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  • November 1, 2009

    Wonderful Diving Today At Terranea Resort

    On the way to Terranea Resort, the water looked flat and dark – a good sign for great diving.

    About six divers went off the Point; we had an extremely easy entrance today.

    Professional Debriefer Paul still had my camera to download the underwater video from yesterday’s underwater pumpkin carving event, so I was camera-less on this dive.

    I buddied up with the famous Melvin Pasley.

    Logged Dive #360
    Terranea Resort
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    Dove with Melvin Pasley, founder of the Disabled Veterans SCUBA Project.

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 300 psi
    Max depth: 60 feet
    Waves: Pretty flat
    Visibility: 25 feet
    Water Temperature: About 56 degrees, I think
    Total Bottom Time: About 55 minutes

    The water felt colder than yesterday.

    Our group swam out to where Reverend Al believed the statue to be and submerged.

    We hung around that area for about 10 minutes; I didn’t think we found the statue, but Al told me later, “We were right on it, you must have seen it.”

    Well, I didn’t.

    All throughout my dive, my mask kept leaking and I kept clearing it – sort of annoying.

    I’m not bad on air, but nobody would classify me as a fish; Melvin was diving with 20 more cubic feet of air than I had, so I worried about cutting his time short.

    We started to head for the cove when I had 2500 psi left.

    Visibility was really good – 25 feet, maybe more in some areas.

    We traveled through the kelp at a zero heading to 35 feet, then took a 30 degree heading to the cove.

    We came across a huge bat ray, large sun stars and a few potentially legal lobsters that were hiding in a reef, out of reach.

    After peaking once, to reaffirm my bearings home, I surface just outside the Cove with 300 psi; Melvin had over 1200 psi left.

    I probably should have been paired up with someone who had an 80 cubic foot tank.

    Professional Debriefer Paul was on shore to document our easy exit.

    The debriefing was interesting with Melvin, Military Bob and Not New Chris – all of whom were either active or retired military.

    Melvin got back from a tour in Iraq, maybe a year ago or so, and said, “If you are one of the ones that go out on patrol, it isn’t if you are going to get blown up, but when.”

    “I saw a suicide bomber and a cement truck blow up… the guy that replaced me when I went home was killed two weeks later… some soldiers were blown up six times, all to get sent back on patrol.”

    “A lot of soldiers can’t drive from here to Las Vegas because once you get past Barstow, the terrain looks just like Iraq and brings back memories…”

    Veteran’s Day is coming and word has it that Not So New Chris will be deploying soon.

    Not to cheat anyone out of a visual for today, here is a video that Not So New Chris made of today’s dive…

    To watch the video on YouTube, click here.

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