Good morning Divers!!!|
Max Depth: 51ft
Avg Depth: 31ft
Duration: 45 minutes
Time: 9:00 am
Min Temp: 67 F
Max Temp: 77 F
Visibility: 10-15 feet
Conditions: Salt water, shore dive, Low tide, waves, surge, current.
Dive Buddies: Paul and Mike. Total 10.
The entire month of July was bad. Southswells were hitting the beach every weekend. This past weekend, the south swells let up a bit so we could get a dive in.
The conditions were good. Visibility was good for this time of year. The water temp has increased. Beach crowds are back. The summer is in full swing.
Rich met me and took me to the mall and there were quite a few new people waiting for us. The tide is low and so I selected Crescent Bay and dive Deadman's
Reef. When we got to the dive site, the dive boat was moored over the reef. We suited up and went in.
The weather was starting to get hot and we had to dash to the beach and enter the water as soon as possible to cool off. But it wasn't that cool. We swam out to
the dive boat and the current was strong. We tried getting close to the dive boat but gave up after awhile and descended in a hurry to get out of that current.
When we dropped we headed over to where the reef is. The visibility was pretty good for this time of year. We reached the reef and we were at the most eastern
end of the reef. Any further east and we would have missed it. We swam up to the top of the reef and swam along the southern side of the reef. I stopped at a few
places to take some video.
I noticed the fish were quite fidgety and were chasing each other around. The Garibaldi were really aggressive protecting their nests. A bunch of other fish were
chasing each other around too. I found a lobster and used my left hand to video and my right hand was on a rock to keep me steady. All of a sudden I felt a pain in
my left little finger and a fish tried taking a bite of me. I turned around and looked at the fish and they all had this aggressive look in their eyes. None looked guilty.
They were hungry!
I swam around and headed east to get back to the main part of the reef. I was at the eastern end again and then decided to head north back to shore. The swim
back to the inner reef seemed to take longer and I passed the edge of the inner reef and kept going to shore. I saw some sting rays in the shore, but the camera
was turned off and they swam away. I ascended in 15 feet of water and swam the remainder back to shore. Getting out was tricky. There were some big waves
hitting the shore.
There were a lot of people on the beach. The summer crowds are back and with the water temp warm, lots of people in the water. We packed up and headed to
Husky Boy's for food and conversation. It was a good day to get back into the water.
Diving!! DO IT!! Safely...
Rich Parker & Louis Umphenour