05-30-2017
Good morning Divers!!!

Begin Time: 8:52 am
Time: 38 min
Max Dept: 50 ft
Temp: 59-62 F
Visibility: 10-12 feet
Conditions: Salt water, shore dive, Mid tide moving to high, waves, heavy surge.
Equipment: Custom wet suit, steel tank, Hollis back plate BCD, Liquid Vision Kaon Dive Computer.
Dive Buddies: James. Total 8.

We were hoping for good conditions because the surf was small the last few days, but it wasn't that good. Last week was better. The surf was smaller, but the
visibility wasn't that good. The water was milky and lots of things floating around.

The group arrived at Crescent Bay and they checked out the conditions. Since I was there earlier, I already gave it thumbs up and we suited up and walked into the
water. Some big waves hit while we were walking in and some got a little to cocky and thought they could plow through it. Nope, they got slammed. But we made it
through the surf zone and swam out to the drop down point.

We descended and swam towards the reef and hit it dead center. I swam up and around the reef and swam along the back side. Just about all the CA sheep head
fish were gone. It was mostly Garibaldi and they were protecting their nests. The visibility was pretty bad at the reef and after 20 minutes I headed north, back to
shore.

I came across the inner reef and it was full of life. A kelp forest was growing and there were lots of kelp bass, CA Sheep Head, and even those pesky Garibaldi were
there. I enjoyed the inner reef, but visibility was still not that good. I exited and swam towards the shore. In the shallows, it seemed really messy. Lots of broken off
kelp were floating around. I ascended in 8 feet of water and exited.

We packed up our gear and headed to Husky Boy's for food and conversation. We decided that last week's dive was better. Which was only Laguna Beach Normal
for this time of year. So that means today's dive was a bit below Laguna Beach Normal.

Photo:
http://southcoastdivers.com/photos/DiveSites/CrescentBay_2017_05_27.jpg

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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