05-15-2017
Good morning Divers!!!

Begin Time: 8:54 am
Time: 37 min
Max Dept: 51 ft
Temp: 59-64 F
Visibility: 12 feet
Conditions: Salt water, shore dive, low tide, waves, heavy surge.
Dive Buddies: Daniel. Total 7.

We had two good days of ocean conditions at Laguna beach, but Saturday the good conditions left. The surf was a bit high, heavy surge and a current. The
visibility wasn't good, but it was normal for this time of year. The water was on the green side.

I met up with the group at Crescent Bay and we checked out the conditions. Some big waves hit the beach whlle we were watching, but there were times where the
surf was low so it was possible to get in and out. We decided to go and we got suited up and entered the water.

A few large waves hit the beach when I was ready to enter the water, so I waited it out. An opening occurred and we went for it. We swam out to the rest of the
group and took our bearings. I knew that I was going to have troubles seeing my compass so I told Paul to lead the group.

We descended and grouped up at the bottom and Paul led the group. We headed south and hit the reef after 3 or 4 minutes of swimming. I went up and over the
reef and towards the back side. I came across the area where I rested my hands on the reef and a bunch of CA Sheepheads came and one tried to bite my hand.
There weren't any Sheepheads in that area today.

I headed to the east edge of the reef and noticed that a flat rock was almost clean of all algae. I swam up and over and into the canyon. I noticed lots and lots of
lobsters under the rocks.

The visibility around the reef wasn't that good, so I cut the dive short and started to head back in. I came across dead henge and followed it to the inner reef. We
swam along the inner reef and when I got to about 15, I went ahead and surfaced. I swam the remainder on the surface and saw some very large waves come in. I
waited for them to pass and then I took off and got in. About 5 minutes later, the rest of the group appeared and came in.

We packed up and went to Husky Boy's for food and conversation. We have had better days of diving. If you missed out, you didn't miss much. The water was
green and the visibility not great, just normal.

Picture:
http://southcoastdivers.com/photos/DiveSites/CrescentBay_2017_05_13.jpg

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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