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10/20/2012 Shale Beds by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Carol Cohn, Dionna House, Larry Cohn
Visibility: 5' - 50' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 51F - 52F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 70FSW Avg Depth: 60FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:45
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
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I was originally signed up on the BAUE tech boat, but, due to conditions it was cancelled. Fortunately I was able to hook up with Carol and she had room on XT SEA. We gathered at the Breakwater dock and chatted with old friends and then off we went. Our first dive was at Outer Lovers. After Carol practiced some skills for her check out dive, we meandered around until it was time to ascent. After a nice lunch we decided to go to the Steam Engine on the second dive. A few weeks ago we were there. I videoed the steam engine. I was also able to video a sweet family of Juvenile Canary Rockfish. I was told there was a propeller near by, so todays goal was to dive the Steam Engine and locate the Propeller. We dropped down past the initial mucky waters and the vis opened up to about 40-50ft. Carol ran line from her anchor to the Steam Engine and Propeller and to the deep shale beds. Along the way were about 4 Lingcods, many Blue Rockfish, Juvenile Canaries, Black Rockfish, Olive Rockfish, Vermillions,Kelpfish, Copper Rockfish, Black Perch and many more. You can say it was Rich in Diversity..

Here is some video. The GoPro is fun. Some camera shake, but, still fun to show what is on the dives.

Juvenile Canary Family

Steam Engine/Propeller/Many Fish

Thanks to Carol, Larry and Dan for a fun day.

10/15/2012 Pt Lobos by Nick Radov -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Gary Banta, Nick Radov, John Heimann
Visibility: 5' - 80' Time:10:36 AM
Temp: 52F - 57F Surge:  
Scooter: Halcyon T16 Burn Time:  
Max Depth:   Avg Depth: 58FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 2:28
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After the last BAUE Tech 2 charter on 09/09/2012 was cancelled John and I reserved this day to dive off Phil Sammet's boat so we could use up our full doubles of 15/55. But then Phil's boat trailer lost a wheel so we had to change plans again and decided to do a shallower scooter dive with Gary. Water in the cove was silty but visibility opened up beautifully out in deeper water. Gary led us on a long tour out through Bluefish Cove. This ended up being one of the longest run times I've ever done but fortunately the water wasn't too cold.

I posted a new album with the pictures.
10/13/2012 Monastery South aboard Unknown Boat by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Carol Cohn, Dionna House
Visibility: 20' - 30' Time:9:30 AM
Temp: 50F - 51F Surge: 3'
Max Depth: 45FSW Avg Depth: 40FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:45
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
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ReefCheck concluded surveying at South Monastery and Carmel River Beach. This was a celebration event with surveyors showing up in full costumes. Arrrrr...... We were told by the Pirates if we didn't survey, we would have to walk the plank. Shimmering in my boots I did what I was told. :-) I buddied up with Carol and off we went. Lots of large Anenomies and surveyed fish were counted at the first site. It is always fun to pester some of the other divers on these dives!!!

The second site was Carmel River. Many Juvenile Rockfish were noticed. ReefCheck calls them Young of the Year. Surge on this transect made things extra fun. As we were making our ascent near the ladder of the Monterey Express, I enjoyed the rays of sun light coming through the dense kelp.

On our ride back in, we were greeted by Risso Dolphins spy hopping. I finally got a chance to meet Jan Fried, the Science Director of ReefCheck. I'm looking forward to hearing more about our data outcomes that will be presented soon.

Amazing Group Divers. All for the Healthy Reefs.

9/29/2012 Ship rock by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility:   Time:11:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth:   Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:35 Total Time: 1:40
Bottom Gases: 21/35Deco Gases:EAN50
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During the weekend a group of BAUE divers visited Catalina Island for the 2012 GUE conference. As part of the conference the team was able to get some fun diving done, including destinationa as Ship Rock, Casino Point and others.

