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  • June 17, 2007

    Logged Dive #231 – Margate Diving Off Of John’s Zodiac

    Margate, Palos Verdes Estates, CA

    Dove off of John’s Zodiac

    Southern California Buddy Diving With John and Ron T.

    In With: 3000 psi
    Out With: 1200 psi
    Max depth: 50 feet
    Waves: Rough Chop; 2 foot swells
    Visibility: 15 feet; silty
    Water Temperature: Cold at 50 feet
    Total Bottom Time: About 35 minutes; my “water resistant” watch has finally stopped working.

    I picked up Ron at his home is Redondo Beach at 7 AM and met John at the Redondo Marina.

    John’s Zodiac.

    We too a bumpy ride out to the massive kelp bed off “Margate” in Palos Verdes and dropped anchor.

    John gives a dive briefing.

    John said the trick is to inflate your BC, throw it overboard, jump over and put your gear on in the water.

    I was the first over board.

    I swam down to 40 feet and explored from there.

    There’s an interesting set of reefs, kelp and abundant life.

    There was quite a slight surge, even at 40 feet.

    I came across an old anchor that was caught in the kelp.

    It I could have cut the chain, I would have kept it.

    I ascended to 20 feet a few times to warm up.

    I surface to get my bearings and made it back to the boat.

    John was already on board.

    I took my BC off, hooked it to the side of the boat, threw my weight belt in and climbed in the boat.

    It was a task easier than I could ever have imagined.

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