07-08-2013
Good morning Divers!!!

A person on the list found a fin. It should be a match with a new diver that lost a fin. For more, email Rich.

Max Depth: 51ft
Dive Duration: 44:39
Time in and out: 9:04 − 9:52
Temp: 58 degrees f
Visibility: 10-15 feet
Conditions: Salt water, shore dive, high tide, waves, surge.
Dive Buddies: Alex. Total of 12.

I arrived at the mall and Rich was there with 5 new people. The conditions have been poor and we decided to head to Crescent Bay and dive Deadman's Reef.
We arrived at the site and saw a few big waves hitting the beach. Rich sat this dive out because of his back. David was going to help with some of the new
people.

We got into the water just fine and started the swim out. Some of the group were already at there waiting for the remainder of us. I noticed they drifted towards
Seal Rock and we were too far out. A boat was there and we assumed it was over the reef.

When we descended we were against some kelp and next to a reef. The visibility was not good and seeing my compass was hard. I had it aligned at the surface,
but it was not going to do any good. We were not at the drop down point.

We headed out on the heading that we usually take, but after analyzing the site and where we were, we were heading into deeper water in front of Seal Rock.
We were swimming over sand and I realized this was not right, so I turned around and headed north to shore. This is where the group really broke up into 3 or
4 groups. I ended up alone with Alex and Dave ended up with the majority of the new people. Jeremy and Christian were leading another group and Brian
headed off on his own.

Alex and I were swimming along and I gave up on wondering where I was and where everyone else was. We ascended and found ourselves in front of Seal Rock.
I got the heading to go to Deadman's and descended. We both were having troubles with our compasses. I noticed Alex was sweeping his compass around
trying to get a heading and so was I. We headed off thinking we were heading for Deadman's when after 5 minutes, I wasn't in familiar territory again. We
ascended and found ourselves to the east of Seal Rock. Alex didn't have enough air for more mistakes so we descended again and headed east over the inner
reef and stopped when we reach sand. There it would be a heading of north to get back to shore but that didn't feel right. I decided to head along the reef.

We came across a very large boulder that is very familiar to me. I knew we were heading in the right direction. Alex was down to 400 pounds and we ascended.
When we surfaced, Dave was close by with the remainder of the new group.

Exiting the water was tricking. Rich said a few 5 footers hit beach while we were diving. We had a few get hit by waves and they were helped out. Just about
everyone exited the water about the same time.

We headed to Husky Boys for food and conversation. None of the group made it to Deadman's Reef and we were all around Seal Rock. Lessons learned were:
the drop down point is very important to start the dive and never be too proud to surface to find out where you are if you are lost.

picture:
http://southcoastdivers.com/photos/DiveSites/CrescentBay_2013_07_06.JPG

video:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFLMSC4r8xc

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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