04-09-2018
Good morning Divers!!!

Max Depth: 46ft
Avg Depth: 29ft
Duration: 45 minutes
Time: 8:56am
min Temp: 58 F
Max Temp: 58 F
Visibility: 12 feet
Conditions: Salt water, shore dive, low tide, waves, heavy surge, current.
Equipment: Custom wet suit #2, steel tank, Hollis back plate BCD, Liquid Vision Kaon Dive Computer, MGCool Explorer Camera.
Dive Buddies: Nick. Total 15.

It was a good week weather wise. A storm stayed north and didn't come down. A south swell is starting tonight. Sunny day. Not much wind. But why was the surge
so strong? We were bouncing around the reef.

Rich and I arrived early and waited for the group to come. We didn't have anyone new this week. With the low tide, we chose Deadman's Reef at Crescent Bay. At
7:45 we headed there and checked out the site. It looked very good so we suited up.

While Rich was on the beach waiting for us to come down, a whale and her calf swam by. They were close; in between Deadman's Reef and the Inner Reef. By the
time we entered the water, the whale was probably in Newport Beach.

We dropped on down and headed to the reef. When we reached it, we swam east and along the edge. At the end I swam up and over to the canyons. We were
slammed by the heavy surge. Fighting it was hard and I saw Mike H swim by (or thrown by) at a fast speed. I tried getting myself below and in some shelter but it
was still strong. I gave up after 20 minutes and headed back.

When we reached the inner reef, the surge wasn't bad. We explored a few spots and when I was exiting, I noticed a guitar fish (ray) sitting on the bottom. I cleared
everyone away and got my camera ready and took a video of it. Then everyone got a chance to get some video. The ray didn't move and after a few minutes we left
it in peace.

The swim back was fine and I ascended in 8 feet of water. Getting out wasn't a problem and we waited for the majority to come out.

Rich and I both had skip Husky Boy's to do errands so we didn't get a chance to talk to the other divers. The water was green and visibility wasn't good. Only 12
feet. It is spring in the water and at this time, we get the green color.

Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5TbL9X6eNLs

Picture:
http://southcoastdivers.com/photos/DiveSites/CrescentBay_20180407.jpg


Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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