Susan and I had visited Catalina many years ago during the production of the "California Diving
DVD" way before there was a GUE community in the area and diving logistic for tech diving were extremely difficult at that time. For that reason we limited our depth to 100ft while using 32%, but I have always wanted to go back there with proper gear.

As we motored to Ship Rock on Saturday morning we had dolphins visiting the boat, and the clear blue water conditions made these creatures look more magnificent as they rode the ship's bow. The conditions were a bit knotty with winds and white caps but as we arrived at the site the boat was able to find a sheltered area, and as the say in the island... the pool is open!

Susan and I jumped in, clipped our 70ft bottles and scooters and motored to the rock. We descend to find warm, blue and clear water with nice kelp all the way to the surface. We dropped to about 100ft and headed north. After a couple of minutes we found our target for the first part of the dive. A series of large boulders going from 120-150ft. There we found many tall red gorgonias, several of which were covered with yellow zoanties making them like colorful chandeliers hanging from the boulders. We located a nice California Scorpion fish as we slowly travelled on the boulder for about 15min. After reaching the end of the wall we headed up to about 120ft and headed back to the top of the drop of. We ran into a large schools of fish, so thick that while Susan and I were no more than 10ft apart we could not see each others due to the fish moving around us.

After 30min of fun we headed up and entered a warm kelp forest full with Garibaldies, California Lobster and sea lions. We ascended in 5min interval every 10ft while slowly going around the rock and taking in these vistas as much as we could.

As we moved into the shallow section we encountered a large group of seal lions that we quite friendly. We hanged about 40min with this creatures and the more time we spend the more they relaxed and allow us to be part of the group. At some point both Susan and I were hovering upside how about 10ft from the surface while all the seas were locking at us, barking and moving their little arms.

After about 100min of fun we reluctantly headed back to the boat as the last divers were getting back on board.

An amazing dive I will always remember :-)

We all had a good time at the GUE conference sharing with old and new friends while doing some fun diving in Catalina.

9/22/2012 Pt Lobos by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Dionna House, Doug Simmons
Visibility: 15' - 35' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 51F - 51F Surge: 2'
Scooter: Gavin Short Burn Time:  
Max Depth: 75FSW Avg Depth: 50FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Double LP80Deco Tanks:
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I was very lucky to be able to buddy up with Doug Simmons. I haven't dove with him and thought he would be perfect to buddy up with and to start collecting data for GUE's Project Baseline. Besides, I got to see Eleanor. Anywho... We decided since we had our scooters to visit all the sites and collect data. Worm Patch, Hole in the Wall, Lone Metridium, Sea Mount, End of Middle Reef, Granite Point Wall. I clipped on my data slate and attached my GoPro and off we went. All the usually suspect were present. At Granite Point Wall, there were three large anenomes eating a long salp chain. They were sharing the meal!! Lot of juvenile rockfish at the end of Granite Point Wall. Barnacles are still covering the reefs! Although we were not visited by the friendly harbor seal, we did get visited by a 3 rainbow perch, 2 pile perch, and a Gopher Rockfish at the worm patch on the way into the cove.

I inputted the data into the software for BAUE's project baseline and it is very very easy! Now all I need to do is download some video!! :-)

Fun day of diving. Thanks Doug and please thank Felicity for letting you come out to play.
9/15/2012 Pt Lobos aboard Unknown Boat by Dionna House -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Dionna House, Carol Cohn, Vincent
Visibility: 20' - 40' Time:9:30 AM
Temp: 50F - 52F Surge:  
Max Depth: 60FSW Avg Depth: 45FSW
Bottom Time:   Total Time: 0:50
Bottom Gases: EAN32Deco Gases:
Backgas Config: Single HP100Deco Tanks:
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The benefits of being apart of ReefCheck is that you get to go to sites that are off limits to divers. It was an eye opener being able to survey The Weston Site and watch the huge... I mean Gigantic Vermilions, Coppers and Gopher Rockfish swim past you. They were chasing each other!!.. Must be a nursery of eggs around or something. The Kelp is very dense in that area. Being able to dive the site is worth getting certified in ReefCheck. Along with the site you will meet other researchers that are Marine Biologist and learn more about the species.

