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  • October 23, 2011

    SCUBA Diving Report: Flooding At Terranea Resort

    The only thing not perfect with this day, is that there was really thick fog blanketing 90% of the South Bay; the air was warm, and the sea was calm – I mean flat as a lake.

    Dive N Surf was there, with their club’s monthly beach dive along with the regular Divevets crew.

    I paired up with Air Force Chris (formerly know as Not New Chris) and Dennis G.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #392

    Dove with Air Force Chris and Dennis G.
    Off the Cove and to the right, Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 42 feet
    Waves: Flat
    Visibility: 15 to 20 feet
    Water Temperature: 56 degrees
    Air Temperature: 69 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: About 59 minutes

    The entrance was too easy; we swam to the right.

    I pulled out my camera and took a picture of Chris, with the Terranea Hotel in the background.

    After a little more surface time, a duck landed next to me; I pulled out my camera to take a picture.

    Why won’t my camera turn on?

    Upon close inspection, I concluded that the root cause of my camera not turning on is a direct result of my camera case being half filled with seawater.

    Yep, my camera case flooded – after many faithful, and sometimes unpredictable years of service – SCUBA Diving, River rafting, camping, Gold Prospecting – the macho-cam was dead.

    Calling the dive because of this tragedy would be fruitless, so I continued.

    We descended.

    What a crappy time to have my camera flood!

    The visibility was great – up to 20 feet in most areas.

    Luckily, Air Force Chris was able to document highlights of the dive:

    You can watch this video on YouTube by clicking here.

    The “buddy system” in SCUBA diving makes more sense to me now; if one camera floods, your buddy with his camera can document the dive.

    With no camera, obviously I have no pictures to post.

    We circled back half way through our air and made an extremely easy and uneventful exit.

    One topic of debriefing was with Chris From Detroit – Why is SCUBA diving in the Southern California scene such a sausage fest (a.k.a. male dominated sport)?

    I mean, half the students who get certified here are women – so where do they all go once they get a C-card?

    Chris From Detroit basically had the hypothesis that women who get certified either do it because they’re going on vacation to dive in warm water, or their boyfriend dives, or they take up diving to meet someone.

    The latter reason intrigued me; Chis From Detroit continued, “Once they meet someone diving, their objective has been met and they stop diving.”

    So that’s where they all go?

    Debriefing continued until a little after noon.

    I soaked my camera in 95% denatured alcohol and hung it in front of a fan to dry out.

    The prognosis does not look good for my camera – I am searching for a new one.


    1. Looks like good conditions, finally we are having nice conditions like we should have in fall. Flat surf, good vis and normally the best conditions of the year. Are you planning any bug dives, look foreward to those reports, my group of divers has been hitting Laguna and redondo for some pretty good bug counts, hope to continue the good conditions and bug counts this week.

      Comment by halibug — October 25, 2011 @ 12:46 am

    2. Hi Halibug! The season is still young. I plan to do some more bug diving when the zodiac is feeling better and the captain is back in town. Hopefully, withing the next couple of weeks.

      Comment by PsychoSoloDiver — October 26, 2011 @ 7:39 am

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