Christmas Day Dives  

rm_ScuBuddy 61M
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1/1/2006 12:28 pm

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3/5/2006 9:27 pm

Christmas Day Dives

My dive buddy K. & I made a fun-filled pair of Christmas Day dives on North Monastery. The first dive was around 11:30. We snorkeled out about mid-way along the kelp and dropped down to follow the tube-worm fields down to about 96’. Viz out there was about 40’. We leveled off and after a few minutes turned back to the “wall” and stayed under 50’ the rest of the dive. It was somewhat surgy around the Rock and viz was about 20-25’. A somewhat uneventful 35 min. dive, but quite pleasant overall, including a standing/walking exit. We had a quick 45min SI, switched to Nitrox, and noticed the waves had picked up a bit. With simple timing, our entry was quite easy. We went back along the kelp for another wall dive where our average depth was around 40’ and our max depth was 56’ for a brief minute during our 40min dive. The viz had dropped a bit, 15’-20’, and the surge DEFINITELY picked up. The silver lining was that we saw more marine life on this dive, including three harbor seals while we were snorkeling back who were quite interested in K’s surface air-horn (attached to his BCD airline) which did NOT work very well to alert anything other than seals. (It sounded more like a sick duck rather than a signaling device used in emergencies. Does anyone have recommendations for air-horns that actually work?) We were delighted the seals enjoyed it, however. The exit was definately a bit "trickier".


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