Good morning Divers!!!|
Begin Time: 9:05 am
Time: 40 min
Max Dept: 51 ft
Temp: 59-64 F
Visibility: 8-10 feet
Conditions: Salt water, shore dive, Low tide moving to High, Big waves, heavy surge.
Dive Buddies: Paul. Total 8.
There was a south swell at the end of the week and it was suppose to go away on Saturday but it didn't. Some six waves hit the middle of the cove, but on the side
of the reef, they were smaller.
Chuck and I got to the mall to met up with Rich and we had a visiting diver from Monterey visiting us. The rest of the people were the regulars and even with some
high surf, we would still do the dive. We drove down to Crescent Bay to check out the conditions.
Some big waves hit the beach in the middle of the cove. The surf zone was long this time. Tide was coming in and half way to being high tide. We suited up and hit
the water. But we had to wait for the waves to clear. There was some fog and haze and so finding the drop down point was difficult. Since I knew that visibility was
going to be bad, Chris lead the group to the reef. The visibility was so bad and reading the compass is difficult for me. Once on the bottom, Chris lead the way and
we hit the reef close to the eastern edge.
I swam up to the top of the reef and Paul joined me in the canyon. I let Paul lead the way and we meandered around the reef. Lots of fish. The CA Sheep Head were
back at the reef. The Garibaldi were still nesting and numerous. Lots of Senoritas swimming about.
When it was time to head back in, we came across the coffin. It's getting buried in the sand and just the top is exposed. The coffin is only 5 or 6 inches tall, so
getting buried in the sand is easy. I noticed it hasn't been moved. It's in the same place which is close to where Dead Henge comes up to the reef.
We swam across the sand and came to the inner reef. We swam through a bit of it but because of poor visibility we swam to the edge and followed it to the shore.
In about 10 feet of water we ascended. Large waves were hitting the beach so getting out you had to time it right. Paul got out first and I followed by body surfing a
3 foot wave into shore. That placed me closer to shore so getting out was easier.
After the dive, we packed up and headed to Husky Boy's for food and conversation. Some were saying the dive was ok, I was thinking it was pretty bad. The guy
from Monterey said the conditions were about the same and really enjoyed the dive here.
Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...
Rich Parker & Louis Umphenour