I was surveying Invertebrates and Algae with a Marine Biologist named Vincent. Carol Cohn and Dida Kutz were buddied up as a team.

The area is filled with huge boulders that display large swim through cracks and crevices that I don't see at our regular Pt Lobos sites. I was thinking at the time of surveying, how lucky I was to be able to experience being there.

Our second survey was at the Middle Reef at Pt Lobos. Once again, as many times I have dove there, Saturdays dive seemed to be a new site. We were over on the Eastside of the Middle Reef. I saw a huge tree branch in about 50ft of water. I have never seen that there before.

Thanks to ReefCheck for the opportunity!!!

It was a FUN day and a nice way to give back to ocean.

8/26/2012 Yankee Pt Step aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 10' - 15' Time:10:30 AM
Temp: 53F - 53F Surge: 1'
Max Depth: 255FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:30 Total Time: 1:50
Bottom Gases: 15/65Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
Backgas Config: Deco Tanks:
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Susan and I were scheduled for tech charter on Sunday. Reports from the Sat R3 trip ranged from 2-3ft vis at Flintstone, and divers not wanting to do a second dive due to bad visibility. For that reason we were not very excited about going diving. However, others on the boat were eager to go checked it out and we decided that it was so flat that at least we would have a nice dive out enjoying the ocean and the whales.

We motored out to find red water from Point Pi~nos and south. There was talking on going as far south as necessary until we found some clear water. As we push past Yankee Point we noticed a changed in water color so we decided to drive back and check how the water looked in some of these sites. We motored over Deep Flintstone, and Birthday Wall/Yankee Step/Secret Spot and conditions looked similar. A bit green, but at least it was not red. We discussed going farther south or dive one of these sites. Nick and John were for checking these sites do we settled for this area.

We jumped from the boat, and we had to abort the descend due to a leaky glove. It was fixed in about 5min and the dive went on the way. Water was green at the surface and at 130ft it was totally black, like a night dive, but vis was in the 10-15ft. We could not see the top of the pinnacle until we got to about 170ft, where we found a nice peak covered with corynactus. We descend following the sharp wall to about 250ft and leveled there. There was not current at all and we slowly moved north following the walls. There were tons of rocks fish including many juveniles cow cods, and some nice yellow eyes. We located a pack of small octopies and we were hoping to see the mother but not luck. We swam back south and scooters around the back-side of the wall. After 20min at the bottom we move to towards the top and found very interesting canyons all covered with invertebrates, and some very large lingcods were filling all the crevices. After a 30min dive we called and drifted during the deco.

We surface to find a sunny day with blue sky and the view of the mountains on the background. I could see Pico Blanco and Mt Carmel as we waited for the boat to
pick us. Wonderful to have clear sky with no fog :-)
8/20/2012 Pt Lobos by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility:   Time:12:30 PM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth:   Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 0:40 Total Time: 1:30
Bottom Gases: 18/55Deco Gases:EAN50,O2
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Allison and Rob were teaching a fundies class at Lobos, and they happened to have a spare reservation for today. Susan and I were a bit hesitant to dive at Point Lobos after our Wed dive with terrible visibility but they said vis was decent on Saturday, so we decided to go for a dive.

We had a nice breakfast and did a few errants in the morning, and arrived at Lobos at about 12:30pm just as the tide was reaching it maximum. We quickly got the gear in the water, and went for our dive. We motored on the surface towards the class float and were able to see some tanks from the surface so that was better than Wed. We descended and headed to Hole in the Wall, and it started to get a bit dark again. I was kind of worry we were going to for a repeat of Wed but as we left the L. metridium and moved out of the shadows of the kelp we found 50-60ft vis. Nice!

