04-22-2013
Good morning Divers!!!

Max Depth: 44ft
Dive Duration: 30:23
Time in and out: 8:55 − 9:25
Temp: 53 degrees f
Visibility: 12 feet
Conditions: Salt water, shore dive, high tide moving to low, waves, surge.
Dive Buddies: Paul, Lisa, Mekko, Rand. Total of 13.

We had high surf earlier in the week and it calmed down by the end of the week. The tide was high in the morning and on its way being low when we would hit
the water. We still had the opportunity to go to south Laguna and do a dive there which we haven't done in a long time. We decided on Mountain Ave and
headed down to check out the conditions.

When we got there, we saw the water was glassy but there were a lot of rolling waves hitting the beach. It was doable and we suited up and went into the water.
We swam out to the drop down point and broke the group into 2.

The water visibility was not that great and my group swam off for the reef. The surge was pretty strong and I decided it wouldn't be worth it to go to the swim
through and so I didn't search for it. We swam along the reef and the surge was pulling us and pushing us. I headed for a clearing to get the group together
and there I found a large crap. This time I tested my camera before getting into the water and made sure it worked. I got some video of the crab and then we
took off.

Paul motioned that he saw a shark, but I didn't see it. I decided to head back in and the surge was very strong in the reef area. The group stayed up with me
and we continued swimming to shore. At one point, the visibility became so bad that I gave the order to surface and give it up. We ascended close the reef that
is close to shore. This reef is the one that we have to stay away from because it blocks our way to shore. We swam around it and headed in. Then the rest of the
group led by Rich ascended in the same spot as we did.

The surf was picking up and getting out of the water was a little tricky. My group timed the waves correctly and we got out without any problems. After packing
up we headed to Husky Boy's for food and conversation.

video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9NHxGaoCyY

picture:
http://southcoastdivers.com/photos/DiveSites/Mountain_2013_04_20.JPG

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

Rich Parker & Louis Umphenour
http://southcoastdivers.com