Good morning Divers!!!|
Max Depth: 31ft
Avg Depth: 20ft
Duration: 34 minutes
Time: 8:52 am
Min Temp: 59 F
Max Temp: 62 F
Visibility: 8-10 feet
Conditions: Salt water, shore dive, high tide, waves, surge, current.
Dive Buddies: Chris. Total 6.
Another bad dive. The south swell was hitting the beach all week and settled down on Friday, but not that much. Saturday's dive still have some high south swells
pounding the beach. Getting in and out was tricky. Visibility was low and you knew it was going to be bad when you see pieces of kelp in the waves.
Rich and I arrived at the mall and we only had one new person show up. We were thinking that Crescent Bay wouldn't be good because of the possibility of a high
current. Instead we decided on Heisler Park thinking it's a little protected from the south swells.
We arrived and a few big waves hit the beach when we checked it out. But after a few minutes it was calm. So we knew that timing is going to be important. We
suited up and made our way to the water.
When I got there a set of large waves started. Since I had my camera I had to wait it out for a long time so the waves wouldn't destroy my camera. After about 8
minutes it was time for me to go in. While going in, I noticed a lot of broken kelp pieces were in the waves. This would make the visibility really bad. And on the
swim out, I rolled over and couldn't see the bottom which means the visibility was bad. We grouped together and let Chris lead the group.
We descended and swam around the reef that is directly off the shore. Then we swam over sand looking for visibility and didn't find any. Then we headed east to
the reef and there the visibility wasn't any better. We swam around the reef and then headed to shore. Chris gave up after 30 minutes and we ascended. We swam
the remainder to shore and took our time to get out of the water safely.
After packing up our gear, we headed to Husky Boy's for food and conversation. It was another bad day of diving. High surf from the south which caused the bad
Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...
Rich Parker & Louis Umphenour