We motored towards Twin Peaks with 60-80ft vis and saw large school of rockfish, and well as a nice wolf-eel on the way. At the site we encounter blue water, and the color looked radiant and vibrant. Not sure why but the red and yellow looked brighter. I wondering if I was getting narck, but with my 18/50 at 180ft I discarded that option. I stop wondering and just enjoyed. We motored towards the great pinnacle and were able to see it from the sea pens valley. At some point I found myself in a large school of small canaries and they were looking at me funny, like saying what you're doing here.

After about 20min of fun we headed back motoring over the long ridge than connect to the sisters. There we found a very large school of rockfish that was on top of us. Vis was so good that we decided to go to about 80ft to entered the school. It was magical to be around all those fish. We could see the shallow part of the reef from about 80ft so we headed torwards the kelp. Our gas switch was done inside a school of Olives that normally hides around the kelp.

The O2 deco was done while searching for kelp gunnels inside the cove. These amazing fish will come out of the kelp and try to make themselves look like a another piece of kelp, until they get tired of handing in mid-water and go back down. They really didn't like our lights, causing them to jump if the light beam was altered. Made it for a fun deco.

It's incredible how much condition can change in 3 or 4 days. I would like to see a model of Carmel/Point Lobos water movement to understand this.

Enjoyed while it last!
8/15/2012 Pt Lobos by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Susan Bird, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 2' - 10' Time:2:00 PM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth: 70FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time: 1:00 Total Time: 1:00
Bottom Gases: Deco Gases:EAN50
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Susan and I took our lunch brake at Point Lobos. We were hoping for 100ft vis and calm seas. We go half of that. It was really calm but vis was about 10-5ft on the sand channel at about 3ft at the L. Metridium and it was worse the deeper we go.

We adapted our Twin Peaks dive plan and spent 60min looking inside cracks for small stuff from L. Metridium to the worm patch.
We found a very large wolf eel (6-8ft long) swimming around the kelp. This is the largest we have ever seen. We also saw two nice kelp gunnels, near the hole in the wall.

Not bad for a lunch break :-), I hope vis get better soon.
8/4/2012 Castle Rock aboard Escapade by Alberto Nava -- [View this report only]
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Bottom Team: Joakim Linde, Doug Simmons, Alberto Nava
Visibility: 20' - 100' Time:11:00 AM
Temp:   Surge:  
Max Depth: 100FSW Avg Depth:  
Bottom Time:   Total Time:  
Bottom Gases: 30/30Deco Gases:EAN32
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Yesterday I found myself with a totally empty calendar, so I decided to join the Long Range recreational trip on board of the Escapade. We had a nice group of divers, and I was able to buddy up with Joakim for a couple of
dives, and Doug for another.

The 2hr drive to South was spectacular with an amazing view of the Big Sur Coast with both Mt Carmel and Pico Blanco visible over the smaller mountains . We motored past the light-house and continue for another 10miles to
reach one of the best site in the area Compost. This is a small tower shape pinnacle, in the middle of a large sandy patch so there is a lot of marine life concentrate at the site. My favourite part of this structure is a nice overhang which starts at 100ft and it goes all the way to 60ft. It's covered with corynactus and tons of invertebrates. It was a bit green with 20-30ft vis. Highlight of the dive was a mosshead warbonnet which I haven't see in severals years.

Second dive was at Castle Rock "Our prayers", which is a nice 500ft long reef which goes from 30ft to about 100ft. Visibility here was at least 100ft. Joakim and I covered the north-west side of the reef, while venturing into the sand to find mountains of sand-dollars sticking all together. I think we could see the pinnacle from 100ft away. We ended the dive by scootering through a small canyon leading to the top of the pinnacle, and the spent about 30min playing on the shallow yelp. There is a beautiful forest of bulb kelp with schools of se´┐Żorita fish, perches and tube-snouts and very clear water. I love this shallow kelp.

Last dive of the day was a splash with the sea lions at Lobos Rocks.Very calm seas and good vis, made this a fun 30min of joyful play. I'm really getting to know sparky the big male in the area. I can see him looking at me with his big eyes saying ummm beto is back ;-)

Another grant day out. thanks to Vanessa for organizing.

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