12-12-2016
Good morning Divers!!!

Begin Time: 9:09 am
Time: 38 min
Max Dept: 48 ft
Temp: 61 F
Visibility: 25 feet
Conditions: Salt water, shore dive, high tide going to low, small west swell waves, surge.
Dive Buddies: Hallie and Shawnee. Total 8.

The west swell was still around but the waves weren't big. The ocean was glassy and dark, but clear. A cloudy with light drizzle. It was a good day to dive and those
that didn't really missed out.

We had a new girl join us at the mall and we made a decision to go to Crescent Bay and dive Deadman's Reef. We zoomed on down to the dive site and we had
plenty of parking. We checked out the conditions and we all gave it thumbs up.

After suiting up and swimming to the drop down point, we noticed the water was clear and glassy. The visibility was very good and so we didn't have to bunch up
when we dropped down. We descended upon Dead Henge and we used that to guide us to the reef. At the base, I pointed out the coffin. It doesn't look like much
and I had to explain it after the dive. We swam east to the main reef and swam along the edge. We went up and over into the canyon.

I took my time in the canyon and let the new people enjoy the fish. There were California Sheep Head, yellow tail, lobster and of course the usual Garibaldi, Kelp
Bass and Senorita fish. Actually the California Sheep Head fish are so numerous that they are regulars. The kelp is starting to come back, but there was a lot of
Sargassum weed.

When the new people pointed at their gauges, it was time to head back. We swam north and came across Dead Henge again. Then the edge of the inner reef. A
few people were really low on air so we had to come up early and swim the remainder to shore on the surface.

Afterwards, we went to Husky Boy's for food and conversation. It was an excellent day of diving and those that didn't come really missed out. Even though it was a
heavy over cast day, the visibility was excellent.

Photo:
http://southcoastdivers.com/photos/DiveSites/CrescentBay_2016_12_10.jpg
Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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