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Released to Dive Again
It has been many, many months since I have been diving. But as of Jan. 12th 2010, I have been released to dive again. History
Monastery Deep dive
On Sunday I was to meet Abel and Julie at Monastery North to do a couple of dives. By 7:50am I was calling to get updates as to where my group was and how long it would be before they got to the dive site. Unfortunately for me, I woke Abel up at 7:50am with my phone call. So when Julie showed up, we decided to dive without Abel since it would take him a couple of hours to get down to Carmel.
Open Water Class at Breakwater
I spent the weekend with instructors Ron, Harry, Ryan, divemaster Orr and divemaster candidates Eric, Brad and Will getting 7 students trained as open water divers. We did dives 1 and 2 on Saturday and dives 3 and 4 on Sunday. The vis was crap (3-5 feet) and the water was cold (45°F). The air temp was fine 65-70°F. Because we had an odd number of students, I volunteered to be the partner for Kanda.
Check out my Dive Video from Breakwater
Here is a video shot with Glenn and Abel at Breakwater. After a long bottom swim, we made it out to the Medtridium Field. http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?profile&v=1015521624418
Dive at Monastery
Since Abel didn't get to dive Monastery last time (8/5/2007), I thought we should try again. Julie, Abel and I arrived at 9:00am on a beautiful partly cloudy day. The weather was perfect for diving since in or out of the wetsuit the temperature was fine. We were shooting for slack high tide (11:50am) so that the waves and surge should have been minimal. We stepped up onto the dune to set up our equipment and watch the waves. The waves were bigger than expected but still not so big that we would not be able to pass them safely.
Dive at Monastery (North side)
Glenn, Abel and I decided to dive Monastery on Sunday (8/5/07). When I arrived, the waves were passable. The waves would have made the entry difficult but not dangerous. By the time Glenn and Abel arrived, the waves had become too big to pass safely. The waves were averaging about 7 feet. We helped a couple of divers crawl out of the water. They spent only 15 minutes underwater before cancelling their dive. They said the surge was making then nauseated. After talking with the divers about their experience underwater I called off the dive and we drove over to Breakwater. At the Breakwater there were lots of classes stirring up the sediment, but diving in silty water is still better than not diving at all.
Diving at PLSR
I went diving yesterday at Point Lobos State Reserve. There were a few items I need to remember when I go there next.
1) PLSR doesn't open until 9:00am. We arrived at 8:40am and were the fouth in line to get in.
2) Whaler's Cove opens at 20° with a narrow mouth. Return path should stay more easterly lest we wind up on the rocks at the western point.
Diving 102: California Kelp Diving and the Kelp Crawl
* Knife: Used to cut kelp during entanglement. During a dive, keep the knife in the sheath on the inside of your calf, on a BCD pocket, on the BCD shoulder (small knife), or anywhere it will not get tangled.
* Compass: If you can navigate, you will never need to kelp crawl.
* Snorkle: Use this to conserve air when doing the kelp crawl.
* Dive Light: This is optional, but under the kelp canopy it can be quite dark.
* Fish ID Chart: This is optional, but there are many things to see.