10-19-2015
Good morning Divers!!!

Begin Time: 8:57 am
Time: 47 min
Max Dept: 60ft
Temp: 68-72 F
Visibility: 15 feet
Conditions: Salt water, shore dive, low tide moving to high, south swell waves, surge, strong current.
Dive Buddies: Dave. Total 12.

Not a good day of diving. The visibility was suffering from a week of south swells. The south swells were suppose to be finished, but they continued and will
continue through next week. That is putting our diving plans for next week into question.

I got to the mall and there were a few new people joining us. Rich was not diving because of a sinus problem and so we left for the mall at 7:45. When we got to the
beach we heard some large waves hitting. They calmed down for awhile so we knew that we had opportunities to get in and out. Timing was very important.

After suiting up and walking down to the beach, I saw some large waves hitting the beach. I waited it out and then proceeded to quickly get past the surf zone. I
swam out to the drop down point and waited for everyone to catch up with the group. We descended when we all got together.

Down below the visibility was not good. It was 15 feet at best. We swam for the reef and swam along. The current and surge was strong and at times it was hard to
swim. We reached the end of the reef and swam some more and made sure there wasn't another reef. We turned around and swam back along the reef and on to
shore.

There were lots of sheep head and even close to shore, there was a large sheep head hanging out at a small reef. Lots and lots of little fish were schooled together
and opal eyes were grouped together waiting for senorita fish to bite off their parasites. There were lobsters in the crevices and big kelp bass hanging out in the
kelp.

Getting out the water was a little tricky. You have to wait for the waves to finish their sets and then you can go on it. While we were waiting for more people to
come in, a set of 6 foot waves hit the beach. After packing up our gear, we went to Husky Boy's for food and conversation. The Italians skipped the dive, but came
and ate with us and asked about the conditions.

photo:
http://southcoastdivers.com/photos/DiveSites/HeislerPark_2015_10_17.jpg

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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