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  • June 29, 2014

    Sunday Services SCUBA Dive Report

    The weather was overcast, but warm; diving reports from Wednesday from Veterans Park were of dismal conditions, including large rolling waves.

    I was really thinking about staying home, but I had good feelings about today.

    I got to Terranea Resort about 20 minutes late, but parking was no problem.

    Reverend Al, Steve and Donna the Hot Biker Chick were walking back from a conditions check.

    The foamy cove.

    “It looks a little green, so we’re going off the Point and deep,” I was told.

    We geared up and walked to The Point; we were the only divers there today.

    Entering off The Point was a little tricky, and we got surprised by some pounding rouge swells.

    I waited patiently for the swells to subside and made it out with no issues.

    Donna was a little winded when she made it out – I think she had to fight against an incoming swell; Eric looked like he nearly missed playing pinball against some rocks.

    We swam around and under the kelp before meeting again and doing our final descent.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #468

    Dove with: Reverend Al, Donna The Hot Biker Chick, Eric and Mike

    Terranea Resort (a.k.a. Old Marineland)
    Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

    In With: 2900 psi
    Out With: 500 psi
    Max depth: 62 feet
    Waves: Generally calm with some big rolling waves on shore
    Visibility: 8-10 feet, silty
    Water Temperature: 68 degrees
    Air Temperature: 81 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 46 minutes

    In three words – visibility sucked ass.

    I followed Reverend Al, the rest followed us.

    Believe it or not, but Al found the statue at the pinnacle; it is heavily encrusted with sea growth, but still recognizable.

    We started to head to The Cove after five minutes; there was a strong current going the other way.

    It wasn’t a bad dive, but the visibility just sort of sucked.

    Mike apparently spotted a few lobsters.

    I didn’t see anything really cool – like a shark or something; it was a typical, low vis non-dramatic dive.

    I broke away from the group at 500 psi and surface swam about 150 yards to a perfect exit.

    Parking lot debriefing.
    Light debriefing ensued.

    The five of us talked about how we sometimes scare off some would-be divers wanting to join us here.

    “I just want people to know, this is a rocky entrance and exit – do we really need to rescue someone who isn’t ready for a dive like this?” I asked.

    We then went over some scenarios if a diver did get injured while making an entrance off The Point.

    Those scenarios were scary to think about.

    Debriefing ended well before noon.

    The diving crew - Me, Donna, Mike, Al and Eric
    Today’s diving crew – Me, Donna The Hot Biker Chick, Mike, Reverend Al and Eric

    1 Comment

    1. We’ve discussed that before, and I still say it’s better to scare off weak divers (send em to Vets unless they’re hot) before you have to rescue them. “We will let you get hurt, but we won’t let you drown!”

      Comment by Chipper — July 1, 2014 @ 3:40 am

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