08-17-2015
Good morning Divers!!!

Begin Time: 9:04 am
Time: 42 min
Max Dept: 44ft
Temp: 63 F
Visibility: 15-30 feet
Conditions: Salt water, shore dive, high tide, south swell waves, surge.
Dive Buddies: Austin. Total 15.

We still had south swell coming in but it was maximum height of waist high. Conditions were like that for the week and there were reports of good
conditions. It was the hottest day of a heat wave that was hitting our area.

There were a few new people at the mall and with the tide being high, I wanted to go to Mountain. The regulars agreed and we took off for the beach at
7:45. Rich was away so he was missed.

The surf was a bit high there but we decided to go through with it. We suited up and went to the water. Timing was very important because these
waves would knock you down. We had one member of the group that got smacked down and canceled the dive.

We gathered at the drop down point and descended. The visibility was excellent for this area. We usually don't get 30 feet of visibility here. We were
able to see the structure of the reefs from a distance and many were unfamiliar because of the clarity. The kelp forests were thick in some places and
wouldn't let in the sun. But the sun was very bright this day and made visibility even better.

We circled around many of the reefs and enjoyed the fish and the reef structures. We didn't find any of the swim throughs but we saw many overhangs.
I saw a very small swim through that only a child could go through.

After 30 minutes it was time to head back in and I changed course to swim towards shore. I was hoping to see some bat rays but there wasn't anything
out of the ordinary. Close to the shore we came across a sand storm and that was time to come up. We weren't too far from the shore. Getting out of
the water was tricky. Some big waves came by but we timed it right and no one got smacked down.

We packed up our gear and headed to Husky Boy's for food and conversation. A few people wanted a second dive and got their tanks filled while we
ate. The visibility was very good and it might remain that way for the following week.

photo:
http://southcoastdivers.com/photos/DiveSites/Mountain_2015_08_15.jpg

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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