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4/21/2007 Thumbs Up by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
Bottom Team: Anibal Mata-Sol, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 5' - 30' Time:12:00 AM
Temp: 50F - 48F Surge: 3'
Scooter: Gavin Long Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 90FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 1:20 Total Time: 2:00
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:O2
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:AL40
Deco Profile:
 
It has being a long time since I was able to do a scooter dive at Lobos. A lot of teaching and a lot of travelling so I was finally free for fun diving this weekend :-)

Anibal was nice enough to offer to take me for a Lobos refresher. I was hoping the rocks and cayons were still in the same place but it was always good to have a experience diver with me.

The plan was to go to Thumbs Up. This is locate at the fartest North-East corner of the park. I have always gone there by scooter to the cross-road pinnacle at then up from there. The only problem with this route is that it gets to about 120ft so it's not good for people breathing 32%, 30/30.

For that reason we decided to try a shallower route no deeper than 80ft. We scooters to Granite Point pinnacles and from there we took a 60 degrees heading to the end of the rocks. From there we use the reel to cross the sand channel and make a easy mark for the return trip. We left the reef at about 70ft and headed 330 to Thumb Up. We got to the farest point after about 25min. We hang there while looking at the hydrocoral and rockfish. Really nice terrain :-)

Vis was about 5ft on the shallow and about 30 outside the cove.

Our plan was to call the dive at 40min but both Anibal and myself looked at each other at about 35 minutes and thumb the dive at thumbs Up ;-). The water was about 46-48 degrees so let's go home..

We saw some nice lincods and shipheads as well as some freindly seal lions on the way back.

Great way to get back diving at Lobos. Now can somebody heat the water a litte bit, please....

Back tomorrow for more fun :-)

P.D. I noticed an interesting changed on the scooter diving. The scooters now have those nice lobos mapS attach on the top. At the beggining I was not very excited about it, but once we go on the way it was nice to be able to share with your buddy your location on the maps. I kept asking Anibal for his scooter to see the map ;-) Maybe I'll tape one of those maps in my scooter after all ;-)