07-02-2018
Good morning Divers!!!

Max Depth: 28ft
Avg Depth: 18ft
Duration: 33 minutes
Time: 8:46 am
Min Temp: 70 F
Max Temp: 70 F
Visibility: 8-10 feet
Conditions: Salt water, shore dive, Low tide, waves, surge, current.
Dive Buddies: John and Marshall. Total 3.

The dive conditions were still not good, but we dove anyways. The water was calm but south swells were coming in. The visibility was not good. Close to shore the
visibility was like a snow globe. That's a new saying that I just made up - Snow Globe visibility.

Rich and I were at the mall and only 1 new person showed up and 1 regular. It was just going to be 3 of us. We decided on Heisler Park because this location has
the best protection for south swells. The kelp and the angle reduce the surf.

We got to the beach and the water was calm - not choppy. South Swells did come and hit the beach but there was plenty of time between sets. We suited up and
entered the water.

While swimming out, I always roll over onto my stomach and see the water's visibility. There was so much sand floating that it seemed like a snow globe was
shaken. We swam out to the reef that is parallel to the shore and dropped down. We swam east to the reef.

When we reached the reef, we headed south and we could only see things when we were close. We saw a Garibaldi protecting his nest from the kelp bass that
wanted to eat his eggs. He was popping and very agitated with the kelp bass. The kelp bass raised their pectoral fins to show they meant business. But the
Garibaldi didn't care and chased them away. The kelp bass gave up after a few minutes but the Garibaldi was still agitated.

We swam along the reef and with such poor visibility we decided to cut the dive short and head back. We were at the top of the reef and our fins were hitting the
surface. We got a little deeper and then we just gave it up and swam the rest of the way to shore. Exiting the water wasn't a problem as long as you timed your exit.

We packed up and headed to Husky Boys for food and conversation. The visibility was snow globe, but the ocean was calm; not being choppy. The south swells
were around and did hit the beach, but timing was very important for entering and exiting the water.

Video:
https://youtu.be/-Lf5485m2oM

Photo:
http://southcoastdivers.com/photos/DiveSites/HeislerPark_20180629.jpg

Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...

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