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  • December 28, 2014

    Where Did The Visibility Come From?

    For Christmas, my Father gave me 68 episodes of Sea Hunt, which I have so far gotten through six episodes.
    Sea Hunt - 689 episododes.

    This was one of the best Christmas gifts ever, in my entire 35 years of existence!*

    It has been a weird December; it has been hit and miss, as far as the conditions have been concerned.

    The weather has been warm, stormy, rainy, sunny and back again in random order.

    I had looked at the online swell maps and have called dives, only to find out that conditions were divable.

    I have shown up, and called it because conditions in person sucked.

    Thank you Max Bottomtime for the Saturday dive report!

    Conditions were reported as excellent, and that matched with the swell maps Sunday morning.

    I was finally going to be back in the water again!

    I arrived at Terranea Resort at 8:01 AM and met the regular dive crew as they checked out the conditions.

    It was flat as a lake, and we could see the rocks on the sea floor from the cliff.

    We checked the Cove and Point, and spent a lot of wasted time socializing as we discussed our dive plan.

    It didn’t matter where we went, or where we exited – it was flat and clear!

    We walked back to the parking lot and geared up.

    Even the most non-macho diver could have made an entry from the Point.

    A macho beach entry!
    Flat as a lake – no stress, no worry, just take your time and swim out.

    Visibility was spectacular!
    Visibility was spectacular!

    Looking back at the hotel.
    I made an easy entrance, and we all waited about 20 feet from the boulders for the rest.

    Macho divers off of Terranea Resort.
    We swam out to above Ted’s Pinnacle.

    Logged SCUBA Dive #480

    SoCal Buddy Diving with Blue Steel Dennis, Ben, Mike, Reverend Al, Chipper, Randy, Nice Bob and Libertarain Ted

    The Point off Terranea Resort, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, USA

    In With: 2750 psi
    Out With: 300 psi
    Max depth: 62 feet
    Waves: FLAT!
    Visibility: 25-40+ feet
    Water Temperature: 58 degrees
    Air Temperature: 65 degrees
    Total Bottom Time: 32 minutes

    The Vis was great!
    The Vis was great!

    Chipper with his pet leopard shark.
    Chipper with his pet leopard shark.

    View through the kelp.
    View through the kelp.

    Checking for bugs.
    Checking for bugs.

    A reef at Terranea Resort.

    Diving through kelp.

    SCUBA Divers at Terranea Resort.

    Reef at Terranea Resort.

    Reef at Terranea Resort.

    Reef at Terranea Resort.

    A Ling Cod?
    A Ling Cod?

    The side of a reef.

    Looking up through the kelp.

    It was such a wonderful dive, I was starting to get concerned that I would run out of air.

    At 700 psi I surfaced to figure out where I was.

    I was still very close to the Point.

    Should I just surface swim to the Cove and make my traditional exit, or do a macho exit at the Point?


    I turned around, and submerged to make an exit at the Point.

    Everyone else headed to the Cove.

    Fish feeding.
    Someone broke open some sea urchins to feed the fish.

    An Uni bunch.
    An Uni bunch.

    A lobster off of OML
    A lobster taunted me.

    Black Opals
    Black Opals.

    I made an easy exit at the Point – I swam up, climbed on a boulder, and thought to myself, “Fuck, climbing over these boulders to get to the trail is going to suck.”

    I didn’t quite exit where I wanted to, but I am macho, so it didn’t bother me.

    A rest at the showers.
    Everyone was so relieved that I made it back.

    Kingfish Beer?
    Kingfish Beer?

    The Kingfish wonders.

    Debriefing again!
    Debriefing again!

    Chipper said, “You know when diving is great when we only talk about diving during the debrief, instead of stupid politics and religion.”

    That we did… that we did.

    A group shot!
    Group shot from left to right – Blue Steel Dennis, Ben, Mike, Reverend Al, Chipper, Randy, Nice Bob, Libertarain Ted and your truly.

    More to come, stay tuned!

    *Give or take 11 years.


    1. Turns out my pet Leopard shark is actually a Swell shark. And that picture sucks!

      Comment by Michael (Chipper) Jessen — December 29, 2014 @ 4:26 am

    2. Swell shark, leopard shark – it’s still a shark! Sorry about the photo, but what do you expect from a $57 camera. You needed to hold still. I will be upgrading to a GoPro soon.

      Comment by PsychoSoloDiver — December 29, 2014 @ 7:56 am

    3. There is great vis up and down the coast right now, and the best thing is that when weather does come through, the vis is still great after conditions settle down. Plus the water temp is hanging around 58-60 degrees, very nice!

      Comment by halibug — December 29, 2014 @ 3:05 pm

    4. You will love the Go Pro. I am not very tech or computer saavy and I am now getting good results with the Go Pro.

      Comment by halibug — December 29, 2014 @ 3:08 pm

    5. Visibility was reported to be great in Redondo today. I caught Merry’s bug and am home sick, but at least I got in some good diving Saturday. It’s supposed to be crappy beginning tomorrow, then good just in time for next weekend. Great way to end a lousy year of diving.

      Comment by Max Bottomtime — December 29, 2014 @ 3:17 pm

    6. Thanks for the photos and dive report.
      I’ll add that this was one of the best OML dives for me. Kinda wish I had another tank for a second dive and just stay shallow around the point.

      Comment by Blue Steel Dennis — December 29, 2014 @ 4:45 pm

    7. You know that only people over 60 know who the Kingfish was? You are dating yourself but don’t look that old.

      Comment by Old Dive Lurker — January 2, 2015 @ 9:45 am

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