs.

    A starfish eats.

    A starfish prys open it’s next meal.

    A Nudibrach

    A Nudibrach!

    A colorful reef.

    I had a small air leak from my first stage, so I had to cut the dive short; however, I
    was getting cold, so I don’t think I could have gone on regardless.

    Visibility was really crappy in the cove; I made an easy and uneventful exit.

    Dripping wet with cool water, the walk up wasn’t bad.

    Now, for the party!

    Ed and Paul

    All I have to do is announce free food, and my brother shows up; Ed showed up, too.

    I barbecue, Ed drinks.

    We just had hotdogs; otherwise I would have brought my real barbecue.

    Lars was back in town diving with others; he walked up from the beach in full SCUBA
    gear, dripping wet.

    Ed asked him, “Did you dive this morning?”

    “No, I just walk around in SCUBA gear to keep myself in good shape,” Lars responded.

    I couldn’t help but laugh.

    Old Marineland Parking Lot Party!

    Beer, hotdogs, ocean air and cool people… or as Jane puts it, “Barbecuing in a parking
    lot like we’re homeless.”

    Not many women can handle the walk down fully geared; so regular female divers here are a

    Reverend Al asked, “Where’s all the chicks? This scene resembles a gay bar?”

    Reverend Al and his group went off The Point and reported 30-foot visibility.

    I don’t like entering The Point at low tide; the boulders are too slippery.

    “Debriefing” lasted a couple of hours until the beer ran out.

    Rebel’s Bar In San Pedro

    Me, Ed and Paul ended up at Rebel’s Bar in San Pedro – the nicest neighborhood bar in San


    1. When I was scuba diving in California I saw some great tropical fish and took great photo’s.
      The lights I used were the Darkbuster HID Torch, they were bright and perfect.
      Check it out for an awesome dive experience

      Comment by Matthew — April 29, 2008 @ 11:22 am

    2. Beautiful Under water photos.

      Comment by Maldiveslive — April 30, 2008 @ 11:24 am

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